Spend time on Bedford Avenue, Smith Street, or some other bedroom community for young and restless Manhattan commuters, and you may hear tell of the "quarter-life crisis," a syndrome common among mid-to-late-twentysomething urbanites. (High-risk subgroups include moonlighting artists and musicians, creators of recently defunct Web sites, and anyone remotely involved in publishing.) Onset generally occurs several years after college graduation, when the future's dizzying spectrum of possibilities begins narrowing into a few well-trodden off-ramps, and lowered expectations take root as both pragmatic coping mechanism and slouching signpost of defeat. Among the telltale symptoms: professional disenchantment, romantic hopelessness, tantric panic, and... More >>>