“I think many young people will share a similar sentiment to that of Nescio’s “Little Titans”. There was a specific sense of uncertainty, distaste for authority, and hypersensitivity to one’s surroundings that Nescio was able to target. While “Little Titans” is an incredibly unique and personable story that discusses the lives of Koekebakker, his friends, and youth, Nescio is able to create a universal sentiment of adolescent rebellion and admiration for earth. For example, Koekebakker and his friend Bakker strongly despise their bosses (page 37). They ridiculed their bosses for being unintelligent, sterile businessmen who stood for everything they hate. For example, Koekebakker uses the practice of reading poetry and being exposed to literary pieces of art as being, in a way, superior to their bosses. Koekebakker also describes sensory details often and puts great importance on them. For example, as the sun went down, the sounds of cows chewing and frogs croaking became more pronounced.
This related to my walk to the East River on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The East River was a place I frequented as a teenager and found it as a source of refuge when I felt trapped by authoritative figures or my thoughts. I would also go there with friends, where like the characters in Young Titans, we would stare “melancholically” at the pavement. One part that I find very attractive about the East River are the smells and sounds. The East River sits right between the FDR Drive and the dark swooshing river resulting in a soothing white noise. Often the smell of the river sweeps up onto the pathway. As a result, my senses once numb to city life, are reinvigorated by a small dose of nature.”