2000: Kid A. Still fresh after nine years, despite its ubiquity at the time, Radiohead’s drifting alienation-operetta represented the pop-cultural mainstreaming of the panic attack. “I’m not here / This isn’t happening,” crooned Thom Yorke, as wafts of anomie were dispersed through the shoe-stores and boutiques.
The US is particularly miserable at putting aside money for the future. Should we blame our paychecks or our psychology?