The midlife crisis has also surely changed just as society has changed. In the West people are having children later, the older generation is living longer, salaries are falling and so too, it seems, is western civilisation. If, as Jackson claims, the postwar midlife crisis was sociologically prescribed, it can always change. In which case: what will a post-pandemic midlife crisis look like? How will the huge social and economic pressures bear down on our own crack-ups? And will our revolts be private or political?