Gen X Over 40
A writer for the Washington Post, Gabe Goldberg, reports in the early edition of the Washington Post (Sunday, September 28), about the work of 40Plus, a nonprofit group that addresses job concerns linked to age (among other things). Check it out!
This next one is a blog post titled, Stanislav Petrov Day (one day late). It is just fantastic. The blogger, Naomi Kritzer, is Jewish and lives in Wisconsin. (She introduced me to a new word today – mensch, and I love it.) In this post she writes briefly about nuclear war from Generation X-as-a-child, as well as the fall of the Berlin Wall. She calls the memory of the latter the dividing line between Gen X and Gen Y. I don’t think she could be more right.
This next one is pretty interesting – to me anyway. It’s an article in the Palm Beach Post, Expert Sees Housing Market Off Until 2011. First of all, it talks about Baby Boomers not being able to “offload their McMansions” onto Gen X and Gen Y.” What I really like about it, however, is something that has been working its way into becoming a full-fledged trend for at least 10 years — something this article calls “frugal chic.” Ten years ago, I bought Voluntary Simplicity. There is usually big money in being someone who can successfully identify new trends. But, I’ll have to give some real though to marketing to the frugal chic.
Gen Xers and Academia
Here is another blog post from Zimblog out of Vermont, which is worth checking out: Gen Xers and Academia revisited. He writes about Stefanie Sanford’s Civic Life in the Information Age: “‘We’ GenXers emerge … as a prickly group with an intense work ethic, a mania for effectiveness and efficiency, a hatred of talk and meetings, a pragmatic wish to find out what works, a corresponding impatience with ideology, and a risk-taking and entrepreneurial spirit…”
Gen X Mother Pens Letter To Children About Economic Bailout
Here is a blog post from a mother in Colorado who is also a lawyer. It is a letter to her children, and it’s about the $7 billion bail out. It’s long, but if you have time, read it. If not, soak in this for awhile. She writes:
“My Dear Children, …I am a part of Generation X, a generation that has never known large-scale suffering. We’ve had endless opportunities. I always knew I would go to college…I’m not one of those people whose house has been foreclosed. I have a good job. But now, most of my money goes to five things: mortgage, food, day care, gas and health care. There’s not much left after that…But my husband and I are very scared for the future. We wonder if we’ll lose our savings in the stock market. We wonder if we’ll lose our jobs. We wonder if we’ll be able to afford day care…What will we say to you – our children? Will we be able to provide for you?…What is known is that in order to recover from this crisis as a nation, we will be paying down debt for a long time. And I mean you – my children. I worry that this could mean you won’t be able to go to college. You won’t be able to afford a house. You won’t be able to travel and see the world like I did. It is the American Dream to hope for a better life for the next generation. Now, I just hope that you’ll have the same opportunities that I had…Was it somehow my fault?…We should have been more politically involved…We should have bought a smaller house…We worked hard. We did the best we could… I promise you I will do whatever I can to protect you, teach you and give you every opportunity I can. But I’m scared, I’m sorry…”
This next blog post, The Great Concavity is a memoir by a male blogger in Chicago (Megablog) and the years 1998-2008. It begins at age 30 as the blogger plods through the tar pit of Generation X (worthless job, eroding ambition, guarding the fish). It is 1998, and David Foster Wallace has skyrocketed to literary-sex-symbol status with Infinite Jest. The blog entry is part tribute to DFW, who killed himself a couple weeks ago. Also, two weeks ago, the blogger turned 40. He writes this powerful reflection: “A part of my history, of what is yet to come, has been prematurely ended. His work is rich enough that I’ll be reading it repeatedly for the rest of my life, drawing inspiration and awe, but it is crushing and sad to think of his depression, his decision to kill himself, and the suddenly premature finality of his oeuvre (Wallace always insisted that, above all other intentions, Infinite Jest was a novel about sadness)…”
Finally, have you heard of this book, Generation Kill. It came out in 2004, was a best seller, and I completely missed it. (I was pregnant that year. Gimme a break.) This book is written by a South African reporter (Evan Wright) who was embedded with the platoon of First Reconnaissance Battalion Marines in March 2003. He writes about how different the current generations (X and Y) fighting the war in Iraq are from the generation that fought World War II.