This Blue Plate Special of Gen X content is full of great links. There is currently so much compelling Generation X content on blogs. Don’t miss the links to two cutting Generation X memoirs.
The ideas put forth in these posts as well as in the following spattering of news stories range from bitter soup to bittersweet chocolate shavings. Extending the restaurant metaphor way too far, the steaks in this post cut rare and well-done. There is nothing bland here. The flavors run the gamut of Banquet TV Dinners — watery mashed potatoes swimming in margarine, tempting the Gen X psyche — driving us all toward the private rebellion of pop rock candy. They told us it would make our stomachs explode, and we ate it anyway.
Instead of saving the best for last, I’m leading with one of my favorites: Popcorn in My Bra’s review of Cobain Unseen, a book she calls more than a biography of his life, but rather, a biography of his artwork.
I have never really cared for Cobain or his music, but this review made me feel very connected to Cobain. It sounds so corny, but I finally get his Gen-X-brother-in-arms status. I was very captivated by the part of this review that talks about childhood artwork posted all around his bedroom. Big hat tip to this Generation X Blogger, Jennifer from Wisconsin.
Obama is Gen X
The National Review reports that President-elect Barack Obama’s early years were straight out of Gen X. (Abandoned by his father, and for a time, by his mother; experimentation with drugs and drifting, etc.)
I’m a little late posting this, but on December 23, Suzanne Kart encouraged Generation Xers to embrace their inner Griswold. I really think she has a point! Check it out. She also has a blog post about Gen X and office parties. And, she links to a blogger I’ve never heard of before – Punk Rock HR.
Kirsten Major, Gen X Memoir
Josh and Josh have linked to a Generation X memoir by the novelist and essayist Kirsten Major, whose work has appeared in the New York Times. This memoir is very touching. You must read this. It’s one second shy of 18 minutes long, so bookmark it now and make time for it later. Here are a few memorable quotes/points:
“Our generation was so small, we closed down schools…” *** “…Latchkey kids who let ourselves into the door of adulthood without anyone noticing…” *** “We lived as if after a disaster…” *** “Because your parents are divorced you will never…” *** “When I was 39, I broke down and cried on a monthly basis…” *** “…My generation…economic failures…” *** “I don’t feel I make a lot of sense outside of my milieu…” *** “…deeply resent generations before or after us…” *** “Why do you seem so young…” *** “It probably doesn’t matter.”
She writes about college graduates busing tables, fixing old bikes and being school bus drivers, as well as getting 39.5 hour week jobs that provided no benefits.
She calls Generation X the first “non-believers.”
Generation X Nesting Mania
The Web site, Babble has a long Generation X memoir/feature, Trouble at Home: Did Generation X’s nesting mania spark the economic meltdown? I was immediately put off by this title, but as I read page after page (it’s another one that will take you several minutes to read), I came to understand the writer, Susan Gregory Thomas, and her intelligent position. When she writes about the “utterly white light experience of holding a newborn,” I was pretty hooked and followed her to the end, where looks in the mirror during a slacker party and makes a paradigm shift.
This is really well written, and I like the photos scattered within the article.
According to Ad Week, Generation X watches less TV than Boomers and Silents.
According to New Zealand’s Fran O’Sullivan, Gen Y and Gen X women lack the survival skills characteristic of Silents, etc.. I really get weary of the limited definition of hardship. Gen Y and Gen X women face their own hardships, even if they don’t involve standing in soup lines. I also don’t think Gen Y and Gen X women are focused on “having it all.” O’Sullivan really needs to do her research. For starters, Gen X is absolutely focused on the simple pleasures, and actually has more in common with Silents than Boomers.
According to one executive, Gen Y will move up through the ranks faster than Gen X did based on the fact there aren’t enough Gen Xers to replace Boomers in the workplace when they retire.
Maybe it’s just my imagination, but I could swear the Louisville Courier-Journal covers quite a bit of Generation X issues given its location and space. Impressive. This review of the new movie, Revolutionary Road, starring Winslet and DiCaprio, mentions Gen X wariness in regard to the romantic view of the 50s. The writer quotes Rick Perlstein, an historian wary of generational warfare who nevertheless recognizes that Boomers and Xers view history quite differently from one another.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the need for insurance agents will increase giving Gen X and Gen Y an opportunity to pursue the profession.
Pay attention to this one, because it is a little OUT THERE. A group of Swedish executives have created, Bible Illuminated, which features pop iconography including pictures of Angelina Jolie. Huh? Somewhere, someone in Sweden thinks this will appeal to members of Gen X, and for the most part, I think they are right. (By the way, this is reported by Jessica Gelt of the Los Angeles Times.)
Listen to what Jason Illian of GodTube says about it: “I think this generation is trying to have a real connection with God, and that’s been lost somewhere along the way. And if they can connect through videos or graphics or music or whatever it is that makes a relationship with Christ more alive, then that’s a good thing to have.”
I have not had time to listen to this entire four-minute video (source is the New York Times), but the title is compelling: Darfur’s Generation X. The subject matter is young men in refugee camps in Darfur coming of age and becoming a political force.
I like it when Generation X is used to describe a demographic and not simply used to define a group of people based on their cultural ideas or experience. (Lisa Chamberlain did the latter in Slackanomics.)
Here is a blogger, Celtic Knot some of you might want to link to because he admits to a strong dislike of Boomers. I haven’t had time to read his blog yet, but I liked quite a few things he wrote in his “quickie bio.” Let me know what you think!
This next blogger writes a brief memoir about the Big Wheel. More importantly, she is a mother of six, has a baby on the way, and lives in Denver. I might have just found my Colorado Generation X blogger. I love her writing style, and in some ways, she reminds me of another favorite blogger, Betty Duffy from Indiana. (Click on the category “Loss.”)
The writer of the blog, Dude, Where Am I? features “the musings of a grown-up Generation Xer on life, family and parenthood.” She has some great posts and her current play list is fantastic.
And, finally, a blog that is a few months in the making. Begun in August, the title is Generation X Life Support. See what you think! I wish I knew where this blogger lived. Same goes for Loren Christie of Dude Where Am I?