The hallmark of this blog has always been an unfolding of the Generation X narrative. Part of my intention is to maintain a tiny space on the Internet where evidence of Gen X society can be preserved — at least for as long as the links remain unbroken. This is a way to give voice to a culture that was shaped during our youth and one that continues to be shaped today through midlife crisis and middle age. You can follow the category link Gen X In the News to find nearly a decade of stories.
It makes me squirmy to publish the classic snark and angst of Xers, but these are the characteristics of my generation. I think they are the consequences of childhood neglect that led to adult depression and apathy boiling over.
My mantra for dealing with these things comes from the Old Testament Book of Joel. This is more than poetry for me. It is my hope. “Then I will make up to you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the creeping locust, the stripping locust and the gnawing locust…”
Miranda Sawyer will present a talk about Generation X at the Bristol Festival of Ideas next month. Sawyer is a contributing writer to The Observer, a British newspaper that publishes on Sunday. The title of her talk is Fear of Forty – How Generation X is Coping (or not) with Middle Age. Basically, what do you do when your “youthful passions fail to survive the trials of adulthood.”
Sawyer will explain how the cliché of the midlife crisis is changing. Instead of buying sports cars, Xers are buying top-of-the-line bicycles. Instead of settling down, they’re turning in their resignations and running marathons. Anything to quash that nightmarish idea that we’ve done it – as in life – all wrong and it’s too late to change. What do you do
Gen Xers Turning 50
50 Celebrities Turning 50 In 2015 (CNN)
Middle age now lasts until 74 as baby boomers refuse to grow old (The Telegraph)
Marco Rubio wants to put Generation X in the White House (Washington Post)
Millennials Are Boring Suburbanites Just Like Their Parents (The Atlantic)
As a millennial, how can I understand and work with a Gen X-er? (Fortune)
The Oregon Trail Generation: Life Before and After Mainstream Tech (Social Media Week)
Forever: Maybe Not the Word You Want? Why Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder did not take Gothic romance too far (Histories of Things To Come)
The subreddit, Gen X, asks, “What was it like being 20-something in the 90s? Easy for me to explain. No matter how hard I tried, I could not get a federal job. The RIFs (Reductions in Force) made it impossible. I worked on a military base as a contractor for six years. I was like an employee, but had none of the benefits. I loved it, but it was insane and so at 27, I finally moved on. My favorite answer among the 200 comments is “Meh. Okay I guess.”
Check out an article about a new documentary about Kurt Cobain, Montage of Heck. It includes the official trailer. (PaperMag)
Looks like the balance of power will shift away from Quebec Baby Boomers in the next election. The title of this news story is Revenge of Generation X: The decline of boomers announced a possible challenge to the welfare state.
What happens when Generation X becomes too old to make a living? (Reddit Discussion)
So, we’re finding that work-life balance is possibly an allusion. Check out Bad balance? Families struggle with work-life fit: What Gen X thinks about work life balance
Despite Our 15-Year Age Gap, My Husband and I Are Both Gen-X (The Mid: Life In The Messy Middle)