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X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft but Can Still Keep Everything from Sucking by Jeff Gordinier ISBN 978-0670018581X Saves

 

One day I was looking at other books talking about Baby Boomers and Millenniels and I wondered — what generation am I?

When I discovered that I am part of Generation X (after asking where were Professor X and Wolverine?) I wanted to learn more about what others thought I was.

X Saves the World — is a great collection of essays about the contributions of our generation and it is indeed a mixed bag of offerings. But when I read his collection — I nodded and said, yup I can see that.

Many people lament that we do not have the commitment of the Boomers and that we lack the goodness of the Boomers children the Milleniels (though the current activity of certain celebrities make me wonder, are they really that good?) — I have to ask. We may not be out to save the world … but many in my generation think of doing good where we are. The concept of “Think Global, Act Local” — questioning the status quo and realizing that unlike our parent’s generation, we will have multiple jobs through out our life and not the same one for 40+ years.

Did I agree with everything he said about my generation? No, but I will admit that I recognized many things in what he wrote.

If Generation X were a Super Hero … we wouldn’t be Superman — clean-cut and respectable. We are more like Gambit — the gambler with the cool cards and fancy staff … or maybe Surf Person … meandering around helping people when we can, when we aren’t searching for that ephemeral perfect wave.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Nostalgia for the attitudes and culture of the early to mid-’90s looms large in Gordinier’s entertaining book-length argument for the greatness of Generation X. Gordinier does not have warm sentiments toward the baby boomers or the current wanna-wanna generation of celebrity worshippers, preferring instead the self-effacing, conflictedly ambitious heroes of the ’90s, like Kurt Cobain and Richard Linklater, who were not enthralled by the concept of changing the world. Gordinier has an easygoing style and a comprehensive knowledge of pop culture gleaned from a career writing for Entertainment Weekly and editing Details magazine, and this might be the reason the book sometimes feels like a collection of essays. Sequences on the rise of Nirvana and the burst of the dot-com bubble are ably narrated. And Gordinier does find a fresh perspective in discussions of recent phenomena such as YouTube and American Idol and their relationship to Generation X. (Mar. 31)
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