X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft But Can Still Keep Everything from Sucking

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Viking, 2008 - Social Science - 189 pages
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A shrewd and hilarious call to arms for the generation that fell between the cracks

Jammed in between the garish showboating of the baby boomers and the tabloid- trash stunts of the millennials, the discerning generation that gave us Yahoo! and Nirvana has been quietly and inexorably changing the face of American culture. The men and women who came of age in the era of Lollapalooza have been underrepresented for too long in pop sociology, but reporter and essayist Jeff Gordinier argues that it’s time for the slackers to rise up and take charge. Taking off from his controversial Details essay “Has Generation X Already Peaked?” Gordinier takes the reader along on an enthralling, eye-opening journey—from the expatriate garrets of Prague to the amped-up offices of dot-com San Francisco, from the muddy fields of Woodstock ’94 to the celebrity-obsessed media machine of Us Weekly—in his quest to find the essence of X. Along the way he shows how Gen X innovations in art, comedy, technology, activism, and (gasp!) business have come to define the way we live now. A proud, accomplished, and unrepentant X-er, Jeff Gordinier writes with insight and biting wit about the generation that time forgot—and makes a convincing case for Gen X as maybe, secretly, the “greatest generation” of all. Like Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffsand The Tipping Point, X Saves the Worldflips conventional wisdom on its head and expertly captures the spirit of a strange and crucial era in American society.

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User Review  - kristenn - LibraryThing

Pieces like this drive my Gen-Y boyfriend crazy, but I enjoyed it. The author is five years older than I am, but from the same music/fashion subculture. So it's mostly fun as a nostalgia trip. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - trav - LibraryThing

This is a book that I want to share with my friends. Gordinier does a FANTASTIC job of capturing the thoughts, discussions, issues and music that I had all throughout my school days. Gordinier does a ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Jeff Gordinier is the editor at large of Details magazine. His work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Fortune, Entertainment Weekly, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as in the Best American Nonrequired Reading and Best Creative Nonfiction anthologies.

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