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  • Those two scenes weren't even in the book! I was especially sad to read that the Daisy suicide stuff was not in the book either and that the Winona and Angelina characters had nothing to do with her killing herself. Grr!

    Yeah, I'm loving Generation X a whole lot. The storytelling stuff is so kooky which of course I like. It's also weird to realize he wrote this ten years ago already.

    I read Girlfriend in a Coma earlier in the year, and that book just really, really freaked my shit out. Reading Generation X, you don't get the divide between his generation and ours but reading that one, you totally do with all the nuclear war stuff. I couldn't sleep after I read it.

    I suppose this means I'm officially in "Generation Y." I'll alert the direct marketing companies now.
    "But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.---Kanye

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    • I taught Generation X in a class in the fall of '01. Although a good number of my students "got it," I was quite surprised by the sizeable minority who were turned off by the whole premise. Bunch of slackers, yo. Why don't they go out and get real jobs if they want meaning?, etc. They were only five or six years younger than me, but there was very clearly a generation gap in terms of the sense of alientation and so forth.

      Maybe now they've been in the real world a while, they'll understand. (Hey, a girl can hope!)

      Edited to reply to ophy, months later: I also loved To Say Nothing of the Dog, and I enjoyed The Domesday Book as well.
      Last edited by rathmel; 10-23-2004, 09:11 AM.

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      • I've always heavily identified with the typical Generation X shit, though I think it's hard to define an entire generation, of course. I just always had a real affinity for the stuff that was classified as GenX.

        From what I understand the GenXers were thought to be born during the low birth rate years of 1965-1975, though it's pretty hotly disputed among those that care about such weird things. Some say it's as early as '61 and as late as '81. I disagree. <---cares about such weird things. '76-'81 is often referred to as Generation Y (because they couldn't come up with anything better, I guess?).

        Aww. I think I still have my copy of Generation X (which is weird because I sell books like crazy). Maybe I'll reread and see if I can relate at all to that shit anymore. Hee!

        ETA: My other favorite Coupland book is Life After God perhaps because I was the first generation in my family raised without religion and that was the book's Big Theme.
        Its just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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        • I can support the early '60s babies being in GenX, or at least not in the baby boom. It's a weird in-between group - the Boomers have the shared '60s experiences that we don't, but the born in the '70s group doesn't really want us either. That was the group that Coupland was talking about in the book (having been born in '61 himself). I know that some of the demographers count the 60-64 people as Boomers, but culturally, we don't stand with them.

          I loved Microserfs too.

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          • ahh... someone finally mentioned microserfs, and I realise that it was a fellow geek. Heh.

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            • I was researching yet another scam email passed onto me by my mother when I ran into the story behind this book. Read the comments to see the conspiracy/controversy about whether or not the 'author' even exists.

              Wow, just wow. Who knew people could create false children to have Munchausen's By Proxy on their behalf? More here on Snopes about it as well as another fake/dead kid's writing.
              Last edited by NeoMaxy; 11-11-2004, 06:39 PM.
              "But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.---Kanye

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              • This American Life had a fantastic segment about a girl who pulled a similar stunt with the cast of some broadway show -- maybe it was Rent?

                She befriended some of the cast and then became mysteriously ill. There was a constant updating of her medical condition via email and and phone calls and it was just like the stories you linked above! How funny! Hee. Munchausen's By Proxy By Email!
                Its just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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                  • July 16th is the magic date.

                    I'll probably buy it, but at this point, I'm kinda 'Eh!!'

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                    • SQUEE!

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                      • Originally posted by Ginni
                        July 16th is the magic date.

                        I'll probably buy it, but at this point, I'm kinda 'Eh!!'
                        Whatevah bitch! Kermie and I will be in line at midnight at Kramer Books in Dupont to buy two copies so we won't have to share. Just like last time. Mwahahahahaha.
                        It's all about me and my precious.

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                        • It's coming out while I'm working at an academic summer camp.

                          It is HARD ENOUGH to keep kids from talking Harry Potter when they DON'T have a new book out.

                          That said, I'll buy it at midnight.

                          But I'm not fucking happy about it.

                          *cough*

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                          • Monday and Tuesday were no good, very bad days and this news was what started to bring me out of my funk. JKR

                            *counts minutes until more Ron and Twinses*

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                            • I read Meg Cabot's The Boy Next Door and I was overwhelmed by irritation. Do I really need to use tags on a Cabot book? I mean, really.

                              Just in case:
                              These are the adult books and they're written in constant email/IM format. Cabot expects me to believe that adult women in their late 20s who email all day long on Blackberrys will not use GOOGLE to look up a world famous photographer who asked the girl out? What. The. FUCK? Instead, I'm supposed to believe that The Girl falls for The Guy even though it's not really him, it's a guy posing to be him as a favor and OH THE HIJINKS that ensue. Pffft.

                              Also, since I know Keenai's a big fan, I've not read anything but thet three boy books so far. So I've nothing to say on the Princess books or anything written for a younger audience.

                              Minor gripe on the money. I didn't pay retail for these, I picked them up at half.com but I would be ticked if I paid $15 for a book like this.

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                              • The Boy books are a constant source of irritation for many reasons. One of the main ones being how fast the characters move relationship-wise. All that aside, Vivica the Supermodel will be my forever literary girlfriend.

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