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Generation X
Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture | Douglas Coupland
Generation X is Douglas Coupland's acclaimed salute to the generation born in the late 1950s and 1960s--a generation known vaguely up to then as "twentysomething."Andy, Claire, and Dag, each in their twenties, have quit "pointless jobs done grudgingly to little applause" in their respective hometowns and cut themselves adrift on the California desert. In search of the drastic changes that will lend meaning to their lives, they've mired themselves in the detritus of American cultural memory. Refugees from history, the three develop an ascetic regime of story-telling, boozing, and working McJobs--"low-pay, low-prestige, low-benefit, no-future jobs in the service industry." They create modern fables of love and death among the cosmetic surgery parlors and cocktail bars of Palm Springs, disturbingly funny tales of nuclear waste, historical overdosing, and mall culture.A dark snapshot of the trio's highly fortressed inner world quickly emerges--landscapes peopled with dead TV shows, "Elvis moments," and semi-disposable Swedish furniture. And from these landscapes, deeper portraits emerge, those of fanatically independent individuals, pathologically ambivalent about the future and brimming with unsatisfied longings for permanence, for love, and for their own home. Andy, Dag, and Claire are underemployed, overeducated, intensely private, and unpredictable. Like the group they mirror, they have nowhere to assuage their fears, and no culture to replace their anomie.
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vivastory
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Although my brother who is five years younger & a few of my friends who are a couple of years younger self-identity as Xennials, I have always known that Generation X is #mygeneration. I find the transitions chart humorously relatable, although I take issue with the characterization of my generation as slackers. Millennials & Gen Z, like every generation have their strengths & weaknesses. Their willingness to engage in issues of social 👇

vivastory justice is enormously admirable & not to be overlooked. #AnglophileApril @Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @Cinfhen 5mo
britt_brooke I was born in 1981, so I‘m on the cusp and fit well into the whole Xennial classification. I definitely identify more with Gen X, too, though. 5mo
Cinfhen That chart is hilarious and in Generation X too!!! Although I‘m an OG of Generation X 👵 5mo
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Susannah I am a hard Gen X-er. I had to read Coupland‘s book for my first college literature class in 1994. 🎶Bring me your Clintons, your Grunge; your flanneled slackers yearning to sponge freeeee!🎵 5mo
8little_paws I just turned 37 and don't feel like a millennial either 5mo
Mdargusch You youngsters! Gen exers used to have such a bad reputation and now millennials get that spot. 5mo
readordierachel Well said! I don't feel much like a millennial (although I do love avocado toast. I can't help it 🥑🍞). Generational categorizations are much too general and negative and they don't leave a lot of room for nuance. 4mo
vivastory @readordierachel When I was younger I hated guacamole, so I never ate anything with avocados. About a year and a half ago I decided to retry the foods that I didn't like, to see if I still felt the same way or if my tastes had changed. One of the biggest surprises from this experiment was how much I now love guacamole & avocado. I'm going grocery shopping tomorrow, I will definitely be picking up the supplies for avocado toast! 4mo
Reviewsbylola I love this whole post, including your newfound love for guacamole! 4mo
vivastory @Reviewsbylola Thanks! Now I can't even imagine having a salad or Mexican food without avocado! 4mo
emilyhaldi 👍🏻👏🏻 4mo
readordierachel Mmmm now I want guacamole. Enjoy the avocado toast! 4mo
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quietjenn
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I wasn't going to play, because I'm not rereading Fight Club, but I enjoyed your pictures so much that I had to dig through the handful of ones I have to give you mine! #90sspringfling

Centique Awww! How cute are you?! 5mo
mcipher Oh the blazer and rolled acid washed jeans combo is just amazingly 90s!! Love it. 5mo
batsy Yup the blazer and jeans combo 👌🏽 Love the pics! 5mo
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LeahBergen Ack! I love it! Is that a scrunchie in your hair? 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 (edited) 5mo
CarolynM Gorgeous😍 5mo
TrishB Great pics 👍🏻💕 5mo
JaclynW Great pictures! I love the blazer and rolled up jeans! A scrunchie too! You have gorgeous hair! 5mo
Cinfhen Glad u joined us!!! Forgot about the scrunchies!!!!! #GoodMemories 5mo
quietjenn I was all about that fashion combo! @mcipher @batsy 5mo
quietjenn I think it was a fancy gold scrunchie, too! @LeahBergen @Cinfhen 5mo
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peanutbutler
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'But Margaret cooled me right there. Putting down her mug, she said that before I got into one of my Exercised Young Man states, I should realize that the only reason we all go to work in the morning is because we're terrified of what would happen if we stopped. We're not built for free time as a species. We think we are, but we aren't.'

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Sarah83
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Panpan

So I finished my next #litsyclassics and what should I say... Meh.... The idea of three storytellers is a good one, but what stories they tell... I am often quite unsure, if you should take their stories for real or if this all should be a great comedy. I really don't get it.

I don't understand, how this book could be hyped in such a way...

BarbaraBB I bailed on this one... 12mo
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Sarah83
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Sitting at work and waiting for the weekend... Just started the tagged one for #litsyclassics . I am not quite sure what to think about it... The first chapter left me quite confused... Has anyone already read this? 🤔

Emilymdxn I read it ages ago and honestly wasn‘t the hugest fan. I just didn‘t get it really, but then I was probably too young for it 12mo
Sarah83 @Emilymdxn so happy I am not the only one... 😉😁 12mo
Buechersuechtling This is one of the few books in my life until today that I read and re-read and re-read and re-read. From the first time I read it, with about 17, I loved it. It‘s a roman à tiroirs so the "frame story" is interrupted by secondary narratives (involving secondary characters and/or being told by other narrators), which may in turn themselves be interrupted by further narratives/narrators. 12mo
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Buechersuechtling This can be unexpected, I agree. But the general tune/theme got me hooked. 12mo
Sarah83 @Buechersuechtling maybe it's because I read it in English that it doesn't get me...🤔 12mo
Buechersuechtling @Sarah83 I have a copy in German. Shall I send it over❓ 12mo
Sarah83 @Buechersuechtling I try the English one a bit longer, but thank you 😉 12mo
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Earlene
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Bailedbailed

This was my book for X in the #litsyclassics challenge. I am a third of the through and I can‘t continue. I should really relate to this as I came of age in the mid-eighties, but I just annoyed and confused. It is very disjointed and it is not speaking to me and what I experienced in my early twenties.

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bookcaterpillar_89
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Time to get this off my TBR shelf before 2018! It‘s been on the shelf for years!

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Sarah83
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Miss_Kim He‘s a great writer! Love this book 😊 2y
Buechersuechtling Oh I love that book❣️😍 One of the few that I read multiple times. 2y
LeeRHarry This is one of my faves 😊 2y
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Jas16
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#mygeneration #rocktober I randomly picked this book up in college and loved it. I read everything by Coupland that I could get my hands on in the next few years. I have picked up a couple of his more recent books but haven‘t read them yet because he seems so much a part of my early twenties.

BarbaraBB Great choice! 2y
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Augustdana
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#riotgrams day two: orange cover. My intro to coupland was Hey Nostradamus! But I'll always have a soft spot for this book

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Tomonabike
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Mehso-so

Existential crisis via gen Xers. Great story telling from the characters. No conflict, no drama, think Kerouac for the 90s. Super quick read and a little fun just don't expect any real big thoughts or story telling.

RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Here's a bunch of #LitsyTips I put together in a post a couple of weeks ago: http://litsy.com/p/RzZCTVZYU1ND 2y
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GatheringBooks
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#Septembowie Day 18: Naturally Gen Xers adore #TheJeanGenie (or not - I am so unsure about this prompt hahaha) - but jeans and Gen X seem to go together.

Cinfhen Ha! Good pairing 💕 2y
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BarbaraBB
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Bailedbailed

There is no click between me and Mr Coupland. I fail to understand what we wants to tell me. And frankly, I am not that interested.

Sarah83 Looks like we think the same 😉 12mo
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Sonja
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The pinkest book I own is this super serious literary work, apparently #riotgrams

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Redwritinghood
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#publishedinthe1990s This book, published in 1991, literally defined a generation. Although I believe the author has denied that there is a group that can be defined as Generation X, the name stuck and is generally now accepted to define those born in the 1960s to the early 1980s. #photoadaynov16

LitHousewife It's a great book and I'm proud to be a Gen Xer. 🤗 3y
Kleonard Me as well! 3y
Laura317 I can be described as either Baby Boomer or GenX. 1964 was right and end of one and beginning of the other. 🙃As a result, I stay confused. 3y
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Bibliogeekery
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Varshitha This is so great!! 3y
SaraFair What a thoughtful idea! 3y
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Tessyreads
Pickpick

This book started my love of reading! Now it's a celebration anytime Coupland releases a new book.

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