If you think you're in Generation X, then you probably are.

If you care about our collective future, then you definitely are.

We've been called the ``Twentysomething Generation,'' following in the footsteps of the thirtysomethings who came before us. Also, the ``Me Generation.'' ``The Lost Generation.'' The ``Generation Without a Conscience.'' Or, ``Yuppies With a Conscience But Without Fat Paychecks.'' Quite frankly, at the moment I think we're too much in the midst of it all to define ourselves.

Links for the 13th Generation

Abolition of Work by Bob Black
Activist Links for everyone
After Work by Jeremy Rifkin
Alternative X
alt.society.generation-x newsgroup
alt.society.generation-x homepage
A Vision of Government
the Alternative Group
As We Are
Axcess Magazine
Beat Generation magazine
Beatrice - more than a Webzine
CGX - Conservative Generation X, a Web site, newsletter, and survey
Noam Chomsky Archive
Common Dreams - building a better future
Consumer Track #1: GenX
Contract with my Grandchildren
Coupland File: oh Coupland you magnificent Coupland
Death of Generation X by Douglas Coupland
Democracy Net
Earth's Home Page
Educating the Generation Called "X" by Douglas Brinkley
EmPower X - helping our generation help ourselves
Employment Links on the Web
First Amendment
Free Time! - Lucidity and the Anti-Work Ethic by Laura Martz
Friends - tv show
Gen-x , Gen-x emailing list
Gen X Bears
GenX extreme ezine
Generation Gap by Neil Howe and William Strauss
Generation X Files
Generation X: Myth or Reality by Olivia Lopez
Generation X Neo-logisms
Generation X-onomics from the Economist, and other Articles on Generation X
Generation X and the Church
Ghost Writers - prose and cons
HandiLinks Guide to Generation X
HD Hunter on GenX
If the World Were a Village / Yahoo Reference Interesting
Internet Censorship
Internet Herald - monthly GenX web zine
Lead or Leave - lobby group
Lead or Leave, the Truth by As We Are
Librarian's Guide to the best information on the Internet (other references)
Links to Check Every Day
Lookout Records - music makers
Marketing to Generation X
McCann-Erickson summary of GenX
Michele's Generation X Links
Modest proposal to save the world
Much Ado About Twentysomethings by Richard Morin
National Association of Twentysomethings
Progress and its Sustainability
Progressive Review at Princeton
Quiz: are you part of Generation X?
Rainmaker - GenX research and consulting
Reaching the First Post-Christian Generation by Andres Tapia
Reality Bites, So Buy a Big Gulp by Bill Salzmann
Seriously - GenX web zine
Sexuality Library
SLACKER! - Mother Jones' Slacker Page
Slacker Revolution
Slacker Stories - a course on slacking
Slacking Off: Border Youth and Postmodern Education by Henry Giroux
Slowdog's Links - feeling active?
Syndicate X - stuff they WANT to read
Talking Bout Whose Generation by Brian Kassof
Targeting the Stoned Cyberpunk
Teenage WasteLand - GenX arts and writing
Theatre of Generation X - success, careers, political views, and poetry
Third Millenium - political group
USA, Incorporated???
Virtual Records - "political" music, built without "advertising"
What Every Woman Should Read - thanks, Lilly!
World 'round Slack
whY? - marriage, divorce, and GenX
X Avenue - a mall for the X generation
X-tensions newsletter
Yahoo's GenX links
ZIA Generation X Resources
21st Century Links

13th Generation - Recommended Reading

Also see Olivia Lopez's Generation X Bibliography.
First, recommended viewing. The following movies: Slacker, Clerks, Chasing Amy, and Reality Bites.

The Future Is Ours, John Bartlett. A handbook for student activists in the 21st century.

Generations, Neil Howe and Bill Strauss. The essential book about how we got where we are, and where we're going.

Thirteenth Generation: Abort, Retry, Fail?, Neil Howe and Bill Strauss (1993). Written by two boomers and brimming with facts, quotes, and anecdotes, this book is an outstanding recount of how we got where we are, and where we might be going.

Welcome to the Jungle: The Why Behind Generation X, Geoffrey T. Holtz, 1995. (from Olivia Lopez's reviews) This book is a must for anybody wanting to do research on Generation X. Holtz approaches the topic not from a popular culture genre but from a historical and demographic tradition of identifying the key characteristics of Generation X. This is what sets his work apart from anything previously written about the subject including the slough of magazine articles written by people of the baby-boomer generation about twenty-nothings. Holtz targets the introduction of birth control in the sixties as one of the major reasons our generation is different from that of our parents. Also, when the baby boomer generation was trying to teach their kids that "you can be anything you want to be" in reality opportunities for a bright future looked pretty dim greyed by the damage done during 1980's Reagonomics. After the Vietnam war, the country's morale has never recovered, cynicsim among youth runs rampant. Baby boomers were able to exprerience the free love movement (you know the sex, drugs, and rock n roll scene) while this generation has been burdened with the threat of AIDS. Free love, or any love has taken on a new meaning for youth of today.

Infinite Jest, David Shawn Wallace, 1996. A 1000-page-plus fictional opus about what an entertainment-focused society such as ours might become.

Generation X: Tales of an Accelerated Culture, Douglas Coupland (1991). The work of fiction that got the proverbial snowball rolling. I also enjoyed Coupland's Microserfs, Shampoo Planet, and Life After God.

Revolution X, Rob Nelson and Jon Cowan (1994). About Lead... or Leave, and includes an activist handbook. Down-to-earth, easy-to-follow, and well-researched, this book is a great place to start.

Late Bloomers: Coming of Age in Today's America - The Right Place at the Wrong Time, David Lipsky and Alexander Abrams. Chock full of economic data about GenX.

Generation Ecch!, Jason Cohen and Michael Krugman (1994). Truly a sign of the times: snide commentary on all the facets of pop culture in the 90s.

GenX Reader, Douglas Rushkoff (1994). Sort of like eye candy, this anthology contains interesting bits that one can read in an afternoon.

America: Who Really Pays the Taxes? and America: What Went Wrong?, Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele. These two books discuss the shifting of the wealth distribution in the country over the last forty years.

Generation on Hold: Coming of Age in the Late Twentieth Century, James E. Cote and Anton L. Allahar, associate professors at the University of Western Ontario. This well-written book is a good sociological analysis (with much data) of our generation in the North American context. Although their solutions to the current intergenerational injustices are of a social demoncratic position, the book's social analysis and information will be valuable for right wing Gen-Xers as well.

The Overworked American, Juliet Schor. Discusses the increasing economic inequality in this country over the past 15 years. If you're interested in this sort of issue -- disproportionate burdens on our generation, knowledge stratification, cost increases amid productivity declines, that whole shtick -- you should definitely take a look.

Managing Generation X; How to Bring out the Best in Young Talent, Bruce Tulgan (an Xer), Merritt, 1995.

The Retirement Myth, Craig Karpel (an established and award winning free lance journalist), Harper Collins, 1995.

The Great Boom Ahead, Harry S. Dent. A splendid explanation for the economic events in America.

Secrets Of The Temple, William Greider; Debt Virus, Dr. Jaikaran. Inside-views of the Federal Reserve Agency.

The Return of Thrift: How the Collapse of the Middle Class Welfare State Will Reawaken Values in America, Phillip Longman. (Free Press, 1996)

The Invisible Generation: Baby Busters, George Barna, 1992.

A Generation Alone, William Mahedy and Janet Bernard, 1994.

subUrbia, a screenplay by Eric Bogosian, 1995, made into a movie by Richard Linklater in 1997. (from Olivia Lopez's reviews) subUrbia combines a sense of living in the eighties and nineties as an adolescent (ranging from late teens through early twenties) as an existence of despair, absurdity, alienation, and haphazard events. Nine characters, in their early twenties, all make up the scene set in suburban New York where pizza, beer, and curbside philosophizing intertwine. The characters are all representative of various types within Generation X: the disillusioned success who leaves small town America, the aspiring artist(s), the depressive "recovered" drug addict, and the militant neo-Nazi-inclined reactionary/cynic.

Prozac Nation, Elizabeth Wurtzel, 1994. (from Olivia Lopez's reviews) Wurtzel in fact spends hundreds of pages discussing her life as a manic depressive prescription (and illegal) drug and psychotherapy addict which leads the reader less to see her as brave soul and more as self-obsessed. The title Prozac Nation is tantalizing yet misleading for it is not so much Prozac the-feel-good-drug that is the issue here since it fails to give Elizabeth what she is looking -- a "normalized"-unfettered-by-neurosis life, but her existence as a twenty-nothing or Gen-Xer.

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