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Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes, and the Reinvention of the American Grown-up Paperback – April 24, 2007
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“Geezers wearing blue jeans and watching cartoons and playing videogames is not precisely what Bob Dylan had in mind (‘May you stay forever young’) back in the countercultural day. But as Christopher Noxon smartly and definitively explains, never-ending youthfulness—that is, the mass refusal to swear off fun and comfort for the sake of grown-up propriety—is the enduring legacy of the Woodstock generation.” —Kurt Andersen, host of public radio’s Studio 360 and author of Turn of the Century
“Rejuvenile is better than any book out there about play. It sweeps together stories of real people being true to their core selves. This is not a book for escapists; it is a book for curious open explorers looking to lead more effective, flexible, adaptive, vital, and still responsible lives.” —Stuart L. Brown, M.D., founder and president, the Institute for Play
“Any book that inspires me to rediscover Four Square and Duck Duck Goose is A-OK with me. Rejuvenile made me want to play and it made me think—a stellar combination. Thank you, Christopher, for giving us a concept we actually need: a new, liberating redefinition of adulthood, where you can be a responsible grown-up and still maintain a sense of wonder.” —Sasha Cagen, author of Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics
“With Rejuvenile, Christopher Noxon brilliantly charts the continual turning of the Boomers, X’ers and Y’ers away from the brittle authority of work-obsessed adulthood. We seriously need more playful times, and Rejuvenile will help us get there.” —Pat Kane, author of The Play Ethic: A Manifesto for a Different Way of Living
“Christopher Noxon has the same affection for the ingenuous adults he describes as they do for their Ninja Turtles, skateboards, and Lego blocks. Noxon is an avid collector in his own right—one of compelling characters, funny stories, and insights that speak to our mixed-up times.” —Ethan Watters, former Chuck E. Cheese Rat and author of Urban Tribes: Are Friends the New Family?
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Top Customer Reviews
This book doesn't even touch on rejeuvenile things within my own experience like going to dress-up events such Burning Man or Renaissance Faires. The fragmenting of today's culture into a million kaleidoscope prisms makes any sort of detailed survey of rejeuvenile culture impossible; it's simply growing and dividing too fast for anybody to track... and the growth is accelerating.
You can listen to an NPR feature where the author talks about the rejeuvenile phenomenon at [...] . One lady called in and was really pissed about rejeuveniles. I don't think she read the book. I think just hearing about the concept of adults that really enjoy video games and skateboarding and collecting toys and stuff like that really disturbed her. The author calls these people "Harrumphing Codgers" and I'm very thankful my own parents don't feel that way. I know a lot of adults I would classify as rejeuveniles and while their households seem like a sort of funny place to raise children, I see their kids growing up fine.
If anything, rejeuveniles reject the notion that when you grow up you have to progress to "adult" forms of play like golf and boating.Read more ›
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I didn't like this book. It was more of a culture analysis of how and why people want to act younger and playfully. Read morePublished 8 months ago by N.M.
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It really irks me when people write history, but don't take the time to ascertain facts. Mattel's Ruth Handler, did not buy the rights to the German doll until 1964 - five years... Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by mominsmalltownontario
Rejuvenile is an excellent book, but is based on a concept that I believe is well-known but rarely written about. That being the case, this book takes some getting used to. Read morePublished on January 21, 2009 by Brett D. Donjon
At a time when alleged adults dress like overgrown toddlers and take superhero movies seriously, a call for traditional notions of adulthood would be in order. Read morePublished on July 23, 2008 by Barry Goub!er
About: Lives of "rejuveniles" adults who won't "grow up". Grown up kickball leagues, mommies skateboarding groups, doll and toy collectors as well as Disney World aficionados are... Read morePublished on August 6, 2007 by Charlie
The book was informative and a new perspective on modern adults. A must read if you were the kid who never wanted to grow upPublished on January 9, 2007 by K. Schwartz
Though I don't have any children (and there are a lot of stories about childless adults in Rejuvenile), this wonderful book made me really look forward to having them. Read morePublished on January 4, 2007 by Matthew T. Cavanaugh
I LOVED this book. It's been highly useful to me as a marketer who's always seeking to learn more about the human condition (If you're a marketer, or anyone who's in any way... Read morePublished on October 6, 2006 by Joe Wilmot