Ted Rall is pissed off. He has issues. He will never succeed with such a bad attitude--or maybe he already has. Revenge of the Latchkey Kids
distills Rall's vast torrent of negative emotions into a passionate litany of what's screwed up in America today. If you're a Gen-Xer who suffered through the parental experiments of the 1970s, or ever slaved for meager pay and no benefits as a temp, or wondered when you'd ever pay off your student loans, Rall will hit a nerve. And then hit it again. And keep hitting it.
It would be simple to dismiss Rall as a whiner if he weren't so right all the time. Furthermore, at the risk of sounding like one of his cartoons, Rall performs a vital social function: he presents a point of view other than that of the demographic 800-pound gorilla, the baby boomer. Rall has no pity for that generation, which he sees as self-indulgent, hypocritical, and well, evil. But the cartoonist is an evenhanded demonizer: Gen-X fares little better; it's clear Rall has no illusions as to what nightmares would ensue if he and his compatriots ran things.
Revenge of the Latchkey Kids is a howl of anger--in perfect pitch. Ted Rall serves up an opinion you won't get anywhere else. Get some before he gives up.
"(Revenge) plants well-aimed kicks on deserving corporate and baby-boomer behinds." (Entertainment Weekly)
"REVENGE features Rall's withering prose and angry, angular cartoons. He's funny. He's honest. He's onto something." (Arthur Salm, San Diego Tribune)
"Clever, biting, and all too true." (Elaine Beebe, The Salem Register Guard)
"More than an essayist and cartoonist, Rall is anthropologist, psychologist, and perhaps revolutionary." (Chris Davis, The Memphis Flyer)
"Rall is one of the fiercest, most unusual satirists producing cartoons for American newspapers today." -- Reviews
The sporadically funny result plants well-aimed kicks on deserving corporate and baby-boomer behinds. But in the end, his seething social observations resolve themselves into a one-note whine. -- Entertainment Weekly, L.S. Klepp