Nostalgia for the attitudes and culture of the early to mid-'90s looms large in Gordinier's entertaining book-length argument for the greatness of Generation X. Gordinier does not have warm sentiments toward the baby boomers or the current wanna-wanna generation of celebrity worshippers, preferring instead the self-effacing, conflictedly ambitious heroes of the '90s, like Kurt Cobain and Richard Linklater, who were not enthralled by the concept of changing the world. Gordinier has an easygoing style and a comprehensive knowledge of pop culture gleaned from a career writing for Entertainment Weekly and editing Details magazine, and this might be the reason the book sometimes feels like a collection of essays. Sequences on the rise of Nirvana and the burst of the dot-com bubble are ably narrated. And Gordinier does find a fresh perspective in discussions of recent phenomena such as YouTube and American Idol and their relationship to Generation X. (Mar. 31)
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"I loved this book. . . . It's impassioned, very quick on its feet, dense with all the right allusions, funny, and in the end actually very moving."
"Ever wonder what became of Generation X, those ironic slackers wedged between the paunchy, tie-dyed boomers and their smug offspring, the millennials? Gordinier's first-person manifesto starts with a thumbnail sketch of '90s disillusionment and ends with a passionate call for social activism."
Life changer. I don't feel so much like a loser anymore with my vast knowledge of punk rock trivia.Published 8 months ago by Robert Conger
As an X-er, I loved reading a book that for once, was about me. Sort of. I am gen X after all. Seriously though, Jeff Gordinier articulates the plight of this generation with... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jessica Miller
Obviously not born n raised in south Detroit. .Nirvana?? Gag me with a spoon!! I am younger than you are Nirvana?? Loved the book until again NIRVANA?? WTF?? Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jeanmarie M DePaola
During my mid-twenties I wrote a book called 'Kurt Cobain Syndrone,' it was about the radical events that were marking Generation X as little more than a series of social... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Alex Hutchinson
Jeff Gordinier shatters the myth that Generation X are "slackers" (a term I've long tired of seeing in association with my generation). Read morePublished 16 months ago by Donna Di Giacomo
about the millenials: "They just love stuff. They love celebrities. They love technology. They love brand names. . . . They're happy to do whatever advertising tells them to do. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sophia
I expected more comments on the comparison of the different generations and why Gen X'rs are looked down ion. Not anecdotes of rock bands over and over.Published 21 months ago by Brad E. Muniz
I enjoyed reading about Generation X from a Gen Xer. Very insightful and humorous but a bit chaotic at time. Read morePublished 23 months ago by K. S. Gmeinweiser
While recently reading I WANT MY MTV!, the oral history of the network, I came across a reference to a book by EW and DETAILS journalist Jeff Gordinier called X SAVES THE WORLD, a... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Stacy Helton