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Slackonomics: Generation X in the Age of Creative Destruction Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 8, 2008
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“A Suzy Orman for the Deconstructionist set, Chamberlain is witty, brainy, fabulous. A necessary addition to any collapsing IKEA bookshelf.”
“Slackonomics provides an engaging, informative, and surprisingly humorous tour through the booming, buzzing confusion of Gen-X economic life. Though a fellow Gen-Xer, I’d never thought of myself as part of a generation, but that’s Chamberlain’s big point: In an era of creative destruction, some of us are riding the up elevator while others are heading down—and the situation might be reversed next week.”
"Despite the fact that I was born during the Eisenhower Administration, I've always felt more a more natural kinship with Generation X than with my own cohort. And now, just as Gen Xers are (ha!) entering middle age, Lisa Chamberlain’s smart, enterprising and entertaining book has helped me understand some of the reasons why—as well as why I tend to be 51% hopeful about America, notwithstanding our current collective confusion.”
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Rife with snippets of pop culture Chamberlain ties in music lyrics, television shows, and the emotions of the era in order to illustrate the mindset of Gen X. Slackonomics joins a number of books, articles, and TV programs about the unique attitudes of Gen X. Chamberlains style of writing and use of cultural context manage to set the book apart.
The most interesting (and entertaining) aspect of the book centers around Chamberlain's examination of the shifts in social norms, family structures, opportunities, and expectations that have occurred with Gen X. Slackonomics shows that although the style of Generation X is comparatively deviant with respect to past generations, these shifts are not entirely negative. Chamberlain provides an interesting retrospective for a phenomenon that is continuing to unfold.
Slackonomics presents Gen X in context. Rather than evaluating the generation in comparison to those that have come before it, Chamberlain shows a more objective and comprehensive picture (almost a view of Gen X cast by Gen X itself). Aside from being an informative read, Slackonomics has useful insight for anyone in a field that is trying to better understand those within the generation now coming into power. The narratives Chamberlain provides allows the reader to easily identify with the book and evaluate their own experience with that presented by Slackonomics.
Chamberlain is an excellent writer, with the sort of dry wit that most Gen X'ers appreciate. The chapters weave a subtle narrative of how our generation is coping with the challenging times we face today and why our pragmatic attitude is so important. I highly recommend the book for anyone trying to understand Generation X (and that includes many X'ers too!).
My story is featured in the chapter on comedy, and while I had a sense of the book's themes when I was interviewed, I was surprised at the revelations it offered when I read it through: I always thought my unstable, ad-hoc, creativity-driven, dot-com-influenced career and my irreverent take on employment and the randomness of "adult" life were totally original. Turns out I'm just a product of my generation, a fact that is comforting and disconcerting at the same time.
GenX's views havent been aired enough, and GenXers havent commented enough on the disasters created by the BB generation. The author does a good job splicing important facts with entertaining insights via to-the-point cultural and social commentary.
Important read for GenXers and the POST-Millenial/GenY (i.e. Dumbest Generation) people who are in the same boat....except the economy will be much worse.
Not only is this a very insightful, intelligent book but it's a pretty easy read. It's not heavy on the lingo and minutae, but does a great job of spelling out how the next leaders of the country will probably do things... as soon as we get all the obnoxious, decrepit Baby Boomers out of there.
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useful anecdotes/first-person thoughts on people interviewed for book, well-written, sometimes funny and a rather thorough survey on various aspects of living in this chaotic... Read morePublished on December 19, 2008 by S. Riley
I read about half this book and just had to quit. This book is a lot of ranting about the author's experience and the experience of her friends who all seem to be short sighted and... Read morePublished on September 5, 2008 by G. Prevost
Being an on-the-cusp'er -- born around the time some people define as being the end of Gen X and the beginning of Gen Y or the MTV Generation or the Millenials or whichever label... Read morePublished on July 21, 2008 by Jskrybe
The theme of this book really struck a chord with me (and it made me feel like less of an "outlier" for not yet owning a home). Read morePublished on July 14, 2008 by M. Mooney