i have decided that the incredibly specific hill i'm going to die on is that obama is gen x under the original definition of the term and was still being referred to as such in 2008
although this article from 1990 doesn't use the phrase "gen x," it was actually very important in The Discourse abt defining the post-baby boom generation and the birthdate range under discussion here is 1961-1972! rolfpotts.com/time-twentysom…
yeah, part of it is that obama is about halfway between me and springsteen, but i do genuinely think someone his age has more in common in terms of cultural touchstones w/me than w/springsteen
i hate the phrase "generation jones" but this makes sense to me -- so much of boomer pop culture/discourse was around vietnam and the '60s counterculture and the backlash thereto. for ppl who were born in the '60s wold have a very diff relationship to that
anyway, i myself may be biased as my parents were aborn in 1946-48 and thus are early wave boomers. in conclusion, if you're mad at "boomers" 9 times out of 10 you're just mad at old, comfortable people, and as an incipient old person i urge you to embrace this disticntion

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CBS EXEC [on the phone, seeing werner herzog on THE MANDALORIAN and flying into a rage]: get me david lynch. or dario argento. one of these weirdos loved mr spock and i want him on my fuckin show
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cleaning out my desk drawer and found a cd?/dvd??? with my name and "10/11/14" written on it in magic marker, have no idea what it might hold and am terrified to find out
if i my current computer had a disc player i probably wouldn't be able to resist the urge to pop it in immediately. i do have one in a closet somewhere but am very dubious about pulling it out
no!!!!! feel like it would be slightly more ominous if it were tbh
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then i looked at what % of the states (and therefore the senate) that 1/3 of the population represented. for all of US history, 1/3 of the pop has controlled more or less 2/3 of the senate!
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