I’m in this book. I think. I mean, author Lisa Chamberlain interviewed me while she was in the process of writing Slackonomics: Generation X in the Age of Creative Destruction, and I was invited to the book launch party, so I’m figuring something of what I spoke to her about being an independent thirtysomething creative person in the 2000s ended up in the book. Even if I didn’t end up in the book, though, I’m looking forward to reading it, because Lisa and I are definitely sympatico on the whole Gen X thing. From her intro (which is available on her blog for the book):
Slackonomics is not an academic white paper; it is written for people who, for example, understand family dynamics from watching “Married With Children” and “The Simpsons.” It is written for women who got in touch with their post-feminist rage through riot grrrl music and Thelma and Louise. It is written for people who might have dabbled in Corporate America, but found themselves working at one time or another in an entirely new arena or as free agents without having exactly planned for it. It is written for people who, regardless of whether they have taken a traditional route to marriage, parenthood, and homeownership, still don’t exactly feel (or look or act) like “grown-ups.” It is written for people with a sense of humor, who long ago developed an appreciation for the absurdity of life. (Pardon me if this is starting to sound like an Internet dating ad.) In other words, this book is a portrait of a generation, not a screed; it is descriptive not polemical. It is written for people interested in understanding the context that shapes our lives and how this generation will influence the future.
Later in the intro she says:
But perhaps Groucho Marx’s sentiment sums up the American Gen X attitude best: “I would not join any club that would have someone like me for a member.”
The book will be out in early July — you can preorder on Amazon now.