From the Archives: GenX: The Toys that Warped a Generation

[E] Selena MacIntoshGeneration XX13 Comments

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Editor’s note: Here’s a blast from the past, before we had so many readers.  This one goes out to our Olds, on a hot summer night perfect for nostalgia. It’s time to step in to the TARDIS, fellow Gen Xers, to look at the toys that shaped our childhoods and our psyches from the mid-1970s until the mid-1980s.  You Youthfuls … Read More

[E] Selena MacIntoshFrom the Archives: GenX: The Toys that Warped a Generation

The Wet Banana, Shared Phone Line, and Wool Coat of My Youth

Buster BlondeGeneration XX9 Comments

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The Slip “˜n Slide was a far superior product to the Wet Banana. For those who never experienced the Banana (Koki Toy Company’s answer to the genius of Wham-O’s Slip “˜n Slide and derivative summer slide products like the really awesome Crocodile Mile), it was made up of a long narrow piece of yellow plastic (like a Slip “˜n Slide) … Read More

Buster BlondeThe Wet Banana, Shared Phone Line, and Wool Coat of My Youth

“Sassy” Really Did Change My Life

Sissy LarueGeneration XX8 Comments

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Sassy magazine changed my life. I know that’s the name of a book (by Marisa Meltzer and Kara Jesella – I highly recommend it), but personally speaking, it’s actually true. I picked up my first Sassy in 1988 and as I cracked the mag’s spine, my world opened up. I always knew that I wasn’t quite like other girls in … Read More

Sissy Larue“Sassy” Really Did Change My Life

On Being Gen X by Nathalie

Guest WriterGeneration XX1 Comment

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I spent my childhood voraciously testing out various paths to Passion. In my teens I discovered photography. All the way to art school, I raced through life with a camera surgically attached to my face. I reveled in the idea of living behind the camera instead of in front, the jaded recovery of an only-child. Before the camera, in that … Read More

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DEAR JOHN: An Open Letter to John Singleton

rosasparksGeneration XX15 Comments

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I am writing you a letter because I wanted to say “I love you.” I mean, it goes a little beyond that and it’s not a romantic thing, but it is a thing. I love you so much that I have been holding off writing you for, I dunno, 18 years. I keep waiting to find the right time to … Read More

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Gen. X, Gen. Y and the Art of Slacking

Meghan WilliamsGeneration XX3 Comments

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I hope you all will excuse me while I make rash, sweeping generalizations about, well, pretty much all of us (or at least the generations to which we belong). I think it’s interesting that the idea of the lovable, cool slacker arose in the 80s and 90s as a counter-cultural alternative to yuppies and  corporate expansion, but I’m not sure … Read More

Meghan WilliamsGen. X, Gen. Y and the Art of Slacking