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Best of P-Mag: Growing up X: From Heathers to Reality Bites

As a member of Generation X myself, I’ve often wondered why there’s so little discussion of us in popular discourse. PMag was one of the first places I came that talked about things that were important to my not-quite-Greatest Generation. And, come on, Heathers is awesome. – Slay As a teenager in the late eighties, […]

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Why “Reality Bites” is Still Worth Watching

I bought Reality Bites on VHS in 1995, when I was 16, in those primitive days when you had to wait around a year to see a movie you’d missed in the theater. As I paid, my dad asked the sales clerk what it was about. “It’s a minor slacker film that teens seem to […]

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Generation XX

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

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 […]

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Generation XX

Growing up X: From Heathers to Reality Bites

As a teenager in the late eighties, Winona Ryder was my hero.   An article in either Bop! or Tiger Beat once misidentified her birthday as the same as mine, so in my vapid teenage way I felt, you know, really connected to her.  I’m not sure if it was Dracula or finding out we were […]

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Pop Culture

The Sun is Up, the Sky is Blue

It’s beautiful, and so are you, dear readers.  Happy Wednesday morning! It’s National Bring A Teddy Bear to Work Day.  No, I’m not kidding.  We won’t judge you for bringing something fuzzy and full of stuffing to the office.  We’ve worked in the corporate world, having a teddy bear to snuggle while going into the […]