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Sunday, January 21, 2007

In Canada: new book blasts boomer self-obsession

We all know who they are: the Baby Boomers, the Woodstock Generation, the Yuppies. Bywater, a boomer himself, is out to deflate whatever helium is left in his generation's Zeppelinesque self-regard, and he does so by attacking his fellow boomers' inability to grow up and behave like proper adults.

What is a proper adult, according to Bywater? The short answer is everything that boomers aren't: responsible, autonomous, well mannered, politically and culturally engaged, distrustful but not disrespectful of authority – and able to delay gratification to achieve short- and long-term goals. Bywater locates this ideal adult in the figures of his parents and grandparents and the other adults – teachers, tradesmen, housewives, shopkeepers, cops – he modelled himself after as a child.

"We Are a Bunch of Babies"
Toronto Star

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