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Trying to Be Cool

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"A lovely and passionate evocation of a time and place and the evanescent self we all inhabit." - T.C. BOYLE Philadelphia in the '50s: Barson's Soda Shop at 60th and Cedar was the center of the universe, hanging out was the point, and the height of cool was to be kicked out of the Cedar Theatre for public displays of passion. In this engaging memoir of teenage life amid ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 21st 2013 by Asahina & Wallace
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Jun 04, 2014 Dj rated it liked it
I expected this book to be either a satirical view of the 1950s, or a historical perspective of the baby boomers. It wasn't really either one-instead, Braudy made it a blend of the two, and took great pains to point out it was from a Jewish viewpoint.

Did it work? Ehh, not really. While I enjoy the injection of history into books (I love it, actually), Braudy made it more just a bit dry. Instead of interspersing history throughout the book, he would start a chapter with a story about his boyhood,
Oct 28, 2014 Teresa rated it liked it
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"Braudy is a cultural historian and it shows-he writes intelligently and passionately about being a teenager in the first generation have teenagers. It's easy, nowadays, to see the 1950s as cheesy, conservative, and naïve and in some ways, yeah, Braudy did not disabuse me of this notion but I grew fascinated by his dissection of what makes 'cool'."
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Leo Braudy is among Americas leading cultural historians and film critics. His most recent book, From Chivalry to Terrorism, was named Best of the Best by the Los Angeles Times and a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times. Among his previous books, The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and Jean Renoir: The World of His Films ...more
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