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THE DEATH OF COOL: An open letter to Generation X

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In this “open letter to Generation X,” Greg Ippolito argues that the concept of Cool, which was introduced by the Baby Boomers, has since degenerated to a cancer on our modern culture.
ebook, 16 pages
Published March 3rd 2010 by n/a
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Patty
Mar 17, 2010 Patty added it
In which Greg posits that sarcasm and aloofness are real problems for the post-babyboomer generation, and makes a plea to us all to drop it and be more authentic and sincere.

I am a member of this generation, and I am usually revoltingly sincere, although not a fan of the concept of authenticity. When people in my life are too sarcastic or aloof, I usually tell them as much. I can vouch for the effectiveness of that approach. Greg will have to let us know what sort of results he gets from the op
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ron swegman
Mar 17, 2010 ron swegman rated it really liked it
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Greg Ippolito's "open letter" THE DEATH OF COOL is an interesting early salvo in a war of generational identity that will be fought more fiercely in the near future. The one criticism of this reader is that the nature and focus of Ippolito's argument is just slightly off the main target.

For over a decade and a half Generation X has been a media and marketing label used to describe the children of the Baby Boomers. True to the solipsist nature of the latter group, the children of JFK, MLK, and Vi
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Matt Margo
Mar 22, 2010 Matt Margo rated it really liked it
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Not too long ago, I had written (or begun to write) a brief essay exploring the etymology and history of the word "boy" as well as the social constructs and definitions of boyhood implemented within different cultures. The essay is generally finished, but I know that it could certainly be expanded upon and cover a much wider range of the subject. I was interested by Greg Ippolito's "open letter to Generation X" when it had been recommended to me by a distant Goodreads friend, but not unlike my o ...more
Bobbi Lurie
Mar 24, 2010 Bobbi Lurie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Bobbi by: Paul Siegell

THE DEATH OF COOL: An open letter to Generation X" is an honest, courageous, thought-provoking and very important piece of writing. Greg Ippolito follows his own advice in this piece by "putting a …high regard for authenticity, and an unwavering pursuit of truth" behind the words that he writes.
Beyond what Ippolito writes about "cool" being quiet audacity, an attitude of disregard, sarcasm, irony and automatic cynicism, a constant state of being "above it all." Beyond what he says about it being
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Grady
Mar 24, 2010 Grady rated it it was amazing
Greg Ippolito offers a strong, pungent bit of philosophizing in THE DEATH OF COOL, and though he seems to be addressing his fellow Generation Xers, his sequences of historic examination of the use of the term 'COOL' can teach us all something. As Ippolito states 'cool as our culture's nod of approval' started somewhere in the vicinity of the 30s and 40s as the ultimate applause, but from the 50s on it became an attitude of disregard until it 'degenerated into cancer'. Modern 'cool' is little mor ...more
Paul Siegell
Mar 16, 2010 Paul Siegell rated it it was amazing
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Tiffany
Apr 24, 2011 Tiffany rated it liked it
"Think about this for a moment. If a person is defined by his/her actions, then the defining traits of our generation appear to be reflexive negativity and passive aggressiveness."

The essay itself says exactly what it plans to say and in that way it is a very good and straightforward essay.

The topics presented and ideas about them are very interesting to read and the essay was indeed thought-provoking.

The images were helpful in reading the essay and providing some visual aide. The footnotes as
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Ant
Feb 09, 2012 Ant rated it liked it
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Ippolito taps an undercurrent of what it seems to take these days to appear intelligent, successful, cool. That being cynicism. While there is much in todays world to be cynical about, this open essay is really discussing the 'automatic sneer' which has evolved from, or taken the place of what was once, quietly, audaciously 'cool'. I could not help but recognise just what he was talking about in reflection, mainly of colleagues in the competitive realm of the workforce where a sneer or snide rem ...more
Allie
Aug 24, 2012 Allie rated it it was amazing
****This review contains a quote from the book, but I wouldn't consider it a spoiler. However, I've blocked it just in case. So, you can read it if you want to.****

I thought this essay was very good. It was nothing if not insightful and I found it to be very thought provoking. It is defiantly a very short read. It is only sixteen pages and not of those pages are as long as what you would expect to find in your average novel. I found most, if not all, of what was stated in this book to ring true
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Ana Marsh
Jul 06, 2011 Ana Marsh rated it did not like it
It's a 14 page essay about the history of cool, and it's evolution into something sinister. Honestly, I can see what the authour means about how our culture is now steeped in sarcasm, destructiveness and absolute indifference. But calling for 'The Death of Cool'? That seems ridiculous to me. It's a word. It's just semantics. What he really means is there needs to be a change in our perceptions and treatment of others.
Natalie Pietro
Sep 07, 2011 Natalie Pietro rated it really liked it
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Even though this is a 16 page essay I must say it made me think about my generation. Were we all brain dead lush who killed being cool. Gives a great history of how being cool started and ends with the death of cool. Funny and quite whimsical. Glad I found this read.
Craig
Oct 22, 2011 Craig rated it liked it
Interesting (if not far more than bare bones) tiny statement. I wish he would've been more verbose.
Darnia
Only 16 pages of a short essay
But it's a WOOOOOOOOOOOOW.....
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Greg Ippolito is the author of Zero Station (Coral Press, 2010) — a novel about a Gen-X Jersey teenager/indie rocker who flies off the existential rails during the last three days of the Persian Gulf War (Feb. 1991). It’s scheduled for release later this year. Greg is also the author of the lauded short story, “Wheel of Fortune”, and the provocative essay, “The Death of Cool”.

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