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A Neo-Modern Summary of the Futcha: An Exploration of the Generation X in Our Midst

Imagine arriving at a beach at the end of a long summer of wild goings-on. The beach crowd is exhausted, the sand shopworn, hot, and full of debris-no place for walking barefoot. You step on a bottle, and some cop yells at you for littering. The sun is directly overhead and leaves no patch of shade that hasn't already been taken. You feel the glare beating down on a barren landscape devoid of secrets or innocence. You look around at the

disapproving faces and can't help but sense that, somehow, the entire universe is gearing up to punish you. l

This passage, meant to describe the experiences of the generation that came of age during the 1980s and '90s, is the opening paragraph to Strauss and Howe's 13th Gen: Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail?-the book that came to define the popular term "Generation X." In this article, I will explore the concept of Generation X and reflect on my experiences as an academic librarian who demographically fits into the generation that arrived "after it all happened."