Hi, all,

Below is a piece I was quoted in–I thought the writer made some interesting points. I remember watching the GenX movie Reality Bites back when it first came out. I was supposed to identify with Winona Ryder, who was appalled by, yet attracted to, Ethan Hawke’s slacker character. She of course winds up with him at the end, nasty nicotine-stained fingers, joblessness and all. I, too, thought he was hot, but couldn’t help thinking thinking how totally irritating it would be to actually be with him.  From there I couldn’t relate to any of the characters, who were meant to be me and my friends. I didn’t think the movie depicted “us,” GenXers, accurately at all.

Anyhow, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

X at a Crossroads

No longer young, but far from old, Joanne Laucius explains where her generation is at and why it may yet change the world

The Breakfast Club, from left: Judd Nelson,  Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall.

Photograph by: Ottawa Citizen, Files

Come as you are, as you were, as I want you to be

— Nirvana (1991)

OTTAWA — In 1986, when I was in my third year of journalism school, we made a parody video of Tears Are Not Enough. We called it Careers There Aren’t Enough. I played Joni Mitchell.

Tears was one in a run of We Are The World-type songs recorded by “supergroups” for worthy causes. Today’s young people would probably invite Craig Kielburger to deliver an inspirational speech and then collect loonies. Back in 1986, our response was to skewer the earnest effort, which went on to raise $3.2 million for the hungry.