Siblings Leonora & Eve Epstein go head to head about the differences between Gen X & Y
Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
For coming-of-age awesomeness set in different eras, try…
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell for a precocious-yet-unannoying kid’s-eye view of life in an ’80s-era British village
Locas by Jaime Hernandez for an alt-comic depiction of badass, punk-rock Chicanas growing up as best friends and sometime lovers in ’80s So Cal
The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis for hilarious first lust/love antics set against the groovy backdrop of ’60s/’70s London
Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block for a dreamy YA novel about a gritty fairy tale-like ’80s L.A.
"My ultimate dream date in 1982 was the following: a quiet dinner with John Taylor of Duran Duran at a candlelit restaurant with rose-filled bud vases on the tables, after which he would take me back to his place and serenade me with the bass lines of all the songs for Rio as I fell asleep in the guest room.” (Gen X’s first crush from this story.)
OK Soda was a soft drink created by The Coca-Cola Company in 1993 that aggressively courted the Generation X demographic with unusual advertising tactics, including endorsements and even outright negative publicity. It did not sell well in select test markets and was officially declared out of production in 1995 before reaching nation-wide distribution. The drink’s slogan was “Things are going to be OK.”
Excerpts from the OK Soda manifesto were printed on the cans, and were also available for a short while on their website. Some of the sayings were:
- What’s the point of OK? Well, what’s the point of anything?
- OK Soda emphatically rejects anything that is not OK, and fully supports anything that is.
- The better you understand something, the more OK it turns out to be.
- OK Soda says, “Don’t be fooled into thinking there has to be a reason for everything.”
- OK Soda reveals the surprising truth about people and situations.
- OK Soda does not subscribe to any religion, or endorse any political party, or do anything other than feel OK.
- There is no real secret to feeling OK.
- OK Soda may be the preferred drink of other people such as yourself.
- Never overestimate the remarkable abilities of “OK” brand soda.
- Please wake up every morning knowing that things are going to be OK.
How about this rad, rad X-Girl gif??