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Of books and baby boomers

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Of books and baby boomers

Of books and baby boomers

by BoomerYearbook.com

The years between 1946 and 1964 not only constitute an era of the boomers, but they are also among the glory days of literature as books of several genres and subjects tackled the very sensibilities of boomers, most of whom displayed an admirable love of reading.

In the dawn of the information age, the boomers’ select books started gathering dust but the younger generation of echo boomers also did take the time to read the pages of yesteryears.

The great writers of a preceding era are almost always put on a literary pedestal by their followers. But it is not by tradition, or fad, or blind faith that today’s readers held with utmost awe and respect the books read by their predecessors. Think analogically of having listened to an aging and experienced adult and reading from the baby boomer authors.

One of the most popular books in the boomer period was published in 1946 as a literary journalistic piece— Hiroshima by John Hersey. Hersey narratively presented true-to-life accounts of Hiroshima residents, a portion of whom who survived the Hiroshima bombing. The reader steps into a bomb-ridden far away world, that Hershey fashioned using words that filled the reader with cutting terror.

Another literary piece of the boomer period that made it into one of the most-read books is Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus, which was published in 1947. People were not only discussing Faustus but they were equally interested in the evil spirit to whom the German legend sold his soul, Mephistopheles.

Another book, which is even more magical and fantastical than Doctor Faustus, was published in 1951— J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings. The trilogy’s movie adaptation in the new millennium was an instant success. The commendation credited to the fictionist who imagined the Middle Earth and presented it before us in his gorgeously descriptive writing.

Only a few geniuses are born in every period but the boomer years exceeded what their followers and predecessors expected of them. Their contributions not only to the literary field manifest until today and will continue to reverberate for generations to come.

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Changing Cultural Trends

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Changing Cultural Trends

Changing Cultural Trends

by BoomerYearbook.com

There is a huge misconception that boomers only identify with Rock & Roll.

Yes, all of us were headlong into the R&R era, and we had a lot of wild times. But that does not mean we don’t dig anything else!

At a recent classical concert by the New York Philharmonic, the hall was choc-a-bloc with boomers! i.e. people in their early sixties and late fifties. That should tell people that we have grown out of R&R. But that does not mean that we are completely out of good ole rock and roll, does it?

Even today, there are millions of our generation who cannot resist tapping to the tune of a ‘Grease’ or ‘Saturday night disco’. And that , too, is how it should be. J

The changing cultural trends of the country are often and rightfully attributed to us boomers. No other generation in the history of this country has affected so much cultural change. And music is just one part of it. Disco, other forms of entertainment, and even stand up comedy - All are boomer phenomenon, and that is just one part of it. The art world in the USA has been witnessing unparalleled growth. And similarly, literature. Over the last few decades, there has been an outburst of tremendous talent in the field of writing. American authors are ruling the roost in all genres of writing and publishing.

Why are we talking about all these topics here today? Because a generation is often remembered by the contribution they make to their country’s culture. We remember our earlier generations thanks to American country music and we call film making the revolution of the early 1900s. So, that way, we have certainly done our bit for the country’s changing cultural trends, haven’t we?

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