August 25th, 2007

reading, activism, writing

Book # 35: Boomsday by Christopher Buckley

It's coming and we can't stop it. According to our heroine, Cassandra Devine, the day that the baby boomers begin to retire and live on the government dole (otherwise known as Social Security) will be the day that the "whatever" generation is economically enslaved and left paying for the leisurely, loafish, and long-lived boomers. (Wasn't the word "whatever" the one that made Russell Crowe go mad a pitch a phone at a hotel worker?)

Devine's unique proposal? Boomers will be given tax incentives to kill themselves at age 70. Once gone, they will no longer be a drain on the economy. Now that's team spirit!

Buckley, the author known for his hilarious writing in Thank You for Smoking, is trying to spark some discussion here. The book is amusing and at moments LOL funny. It's like looking into a fun-house mirror. We see ourselves reflected, but hard to recognize.

I find it particularly hard when, as a free-lancer, I see just how much of my income now goes to SSI. Pay more? You've got to be kidding. Let Wall Street get their greedy hands on it? NEVER!

I place this one high on my list of fun novels.

Also, since I didn't write a blog entry about them, here are the books that fill the gap between #31 Fat Girl, by Judith Moore and this one # 35.
#32: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling, 7/28/07
#33: The Next Justice: Repairing the Supreme Court Appointment Process, by Christopher L. Eisgruber, 8/6/07
#34: The Judge: William P. Clark Ronald Reagan's Top Hand, by Paul Kengor & Patricia Clark Doerner, 8/12/07

I wrote reviews for ForeWord Magazine on the last two. They will be available on my website sometime in December when the magazine is published.

For a complete reading list visit my website.
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