Like Froot Loops for dinner: fun but unsubstantial. On the whole, however, her experiences are more ordinary than transformative. Lancaster is the author of several other similar memoirs Bitter is the New Black , Such a Pretty Fat and often assumes that readers will be familiar with her back story, which could make it difficult for those new to her work to follow the narrative thread. At its best, this memoir will feel as comfortable as a long conversation with an old friend. However, longtime fans may wonder if they have anything in common with their old friend anymore—particularly during the chapter in which she describes her hunt for the perfect vintage bowling trophy—and new readers may occasionally feel like they are eavesdropping on an obnoxious person braying into her cell phone.
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Bestselling author, animal-lover, humor writer, and cocktail-obsessive Jen Lancaster was kind of OK with you calling her immature. After all, she's made a career out of calling herself a " self-centered smartass ," a "reality television addict" and a "dumb ass" , and "self-indulgent" and "surly" , to name a few. But that ends today! Today, Jen Lancaster is growing up. Today, Jen Lancaster enters Jeneration X.
Lancaster is throwing in the towel against immaturity, and embracing the big, bad universe of adulthood. Determined to let the world know that she was really going full-force into this embracing adulthood thing, Lancaster did a few things: moved to the 'burbs with her husband Fletch and their five cats and two dogs, bought a ton of fancy cookware and stopped eating Lucky Charms for dinner the no-cereal-for-dinner, admittedly, by Fletch's decree , signed a mortgage, and even wrote a will.
One more thing to solidify this whole being an awesome adult 2k12 thing? She talked to Glamour , just to get it all in stone. Apparently procrastination is an adult phenomenon as well. Or that's what I'm telling myself. Jen X is different than my last few memoirs because I've been on a self-improvement kick for a while, and my writing had taken a decidedly kinder, gentler bent. My readers were all, "Good for you, Oprah, but you need to bring back the bitch we loved from before.
Do you think following a somewhat risky dream was a totally mature or immature decision? And yet the more professional I tried to be, the more little bits of my personality would come out at the most inopportune moments.
For example, back when I worked for an investor relations website, I met with the financial newspaper. These pompous eggheads were super-misogynistic for the whole meeting, and when we were done chatting, we toured the newsroom.
I noticed all the employees were looking at porn sites. The head egghead explained, "They have to view those sites so we can have a better idea of how interstitials work in capturing subscribers. I mean, maybe I didn't go to Harvard, but I have a Ph. In retrospect, I shouldn't be surprised that I was laid off. So, even though I'd be far too anxious to take the leap of faith to begin writing career now, I'm awfully glad my prolonged arrested development and childish world view made me think, "Why wouldn't it work?
How does one reconcile being funny for a living with being seen as a "grown up", especially when comedy and immaturity are often seen as going hand-in-hand? That's me. I have to make the conscious effort to be situationally appropriate.
Because I'm actively pursuing maturity, I'm better at not blurting my every thought. And yet, I still struggle. For example, last week I was at Starbucks and I ordered a cappuccino with extra milk. Only in coffee-shop speak, this is called a wet cappuccino. I kept my inner year-old composed enough to order properly, but when the barista asked me, "Can you feel this and tell me if it's wet enough?
I try so hard to conduct myself with dignity, and what's funny is when it all goes awry. My high watermark isn't "male or female" so much as, "Do you live with your parents voluntarily, and not because of extenuating circumstances? Conservative columnist Peggy Noonan said that Mitt Romney needed to get serious and grow up if he wanted to be elected —any thoughts on that one? And what would a campaign for Jen Lancaster for President look like? Instead of our democratic process bringing us together, it would tear us apart.
Seriously, how many feeds have we all stopped following when people we know write incendiary posts about politics? I think it would be best if we did away with elections and simply allowed me to be a benevolent dictator. But not for me, of course.
For America. Xer, and but you could have chosen to have been born into any other time period, which would you pick and why? The clothes, the cars, the teased hair, the devotion to wearing false eyelashes on a daily basis? Although I really can't fathom what it must have been like to drink and smoke at work. Back then, they just called it "Tuesday. And I can't go without Botox, Juvederm, and never, ever having to ask for permission. GLAMOUR: Now that you're officially a self-proclaimed adult, and adults are supposed to give advice 'n' stuff, what words of wisdom would you pass on, however reluctantly, to those struggling against making the oh-so-scary leap into adulthood?
Is it worth it? There's nothing fun about stuff like estate planning, getting mammograms, or talking to a guy about long term disability insurance, but do it any way.
Trust me, the stress of not having done the above is prematurely aging. And nothing is worse than that. Luckily, that's why we write tons of articles about the best anti-aging products , Jen. Have you heard of B. But I digress. Want to grab a copy of Jeneration X? Order it here on Amazon , or head to your local bookstore and pick one up starting today!
Have you had struggles with "unarresting your arrested development" like Jen? And who else out there is a fan of this funny lady? Like funny authors? Topics authors books comedy humor inspiring women writers.
Bestselling author, animal-lover, humor writer, and cocktail-obsessive Jen Lancaster was kind of OK with you calling her immature. After all, she's made a career out of calling herself a " self-centered smartass ," a "reality television addict" and a "dumb ass" , and "self-indulgent" and "surly" , to name a few. But that ends today! Today, Jen Lancaster is growing up. Today, Jen Lancaster enters Jeneration X. Lancaster is throwing in the towel against immaturity, and embracing the big, bad universe of adulthood.