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From The CriticsFor most of this audiotape, Barry uses the opportunity of his 50th birthday to review the life and times of a typical Baby Boomer - himself - year by year, from birth to present. So what you get is yet another Boomer parody-those same silly old jokes about the Eisenhower years and Tricky Dick and love beads and rock-and-roll.
Worse, Barry, whose reading voice seems somehow to resonate with middle-class suburban privilege-from-birth, actually begins to lecture us as his memoir turns to topics like the Vietnam War, civil rights and the generation gap. "We Boomers found ourselves in conflict, occasionally violent conflict, with our own government, our own culture, our own parents. And in some of those conflicts, we turned out to be right," he announces self-righteously, thus providing evidence for another of his hypotheses: that Boomers are "more than a little smug. . . . We are the big fat loudmouth of generations."
Speak for yourself, Dave.