Books: It's Hip to Be Square, Again

A thirtysomething humorist dares to confront the unthinkable: lawn care, golf lessons and growing up

There are two kinds of humorists: those to whom unusual things happen and those whose lives are completely ordinary. In the former category are writers like David Sedaris, to whom fate hands interesting twists--he is gay, he has a wacky family, he lives in Paris--all of which then become comic material. Dan Zevin, author of The Day I Turned Uncool: Confessions of a Reluctant Grown-up, is firmly in the latter category. His bread and butter is the Seinfeld-ian nothingness of everyday life.

Zevin's theme is the agony of becoming an adult, a condition finally afflicting the generation formerly known as X....

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