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Review: Albert Brooks’ 2030

AKIE BERMISS: Albert Brooks’ new book, 2030, is a more complicated pleasure than one would think. If you think it’s just a bit of dark comedy about the near future, you’re in for a big surprise. It would appear that Mr. Brooks decided to write: a novel. Since I know him primarily as a humorist and actor I thought this would be a light bit of fluff, a quick read, and leave my mind as soon as a closed the book. Instead, the story and its prognostications stay with me. If I didn’t know that Brooks was a humorist, I’d be tempted to say this was actually a “sad” story.

HOWARD MEGDAL: It would be nearly impossible to find a more devoted Albert Brooks fan than me. I think I’ve seen Julie Hagerty lose her nest egg more than 50 times. I want every omelet to be the one served in Defendingg Your Life. And freezer burn, in my house, is “protective ice”. I once went to the Museum of TV and Radio just to see Albert Brooks’ short films made for Saturday Night Live before they were widely available. Continue reading

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Adult-Shaped Children

NAVA BRAHE: I was 24 when I moved out of my parents house. But, that was 1991. Hard to believe that almost 20 years ago, a $25,000.00 yearly salary was enough to pay rent, $600 a month with utilities included, with enough left over for some recreational activities. I won’t bother withholding the fact that my dad was magnanimous enough to throw me an extra couple hundred bucks a month, but that was about it. These days, you’d be hard pressed to find a 24 year-old who has the means to live on his or her own.

KIP MOONEY: Was it too outrageous for me to think I could do it like my dad did more than 25 years ago? Graduating, starting a career, and marrying the love of his life all in the same month? I accomplished the first of the three and I feel like that’s hardly an accomplishment at all, considering that it didn’t advantage me at all. And I don’t know how close I am to those other two. Next year? Five years? Not to sound like a martyr, but I did everything right and still got the shaft. I would give anything for a job in my field and to be living somewhere other than with my parents.
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