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It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty [Epub] ➚ It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty Author Judith Viorst – The honeymoon is overAnd he has left for workWhistling something obvious from La BohemeAnd carrying a brown calfskin attache caseI never dreamed he was capable of owningHaving started the dayWith ten The honeymoon is overAnd he has left for to Be eBook ↠ workWhistling something obvious from La BohemeAnd carrying a brown calfskin attache caseI never dreamed he was capable of owningHaving started the dayWith ten pushups and a cold showerFollowed by a hearty breakfastWhat do we actually have in common.

10 thoughts on “It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty

  1. Julie Ehlers Julie Ehlers says:

    This slim volume contains two poetry collections by Judith Viorst one published in 1968 and the other in 1970 Both are meant to be humorous and both deal with the same themes How annoyed Judith Viorst is by her marriage how uncool she feels compared to just about everyone else and how annoyed she is by her uncoolness As you might imagine this tends to get a bit repetitive She just can't stop going on and on about how now that she's married and has kids she has to pack lunches instead of traveling the world and about how her husband still gets to live in the world of adults while she's home mopping the floor and picking up toys This dissection of the foibles of stay at home wifehood and motherhood reminded me of something although it took me a while to realize what Erma Bombeck's syndicated humor columns which appeared in many American newspapers throughout the 1970s Except these poems contain none of the warmth and little of the emotional range commonly found in Bombeck's workThese collections were reprinted in 1999 with the implication that they're a forgotten document of the second wave of feminism but I have to say I wasn't overly impressed in this regard either Sure there's something feminist about pointing out that marriage isn't always everything it's cracked up to be but Viorst makes a point of saying that she still thinks it's better to be married than single and she's also explicit that she has no use for the women's movement So this is essentially uite a conservative work 104 pages of someone griping about her marriage but not actually interested in doing anything to change the status uo So who is this book actually for? If you're really interested in poetry from the second wave you'd be much better off checking out Adrienne Rich Audre Lorde Marge Piercy or this volume from which Judith Viorst is tellingly missing If you just want to listen to someone complain about their spouse I would suggest simply going outside stopping a random person on the sidewalk and asking them how their marriage is going You might make a new friend and as a bonus you can avoid this book altogether

  2. Masanobu Masanobu says:

    It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty is slightly better then People and Other Aggravations but that isn't saying much I will elaborate on this after the readathonSo I was kind of tricked into this book A poem from Judith Viorst's Suddenly Sixty And Other Shocks Of Later Life 'Old Friends' appeared on the twelfth issue of The Persephone Biannually and I was immediately attracted to her direct and tender way of dealing with the loss of a dear one If you get the chance read that poem it's really movingI figured that It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty and Other Tragedies of Married Life People and Other Aggravations the volume published by Persephone would be a great place to start This edition includes both It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty and Other Tragedies of Married Life and People and Other Aggravations two different but related poetry collections written by Judith Viorst and first published in 1968 I really wanted to like this The voice is as wonderful as in 'Old Friends' humorous witty and insightful While I don't often read poetry when I do I prefer this direct plain and humorous approach to the convoluted poems that we are usually forced to study in our school years and Viorst really delivers on that front The choice of subject is one that appeals to me marriage gender roles and identity Unfortunately Judith Viorst and I don't see eye to eye in these mattersIn It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty the married life she describes is so wildly different from what I know that I can only pity her She fills her poems with fear of the other woman and sees lovers as inherent to a functioning marriage While I don't think everybody wants to have a lifelong committed monogamous relationship I believe that marriage is just that unless it is previously defined in a different fashion by both partners However what Viorst is saying is that no matter how modern times are boys will be boys and we just have to put up with the conseuences be it extramarital affairs or any of the other perceived expressions of manliness At the same time Viorst and her peers which were the direct inspiration for this collection are deeply dissatisfied with marriage They are forced into the role of 'wife' so they have to give up careers and confine themselves to house chores and they do this after the shock of discovering the 'husband' is wildly different from the 'boyfriend' and 'fiancé' And yet they don't try to change it In fact in People and Other Aggravations this situation worsens When compared to the life led by women rights defendants Viorst definitely prefers marriage and scorns those who don't See 'Married is Better' or 'A Women's Liberation Movement Woman' This second collection ends up being a giant ridiculization of anyone who tries to challenge the normI get that this book is a glimpse of our society half a century ago and that women were raised up with different beliefs and Viorst is conscious of this See 'Lessons' She is after all a really intelligent and well read woman All of this early poems probably stem from fear of the unknown of fighting against the establishment But I just can't laud a book with such a negative message especially when rape is shown in a good light This is a fragment from 'Anti Heroine' a poem about the adventure life she is sacrificed for marriage and shown in contrast to the tedious endless chores she has to fulfill every dayWhy am I never running through the heather?Why am I never raped by Howard Roark?Why am I never going to PamplonaInstead of Philadelphia and Newark?Just no Even as a comical exaggeration of marriage and gender roles I just can't recommend this book

  3. Mirte Mirte says:

    Judith Viorst's poetry is beautiful I read this book really slowly because I wanted to treasure each poem slowly read it unpack it read it again and thoroughly enjoy it Viorst manages to take the ordinary situations in everyday life in everyday language and make it something poetic that I feel many women will intensely identify with She writes about her marriage about friendships about her position in society as a woman about the way her life changes as the years go by She speaks of regret but it never truly bitter as she manages to keep a tongue in cheek feel to her writing But she makes points points that must be heard and pondered points that ever so slightly shook my world and made me wonder what it is that I want out of life Granted some of the poems are somewhat too moany self depricating and victimised for me but those are only a few out of this rather large collection of absolutely stunning work

  4. Shweta Ganesh Kumar Shweta Ganesh Kumar says:

    Slice of life poetry that is unpretentious and relatable especially if the title spoke to youLoved it

  5. Rosemary Rosemary says:

    This book contains two poetry collections by Judith Viorst 'It's Hard To Be Hip Over Thirty And Other Tragedies Of Married Life' first published 1968 and 'People And Other Aggravations' first published 1971 They are very much of their time and place New York around 1970 but I think a lot of the themes would ring true with women in their 30s40s who are married with young children today I'm not married with children so they didn't speak to me as much as they might have but I did find some of them very funny like the one about the family reunion with1 nephew who got the highest mark on an intelligence test ever recorded in Hillside New Jersey4 aunts in pain taking pills1 cousin in analysis taking notes5 uncles to whom what happened in the stock market shouldn't happen to their worst enemy1 uncle whose wife is a saint to put up with him etc

  6. AJNels AJNels says:

    My mom owned this book and I first read it when I was 13 or so probably because I thought the illustrations were interesting I didn't understand most of the cultural references then and reading this again found I still had to look up a few things on Wikipedia It's a cynical occasionally biting but witty and crookedly charming look at a typical upper middle class marriage in the late 1960s It's uick and worth reading if you happen upon it

  7. Raquel Curvacheiro Raquel Curvacheiro says:

    True LoveIt's true love because I put on eyeliner and a concerto and make pungent observations about the great issues of the dayEven when there's no one here but himAnd becauseI do not resent watching the Green Bay PackersEven though I am philosophically opposed to footballAnd becauseWhen he is late for dinner and I know he must be either having an affair or lying dead in the middle of the streetI always hope he's dead

  8. Ginny Ginny says:

    I first discovered Judith Viorst in my freshman English reader in college I'm not usually into poetry but this was worth chasing down Originally written in 1968 I didn't catch some of the cultural references But seriouslythis is one author that really gets it My thirties are so much clarified

  9. Alice Alice says:

    I laughed and cried my way through this insightful series of poems Viorst's insights into the disillusionment of marriage but not love age but not self esteem was refreshing and upliftingGranted I was never hip to begin with but Viorst brought a humour to being 34 that I didn't think was possible

  10. Amy Amy says:

    poetryFull title is It's Hard to be Hip Over Thirty and Other Tragedies of Married LifeLaughed when I saw the date due stamp in the library card first checkout was Aug 16 1969Amazingly relevant for a book written 42 years ago just change a few names to current events Odd when most wives mothers are convinced they are the first person who has felt this way

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