We're All Going To Die (Especially Me)

Black Inc.
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My late twenties have felt like a series of slow-motion epiphanies, each one sneaking up before slapping me in my newly acquired jowls. Everything I said I'd do 'by the time I'm thirty' as a glassy-eyed graduate is now in the 'by the time I'm forty' box.

Much has been made of delayed adulthood of Gen Y'ers – that they flit from job to job and take their sweet time earning the traditional adult badges: marriage, children, a mortgage. But what makes this generation tick?

In We're All Going to Die (Especially Me), award-winning journalist Joel Meares reflects on the muddle of Gen Y existence with razor-sharp insight and riotous good humour. From 'My hands are pretty, and little' and 'I can't handle my drugs' to 'I am not a New Yorker' and 'I make an excellent bridesmaid', Meares' essays are self-deprecating, confessional and rollicking good fun.

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About the author

Joel Meares is the arts editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and former editor of Time Out Sydney. A regular contributor to Good Weekend and Wired, Joel has also worked at the Columbia Journalism Review in New York, where he won a Mirror Award for profile writing, and at the (sydney) magazine. He grew up Catholic near Maroubra Beach but shows little sign of either.

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Black Inc.
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Published on
Mar 25, 2015
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9781863957243
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Literary Collections / Essays
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