The Problem with Everything

My Journey Through the New Culture Wars
Narrated by: Meghan Daum
Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Gender Issues
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From “one of the most emotionally exacting, mercilessly candid, deeply funny, and intellectually rigorous writers of our time” (Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild) comes a seminal new audiobook that reaches surprising truths about feminism, the Trump era, and the Resistance movement. You won’t be able to stop thinking and talking about it.

In the fall of 2016, New York Times best-selling author Meghan Daum began working on a book about the excesses of contemporary feminism. With Hilary Clinton soon to be elected, she figured even the most fiercely liberal of her friends and readers could take the criticisms in stride. But after the election, she knew she needed to do more, and her nearly completed manuscript went in the trash. What came out in its place is the most sharply observed and all-encompassing work of her career. 

In this gripping new work, Meghan examines our country’s most intractable problems with clear-eyed honesty instead of exaggerated outrage. With passion, humor, and most importantly, nuance, she tries to make sense of the current landscape - from Donald Trump’s presidency to the #MeToo movement and beyond. In the process, she wades into the waters of identity politics and intersectionality, thinks deeply about the gender wage gap, and tests a theory about the divide between Gen Xers and millennials.

This signature work may well be the first to capture the essence of this era in all its nuances and contradictions. No matter where you stand on its issues, this audiobook will strike a chord.

©2019 Meghan Daum (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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very enjoyable

I'm a genXer that's just as bemused by young leftism as Daum is, so I could seriously relate to everything in this book, I wish more people were willing to speak out about these things.
I liked her candor and humor, but I could've used more data, and the book was a bit short.
I guess I'll have to wait for the definitive genx takedown of the modern PC left, but this was a good start.

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Finally a book for these times that I relate to.

Thank you, Meghan Daum, for corroborating most of my thoughts over the last three years with facts and spot-on commentary. I don't feel so alone. This book is so well done I am recommending it to anyone I know who has been scratching their heads and asking, "What is going on?"

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Daum Is A Badass

I loved this book so much that I’m writing my first ever review. It is smart, thoughtful and funny with plenty of nourishing nuance. I’ve recommended it to many friends and am thinking of starting a book club just so we can discuss it. It’s great for Daum’s contemporaries like me (who loved ZOOM), for millennials and for thoughtful critical-thinkers of every generational wave.

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Best summary of current online culture

Daum is an engaging writer and narrator and gives a deeply personal view of the current war on nuance. I ate the book up and was disappointed when it was over. My favorite tidbit was her explanation of the proliferation of the F word. But there are many other great little things in the overall very coherent piece. Bravo!

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Must read for 20 somethings

An essential commentary on the poor state of today's left. Every left leaning progressive young person needs to read this book with an open mind.

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Surprising:)

The hardest task in this genre would be to unify, and what better way to do that than give raw authenticity and perspective.

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candid, introspective and humorous

Well written. I found her discourse honest, unabashed, irreverent at times and refreshing as a generation Xer. I would love for others to be so honest and open to dialogue, especially since I'm conservative. she embraces the nuances within our generational and social constructs and advocates for us to work with what we have rather than aim to silence other views and beliefs. great read.

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Feels like best NPR episode ever

I heard a snippet of an interview of the author on NPR and promptly snagged this audiobook version. It's a refreshing take on our current social media tainted reality that was so satisfying.

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great 45 year review of her generation

provided a good clear picture of 45 years inside life & development of her generation. Meghan began and refined the horror Thur the reality into acceptance and understanding of an era in the aftermath of hippie-dum.

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Buy this for your kids! (And you read it, too.)

What a wonderful book. Meghan Daum, a self-described liberal feminist and proud member of Gen X, provides a much needed antidote to the silliness that pervades much of the culture these days, in the guise of what she calls the “wokoscenti.” This book is full of common sense, and because it is written by someone on the political left, is bracing in a way that a conservative attack would not be. If you have a kid going off to college, buy them this book. Heck, you should probably buy it for a kid in high school, too, because the silliness indoctrination starts there, if not earlier. She also reads it wonderfully, with a wry voice that I found eminently bingeable. Just a great book.