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You can almost hear the quietly intoned 'fuck it' before the first word

My Tuesday column for the National Post was planned in a moment of ennui and calculated to offend (though by means of truthful utterances, to be sure); naturally it immediately became one of the most lavishly praised things I've written. Isn't that always the way? Catch up here if you missed it.


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Lord Bob:

My theory: the sorts of people likely to be offended by that column are also the sorts of people who wouldn't stop reading their copy of the Toronto Star even if it was on fire.

On the chance that my first theory is incorrect (Colby hatched from an orphaned egg, and his first meal was the weakest of his brood-mates), isn't the next Cosh family dinner liable to be a bit awkward?

No, the egg thing is pretty much spot on.


You have tapped into all of the latent dyspeptic curmudgeonliness of a generation, my friend. Viva la revolucion!


I quite enjoyed the article and sent it around to my circle of semi-angry-not-so-young-men.

Have you seen that "Just for Men" hair dye commercial? I just about lost my lunch when I first saw it. (I'm not alone apparently: http://www.avclub.com/articles/i-hate-this-commercial-just-for-mens-summer-of-lif,9280/ )I also yelled out in the theatre "I wish the boomers would just die" after seeing the Across the Universe trailer.

I dunno...Gen-X isn't that much different from the boomers - we just get stuck watching them eternally pat themselves on the back, and that's what grates.

As if I need to actually watch the commercial to fly into a rage over a haircare product, or anything else, that incorporates a Grateful Dead reference.


Mind if I call you Jeremiah? He said something about the women who tripped around in their stylish clothes of the time would eat their own children.

Somewhat similar.



Now that you're enjoying Baby Boomers getting their comeuppance as much as I have, now do you believe in God?


Should read 'as I am' not 'as I have'.

Mike Poholka:

I love it!


hey, I'm a boomer and I thought you were spot on.
It seemed to me a rather reasoned analysis of the situation. I detected no bitterness or anger.
i loved it


This blogger really nailed your "whiny claptrap" for what it is:
I particularly like the sentence: "So is Colby Tosh 'Colby the Cool?' I don't think so - More like Cosh, Laird of Tosh."
Spot on!

I dunno, maybe there's a chance this "Colby the Cool" thing will catch on.

Honestly, it's not like I'd mind "Laird of Tosh" either, come to think of it.


I notice that the raging boomer blogger (bloomer? booger?) drove home his point with a cartoon titled "X marks the spot: J├Ągermeister and Schadenfreude cocktail."

Now we know why Edmonton boasts the world's highest per capita J├Ągermeister consumption, EH COLBY!? Plus: not a bad likeness.

Anyway, good for Thamus for knowing how to work the computer.

Kinsella's trying to stir up a "highly literate flame war" between you and "Dawgs Blawg."

Man, that guy lives for conflict, doesn't he. That's why I have nothing to say.


@ Saskatchewan

Colby Cosh had the temerity to challenge boomer hegemony. If Warren let this one slide, you know, Cosh could have really gone off the reservation in a future article and suggest that the Beatles and the Rolling Stones are okay, but not as great as everyone thinks they are.

Your column's been featured on Arts & Letters Daily...right hand column, second down.

So excepting the suit, how accurate is guy from Ireland at portraying you in cartoon form following an Oilers loss?

Pretty accurate. I am often described as looking like a shitty cartoon that's been stolen and crudely altered by an illiterate.



Who knew? Who knew Gen-Xers were so bitter? Gosh, I thought after being mini-vaned
to your soccer games by your
soccer moms and being so coddled and succoured by your
over-protective boomer parents
that you delay leaving the nest
until you are going on 28 years
of age that you might be content with your lot in life.
Instead I find out you consider
your boomer parents who pampered you to be in fact
repugnant. Who knew?

My column was signed with my real name, so if my parents have a problem with it they can find me, anonymous smartass.


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