The Day I Turned Uncool

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The Day I Turned Uncool

Confessions of a Reluctant Grown-up

By Dan Zevin

Villard, Paperback, 9780812967227, 192pp.

Publication Date: June 11, 2002


Sooner or later, each of us must face the day we develop a disturbing new interest in lawn care; the day we order sauvignon blanc instead of Rolling Rock; the day we refuse to see any concert where we cannot sit down. Sooner or later, each of us must face the day we turn uncool. Dan Zevin, who “was never exactly Fonz-like to begin with,” is having a hilariously hard time moving from his twenties to his thirties, and he confesses everything in these comic not-coming-of-age tales. As he shamefully employs his first cleaning lady, becomes abnormally attached to his dog, and commits flagrant acts of home improvement, Dan’s headed for an early midlife crisis—and a better-late-than-never revelation: Growing up is really nothing to be reluctant about. In fact, it’s very cool.

About the Author
Dan Zevin is a Thurber Prize-winning humorist. Two of his books, Dan Gets a Minivan and The Day I Turned Uncool, were optioned by Adam Sandler, and the latter is now being developed for Sony Pictures Televison by Jeffrey Katzenberg, Seth Grahame-Smith, and Lauren Rogen.

Dan has been an award-winning humor columnist for the New York Times, a comic commentator for NPR, and a contributor to print and digital publications including The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Rolling Stone, Salon, the L.A. Times, Real Simple, and Parents, among others. His latest project is a series of picture book parodies based on the classic Mr. Man and Little Miss stories. Except his features annoying adults. The first four—Mr. Selfie, Little Miss Overshare, Mr. Humblebrag, and Little Miss Basic—will be published by Crown in October.

Praise For The Day I Turned Uncool

“This is one of the great feel-good books of all time, if you’re my age. If you’re some punk of thirty-nine or less . . . suck it up, dude. It gets so worse.” —P. J. O’Rourke “A shrewd and witty observer of Gen-X mores . . . Zevin has a prose style that’s a blend of Dave Barry and P. J. O’Rourke.” —The Boston Globe “If Dan Zevin’s so uncool, how come he’s so funny? This is a witty, sharply observed book about the embarrassing compromises and guilty pleasures of adulthood.”—Tom Perrotta, author of Election and Joe College“Dan Zevin is so uncool he’s cool. His cogent and hilarious self-deprecations are literature’s answer to the elasticized waistband: They forgive.” —Henry Alford, author of Big Kiss