Sisters wage pop culture war at DUMBO book launch

Sisters Eve and Leonora Epstein will speak about their new book, “X vs. Y”, at DUMBO’s powerHouse Arena on March 20. Photo by Lauren Wade

Brooklyn BookBeat: ‘X vs. Y’ Authors To Speak in DUMBO

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Sisters Eve and Leonora Epstein — one from Generation X, the other from Generation Y — compare their lives through the lens of TV, music, technology and pop culture in their new book, “X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story” (Abrams Books). Seen through the eyes of siblings 14 years apart in age, “X vs. Y” is a smart, funny and visually driven anthology that compiles and compares their two generational cultures. On March 20, the authors will speak about their book at the powerHouse Arena in DUMBO.

“X vs. Y” is broken up into chapters devoted to music, fashion, TV, sex and dating, movies, technology and books and magazines. The authors distinguish Gen X as those born in the mid-’60s to late ’70s, while they see Gen Y as those born in the late ’80s to late ’90s. In speaking with friends of both generations, we found a distinct gray area where people born between 1979 and 1984 or so felt either that they were members of neither generation or that they were in a position to choose,” the authors write. “Most in that position chose to identify with Gen X, because when given the choice between Doc Martens and foam footwear, the choice seems obvious.”

In a similarly humorous tone, the authors compile and compare their memories and nostalgia across all aspects of pop culture.

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The March 20 event will begin at 7 p.m. The powerHouse Arena is located at 37 Main St. in DUMBO. RSVP at

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Former DailyCandy editor in chief and current director of Web programming at Participant Media, Eve Epstein (Team X) has worked as a writer, editor, and branding expert for 15 years. Her articles have appeared in Vanity FairAllure, and Glamour. Leonora Epstein (Team Y) is an editor at She has blogged for,, and They both live in Los Angeles.  

 Image courtesy of Abrams Books 

March 12, 2014 - 11:30am



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