The reason for the long absence? This Salon article: Generation X gets really old: How do slackers have a midlife crisis? The piece is an examination of the elements -- some economic, some cultural -- that make Xers at midlife different from other recent generations. The state of X? We just can't get a break, can we? Maybe we can make an example of ourselves.
I'll be on WBEZ in Chicago tomorrow morning at 10:20 Central Time talking about the story.