Douglas Coupland is a Canadian novelist, visual artist and designer. His first novel in 1991 was Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. He has published thirteen novels, a collection of short stories, seven nonfiction books, and a number of dramatic works and screenplays for film and television. Coupland’s novels and visual work synthesize high and low culture, web technology, religion, and changes in human existence caused by modern technologies.
“Girlfriend in a Coma,” from “Nurse Jackie” co-creator Liz Brixius, comes from UTV and Wolf Films. Brixius, Wolf, Danielle Gelber and Peter Jankowski will executive produce the single-camera comedy, based on the novel by Douglas Coupland.
In the grand tradition of Edward Gorey’s Gashlycrumb Tinies, Tim Burton’s Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Hillaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales for Children, comes Douglas Coupland and Graham Roumieu’s Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People.
“Roald Dahl meets Stephen King in seven warped children’s-story parodies where Coupland’s understated prose is made all the funnier by Roumieu’s gleefully depraved illustrations. With such cuddly heroes as a murderous juice box and an alcoholic, kleptomaniac minivan, the duo take a sly dig at corporate capitalism—think Generation X-cess.”
— National Post
Last month I installed new bookshelves in a room in my house. They’re black, and my painter offered the unsolicited opinion that they might look depressing when completed. I knew he was wrong because, at the very least, the paperback shelf couldn’t help but have a cheerful orange zing a zing that comes from the Penguin spine, the most wonderfully insidious default interior design statement in our culture. Even crack dens glow with Penguins on the shelf.
And how many of us can time-stamp periods in our life just by the merest glance a Penguin cover and its genius format? College. Loneliness. Relationships. Adulthood. In some sense Penguin covers function more as diaries than they do as covers.
So I got to thinking, when Penguins start talking back to you, it makes you realize that the Penguin dialogue is a lifelong dialogue one of life’s catch-free pleasures. Happy 75th, Penguin, and to anyone reading this, join in the discussion. It’s easy, fun and oh, so worthy.
Tuesday, October 18 7:30pm
Join us for this special event with Canadian multimedia artists and writer Douglas Coupland as he reads from and discusses his latest work, Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work!.
This work of non-fiction is a crackling and humorous look at Marshall McLuhan, the celebrated social who defined the culture of the 1960s and captured the sense of the emerging new world of global communication with his aphoristic slogan: “The medium is the message.” Coupland will discuss how half a century later, McLuhan’s predictions about the end of print culture and the rise of “electronic inter-dependence” have become a reality-in a sense, the reality-of our time.