Hack this book!


Douglas Coupland allows readers to customize his new book.


  1. A-nony-nony
    Posted September 8, 2009 at 1:23 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    “Douglas Coupland: the writer who sees into the future
    In his new world, people don’t do anything any more, but merely cut and paste from the past”

    And interview of the detached but ‘so sensitive’ Canuck writer by The Guardian newspaper.

    Course the interviewer has been on other worlds at times too.

  2. Anon
    Posted September 5, 2009 at 10:29 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    It doesn’t relate, except for CBC jPod series, Friday’s tedious Coupland playlist on Terfry’s unendurable Drive late evening show (bring on the PeopleMeterDeathStar ratings). And Coupland’s bad appearances sponsored by “friends” throughout the CBC Ahts crews.

    Meanwhile this book has been hacked–to bits–in reviews.
    TITLE : The point of Generation A eludes me
    The new book mirroring Douglas Coupland’s Generation X is not to every taste
    By Les Wiseman, For Canwest News ServiceSeptember 5, 2009
    ….” As in most Coupland tales, matters such as corporate branding and
    selective consumerism are wittily portrayed and given heightened
    …” Now, Vonnegut had Kilgore Trout, a curmudgeonly, poverty-stricken
    character who was a prolific writer of science-fiction short stories.
    Vonnegut would pepper his novels with humorous little précis of Trout
    stories. They were glib and funny.
    The Gen A characters’ stories aren’t, though they try hard to be. ”
    …” Still, while it is a pleasant little read, it doesn’t go anywhere.
    And, as with “Generation X”, I am left not getting it.”

    the London (U.K.) Telegraph said “Douglas Coupland’s new novel Generation A is a backward step from Generation X”
    …. an irritating example …
    …such bland homogeneity …
    …incidental characters, who feel rather contrived in their colourfulness…
    … an act of desperation, not creation…

    He was a bad short story writer who cobbled together a book into a Meme, but he was never a good writer.
    As an artist he has a dispirited view and little mechanical skill–a workshop executes his mundane visions.

    We really don’t need to pay attention to him, though CBC producers think he has a vague value and connection to the audience they think is out there for their Ahts programmes.

  3. Fake Ouimetjoined April 10, 2009
    Posted September 4, 2009 at 12:52 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    OK, and I know we have rather expansive definitions we work under here, but this relates to the CBC how?

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