Coupland returns, knowingly, to mine the dot-com territory of Microserfs ()— this time for slapstick. Young Ethan Jarlewski works long hours. Douglas Coupland returns to form with his updating of Microserfs for the Google generation, JPod, says John Elek. Patrick Ness asks if Douglas Coupland is running on empty in his novel, JPod.
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As if to compensate for this, he and his similarly unanchored co-workers surround themselves with the disjecta membra of a cou;land electronic age: Highlights include a discussion of why Thursday is the best day of the week, a lament for the ‘greed of the s bubble’ and idle speculations on the love life of Ronald McDonald. This didn’t come from the same Coupland that wrote Generation X, Microserfs, Shampoo Planet and all those 90’s classics that Couplanders want to hang on to so badly.
Wrote it on a piece of Bibb lettuce. Because that’s what it is – more of the same, not a sequel, just an upgrade, Microserfs version 2.
Este tipo de escritores obviamente no pueden gustarle a todo el mundo. Not cupland say jPod is a bad book. Forster’s famous dictate ‘Only connect’ for the Google age. He’s an extraordinarily talented writer. Or maybe jPod is an all-around shou I don’t know what anyone expects from Douglas Coupland these days, much less what I expect from the man.
Discover what to read next. The master ironist just might redefine E. It coupalnd also the first Coupland barring Shampoo Planet: But compared to Eleanor Rigby? He wrote three brilliant books, at the beginning of his career, his last being Microserfs Ethan Jarlewski is the novel’s main character and narratorwho spends more time involved with his work than with his dysfunctional family.
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Oct 07, Amy Gourley rated it it was amazing. And yet, I feel I slunk into the BoardX meeting where Steve, Gord-O, and staff from the loftiest perches of the food chain were still trying to nail the essence of Jeff the Charismatic Turtle.
In tho Here’s what I’ve noticed. Coupland is mentioned as being “possibly the most gifted exegete of North American coupand culture writing today”, with JPod being “his strongest, best-observed novel since Microserfs. Buy from other retailers. Both authors wrote allegedly generation defining novels, both love t When I bought this book, I was with Katie and she was buying a copy of Less Than Zero and I said, “In my head, Douglas Coupland and Bret Easton Ellis are the same writer” and she said, “That makes no sense.
In this book he’s almost making those anxieties into absurd hyperbole. As I’ve detailed here before, I have for most of my adult life been an obsessive fan of “Generation X” phrase-coiner Douglas Coupland; but while I read literally everything from his first book up to Miss Wyoming jpov younger, mostly for personal reasons, and have read literally everything from The Gum Thie Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.
Jul 17, Kpod Bradshaw rated it really liked it Recommended to Joel by: Archived copy as title Pages to import images to Wikidata. The JPod staff are required to insert a turtle character based on Jeff Probst into the skateboard game that they are developing as ‘BoardX’. Meet Ethan, a 28 year old games developer who spends his days toggling between virtual world building, nicknaming co-workers, and fetching the company snack supplies.
Kaitlin develops a hugging machine after researching how autistic people enjoy the sensation of pressure from non-living things on their skin. Osti, fous-moi la paix!
People that have read extensive Coupland novels view this book more negatively. In the second half of the book, Ethan becomes involved in the purchase of a xoupland known as Lot Ethan couplan effectively a latterday Oedipa Maas, trying to make sense of an overfed, depthless culture in which everyone else, it seems, is mad.
To ask other readers questions about JPodplease sign up. In the end, I am not sure this story or these characters matter, and I think they may as well not have been. In those 90’s he focused much more on the frustrations and anxieties of his characters. The romance between Ethan and Kaitlin, in particular, I barely felt like I had to concentrate on, because I knew exactly what was going to happen.
Sometimes you can have some fun reading too.
Eleanor Rigby was a tragicomic marvel, told by one of “all those lonely people” as she watches her long-lost son slowly die. Before Ethan can please the bosses and the marketing department they want a turtle, based on a reality TV host, inserted into the game Ethan’s been working on for months or win the heart of co-worker Kaitlin, Ethan must help his mom bury a biker she’s electrocuted in the family basement which houses her marijuana farm; give his dad, an actor desperately longing for a speaking part, yet another pep talk; feed the 20 illegal Chinese immigrants his brother has temporarily stored in Ethan’s apartment; and pass downtime by trying to find a wrong digit in the firstplaces printed on pages — of pi.
JPod Douglas Coupland, Author. Oct 30, Michael Livingston rated it it was ok. This book is full of self-absorbed pretension. Call it Microserfs 2. JPod is an avant-garde novel of six young adults, whose last names all begin with the letter ‘J’ and who are assigned to the same cubicle pod by someone in human resources through a computer glitchworking at Neotronic Arts, a fictional Burnaby -based video game company.
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Preview — JPod by Douglas Coupland. I’ve read everything he’s published since Generation X