Douglas Coupland, born December 30, 1961 in West Germany, is the author of several books: Generation X, Shampoo Planet, Life After God, Microserfs, and most recently, Postcards from the Dead.
Coupland’s work is the voice of a generation. His views and ideas represent those being felt by the kids of the ‘lost’ generation – Generation X. His books are at once disturbing, funny, shocking, and astoundingly insightful. When considering his works, one is reminded of the prose that will sneak up on you and ring clear and true like a bell.
From Shampoo Planet:
I will mention at this point, though, an incident that happened at the dinner table the night Grandma and Grandpa came over. Just before he left, Grandpa started coughing — real tubercular lungbusters — and we could only sit politely waiting for the coughing bout to end. When we thought he was finished, we were standing up, leaving the table and heading for the door, when suddenly Grandpa made one final last 1,000 kiloton looger, right into the sandalwood candelabra Jasmine bought at the Snohomish craft fair, extinguishing all three candles. We then proceeded to the front door and said our good-byes to him and Grandma. Then, while Jasmine, Grandma, and Grandpa were walking down to the soon-to-be-repossessed Lincoln Continental, Daisy, Mark, and I walked back to the dining room table and looked at the candelabra in silence. While Daisy and Mark stood by the candles, I fetched a box of decorative matches from the fireplace, returned to the table, and relit the candles. Once these candles were all burning fully, the three of us move in on them, and without speaking, we blew them out together,
just as Jasmine was walking back in the door.
“What are you kids doing?” she asked us, but we never replied, and she walked into the kitchen.
The moment was not one that could be talked about. The moment was entirely ours. As brothers and sister we knew instinctively that if we were going to stand in darkness, best we stand in a darkness we had made ourselves.
The husband of a friend of ours just published his first book. His name is Keith Vanden Enden. Here is his announcement about this achievement, and how to order his book.
After years of work, my first novel, Let Us Divided Live, is finally available. Part psychological drama and part Arthurian love story, Let Us Divided Live is told through internal dialogs and by three different narrators. The story investigates the magic that allows such disparate minds to communicate and love each other.
You can purchase it directly from the publisher at:
Nick Hornby is the author of two books, High Fidelity, and Fever Pitch. For more information about Nick, please check this site.Â
Here are some quotes from High Fidelity:
…and my friends don’t seem to be friends at all but people whose phone numbers I haven’t lost.Â
…I have a terrible, chilling, bone-shaking experience: the most pathetic man in the world gives me a smile of recognition. The Most Pathetic Man In The World has huge horn-rimmed spectacles and buckteeth; he’s wearing a dirty fawn anorak and brown cord trousers which have been rubbed smooth at the knee; he, too, is being taken to see Howard’s End by his parents, despite the fact that he’s in his late twenties. And he gives me this terrible little smile because he has spotted a kindred spirit. Continue reading “Nick Hornby”
Jacques Pepin discussed THE APPRENTICE: MY LIFE IN THE KITCHEN at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati on May 27, 2004.
I arrived about 30 minutes early and was able to get a seat in the front row. I spent the time before the event talking with a charming 73-years-young lady and her adult daughter about cooking, fresh produce, cookbooks, and Alton Brown (she’d never heard of him, but after looking at my just-purchased copy of GEAR FOR YOUR KITCHEN, she was headed back to get I’M JUST HERE FOR THE FOOD).
Promptly at 7:00, Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel, chef at an excellent local restaurant stepped to the podium. Jean-Robert (“JR”) recounted an experience from “when [he] was a shy younger chef” when Jacques Pepin came into the restaurant where JR was working, and JR was too nervous to go out to meet him. JR introduced Chef Pepin (in the course of the discussion, Chef Pepin revealed that he would dine this evening at JR’s restaurant). Continue reading “Jacques Pepin in Cincinnati — May 27, 2004”