All along, the Canadian author, who first came to fame for his novels Generation X (1991) and Microserfs
(1995), has been forging art alongside these zeitgeisty narratives, and now the Vancouver Art Gallery is hosting the first major survey of his work.
Other titles include Microserfs
(1995) and, more recently, Generation A (2009), which, though set in the future, mirrors the style of Generation X.
The week you were born, I was reading the novel Microserfs
by Douglas Coupland.
Some titles analyzed include Microserfs
, Portnoy's Complaint, The Color Purple, My Year of Meats, and Blood Meridian.
Keen, go so far as to envision "digital feudalism"--that is, a few giant castles of Net power, surrounded by microserfs
The theme was enunciated in Microserfs
, whose hero opines that all techies are mildly autistic.
95) reminds you of his 1996 Microserfs
, don't worry--that's exactly what he had in mind.
Like Douglas Coupland's Microserfs
and Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club, Lipsyte finds the values of western capitalism at odds with personal fulfilment.
CLM (Career Limiting Move): Used among microserfs
to describe ill-advised activity.
The media sources I examined include: the Revenge of the Nerd movies; Triumph of the Nerds, a documentary about the growth of the personal computer industry; several web sites relating to nerds, including a "Nerdity Test," which allows people to determine their "nerd quotient"; Coupland's (1995) novel Microserfs
, about young computer programmers working for Microsoft in the late 1980s; and business-related magazine and newspaper articles obtained using searches on the term "nerd.
His previous books - Generation X, Shampoo Planet and Microserfs
- were timely, astute observations on young North American life.
In an extension of the world of Microserfs
(1995), 20-somethings Ethan Jarlewski and five other precocious engineers whose last names begin with J (hence their "JPod" cubicle) develop video games for a bureaucratic Vancouver corporation.