Bug, a character in Douglas Coupland's Microserfs
(1995), thinks himself to be stereogramatically blind.
' was the tale of a group of young Microsoft employees who decide to exit the realm of Bill Gates in Washington state and chase a dream of their own in California places that, back then, sounded like the epitome of futuristic magic: Palo Alto, Menlo Park.
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.
In Taylor's HACKERS Cyberpunks or microserfs
' (1998) he reviews how hackers were traditionally written when they were in their infancy in literature from 1984.
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
. And Evgeny Morozov predicts a new and fearful wave of Web-based surveillance, a concern echoed by Julian Assange, describing just one component of this Brave Net World:
The theme was enunciated in Microserfs
, whose hero opines that all techies are mildly autistic.
If Douglas Coupland's hilarious new novel JPod (Bloomsbury, $24.95) reminds you of his 1996 Microserfs
, don't worry--that's exactly what he had in mind.
Po Bronson's Bombardiers, Robert Coover's John's Wife, Douglas Coupland's Microserfs
, Ishmael Reed's Terrible Twos and Terrible Threes, and Fran Ross's Oreo will seem even more dissimilar.
Like Douglas Coupland's Microserfs
and Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club, Lipsyte finds the values of western capitalism at odds with personal fulfilment.