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One of my big concerns these past few years is that I’ve been losing the ability to feel things with the same intensity -the way I felt when I was younger. It’s scary -to feel your emotions floating away and just not caring.
—  Douglas Coupland
And then I felt sad because I realized that once people are broken in certain ways, they can’t ever be fixed, and this is something nobody ever tells you when you are young and it never fails to surprise you as you grow older as you see the people in your life break one by one. You wonder when your turn is going to be, or if it’s already happened.
—  Douglas Coupland
You know what? When you read a book, you’re totally lost in your own private world, and society says that’s a good and wonderful thing. But if you play a game by yourself, it’s this weird, fucked-up, socially damaging activity.
—  Douglas Coupland, jPod (2006)
And then I felt sad because I realized that once people are broken in certain ways, they can’t ever be fixed, and this is something nobody ever tells you when you are young and it never fails to surprise you as you grow older as you see the people in your life break one by one.
—  Douglas Coupland
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Douglas Coupland: A Highly Inappropriate Tale – in pictures (via The Guardian)


Coupland’s latest book, Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People, tells seven contemporary fairytales, with illustrations by Graham Roumieu. This is an abridged version of the first tale in the book, Donald, the Incredibly Hostile Juice Box

I love Douglas Coupland books, and this looks like a lot of fun!

You can see the rest of the image gallery at The Guardian here

And then I felt sad because I realized that once people are broken in certain ways, they can’t ever be fixed, and this is something nobody ever tells you when you are young and it never fails to surprise you as you grow older as you see the people in your life break one by one. You wonder when your turn is going to be, or if it’s already happened.
—  Life After God, Douglas Coupland
Life after God

“My mind then wandered. I thought of this: I thought of how every day each of us experiences a few little moments that have just a bit more resonance than other moments—we hear a word that sticks in our mind—or maybe we have a small experience that pulls us out of ourselves, if only briefly—we share a hotel elevator with a bride in her veils, say, or a stranger gives us a piece of bread to feed to the mallard ducks in the lagoon; a small child starts a conversation with us in a Dairy Queen—or we have an episode like the one I had with the M&M cars back at the Husky station. 

And if we were to collect these small moments in a notebook and save them over a period of months we would see certain trends emerge from our collection—certain voices would emerge that have been trying to speak through us. We would realize that we have been having another life altogether; one we didn’t even know was going on inside us. And maybe this other life is more important than the one we think of as being real—this clunky day-to-day world of furniture and noise and metal. So just maybe it is these small silent moments which are the true story-making events of our lives.”  -Douglas Coupland

Gut begonnen #21

Ich erinnere mich, einmal ein Foto von Muammar Gaddadis Schlafzimmer gesehen zu haben. Es war in Time oder Newsweek, und es zeigte ein Rundbett mit schwarzen Satinbezügen, einem schwarzen Kopfteil - eigentlich war alles schwarz, einschließlich mehrerer schwarzer Plüschpanther über dem Bett, von der Sorte, wie man sie gewöhnlich auf dem Rummelplatz gewinnt. Trotz meines ahnungslosen Teenagerblicks dachte ich beim Betrachten des Bildes: “Mein Gott, warum haben die für die Aufnahme keinen Stylisten angeheuert?” Die Laken waren so zerknittert, als hätte der Fotograf gesagt: “Kiki, kannst Du die Laken kurz am Fenster ausschütteln? Der männliche Moschusduft ist etwas arg streng, und mach den Mund zu, damit du nicht aus Versehen ein Schamhaar verschluckst.”

Douglas Coupland: Baumhütten und Liebesnester (2005). Aus: Peter York: Zu Besuch bei Diktatoren. Heyne Hardcore, München 2006. (Leseprobe - mit dem gesamten Coupland-Text).