|Born||December 30, 1961|
CFB Baden-Söllingen, West Germany
|Literary movement||Postmodernism, Modernism|
Douglas Coupland (// KOHP-lənd) OC OBC (born December 30, 1961) is a Canadian novelist and artist. His fiction is complemented by recognized works in design and visual art arising from his early formal training. His first novel, the 1991 international bestseller Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, popularized terms such as "McJob" and "Generation X". He has published thirteen novels, two collections of short stories, seven non-fiction books, and a number of dramatic works and screenplays for film and television. He is a columnist for Financial Times. He is also a frequent contributor to The New York Times, e-flux journal, Dis, and Vice. His art exhibits include Everywhere is Anywhere is Anything is Everything which was exhibited at the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Royal Ontario Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, and Bit Rot at Rotterdam's Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and the Villa Stuck.
Coupland is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and a member of the Order of British Columbia. He published his thirteenth novel Worst. Person. Ever. in 2012. He also released an updated version of City of Glass and a biography of Marshall McLuhan for Penguin Canada in their Extraordinary Canadians series, called Extraordinary Canadians: Marshall McLuhan. He is the presenter of the 2010 Massey Lectures, and a companion novel to the lectures, Player One – What Is to Become of Us: A Novel in Five Hours. Coupland has been longlisted twice for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2006 and 2010, was a finalist for the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize in 2009, and was nominated for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize in 2011 for Extraordinary Canadians: Marshall McLuhan.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Literary works
- 3 Awards and recognition
- 4 Visual arts
- 5 Journalism
- 6 Design work
- 7 Television
- 8 Film
- 9 Charity
- 10 Personal life
- 11 Bibliography
- 12 Criticism and interpretation
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Coupland was born on December 30, 1961 at Royal Canadian Air Force base RCAF Station Baden-Soellingen (later CFB Baden-Soellingen) in Baden-Söllingen, West Germany, the second of four sons to Dr. Douglas Charles Thomas Coupland, a medical officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force, and homemaker C. Janet Coupland, a graduate in comparative religion from McGill University. In 1965, the Coupland family relocated to West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where Coupland's father opened private family medical practice at the completion of his military tour.
Coupland describes his upbringing as producing a "blank slate". "My mother comes from a sour-faced family of preachers who from the 19th century to well into the 20th scoured the prairies thumping Bibles. Her parents tried to get away from that but unwittingly transmitted their values to my mother. My father's family weren't that different."
Graduating from Sentinel Secondary School in West Vancouver in 1979, Coupland went to McGill University with the intention of (like his father) studying the sciences, specifically physics. Coupland left McGill at the year's end and returned to Vancouver to attend art school.
At the Emily Carr College of Art and Design (now the Emily Carr University of Art and Design) on Granville Island in Vancouver, in Coupland's words, "I ... had the best four years of my life. It's the one place I've felt truly, totally at home. It was a magic era between the hippies and the PC goon squads. Everyone talked to everyone and you could ask anybody anything." Coupland graduated from Emily Carr in 1984 with a focus on sculpture, and moved on to study at the European Design Institute in Milan, Italy and the Hokkaido College of Art & Design in Sapporo, Japan. He also completed courses in business science, fine art, and industrial design in Japan in 1986.
Established as a designer working in Tokyo, Coupland suffered a skin condition brought on by Tokyo's summer climate, and returned to Vancouver. Before leaving Japan, Coupland had sent a postcard ahead to a friend in Vancouver. The friend's husband, a magazine editor, read the postcard and offered Coupland a job writing for the magazine. Coupland began writing for magazines as a means of paying his studio bills. Reflecting on his becoming a writer, Coupland has admitted that he became one "By accident. I never wanted to be a writer. Now that I do it, there's nothing else I'd rather do." He has stated that he has not been employed since 1988.
From 1989 to 1990, Coupland lived in the Mojave Desert working on a handbook about the birth cohort that followed the Baby Boom. He received a $22,500 advance from St. Martin's Press to write the nonfiction handbook. Instead, Coupland wrote a novel, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. It was rejected in Canada before being accepted by an American publishing house in 1991. Reflecting on the writing of his debut novel years later, Coupland said, "I remember spending my days almost dizzy with loneliness and feeling like I'd sold the family cow for three beans. I suppose it was this crippling loneliness that gave Gen X its bite. I was trying to imagine a life for myself on paper that certainly wasn't happening in reality."
Not an instant success, the novel steadily increased in sales, eventually attracting a following behind its core idea of "Generation X". Over his own protestations, Coupland was dubbed the spokesperson for a generation, stating in 2006 "I was just doing what I do and people sort of stuck that on to me. It's not like I spend my days thinking that way." Terms popularized by Coupland in the novel, including Generation X and McJob, ultimately entered the vernacular.
Shampoo Planet through Life After God
His second novel, Shampoo Planet, was published by Pocket Books in 1992. It focused on the generation after Generation X, the group called "Global Teens" in his first novel and now generally labeled Generation Y. Coupland permanently moved back to Vancouver soon after the novel was published. He had spent his "twenties scouring the globe thinking there had to be a better city out there, until it dawned on [him] that Vancouver is the best one going". He wrote a collection of small books, which together were compiled, after the advice of his publisher, into the book Life After God. This collection of short stories, with its focus on spirituality, initially provoked polarized reaction before eventually revealing itself as a bellwether text for the avant-garde sensibility identified by Ferdinand Mount as "Christian post-Christian".
Microserfs through All Families Are Psychotic
In 1994, Coupland was working for the newly formed magazine Wired. While there, Coupland wrote a short story about the life of the employees at Microsoft Corporation. This short work provided the inspiration for a novel, Microserfs. To research the culture that the novel depicted, Coupland had moved to Palo Alto, California and immersed himself in Silicon Valley life.
Coupland followed Microserfs with his first collection of non-fiction pieces, in 1996. Polaroids from the Dead is a manifold of stories and essays on diverse topics, including: Grateful Dead concerts; Harolding; Kurt Cobain's death; the visiting of a German reporter; and a comprehensive essay on Brentwood, California, written at the time of the O. J. Simpson murder case and the anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death.
That same year Coupland toured Europe to promote Microserfs, but the high workload brought on fatigue and mental strain. He reportedly incorporated his experience with depression during this period into his next novel, Girlfriend in a Coma. Coupland noted that this was his last novel to be "... written as a young person, the last constructed from notebooks full of intricate observations".
In 1998, Coupland contributed the short story "Fire at the Ativan Factory" to the collection Disco 2000, and the same year wrote the liner notes for Saint Etienne's album Good Humor. In 2000, he published the novel Miss Wyoming.
Coupland then published his photographic paean to Vancouver, City of Glass. The book incorporates sections from Life After God and Polaroids from the Dead into a visual narrative, formed from photographs of Vancouver locations and life supplemented by stock footage mined from local newspaper archives.
In 2004, the dormant Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center (now Jetblue Terminal 5) at JFK Airport briefly hosted an art exhibition called Terminal 5, curated by Rachel K. Ward and featuring the work of 18 artists including Coupland.
Souvenir of Canada through Worst. Person. Ever.
The promotional rounds for All Families are Psychotic were underway when the September 11 attacks took place. In a play called September 10 performed later at Stratford-upon-Avon by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Coupland felt that this was the last day of the 1990s, and the new century had now truly begun.
The first book that Coupland published after the September 11 attacks was Souvenir of Canada, which expanded his earlier City of Glass to incorporate the whole of Canada. There are two volumes in this series, which was conceived as an explanation to non-Canadians of uniquely Canadian things.
Coupland's second book in this period, Hey Nostradamus!, describes a fictitious high school shooting similar to the Columbine High School in 1999 Coupland relocates the events to a school in North Vancouver, Canada.
Coupland followed Hey Nostradamus! with Eleanor Rigby. Similarly to the titular original written and sung by The Beatles, the novel examines loneliness. The novel received some positive acclaim as a more mature work, a notable example being novelist Ali Smith's review of the book for the Guardian newspaper.
Using the format of City of Glass and Souvenir of Canada, Coupland released a book for the Terry Fox Foundation called Terry. It is a photographic look back on the life of Fox, the result of Coupland's exhaustive research through the Terry Fox archives, including thousands of emotional letters from Canadians written to Fox during his one-legged marathon across Canada on Highway 1.
The third work of fiction in this period, written concurrently with the non-fiction Terry, is another re-envisioning of a previous book. jPod, billed as Microserfs for the Google generation, is his first Web 2.0 novel. The text of jPod recreates the experience of a novel read online on a notebook computer. jPod was a popular success, giving rise to a CBC Television series for which Coupland wrote the script. The series lasted one season before cancellation.
Coupland's next novel, The Gum Thief, followed jPod in 2007. The Gum Thief was Coupland's first foray into the standard epistolary novel format following the 'laptop diaries'/'blog' formats of Microserfs and jPod.
Coupland published his eleventh novel, Generation A, in late 2009. In terms of style, Generation A "mirrors the structure of 1991's Generation X as it champions the act of reading and storytelling as one of the few defenses we still have against the constant bombardment of the senses in a digital world". The novel takes place in the near future, after bees have become extinct, and focuses on five people from around the globe who are connected by being stung.
Coupland's contribution for the 2010 Massey Lectures, as opposed to a standard long essay, was 50,000 word novel entitled Player One – What Is to Become of Us: A Novel in Five Hours. Coupland wrote the novel as five hour-long lectures aired on CBC Radio from Nov. 8–12, 2010. According to Coupland, the novel "... presents a wide array of modes to view the mind, the soul, the body, the future, eternity, technology, and media." and is set "In a B-list Toronto airport hotel’s cocktail lounge in August of 2010."
The lecture/novel was published in its own right on October 7, 2010. House of Anansi Press' advance publicity for the novel stated that "Coupland's 2010 Massey Lecture is a real-time, five-hour story set in an airport cocktail lounge during a global disaster. Five disparate people are trapped inside: Karen, a single mother waiting for her online date; Rick, the down-on-his-luck airport lounge bartender; Luke, a pastor on the run; Rachel, a cool Hitchcock blonde incapable of true human contact; and finally a mysterious voice known as Player One. Slowly, each reveals the truth about themselves while the world as they know it comes to an end. In the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and J. G. Ballard, Coupland explores the modern crises of time, human identity, society, religion, and the afterlife. The book asks as many questions as it answers, and readers will leave the story with no doubt that we are in a new phase of existence as a species – and that there is no turning back." On September 20, 2010, Player One was announced as part of the initial longlist for the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize literary award, Coupland's second longlisting for the prize after being longlisted in 2006 with jPod. However, the book didn't make it any further than the longlist and Coupland was denied the honour a second time, with the prize being eventually won by Johanna Skibsrud for her novel The Sentimentalists (novel).
Coupland followed Player One with a second short story collection, this time in collaboration with the artist Graham Roumieu, entitled Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People. The publisher described the book as "seven pants-peeingly funny stories featuring seven evil characters you can't help but love".
Awards and recognition
Coupland received an honorary degree from the University of British Columbia on May 27, 2010. with The University of British Columbia having announced that it has acquired Coupland's personal archives on May 20, the culmination of a project that began in 2002. The archives, which Coupland plans to continue to add to in the future, currently consist of 122 boxes and features about 30 metres of textual materials, including manuscripts, photos, visual art, fan mail, correspondence, press clippings, audio/visual material and more. One of the most notable inclusions in the collection includes the first hand-written manuscript of ‘Generation X,' scrawled on loose-leaf notebook paper and strewn with margin notes. In a statement issued on the UBC website Coupland said, "I am honoured that UBC has accepted my papers. I hope that within them, people in the future will find patterns and constellations that can’t be apparent to me or to anyone simply because they are there, and we are here...The donation process makes me feel old and yet young at the same time. I’m deeply grateful for UBC’s support and enthusiasm." A new consignment of materials including "[...] everything from doodles and fan mail to a bejeweled hornet’s nest to a Styrofoam le for the archive arrived in July 2012[...]" arrived for sorting in July 2012. The sorting and categorisation of the new material was documented through the UBC School of Archival and Information Studies blog.
Coupland received an honorary Doctor of Letters from Simon Fraser University in 2007. Coupland also received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2001.
On June 6, 2013 Coupland received an honorary doctorate degree from OCAD University, which was presented at the University's 2013 Convocation ceremony, which was held at Roy Thompson Hall, in Toronto, Ontario.
Coupland was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2007. In 2013, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada "for his contributions to our examination of the contemporary human condition as a novelist, cultural commentator and artist". In 2014, Coupland was made a member of the Order of British Columbia. In 2015, he was made a member of France's Legion of Honour.
In 2017 Coupland won the 2017 Lieutenant Governor's Award for Literary Excellence.
In 2000, Coupland resumed a visual arts practice dormant since 1989. His is a post-medium practice that employs a variety of materials. A common theme in his work is a curiosity with the corrupting and seductive dimensions of pop culture and 20th century pop art, especially that of Andy Warhol. Another recurring theme is military imagery, the result of growing up in a military family at the height of the Cold War. He is represented by the Clark & Faria Gallery in Toronto. In June 2010 he announced his first efforts as a clothing designer by collaborating with Roots Canada on a collection that is a representation of classic Canadian icons. The Roots X Douglas Coupland collection was announced in The Globe and Mail and featured clothing, art installations, sculpture, custom designed art and retail spaces.
In September 2010, Coupland, working with Toronto's PLANT Architect, won the art and design contract for a new national monument in Ottawa. "The Memorial" is to be erected for the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation, and will be completed in April 2012.
Other notable works are:
In October 2012, the 60-foot tall "Infinite Tires" was erected as part of Vancouver's public art program to accompany the opening of a Canadian Tire store. The construct was linked to the concept of Romanian artist Constantin Brâncuși's "Infinite Column.
- Digital Orca, 2009, Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver
- Golden Tree, 2016, Marine Drive and Cambie Street, Vancouver
- Infinite Tire, 2012, SW Marine Drive and Ontario Street, Vancouver
- Terry Fox Memorial, 2011, Terry Fox Plaza, BC Place Stadium, Vancouver
- Bow Tie, 2015, Park Royal, West Vancouver
- Super Nova, 2009, Shops at Don Mills, North York
- Group Portrait 1957, 2011, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
- Canadian Fallen Firefighters Memorial, 2012, 220 Lett Street, Ottawa
- Four Seasons, 2014, Don Mills Road and Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto
- Monument to the War of 1812, 2008, Fleet and Bathurst streets, Toronto
- Float Forms, 2007, Canoe Landing Park, Toronto
- Heart-shaped Stone, 2008, Canoe Landing Park, Toronto
- The Red Canoe, 2008, Canoe Landing Park, Toronto
In 2014, the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibited a major retrospective of Coupland's art, entitled "everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything". The Vancouver iteration of the show was captured on Google Street View. In 2015, the show was exhibited next in Toronto where it was split into two parts and exhibited at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. The monograph from the show was published by Black Dog Publishing, London.
In 2015 to 2017, Bit Rot was exhibited. It is described as "A internationally traveling art exhibition, a catalogue accompanying that exhibition and a very large compendium of essays and fiction to be published in October 2016". It exhibited in Rotterdam at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art from September 11, 2015 to January 3, 2016. Bit Rot was then exhibited at the Villa Stuck in München from September 29, 2016 to January 8, 2017.
In 2018, Coupland is collaborating with Ocean Wise to highlight ocean plastic pollution in Vortex, a major sculpture exhibition that was unveiled at Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, Canada on May 18. This year-long exhibit will run until April 30, 2019.
On June 29, 2018, The National Portrait opened at the Ottawa Art Gallery in Ottawa, Ontario. This large-scale exhibition is made from hundreds of 3D-printed portraits which Coupland created from volunteers at Simons stores across Canada from July 2015 until April 2017. Each volunteer received a hand-sized version of their own 3D-printed bust. This exhibit will run until August 19, 2018.
- The Heart Is a Deceitful Above All Things, HOME Contemporary Arts Centre, Manchester, 2015
- The Fab Mind, 21 21 Design Sight, the Issey Miyake Foundation, Tokyo, 2014 
- Do It, Ciclo (Cycle), Centro Cultural do Brasil, São Paulo, 2013
- Billboard, Biennial of the Americas, Denver, 2013
- Supersurrealism, 2012 Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2012
- Posthastism, Pavilion Gallery, Beijing, 2011 
In 2015, Coupland was named a contributing editor of Vice magazine and will pen an ongoing column. He has been writing a twice monthly column for the Financial Times FT Magazine. He also regularly contributes to Edge.org. He also contributes to online art journals, such as e-flux and DIS Magazine.
In the summer of 2010, Coupland, in collaboration with Roots Canada designed a well-received collection of summer streetwear for men and women, and a line of leather and non-leather accessories. The collection was sold in the avant garde clothing store Colette in Paris in September 2010.
In 2007 Coupland worked with the CBC to write and executive-produce a television series based on his novel jPod. Its 13 one-hour episodes aired in Canada in 2007. The show was cancelled despite a major viewer-initiated campaign to save it.
In February 2013, NBC announced that it was in negotiations with the actress Christina Ricci for her to star as Karen McNeil in a pilot for a television adaptation of Coupland's novel Girlfriend in a Coma put together by Nurse Jackie co-creator Liz Brixius.
2005 marked the release of a documentary about Coupland called Souvenir of Canada. In it, Coupland works on a grand art project about Canada, recounts his life, and muses about various aspects of Canadian identity.
2006 brought the release of Everything's Gone Green, a comedy film starring Paulo Costanzo, directed by Paul Fox, and written by Coupland. The film was produced by Radke Films and True West Films. The distributor is THINKFilm in Canada and Shoreline Entertainment elsewhere. The film, Coupland's first screenplay, won the award for best Canadian feature film at the 2006 Vancouver International Film Festival.
Coupland is involved with Canada's Terry Fox Foundation. In 2005, Douglas & McIntyre published Terry, Coupland's biographical collection of photos and text essays about the life of legendary one-legged Canadian athlete Terry Fox. All proceeds from the book are donated to the foundation for cancer research. Terrys format is similar to that of Coupland's City of Glass and Souvenir of Canada books. Its release coincided with the 25th anniversary of Terry Fox's 1980 Marathon of Hope.
Coupland codesigned Canoe Landing Park, an eight-hectare urban park in downtown Toronto adjacent to the Gardiner Expressway. The park, opened 2009, is embedded with a one-mile run called the Terry Fox Miracle Mile. The Miracle Mile contains art from Terry.
Coupland is also a regular contributor to Wikipedia; during his appearance at the Cheltenham Literary Festival (UK) in 2013, to promote his novel Worst.Person.Ever., Coupland said that he gives $200 a year to the online encyclopaedia.
Coupland lives in West Vancouver, British Columbia. His work regimen has been characterized as anti-slacker. He works seven days a week, with no vacations. Coupland is quoted as saying: "I've never taken a holiday. To lie on a beach someplace seems almost sinful. What's the point of being around unless you're working on something?"
- Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture (1991)
- Shampoo Planet (1992)
- Microserfs (1995)
- Girlfriend in a Coma (1998)
- Miss Wyoming (2000)
- All Families Are Psychotic (2001)
- God Hates Japan (2001) (Published only in Japan, in Japanese with little English. Japanese title is 神は日本を憎んでる (Kami ha Nihon wo Nikunderu))
- Hey Nostradamus! (2003)
- Eleanor Rigby (2004)
- jPod (2006) (1st Hardcover Ed. ISBN 0-679-31424-5) (longlisted for the Giller Prize)
- The Gum Thief (2007)
- Generation A (2009) (finalist for the 2009 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize)
- Player One (2010) (Novel adapted from 2010–2011 Massey Lectures, longlisted for the Giller Prize)
- Worst. Person. Ever. (October 2013)
Short stories and story collections
- Life After God (1994)
- "Fire At The Ativan Factory" (1998), short story featured in Disco 2000
- Highly Inappropriate Tales for Young People (2011) (with Graham Roumieou)
- Polaroids from the Dead (1996)
- Lara's Book: Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider phenomenon (1998)
- City of Glass (2000) (updated version 2010)
- Souvenir of Canada (2002)
- School Spirit (2002)
- Souvenir of Canada 2 (2004)
- Terry (2005)
- Extraordinary Canadians: Marshall McLuhan (2009)
- Shopping in Jail: Ideas Essays and Stories for the Increasingly Real 21st Century (2013)
- Kitten Clone: Inside Alcatel-Lucent (2014)
- The Age of Earthquakes (2015) (with Shumon Basar and Hans Ulrich Obrist)
- Bit Rot (2015)
- Machines Will Make Better Choices Than Humans (2016) (Foreword: Michel Van Dartel)
- Photography at MoMA: 1920 to 1960 (2016) (Contributor)
- It's All Happening So Fast: A Counter-History of the Modern Canadian Environment (2017) (Contributor)
Drama and screenplays
- Douglas Coupland: Close Personal Friend (1996)
- September 10 (2004)
- Inside the Light (2005)
- Souvenir of Canada (2005) (writing and narration)
- Everything's Gone Green (2007)
- All Families Are Psychotic (2009)
- Announced on 9 February 2016, based on the novel of the same name.
- jPod (2008) (TV series)
- Premiered January 8, 2008 on CBC. Canceled on March 7, 2008. Final airing April 4, 2008.
Criticism and interpretation
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- Jensen, Mikkel. "Miss(ed) Generation: Douglas Coupland’s Miss Wyoming. Culture Unbound 3 (2011): 455–474.
- Katerberg, William H. "Western Myth and the End of History in the Novels of Douglas Coupland." Western American Literature 40.3 (2005): 272–99.
- McCampbell, Mary. "Consumer in a Coma: Douglas Coupland's Rewriting of the Contemporary Apocalypse" in Spiritual Identities: Literature and the Post-Secular Imagination. Eds. Arthur Bradley, Jo *Carruthers, and Andrew Tate.
- McCampbell, Mary. "GOD IS NOWHERE. GOD IS NOW HERE: The Co-existence of Hope and Evil in Douglas Coupland's Hey Nostradamus. Yearbook of English Studies 39.1 (2009): 137-154.
- McGill, Robert. "The Sublime Simulacrum: Vancouver in Douglas Coupland's Geography of Apocalypse." Essays on Canadian Writing 70 (2000): 252–76.
- Steen, Marc. "Reading Microserfs: A story of research and development as a search for identity." Proceedings of SCOS 2005 Conference ( Stockholm, 8–10 July 2005): 220-232.
- Tate, Andrew. "'Now-here is My Secret': Ritual and Epiphany in Douglas Coupland's Fiction." Literature & Theology: An International Journal of Religion, Theory, and Culture 16.3 (2002): 326–38.
- Giles, Paul. The Global Remapping of American Literature. Princeton University Press, 2011 [contains discussion incorporating City of Glass, Generation X, Shampoo Planet, Polaroids from the Dead, Microserfs, Girlfriend in a Coma, Miss Wyoming, and J-Pod]
- Grassian, Daniel. Hybrid Fictions: American Literature and Generation X. McFarland & Co Inc, 2003 [contains lengthy discussion of Microserfs]
- Hutchinson, Colin. Reaganism, Thatcherism and the Social Novel. Palgrave Macmillan., 2008 [contains sections covering Generation X, Shampoo Planet, and Microserfs]
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