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Generation X: Douglas Coupland

The man who popularised the famous catchphrase is also a respected artist, novelist and journalist.
By Laetitia Laubscher
April 25, 2019
By Laetitia Laubscher
April 25, 2019

Canadian author Douglas Coupland is best known for his 1991 international bestselling novel Generation X, a novel which made the namesake term so famous it has been used to categorise the youths in articles written by anyone older than Generation X ever since.

But Douglas Coupland is more than just a man who popularised a catchphrase, he's also a respected pop culture artist (he has been an artist in residence at the Google Cultural Institute in Paris), a Financial Times columnist and a writer of 13 novels, two short stories collections and seven works of non-fiction.

Douglas sits down with Vincent Heeringa to discuss his ideas about modernity, his relationship to work and the current state of Generation X.

And for those who can't get enough of Coupland's brain, he'll also be giving a talk I Miss My Preinternet Brain on the Internet's influence on neural reconfigurations and the ways in which our newly fashioned brains experience and process the 21st-century.

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