Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture

Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture

by Douglas Coupland

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Overview

Generation X is Douglas Coupland's classic novel about the generation born in the late 1950s and 1960s—a generation known until then simply as twenty somethings.


Andy, Claire, and Dag, each in their twenties, have quit pointless jobs in their respective hometowns to find better meaning in life. Adrift in the California desert, the trio develops an ascetic regime of story-telling, boozing, and working McJobs—"low-pay, low-prestige, low-benefit, no-future jobs in the service industry." They create their own modern fables of love and death among the cosmetic surgery parlors and cocktail bars of Palm Springs as well as disturbingly funny tales of nuclear waste, historical overdosing, and mall culture.
A dark snapshot of the trio's highly fortressed inner world quickly emerges—peeling back the layers on their fanatical individualism, pathological ambivalence about the future, and unsatisfied longing for permanence, love, and their own home.

Andy, Dag, and Claire are underemployed, overeducated, intensely private, and unpredictable. They have nowhere to assuage their fears, and no culture to replace their anomie.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312054366
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/15/1991
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 719,596
Product dimensions: 7.48(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Douglas Coupland was born on a Canadian Armed Forces Base in Baden-Söllingen, Germany in 1961. He is the author of Miss Wyoming, Generation X, All Families are Psychotic, and Girlfriend in a Coma, among others. He attended the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, the Hokkaido College of Art and Design, Instituto Europeo di Design, and the Japan/America Institute of Management Science.

Table of Contents

The Sun is Your Enemy
3(6)
Our Parents Had More
9(4)
Quit Recycling the Past
13(4)
I Am Not a Target Market
17(6)
Quit Your Job
23(6)
Dead at 30 Buried at 70
29(4)
It Can't Last
33(6)
Shopping is Not Creating
39(8)
Re Con Struct
47(6)
Enter Hyperspace
53(8)
December 31, 1999
61(6)
New Zealand Gets Nuked, Too
67(6)
Monsters Exist
73(6)
Don't Eat Yourself
79(4)
Eat Your Parents
83(4)
Purchased Experiences Don't Count
87(6)
Remember Earth Clearly
93(4)
Change Color
97(8)
Why Am I Poor?
105(14)
Celebrities Die
109(10)
I Am Not Jealous
119(4)
Leave Your Body
123(6)
Grow Flowers
129(4)
Define Normal
133(8)
MTV Not Bullets
141(4)
Trans Form
145(4)
Welcome Home From Vietnam, Son
149(4)
Adventure Without Risk is Disneyland
153(8)
Plastics Never Disintegrate
161(8)
Await Lightning
169(6)
Jan. 01, 2000
175

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