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Andy, Dag And Claire Have Been Handed A Society Priced Beyond Their Means Twentysomethings, Brought Up With Divorce, Watergate And Three Mile Island, And Scarred By The S Fall Out Of Yuppies, Recession, Crack And Ronald Reagan, They Represent The New Generation Generation XFiercely Suspicious Of Being Lumped Together As An Advertiser S Target Market, They Have Quit Dreary Careers And Cut Themselves Adrift In The California Desert Unsure Of Their Futures, They Immerse Themselves In A Regime Of Heavy Drinking And Working At No Future McJobs In The Service IndustryUnderemployed, Overeducated, Intensely Private And Unpredictable, They Have Nowhere To Direct Their Anger, No One To Assuage Their Fears, And No Culture To Replace Their Anomie So They Tell Stories Disturbingly Funny Tales That Reveal Their Barricaded Inner World A World Populated With Dead TV Shows, Elvis Moments And Semi Disposable Swedish Furniture


10 thoughts on “Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture

  1. says:

    For years before reading this book I hated it I hated it so much I think at least half of my zines have somewhere the line Fuck you Coupland at least once in some rant My hatred of him was immense, seriously For example if I had been driving my car and I had seen him I would have run him over Of course like any good hatred I only had superficial reasons for hating him, I had never read his work, I only saw the catchy looking books and saw them as a disgusting marketing device And of course there is the name of this book, and the fact that I hated the whole Generation X thing that in the 90 s seemed to be thrown about all the time But then I read the book, and I found I actually really really liked the book, and that I didn t hate Douglas Coupland and that I had been wrong in my irrational hatred Oh well I guess I m sorry for all the times I told you to go fuck yourself in my zine.


  2. says:

    Does the term overload make or break the novel Lets just say that in its o so 80 s rampantly materialistic take on self imposed post mid twenty crisis survivors, the book may want to break itself This is the equivalent of what Reality Bites was to film zeitgeisty, important, conspicuous.It is a fun lexicon like novel that reads like The Decameron or the Canterbury Tales in modern day The protagonists don t know it but actually live in an age where nothing is happening and so the stories they tell themselves atop their middleclass hill both alienate them from the events of the country and transforms them into monolithic figures Okay, they bitch these X ers like any new generation that becomes conscious of its own incongruities but lounging by the pool Clearly they had it better than us, and we may have it better than our yikes children In my generation, well, let s just say I am super glad to pay a kings ransom for my cap hill Lladro priced matchbox apt The stories all come from spiritual castaways in their bourgeois splendor they try hard to break from , including, obviously, the too cool author That they all bear the same register of tone, the same intelligent tone, gives the work a realistic splendor that s richly inventive, playfully evocative.


  3. says:

    Young white privilege all dressed up and no where to go


  4. says:

    What a boring and pretentious book It s the kind of writing that would have seriously impressed me when I was 14, full of consciously witty soundbites.What I really don t like about it is the glorified loser culture of the early 90s and nearly 18 years later it hasn t aged well and just seems bloated The decade that everyone thought was the pinnacle of evolution is now looking as bad as the 80s did ten years ago To highlight this, Coupland s plot doesn t have much as a story per se, instead it s a collection of short ironic stories and vague self realisations by the characters The only thing that prevented it being tossed out is the fact that Coupland is genuinely briliant and there s no doubt that he s a fantastic writer However, you wish that he would get take his head out of his arse for this one


  5. says:

    With some things you know exactly what they re going to be like before you experience them and you hope you re proved wrong I saw A Mighty Wind recently and shouldn t have bothered good film well made and all, but utterly predictable As was Generation X DC is a snappy writer, he s Tom Wolfe s kid brother, and this book should have been a collection of smart essays like Kandy Kolored Tangerine Streamlined Baby etc It doesn t really leave the ground as a story with characters And also, really, he is a bit too self regardingly clever So if you don t come from Generation X itself are therefore reading this out of sheer nostalgia, forget this and check out three funny movies about similar stuff Clerks, Office Space and Empire Records.


  6. says:

    I ve been thinking about why I still love this book, when I hate movies like Lost in Translation and Reality Bites I think it s because the characters are so active Andy, Dag and Claire don t lie around hotel rooms in their underwear or have planet s of regret on their shoulders shut up, Ethan Hawke They have jobs, they do interesting things, they daydream, and most importantly, they tell each other stories On the flip side, they haven t aggressively dropped out of the mainstream a la Kerouac co They re just trying to find their way along some other path than the one they were told to be on, and they try to find some quiet meaning in their lives as they go, without being too consciously hip, or too unconsciously un hip The book never feels forced, and it s the author s gentle tone that makes it work for me.


  7. says:

    Credited with terming low paying low status unsatisfying dead end employment as a McJob and introducing popularizing the phrase Generation X to the American lexicon, Coupland conveys the lives of three friends as they attempt to escape their collective quarter life crisis Using a raw ironic tone that is anything less than subtle, Generation X entwines the exhausted lives of twentysomethings with relevant pop culture references Choice moments in the novel include Coupland s incorporation of cartoons, slogans and Couplandisms, all of which are specific to the sentiments portrayed by both the characters and the author himself Tele parabolizing is a personal favorite of Coupland s invented terms which is defined as describing everyday morals by using widely known plots found on television think, that s just like the episode where Jan lost her glasses Generation X Tales for an Accelerated Culture may not cure your frustration with our culture s habit of excessive consumption and extreme commercialism, but it will at least provide you with the solace of knowing you re not alone.


  8. says:

    I give this book five stars even though it really isn t much of a novel, it s mainly just three kids telling stories about how they view the creepy world of consumerism and status I read this shortly after returning to the States after living a fairly idyllic and isolated life on the Mediterranean for three blissful years I didn t really get America when I got back, not at all This was the first novel that I read that explained why I wasn t entirely crazy for not being crazy for the American dream.So I had just moved from Greece probably the best place I have ever lived, and I ve live in some great places I ve lived in Spain for the last 12 years and I moved to suburban Washington, D.C., the worst fucking place I have ever lived I just hated the traffic and endless sprawl I didn t even have the word sprawl in my vocabulary at that time I just knew that I hated it.My brother turned me on to this book after he had also recently been recently reintroduced to American culture A lot of things in this book just hit home with me Granted, I thought the male characters were way too soft for me and one of them, I felt, should have been fucking Claire, but the sexless nature of the males wasn t a big problem What drew me to the book than anything was simply the tone, and the tone was Is this really what it s all about Filling an SUV with a wife and family and taking two weeks a year on the beach somewhere I knew that wasn t for me He had a lot of great insights in this book which is than you can say for a lot of novels by the leading writers in America I defy anyone to quote a decent insight of our culture from John Irving, Joyce Carrol Oates, Saul Bellow, or most of the pantheon of modern American literature and yes, I know this dude is Canadian This was the first novel that I read that questioned the American Dream or traditional values It was the first time I heard anyone voice criticism towards what most considered the normal trajectory of adult life All that I knew at the time was that the idea of going the route expected of people of my station had zero appeal to me This book sort of let me know that I wasn t alone.Postscript You have to wonder if anyone from the Facebook Twitter Video Game generation would even be capable of the sort of introspection found in this novel I hate to stir up class warfare what am I saying I love it but I doubt children of any sort of privileged status would even feel compelled to bother deconstructing their baffling worldat least it is baffling to me What would they call their book Generation Like Generation LOL, Yack, Generation Generation Whatever


  9. says:

    This started very promising, but soon became bogged down in hollow, absurd stories Chronologically I belong to this Generation X, and it is true that at one time mid 80s this generation seemed lost , due to the economic crisis, postmodernism and especially the post 1968 syndrome But apparently eventually all worked out Moreover, we in the West are now facing very different problems how to stay afloat in a globalized world, the growing social inequalities, the integration of minorities, global warming, the emptiness after the death of God With all that this book by Coupland seems no than an shortfallen luminous star, that later proved to be a false hit.


  10. says:

    This is the story of a handful of Generation X ers, defined as people born between 1960 and 1980 In the book three late twenty someones Andy, Claire, and Dag separately give up their upwardly mobile jobs and move to Palm Springs, California There they take up residence in modest digs, take low paying service jobs, and attempt to live or less minimalist lives They entertain themselves by telling stories made up or real , drinking, snacking, having picnics, and for the most part eschewing serious relationships Their purpose, apparently, is to reject traditional society, which they find oppressive Though the characters reject the values of their nuclear families which are not perfect, but whose family is they do maintain contact via phone calls, visits, and so on.so their isolation is not complete Though the hippie ish lifestyle of Andy and his friends acquaintances is amusing to read about, it strikes the reader at least this reader as unrealistic and unsustainable Though a small segment of society can decide to do nothing with their lives and suffer few consequences if everyone took up this lifestyle the country s economy would soon collapse And even for those who are determined to stick it out, this kind of freewheeling behavior becomes unattractive when people are no longer young that is, approach their mid thirties and older The main characters try to be committed to their no strings lifestyle, but life does impinge Claire develops a huge crush on Tobias, an exceptionally handsome man and follows him to New York where their lives don t mesh Dag is attracted to Claire s friend Elvissa, and tries to develop a relationship with her until Elvissa skips town for an even minimal lifestyle Dag is also an obsessive vandal, damaging other people s cars and even destroying one by setting it on fire I would have liked to see Dag punished for this, though he would undoubtedly bitterly resent the fines jail imposed by outside society.Regardless of my opinion of the characters whom I didn t admire , the book is well written and the characters are believable It s interesting to get a peek into the thought processes of some Gen X ers I think the best part of the book is in the margins, where Douglas Coupland defines some of the original and entertaining Gen X expressions vocabulary If you re curious about Gen X, this is a good book for you.You can follow my reviews at