This got me thinking about how consistently inconsistent an author he is. He has this reputation for social and cultural commentary, but even in that he’s a bit hit and miss. I think of myself as a fan, but a fairly critical one.
Case in point: of Coupland’s fiction, some of it is very good indeed, and some of it is decidedly not. Hence the two Douglas Couplands. A can write, B has trouble with it.
- Life After God
- Girlfriend In A Coma
- Miss Wyoming
- Hey, Nostradamus!
- Shampoo Planet
- Eleanor Rigby
- All Families Are Psychotic
I’ve excluded Generation X because I wasn’t sure where to put it, but to be honest I was leaning towards Coupland B. At the half-way point, I think The Gum Thief was written by Coupland A.
(Whilst writing this post, for some reason I consistently mis-spelled ‘thief’ as ‘theif’.)