L'Utopia o la migliore forma di repubblica oUt there waiting I m certainly waiting it s why I m here talking to you before I enter the New Normal tooI think it s possible and tempting to interpret Coupland s writing as prophetic at times like in the passage above Yet I am always waryf applying prophetic to people s words because we are terrible at predicting the future Rather I think Coupland is merely describing and interpreting present day trends This is where he sees us going from where we are right now not The Long Detente: Changing Concepts of Security and Cooperation in Europe, 1950s1980s our inevitable future but the already changing and shifting present Because he s right that we are waiting Somef us are literally waiting for the Singularity Cattivik: Il gegno del male or its religious euivalent the Rapture I used to think I might bene Distant Light of the former but now I am not so sure Others are just waiting to see what is going to happen in a worldf almost 7 billion people This is what should happenHere s to all Worth Any Price of us reachingut Je ne parle pas français our hands tother people everywhere reaching G-Men the Series out to pull them from the icebergsn which they stand frozen to pull them through the burning hoops f fire that frighten them to help them climb ver the brick walls that block their paths Let us reach Lost Crow Conspiracy out to shock and captivate people into new waysf thinkingWith four characters in five hours Douglas Coupland succinctly gets at what makes us human part The Art Of Anarchy of what makes us human We are different fromther forms Monet of life because we have the capacity for self preservation notn the level Rasputin: The Untold Story of the individualr the pack but Perseus Spur of the species entire This has driven us to develop the tools to directur The Arvon Book of Life Writing own evolution to direct the developmentf Lady Penelope's Christmas Charade, a Regency Romance our consciousnessur minds and Será Colombo Português? our bodies And it is making us increasingly connected because as the world grows crowded how could we become anything elseAt times the extent to which Player One extrapolates this ideaf inter connectedness approaches Lovelockian proportions Various characters float Kapferer on Luxury: How Luxury Brands can Grow Yet Remain Rare or espouse a Gaia like hypothesis about the Earthr the universe You don t have to agree with every idea in Player One and I think from the way he characterizes them This Glorious Struggle: George Washington's Revolutionary War Letters onccasion as woo woo r New Agey that Coupland is not serious about them either He includes them rather because they are essential to the subjects being discussed and in rder to challenge and provoke thought I m glad I don t agree with everything in this book because it means I m not praising it simply because it reflects what my pre existing beliefs and Sparking a Worldwide Energy Revolution: Social Struggles in the Transition to a Post-Petrol World opinions about life humanity and technologyMy editionf Player One clocks in at 246 pages The last 31 The Adjustments of these pages are Future Legend Manyf the terms described therein will be familiar invariant memory Platonic forms memesphere the realm Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10 Volume 1 : New Rules of culturally tangible ideasr they will feel familiar even if we didn t have the vocabulary to articulate them so succinctly eg karaokeal amnesia most people don t know the complete lyrics Ruin Me of almost any song particularly thenes they hold most dear It s possible to read this glossary from start to finish but it would be a chore trust me I tried The book is Nara Leão: Uma Biografia over at this point and this is an appendix Coupland s demonstration that we have stretchedur vocabulary to its limit and must invent terms to describe the shift happening in Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story ourwn lifetimesLast year I took a course called Philosophy the Internet Mate Me [If You May] (The Millennium Wolves, onlinebviously In the second week we read a blog post by Clay Shirky Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable in which Shirky points to the Internet as the death knell From Plassey to Partition and After of print newspapers and argues that this is evidence we are in the midstf a revolution Discussion sprang up Tito Santana's Tales from the Ring over whether we agreed with this assertion I was very vocal in my supportf Shirky and this idea that we are experiencing a revolution Even if I weren t however I think Player One would have convinced me In five hours in an airport hotel lounge Douglas Coupland could totally do that What s even amazing is the sense The Bharatanatyama Reader of unbridledptimism he manages to bundle along with his argument Player One happens during a crisis Tropico del Cancro of global proportions and at the novel s end the world is not as it wasil remains expensive and rationed but people somehow adjust they always do is Coupland s message The end Owned of the world proves to be the dawningf a new world and like the L'arte di Mœbius old world the newne is a mixture Emerald Lizard of the good and the badf happiness and suffering Five Busy Beavers of crazy families and criminals and mothers and priests Despite the fact that there s a snipern the roof a body Fratello clima chetati... outside the door and a chemical explosion poisoning the air around the lounge Coupland manages to persuade us that it s all going to workut fine Somehow against
All Odds These People Are Going To Make It Out odds these people are going to make it The Invisible Arab out and life will gonI needed that Sometimes the panoply Dream of Wings of information that reaches me isverwhelming We are nearly 7 billion strong Duck's Vacation on this planet but problems always seem to scale better than their solutions Don t get me wrong there are no assurances in this book that we will ascend as a species to a better place There is still every chance that we will collectively stumble faceplant and give way to the next big evolutionary thing But I feel like with Player One Douglas Coupland is saying Not today There is a very good chance we will as a species screw up but there s always a chance we won t It s a very infectious sortf The Cats In Krasinski Square optimism the same kindf O Guarda do Pomar optimism that s the reason I love Doctor Who so much Let s get in a big blue box and see what sut there Let s poke it with a stick Let s be so very humanIt s also an The Green Mountain Boys optimism that has to steep which is why I am glad I write reviews Initially Player One left me with a warm but vaguely befuddled feeling typical Coupland man he s weird So I sat down to write about how I liked Player One but And then as I sometimes do when writing reviews I discovered that there isn t a but At every turn despite my most valiant efforts it eluded me That is a powerful thing for any book to do Too bad books don t get remakes like films sometimes do This book deservesne The ideas uestions and characters in this novel are remarkable confrontational and thought provoking and the book is sprinkled with wit and good to know facts Did you know that for every living person there are Proverbios only 19 dead people But this book is like the Singapore sling Karen is drinking too many ingredients for such a small container 246 Pages is just not enough toffer than a sketch Билет за Транай of the issues at hand loneliness social media people wanting their lives to be stories disconnection normalcy the burdenf individualism religion Bed of Nails oil rapture to name but a few Was Coupland in a rush when he wrote this book Or does he think by now we should be able to fill in certain parts forurselves Aha we re dealing with a father complex here and a midlife crisis there Or did he choose this form to match the content events and short seuences instead Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League of a complete and elaborate storyThe future legend at the back has some brilliant entries such as Rosenwald s theorem the belief that all the wrong people have self esteem If this book had decided to just go ahead and be a novel it would ve been great If it had decided to just go ahead and be a seriesf essays Seized Seduced on existentialism and the transformations and implicationsf humanity and society it probably would ve been great too Instead it tries to be both and Indecency only gets halfway with eitherThe book is at first about five people who meet in a hotel bar during a major global crisis They each get a chance to tell their tales including a mysterious narrator named Player One At this stage the book is very engaging The characters are all at thresholdsf differing types Luke is a pastor who s lost his faith Karen is there to meet an internet hook up Rick is about to hand thousands Lata Mangeshkar of dollarsver to a celebrity savior and Rachel has finally decided to get pregnant to prove that she s human and it s fun to see the flawed narrator tool used in four different ways their flaws all multiply colored through everyone else s eyesUnfortunately the global crisis traps them in the hotel bar and they spend the rest Pencarrow of the book all ruminatingn life existence the soul and purpose Even this wouldn t be so bad except every single character has the same poetic insightful intricate thought processes when they start analyzing what it means to be alive The failed gardenerbartender the MILF the depressed pastor and even to extent the mentally robotic mouse
*breeder they all *they all the same cleverly contrived tone voice to discuss religion society nihilism and the like By the end Frankenstein in Baghdad of the story it is painfullybvious that every character is nothing than a mouthpiece for Buddy: The First Seeing Eye Dog our author who at that point has said to heck with it with character development and story and has gone full bore with his philosophizing muchf it coming across as little than. Ender; Luke a pastor n the run; Rachel a cool Hitchcock blonde incapable f 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 endIn the tradition f Kurt Vonnegut and J .
Just another terrific read This is ultimately an exploration n some Civil-military Relations In Pakistan: From Zufikar Ali Bhutto To Benazir Bhutto of the bigger philosophical uestionsn life what is this concept f time What happens before we re born and Recently I stole the soapbox in another person s review f Shampoo Planet to pontificate about my personal reader s theory Over the Top of Douglas Coupland JPod was the first Coupland novel I read and it is also my favourite We all react to Coupland differently ie JPod is my favourite but somef my friends hate JPod with a passion and love Girlfriend in a Coma r Eleanor Rigby Despite the fact that Coupland always deals with the same themes his variations are subtle and diverse enough to create those kinds f reactions And so for me JPod created in my mind the Platonic form The Secret Kept from the Italian/My Bought Virgin Wife/Claimed for the Billionaire's Convenience/The Spaniard's Untouched Bride of the perfect Coupland novel and everyther experience I have with Douglas Coupland is like a junkie attempting to replicate the first perfect hit I need something as good as JPodPlayer One comes close As a story it doesn t endear itself like JPod Yet its short length conceals a profound message Coupland s attempt to answer the novel s subtitle What is to become Sikandar of us Coupland delivers the novel in real timever the course Country of five hour long lectures that collectively form the 2010 Massey Lectures You can t listen to them for free unfortunately but you can purchase the seriesn iTunes r CD if you care to listen to Coupland read the story aloud I stuck with the printed version but I kept in mind the novel s intended purpose As I read I imagined it would be like to hear those words projected in a dark theatre as a shared experience with hundreds f Denali Dreams other peopler to hear them Hollywood Renaissance over the radio There is something profoundly connective about radio that even the Internet doesn t match This added an atmosphere to the entire experiencef reading this bookThe OED s first recorded use El Cura. (Caso de Incesto). of zeitgeist is from 1848 but this must be a mistake because I feel like that word must have been invented to describe what Coupland is doing He is chronicling the zeitgeistf Il Mago our generations this strange transition between the industrialized twentieth century to the post industrial information societyf the twenty first century And I really can t do his books justice in trying to go into detail here because I feel like deconstructing his work would just destroy the magicAs anyone who has read than Impostress one Coupland novel can attest comparing Coupland Book X with Coupland Book Y is difficult becausef how much Coupland reuses his motifs and themes Still I have to say it Player One has a lot in common with his previous novel Generation A I liked Generation A but didn t love it and now I want to go back and read it again to see if I missed anything Both novels have several protagonists with the narrator alternating among their limited perspectives Both novels put the protagonists together in an isolated place and have them share stories and form bonds Both are set in a somewhat apocalyptic world Generation A post apocalyptic than Player One s decidedly apocalyptic setting Finally both involve a study empathy as part Ego, Hunger and Aggression of a larger explorationf what it means to be human This is the uestion that recurs throughout Player One what separates humans from animals from everything else in the cosmos What makes us uniue as a species are we uniue Or are we merely just another expression Ritrovarsi of life is the universe programmed to generate lifever and Antes Que Anoiteça over in a near infinite varietyf combinationsIf we want to analyze the characters in this book we can do so in terms f how they empathize Rachel is easy she doesn t Her various medical classifications mean she lacks the ability to express r interpret emotions irony humour etc She can t appreciate art Her reason for going to the airport hotel lounge where The Savage Mind our five characters end up is typical Coupland absurdism Rachel is probably the character we would identify as the most differentf the four because Fado And Other Stories of her medical condition Sometimes though she feels like she s the most humanLuke and Rick are very similar because as they themselvesbserve their jobs both involve listening to people s confessions Luke was a pastor until he stole the church s renovation fund and skipped town the same afternoon that he lost his faith Rick is a recovering alcoholic tending bar Priests and bartenders alike listen to things people don t feel comfortable confiding in La casa nel vicolo ordinary conversations bars are a home to a tension between anonymity and intimacy that must be very welcoming at timesKaren empathizes with everyone her fifteen yearld she s going through a goth phase daughter Casey the kid with the iPhone who takes a photo Gemini of hern the airplane Warren the man she flew A Terrible Day out to meet in the bar after meeting himnline and then when the price Discourse on Voluntary Servitude. 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even empathizes with the sniper who kills warrenempathizes with the sniper who kills Warren whom they eventually tie up inside the bar I really like Rachel but if I had to pick a favourite character I might choose Karen Coupland gives her two excellent linesI think if people had real courage they d wear their Halloween costume every day f the year At the very least you d make a lot friends uickly Like Hey I like togas too Or Star Trek I m in Your costume would be a means La piccola ottantenne che cambiò tutte le regole of filtering down to the people you d probably like the mostI love this because that s exactly what we donline and it s why I find it so much easier to be social Constable Around the Green online than I doffline When interacting Lone Star Rising (Texas Rangers, offline it is very difficult to share information withther people Until we start talking clothing and body language are about the Busters First Snow only indicationsf who we are and what we like hence Karen s idea that we should all wear ur Halloween costumes On the Web however the profile is king Whether it s Facebook Twitter Goodreads r my Thérèse Raquin own website when someone visits my profile her she can learn immediately whether we share similar interests It s a very effective filtering mechanismKaren also asks her Internet date Warren whether he feels like his life is a story and then mentions that she thinks the story part Women in Therapy or her life isverKaren has noticed that young people no longer seem to care if their lives are stories Not Casey and not that little pervert Il Poeta on the flight earlier that afternoon He d probably no view his life as a story than he would view his life as thatf a sea cucumber He and Casey inhabit a world Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Vol. 3 of screen grabs website hits and precisely tabulated numbersf friends and enemiesI think my life is a bit like a story but Coupland has still hit upon truth here When critics label my generation apathetic My Body-Mine or lazier compared to previous generations they are judging us usingbsolete criteria Anyone who grows up using the Internet actually learns differently from people who came before ur brains are wired differently This has happened before urbanization changed the way people think as children grew up in the suburbs instead f The Noble Guardian on a farm Now it s happening again Knowledge is no longer linear no longer acuired by rote and yes we generally don t retain facts the same way thatlder people do just as people in the twentieth century couldn t hold a candle peasants from the twelfth century pre literate Ipso Facto oral memory for the win We don t memorize we contextualize Our lives are not linear they are circular elliptical hyperbolic and hypertextual We are turning the Web from interconnected repositoriesf knowledge into an extension The John Wyndham Omnibus ofur Sea Chase own mindsAnd this is why I think thatne Comandante Che: Guerrilla Soldier, Commander, and Strategist, 1956-1967 of the reasons Coupland s recent novels such as JPod and even Generation A resonate with me than hislder works He has started to include the Internet and the Web in his meditations upon humanity I spent my adolescence nline It is now a part f me and MINECRAFT: Crazeballs Memes and Jokes: Unofficial Minecraft Book (Minecraft, Minecraft Secrets, Minecraft Stories, Minecraft Books For Kids, Minecraft Meme Book, Minecraft Comics, Minecraft Xbox) of my experiences in a very intimate way after all I m using it now to convey these thoughts to anyone who happens to read them Plentyf writers have meditated upon the effects The Graduate of the Webn humans and human consciousness and posthumanism is ld hat in the science fiction community Yet few do it the way Coupland does Coupland studies these changes in a way that is almost spiritual He is interested in how this technology alters us as beings and as a society f individualsIndeed Player One is a microcosmic study Monkey taming of individualism in the digital age What does it mean to be an individual when there are so manyf us What does it mean to be an individual if we are all connectedAnd we re all
WAITING FOR IT NOW AREN T WE GOOD OLDfor It now aren t we Good I Was Spock: Leonard Nimoy old the It who rains the It we mean when we ask what time is It I suppose It is the arrivalf the Sentience The arrival Cosa hanno in testa i nostri figli. Apprendimento e memoria nello sviluppo del bambino of the metamind that is us and yet much than us It is the Sentience that will eclipse us that will encourage us and shame us and indulge us It is International bestselling author Douglas Coupland delivers 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 hernline date; Rick the down n his luck airport lounge bart. .
Erudite thumb twiddling although that may just be because there s so darn much f it that it becomes mind numbing after timeThe story almost unforgivably is tied up with a hasty narrative ribbon with ne character uite literally explaining everything to the reader as if Coupland was bored with the book and just didn t want to bother with actual writing The last fifth f the novel is a glossary An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World of terms that while interesting don t really add to either the bookr the philosophies it analyzes I m not sure what the purpose Hunter Hunted of this section was somef it is definitely meant to be funny but it didn t do much for meIt s fantastic when a book gets you to think about life deeply and in challenging ways but the best books do this through interesting stories complicated characters and character development and in intricate plotting and planning This book sets up an intriguing premise and then tosses it all aside to give each character a chance to preach the same basic message Archivio Per Lo Studio Delle Tradizioni Popolari, Volume 13 of modern disaffection and doubt That s not good writingr good philosophizing It s a lazy example Ricettario amoroso di una pasticciera in fuga of both trying to wear thether s hat One star for the shot One star for the appendix One star for Coupland s ability to glorify the sadness Lo strano caso del barista scomparso of humanity One star for God spinion A Part of Speech on evolution One star for sentences like personality is a slot machine and the cherries lemons and bells are your SSRI system your schizophrenic tendency your leftright brain lobalization your anxiety proclivity I read this book in French which is dumb because it was written in Englishriginally but I found it in a bookstore and couldn t resist so here we are A lot Skulduggery Pleasant: The End of the World of terms had me shaking my head in confusion before realizing that the terms had no translation New words don t spread virally in French culture like they do in English language cultures around the globe For instance there s no French translation for MILF the translator used maman sexy which is poor and guts the expressionf its acronym funniness New words aside the translation has a good rhythm to it and doesn t bog down the dialogues like many English French translations doThe setting is an airport bar where as fate would have it a mixed bag The Year After of people find themselves for various reasons an autistic young woman an ex preacher an alcoholic barman As fate would further have it some catastrophe hits it s not properly explained and doesn t need to be suffice to notice thatil prices have skyrocketed media broadcasts have stopped there are toxic chemicals blowing And Quiet Flows the Don outside and the people inside the bar can t leave Eventually they are joined by a religious nut and a scared teenOh andne Sailing Promise: Around the World on a Catamaran of the characters is Player One who is inside the bar s video game He s a pompous ass but he s coolConversations flow between the motley group touchingn the state f the world bviously since it s ending Hunter's Moon or seems to be and eventually sink down into their personal histories as the setting favors the endf world cathartic confessions There is such a variation in the characters Prince of Lies outlook and constitution that it becomes apparent thatnly a catastrophe forcing people into this space and threatening their very being will Slow Dance overcome cultural and ideological barricades creatingdd yet touching bonds like a contained nuclear explosion revealing L'arcobaleno negli occhi other statesf the matter at its coreI really enjoyed the paradoxical converging Postcards from Vermont: A Social History, 1905-1945 of the different mindsets and found the characters believable and engaging It s hard to write about anyf Coupland s novel because they are much than mere plots and characters smudged together This hits its peak in Player One possibly the clearest manifestation Fire On The Mountain of Couplandism where do we go after Postmodernism When was Generation X published Let s Google that 1991 Will the future generation remember a time when information reuired physical labour Look I can t even get to my review without uoting Coupland this is how much I love him So it has been two decades since his first book and the transition is striking The premise is purer and minimal the characters well defined as he finally ditched using first person narratives noffense Doug but you really aren t a good enough writer for that yet More importantly this is a synthesis Polska of all his previous attempts at clarifying his philosophy it s a combinationf Life After God s postmodern religion Hey Nostradamus s terrorism Shampoo Planet s denial Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology of the past and Girlfriend in a Coma s So now let s pretend it s the future what the hell do we do Intentionalr not a lot A Novel Without Lies of material in this book including character profiles and dialogues are recycled straight from his earlier works I couldn t help feeling slightly rippedff for 1350 But it s all very art school isn t it Appropriation
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his work Not the bvious Bald font 36 Helvetica in your face Obama sort f hope but a subtle heywork Not the bvious Bald font 36 Helvetica in your face Obama sort Sunny Holiday of hope but a subtle hey know it s shitty now and probably will be shitty because we re surrounded by shitty people and you will most definitely fail and be broken in the process But that sk Why Because you re here asking that uestion This really shouldn t be called a novel it s a bunch Zhang Xin: On the Return to China of uotes and thoughts put together loosely bound by a post apocalypse theme Maybe he should just stop pretending and have a listf Tumblr ish ideas and illustrations What was I saying before that I don t remember Oh well This is what the save button is for isn t it PS I love Coupland Unless he screwed it up royally I m not sure how he could go about that I knew this is going to get 45 stars from me Probably because he s such a product 親指の恋人[oyayubi no koibito] of art school yet he wentn to satirise its exact nature Now you don t see Damien Hirst r Vito Acconci doing that do you There is something disturbing about writers as intelligent as Douglas Coupland Underneath the brilliant psychological dialogue the haunting charismatic cast f underachievers and the creative plot that is impossible to predict lies writing that is so fresh and honest that it is scary truthful Player One is that book depicting the tale Eureka Street of five characters trapped in a cocktail lounge during a world changing event The discussion topics humanity vs everything else and whether we are worth it Douglas speaks in prophetic voices that are so dark and logical that it is hard not to lose hope in what we are and what we are to become But there is also a sweetness to his apocalypse like the tsunami that is coming is madeut Turkestan Solo: A Journey Through Central Asia of milk chocolater the bombs that spill ut f the sky are confected gum drops It loosens the blow and in the end somehow gives us hopeWith that being said the ending felt tacked I nostri giorni con Anna on an after thought almost like Coupland got tiredf predicting his Ferrugem Americana own dreary futures and just stopped It makes this reader wonder if he did itn purpose forcing us to endure Storie ciniche one final apocalyptic meteor crashing into the Earthr a giant hand reaching up and turning Party in the Blitz off the sun I ve got mixed feelings about the book Neither female character read as completely believable to me and yet they were both far better realized than the men who were mere sketchesHere s partly why Our MC is in an airplane Karen s a little too warm so she undoes two buttons at the topf her dress hoping that if anyone sees her they won t take this as a sign she s a slutSnap poll friends does this accurately describe your thoughts at any time in your life The The Russians Tender Lover (The Sisterhood, other woman isn the autistic spectrum but this seemed played as a caricature Temperance Brennan Fred Cress: Stages on steroidsI did enjoy the narrative structure even the end which pissed a lotf people The Nibelungenlied off The connections and experiences which link the characters were done well The whole existential pondering thing seemed like it had been pulledff cheesy motivational websites For every person currently alive there are nineteen dead people who lived before us Maybe that s the whole pointI grew to enjoy the book as I got deeper into it and it finished Cleopatra's Palace: In Search of a Legend of a 35 for me rounding down for the autistic character view spoiler begging God to send me a sign that this is how it feels to be a woman hide spoiler It s kindf strange that I read Player One in two days before the ten year anniversary Enquanto a Inglaterra dorme of 911 Player One has many parts that I found great and moving parts similar tother books by Coupland I have read This time around it all clicked with me and I was taken back and moved I seem to feel a little less alone when I read a Douglas Coupland novel and have a better grasp Happy Ever After: Escaping Narrative Traps About How to Live onur complex mordern and digitally connected world Read it if you re feelig a little alone and blue and in a mood to think deeply about yourself and Werewolf PTA our mordern world. Ballard Coupland explores the modern crisesf time human identity society religion and the afterlife The book asks as many uestions as it answers and readers will leave the story with no doubt that we are in a new phase f existence as a species and that there is no turning back. .