Welcome to the World of Douglas Coupland

Welcome to the World of Douglas Coupland
  Mark Gilbert

Many know Coupland as the international best-seller of JPod, and eight earlier novels, including
Hey Nostradamus!,
All Families Are Psychotic and Generation X. What many don’t know is that Coupland is also a visual artist, sculptor, and furniture designer. Not to mention a screenwriter, who is adapting JPod as a television series.

For interview purposes, we’ll call him an artistic genius and wordsmith, perfectly packaged in a Kraft Dinner packet, sans the cheese.

Q: If you were a type of cheese, what kind would you be, and why?
A: Slam dunk! The cheese packet that comes in Kraft Dinner.

Q: Who is your greatest muse?
A: The Trans-Canada highway. I get all of my best ideas while driving.

Q: What are you reading right now?
A: I’m trying to figure out how to read barcodes just by looking at them. I had a character in The Gum Thief do this, and I thought, why not?


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Coupland’s newest novel, available now, is The Gum Thief

Q: Which item can you not live without?
A: A Canadian passport.

Q: What does the word “art” mean to you?
A: A responsibility to make every moment of my life count.

Q: Where is your favourite place to write or create art?
A: Japan

Q: If you had to live anywhere other than Vancouver, BC, where would it be?
A: Kyoto, Japan or Masset, British Columbia—up in Haida Gwaii.

Q: How would you like to be remembered?
A: Surprise me.

Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
A: Two spring to mind: incompetent hotel staff, and people who pretend they’ve read something when they haven’t (and then try to use a book review they’ve read to cover their lie).


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