Wednesday, May 31, 2006


We are told that jPod - Douglas Coupland's latest novel - updates his earlier Microserfs for the age of Google. I thought Microserfs - as well as being hilarious - was an extraordinary zeitgeist capturing book and I am surprised pondering it today:

1. That is was not in the Top 20 I published on the blog last year.
2. That - having appeared in 1995 - it is more than a decade old.

If he does manage a similar achievement for the 21st century it will be an Isaiah Berlin supplanting shoe-in for my next nomination at Chris' book club, but there is also a chance that it will be dire (Girlfriend in a Coma anyone?).

I'm not likely to be able to make it to see Coupland at the Bloomsbury Theatre tonight. Perhaps this time I should actually read the book I am going to recommend before nailing my colours to the mast. (Written Lives seems to have been something of an acquired taste.)

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