Douglas Coupland

Literary Birthday – 30 December – Douglas Coupland

Happy Birthday, Douglas Coupland, born 30 December 1961.


  1. I’m quite open about the future. I’m curious. In my mind I’ve always checked out in 2037; that’s always been my expiration date. I’ll be 75.
  2. Here’s my theory about meetings and life: the three things you can’t fake are erections, competence and creativity.
  3. Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruellest irony.
  4. A man in a bookstore buys a book on loneliness and every woman in the store hits on him. A woman buys a book on loneliness and the store clears out.
  5. Christmas makes everything twice as sad.
  6. I think that every reader on earth has a list of cherished books as unique as their fingerprints….I think that, as you age, you tend to gravitate towards the classics, but those aren’t the books that give you the same sort of hope for the world that a cherished book does.
  7. Never loan a book to someone if you expect to get it back. Loaning books is the same as giving them away.
  8. Your brain forms roughly 10,000 new cells every day, but unless they hook up to pre-existing cells with strong memories, they die. Serves them right.
  9. What if God exists except it turns out he doesn’t really like people very much?
  10. We are all of us born with a letter inside us, and that only if we are true to ourselves, may we be allowed to read it before we die.

Douglas Coupland is a Canadian novelist. He has published many novels, collections of short stories, non-fiction books, and a number of dramatic works and screenplays for film and television. His first novel, the 1991 international bestseller Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, popularised terms such as McJob and Generation X. His books appear in 35 languages and most countries on earth.

Source for Image

Douglas Coupland, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 30th December 2012