Archive for October, 2011


C. Whitehead’s Zombie Novel Takes Streets

10/19/2011  by Arlo Haskell  Comment on this Post
Zone One by Colson Whitehead

Zone One, Colson Whithead

Zone One, the highly anticipated fifth novel from MacArthur Fellow Colson Whitehead, hit the shelves and electronic delivery channels yesterday. It deals with the living dead in the city that never sleeps. Here’s what people are saying:

“The best book of the fall…Zone One formulates an essential equation: the measure of what we once had versus the hint of what we have left. Whitehead brilliantly reformulates an old-hat genre to ask the epidemic question of a teetering history — the question about the possibility of survival.”
—Tom Chiarella, Esquire

“Everything comes to life in this perfectly paced, horrific, 40-page finale shot through with grim comedy and desolate wisdom about the modern age in all its poisonous, contaminating rage. It’s a remarkable episode, drenched in the matinee carnage of classic horror but elevated by the power of Whitehead’s prose to the level of those other ash-covered nightmares imagined by T.S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Cormac McCarthy.”
—Ron Charles, The Washington Post

“When I was a youngster, comic books and novels such as Lucifer’s Hammer and The Stand provided models of the apocalypse, but movies were my true primer — the glorious feel-bad dystopian flicks of the 1960s and 1970s. The inexplicable monsters of Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead were my template for this book, as they are for everything we currently categorize as a zombie text.”
—Colson Whithead, interviewed in Harper’s

Twitterites: follow @colsonwhithead

Douglas Coupland, Works

10/17/2011  by Arlo Haskell  Comment on this Post

Here’s more of Douglas Coupland’s visual work, grabbed from his website and Monte Clark Gallery’s. Enjoy.

Douglas Coupland, Thomson no.7

"Thomson no. 7 (Stormy Sky)"; Unique pigment print, 28 x 35.5 in

Douglas Coupland, Theoretical Postage Stamp

"Theoretical postage stamp: Japanese National Parks Series" (2011); Pigment print, 32 x 22 in

Douglas Coupland, Warflowers

"Warflowers"; two of a series of 10; Backlit Duratrans photos installed into ten separate streetcar stops, Queen Street, Toronto, ON; 84 x 54 in

Douglas Coupland, Global Thermonuclear War

"Global Thermonuclear War" (2010); Pigment Print, 13 x 17 in

Douglas Coupland, Factory

"Factory" (2002); Wood and lacquer

Coupland and Gibson to Open 30th KWLS

10/14/2011  by Arlo Haskell  3 Comments
Douglas Coupland, The Exhausted Landscape

"The Exhausted Landscape" (2010); pigment print, 56x45 in. Douglas Coupland

Opening night for Yet Another World, the 30th annual Key West Literary Seminar (January 5-8, 2012) will feature two of North America’s most forward-thinking novelists and thinkers. We are delighted to announce this year’s John Hersey Memorial Event: A Conversation with Douglas Coupland and William Gibson.

Douglas Coupland, a Canadian, first came to prominence in 1991 with publication of his debut novel, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture. The book popularized terms such as “McJob” and “Generation X” and went on to become an international bestseller. This has been followed by 12 subsequent novels, distinguished by a synthesis of postmodern religion, Web 2.0 technology, human sexuality, and pop culture. His fiction is complemented by a body of work in design and visual art that engages potentially apocalyptic outcomes of technology and contemporary culture. Coupland has been described as “…possibly the most gifted exegete of North American mass culture writing today,” and “one of the great satirists of consumerism.”

William Gibson, an American who emigrated to Canada, is celebrated for a body of fiction that, over time, has proved uncannily prescient about the near future. His debut novel, Neuromancer (1984), introduced the term “cyberspace” and created an iconography for the information age long before the ubiquity of the internet in the late 1990s. Later books, including Mona Lisa Overdrive, Pattern Recognition, and his latest, Zero History, have popularized the character of the computer hacker as hero, and anticipated the rise of reality television, celebrity journalism, and nanotechnology. In all, Gibson is the author of nine novels, more than 20 short stories, and has collaborated extensively with performance artists, filmmakers, and musicians.

Both Coupland and Gibson are avid broadcasters on Twitter. Follow them @DougCoupland and @GreatDismal.

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