Ah, cubicle dwellers. With JPod, Douglas Coupland continues the exploration of the psyche of nerds he started in Microserfs, but instead of the well-researched and understated feel of that novel, JPod is like a soap opera on acid. The plot is completely over the top, and Coupland’s inclusion of himself as a character in the novel—an unpleasant character, to boot—is a bit hard to swallow. But it’s pretty pomo of him, one supposes.
Nevertheless, JPod is highly readable and full of memorable phrases, situations, and characters that capture the Zeitgeist.
Well worth reading.
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.
Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.
The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.
What I wish I’d known when I started podcasting.
Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.
Mostly excellent non-fiction in this installment. Includes Fantasyland, The Miracle of Dunkirk, Das Reich, The Undoing Project, Waiting for the Punch, Vacationland and Points of Impact.