Polaroids from the Dead by Douglas Coupland

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...remains an outlier within a canon of outliers. But as a fresh re-reading makes clear, it isn’t that Polaroids is at odds with Coupland’s work; rather, it perfectly encapsulates the contradictions at the heart of it.
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Douglas Coupland takes his sparkling literary talent in a new direction with this crackling collection of takes on life and death in North America -- from his sweeping portrait of Grateful Dead culture to the deaths of Kurt Cobain, Marilyn Monroe and the middle class.

For years, Coupland's razor-sharp insights into what it means to be human in an age of technology have garnered the highest praise from fans and critics alike. At last, Coupland has assembled a wide variety of stories and personal "postcards" about pivotal people and places that have defined our modern lives. Polaroids from the Dead  is a skillful combination of stories, fact and fiction -- keen outtakes on life in the late 20th century, exploring the recent past and a society obsessed with celebrity, crime and death. Princess Diana, Nicole Brown Simpson and Madonna are but some of the people scrutinized.

 

About Douglas Coupland

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Douglas Coupland is the author of twelve novels, including Generation X and Microserfs, and several works of nonfiction, including Polaroids from the Dead. He lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.
 
Published July 19, 2011 by Harper Perennial. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by ROBERT J. WIERSEMA on Jul 08 2016

...remains an outlier within a canon of outliers. But as a fresh re-reading makes clear, it isn’t that Polaroids is at odds with Coupland’s work; rather, it perfectly encapsulates the contradictions at the heart of it.

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