Monday, December 8, 2008

Poverty Holidays Gift #6: Coupland's "Life After God"

Hello there, down-on-your-luck present-searcher. In installment six of PovHoGeeGuy, we reach back to a book recommendation one of the nuts, bolts, and mitochondria that make up PDXWD made way back in May: Douglas Coupland's story collection Life After God. As the mighty mitochondrian wrote:
The greatest moments of Life After God occur when Coupland puts words to those many thoughts we've all had about where we are versus where we hoped we would be. "When you're young, you always feel that life hasn't yet begun--that 'life' is always scheduled to begin next week, next month, next year, after the holidays," and it's true. It's tempting to consider, for example, what may have happened differently had this reviewer read that line earlier in life.

But alas, that's not the way it works, and Coupland is wise to that fact. It's so difficult to heed the advice of other, older people because there is a belief innate to us all, especially in our youth, that everything is really yet to come. We don't need to worry that much because it doesn't quite count yet, right? "But then," Coupland writes, "suddenly you're old and the scheduled life didn't arrive. You find yourself asking, 'Well then, exactly what was it I was having--that interlude--the scrambly madness--all that time I had before?'"

The book is available at Powell's, bargain-hunter. See you tomorrow.

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