"People who live the kind of lives that I write about want escape from those lives. They don’t want to dwell imaginatively in the lives that they are living. They want their books to be set on Capri. And why the hell not!"
I promised you, I know, I know
I'd wash a gravel pile of clothes
It's half-past two,
sunny as a shiny penny
rubbing pockets of the world.
"We are conditioned to think we suck because we are not completely celebrated everyday. I just celebrate because I don’t have to go to work at NormoCorp everyday. I’m sitting out here in the early morning with the sun, with the birds singin', and the dogs lying here, talkin' with you, about whatever we want to talk about. We already won. We already won. They didn’t get me. I’m not worried about dealing with some nitwit middle manager all day who’s makin' me feel stressed out and screwin' up my life. I’m sittin' here. I have to fly to New Mexico tomorrow to talk about why the drug war is stupid. That’s all I gotta do."
Mother is crying. They have sensed something sinister, some danger perhaps: the snarl of a lion, the lurk of a predator on the prowl. Or maybe they have detected some force we cannot discern, some signal portending events more apocalyptic: the trembling of the earth, the violent belching of a not-too-distant volcano. They could not …
Coupland's serfs make an idiomatic institution out of "not having a life" by voluntarily "denarrating" themselves.
"The ceremony of innocence is drowned..."
"The film is about fear of losing oneself. Profoundly, it's about holding, not assimilating, integrating but not assimilating. I think assimilation is one of the worst things...this country is obsessed with assimilation. When I think about you, I will think in Spanish, and if I were to think of you in English it will not feel the same."