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Extraordinary Canadians: Marshall Mcluhan Hardcover – Mar 16 2010

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; First Edition First Printing edition (March 16 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670069221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670069224
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.5 x 20.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #314,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Only Douglas Coupland could have written Marshall McLuhan. In his contribution to Penguin’s Extraordinary Canadians biography series, Coupland challenges the grandiose nationalistic poise of the series, and indeed the very nature of biography itself. Employing a typographical collage that combines aphorisms, YouTube commentary, computer-generated anagrams of McLuhan’s name, online book reviews, and snippets of Coupland’s own fiction, the celebrated novelist and cultural analyst paints an eclectic but reverent portrait of a man he considers first and foremost an artist.

Though McLuhan is known for popularizing the idea of communication across a global village, he was actually wary and distrustful of the potential impact of technological change. Despite his reputation as a seer and iconoclast, McLuhan was strikingly conservative. After converting to Catholicism as a young man, he attended Mass almost every day for the rest of his life. Despite his ascension in the free-thinking 1960s, McLuhan was prone to expressing anti-feminist and homophobic ideas. Coupland compares McLuhan to pop-art phenom Andy Warhol, because of the intense fervour of his devotees and his evident ability to recognize and capitalize on patterns in popular culture.

In Coupland’s assessment, McLuhan’s perspective and accomplishments are attributable not merely to his education or his upbringing, but to specific biological factors, including cerebral abnormalities that eventually led to a pair of debilitating strokes. Coupland argues that, in a sense, the observation that “the medium is the message” is directly applicable to McLuhan’s brain and nervous system.

Marshall McLuhan is a postmodern, unsentimental love letter from an appreciative and thoughtful heir to his intellectual legacy. The book raises deep questions but does so in Coupland’s trademark detached style, which is wry, amused, and conversational. Identifying parallels between his own life and that of his subject and including several McLuhanesque pieces of his own writing, the author reveals almost as much about himself as he does about his subject.

About the Author

Douglas Coupland's first novel, Generation X, was published in March 1991. Since then he has published nine novels and several non-fiction books in thirty-five languages and most countries on earth. He has presented as a visual artist, with exhibitions in spaces in North America, Europe, and Asia. 2006 marks the premiere of the feature film Everything's Gone Green, his first story written specifically for the screen and not adapted from any previous work. A TV series based on his novel jPod premiered on the CBC in January 2008. His most recent novel is The Gum Thief. He lives in Vancouver, B.C.

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