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Why Gen X?

In The Guardian, Douglas Coupland explains why he wrote Generation X. I just cracked open his newest novel, Generation A, the other day, so I can't say much about it, but I can say that, being 46 now (one year younger than Coupland), when I first read Generation X when it was published in 1989, it felt, it was the first time any novel had spoken in the voice of my generation. Looking back now, of course, Generation X's dissection of popular culture feels almost quaint, which to me means the book's vision was right on the money. Or as Coupland writes in his essay: "One must remember that in 1989, nobody believed that there was a post-boomer sensibility." There certainly was after Gen X was published.

Sorry, we're open!

I thought this note posted in the BookHampton shop, in Southampton, NY, was cute. It reminded me of all the jackass crap we used to have to put up with from shoppers when I worked in bookselling. (Thanks to The New Yorker.)

"a man of passions"

The Times has an article about a new 800-page volume of Van Gogh's letters as well as a gallery of images from an associated exhibit at the Van Gogh Museum, in Amsterdam.

Anne Frank House

The Anne Frank house has created a You Tube Channel. On it you can see a truly remarkable piece of film footage: Anne Frank herself, leaning out a window in her family's house (pre-war, of course) watching her neighbour going off to get married. The film footage is pure coincidence; the neighbour is the subject, Frank was just captured on film for a few seconds like many other onlookers. The caption reads: "July 22 1941. The girl next door is getting married. Anne Frank is leaning out of the window of her house in Amsterdam to get a good look at the bride and groom. It is the only time Anne Frank has ever been captured on film."

Coach House

The Globe's book section has a nice little a video about the inner workings of Toronto's Coach House Press. The venerable press recently purchased its namesake building and you can see owner Stan Bevington talking about how they make books and the history of the press.

This is kinky

Archie Andrews, who proposed to Veronica in issue #600 of the Archie comics series (published in August), is now apparently going to propose to Betty in issue #603 (due November). The New York Times has an article explaining the hi-jinks, as well as a gallery of images from the six-part miniseries that will, we are promised, lead to Archie's betrothal to one of the two gals.

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's Thanksgiving weekend in Canada. If you have not yet planned your celebratory dinner, check out some feast recipes on my monthly column Cookbook Club.

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

Shaun Smith

Shaun Smith is a novelist and journalist living in Toronto. His young adult novel Snakes & Ladders was published in January 2009 by the Dundurn Group.

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