Bit Rot is a gem of the digital age. Reading Bit Rot feels a lot like bingeing on Netflix ...you can't stop with just one. 'Bit rot' is a term used in digital archiving to describe the way digital files can spontaneously and quickly decompose. As Coupland writes, 'Bit rot also describes the way my brain has been feeling since 2000, as I shed older and weaker neurons and connections and enhance new and unexpected ones'. Bit Rot the book explores the ways humanity tries to make sense of our shifting consciousness. Coupland, just like the Internet, mixes forms to achieve his ends. Short fiction is interspersed with essays on all aspects of modern life. The result is addictively satisfying for Coupland's legion of fans hungry for his observations about our world. For almost three decades, his unique pattern recognition has powered his fiction, and his phrase-making. Every page of Bit Rot is full of wit, surprise and delight.
"The current landscape, the mindless and endless landslide of mass culture versus individual vulnerability - no one sees these or gets to the heart of them quite like Coupland." -- Ali Smith "Coupland's work is one long exploration for new meanings in a hollow modern world." Sunday Times "In the future, if people are curious about what it was like to live in our times, in the early twenty-first century, they will do well to read Douglas Coupland." -- Yann Martel "We should really pay attention to Coupland. His eye is so firmly on the ball he's virtually clairvoyant." -- Nicholas Lezard Guardian
Douglas Coupland was born on a NATO base in Germany in 1961. He is the author of the international bestsellers Generation X and JPod, and nine other novels, including The Gum Thief, Hey Nostradamus!, All Families Are Psychotic and Generation A, along with non-fiction works including a recent short biography of Marshall McLuhan. His work has been translated into thirty-five languages and published in most countries around the world. He is also a visual artist, a furniture and fashion designer and screenwriter. He lives and works in Vancouver.