Lucy Kellaway: ‘Where don’t drivers look?’

A minor bump with another car left the FT columnist with the choice of prosecution or a day on a driver alertness course

Some of the respondents to Douglas Coupland’s casting call to find to find Van Gogh’s living doppelgänger

What’s your type?

Douglas Coupland’s casting call to find Vincent van Gogh’s living doppelgänger

A cup of Starbucks coffee

Douglas Coupland: Darnac

My one-day voyage to Russia

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Douglas Coupland: strange dust

Everyone makes that fake ‘Ooh, salad!’ face, like it’s something to look forward to. But it’s filled with lettuce that has spent its life being sprayed with pesticides

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Douglas Coupland: my red wine trauma

‘The more I think about it, the more I realise booze really is glamorous. So are cigarettes. Life is odd’

Douglas Coupland: how I created my own micro tulipomania

‘It was a truly beautiful thing, spooning voluptuously in the palm of my hand’

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Observations: high-school reunions

‘At school reunions everyone is still themselves. Annoying people still annoy. The clueless remain clueless’

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Douglas Coupland: the 3rd Room

There’s a chance your hotel will be jackhammering something, and that it will be above your room

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Douglas Coupland: escaping the superfuture

‘Somewhere in the past few years the present melted into the future, and we’re now living inside it 24/7’

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Douglas Coupland: the rise and fall of the mall

The golden age of shopping malls

Why do British girls join Isis?

The writer and comedian Shazia Mirza on the appeal of jihadi marriage

Douglas Coupland: a lot o’ Lotto

If you ever wonder what it looks like to see someone lose several million dollars, let me tell you, it is a dreadful thing to witness

Douglas Coupland: Frugality

‘Imagine marrying someone who turned into a creaky, prematurely aged miser — would that be a deal-breaker for you?’

The plots thicken in the Middle East

How the region became a breeding ground for conspiracy theories

Douglas Coupland: Smell swell

Man-made odours can affect us in emotionally unpredictable ways

Douglas Coupland: Coffee & Cigarettes

‘Smoking indoors feels like listening to smuggled Beatles records in Kiev in 1965. It feels stolen’

Douglas Coupland: tips for public speaking

‘Some people fear public speaking more than death; these words are for them’

Douglas Coupland: With Bells On

‘Peace can be yours but you have to ask for it’

Douglas Coupland: Fish wish

The fish fillet sandwich encapsulates much that’s wrong with our thinking

Douglas Coupland: post-9/11 air travel

‘Plastic airline cutlery became a haiku explaining one of humanity’s worst moments’

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