Monday, May 16, 2011

All Families Are Psychotic, by Douglas Coupland

I think this book is about how Canadians see America, if the way Canadians see America is: incredibly fucked up and terrifying, in a "whee, that was a wild ride" sort of way.

It reminds me of an episode of a British TV show that I loved. The show is called Top Gear and it's about cars. In this particular episode, the hosts go to the U.S. to drive from Miami to New Orleans in cars they purchase in Miami for $1,000.00 or less. They go around in these like rusty pick-up trucks spray painting "Richard Petty is gay" or what have you on each other's vehicles and trying not to get punched and it's all fun and games until they get to New Orleans a year after Katrina. Then they're like "well ... how messed up America is is actually not that amusing at all. And boy do we feel like jerks." And they give the cars to poor people and return to Europe looking haunted.

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