All the lonely people, where do they all come from? That question from “Eleanor Rigby” might serve as the epigraph for the works of Douglas Coupland. Coupland is the Canadian writer who burst on the scene in 1991 with Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, thereby coining the term for his generation. His books have been translated into 22 languages and have sold more than a million copies in the U.S. alone.
J. Brent Bill is executive vice president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations. He has served as pastoral minister of Friends Memorial Church in Muncie, Indiana, and has taught at Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana.