The inaugural Cerebral Gym Fiction Book Club kicks off with Douglas Coupland’s Generation X (1991), a novel that defined post baby boom America and captured the mood as the Cold War came to an end.
Andy, Dag, and Claire have dropped out of the rat race and moved to the desert town of Palm Springs in California, where they tell each other surreal fables of what it means to grow up in the shadow of the mushroom cloud, and in a “Life after God”.
Michael Mellor will lead readers through themes in the iconic novel, weaving in historical and literary context to get to the heart of the text.
Order and read the book to get the most of the session – but it’s not essential.
Michael Mellor has a background leading postgraduate seminars and reading groups as well as teaching creative writing courses. He completed his MA in Literature at University College London and received his PhD from King’s College London.
His areas of academic expertise include British and American Modernism and Postmodernism, Surrealism, Magic Realism and Gothic Fiction of the 19th Century.
Michael has reviewed for The Observer and the Times Literary Supplement and has been commissioned by Manchester University Press to write a monograph on William T. Vollmann, one of the most critically acclaimed and prolific living U.S. authors.
Housed in a majestic six-floor Art Deco building in the heart of London’s Fitzrovia, Mortimer House has served as residency to some of the greatest cultural, literary and intellectual figures of the 20th century and now provides a new experience for those who wish to create, work and unwind in equal measure.
Founded upon a philosophy of providing holistic balance in work and life, it is intended to satisfy the needs of both the head and the heart.
Mortimer House is also home to ground floor restaurant Mortimer House Kitchen, serving exceptional Mediterranean cuisine which attendees of the Cerebral Sessions can enjoy before or after classes.