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Marshall McLuhan by Douglas Coupland
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Apr 05, 11


Five things I’ve learned in the first 80 pages of Douglas Coupland’s intentionally poorly researched but ultimately charming biography of Marshall McLuhan:

1. McLuhan’s brain was fuelled by blood from the heart through TWO arteries at the base of his school, a trait mostly found in cats but not human beings
2. McLuhan developed an early obsession with G.K. Chesterton and sided with his sense of philosophical conservatism and Catholic orthodoxy.
3. McLuhan would always turn to page 69 of a book and read that page to decide whether or not the book was worth reading in its entirety.
4. McLuhan was fascinated with the comic strip “Blondie” and wrote a book largely based on it called THE MECHANICAL BRIDE
5. McLuhan met his wife through correspondence and proposed to her by insisting that she either marry him before he had to take an appointment at Cambridge or he would end the relationship. They had six children.
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