Paul Kasmin  (1960–2020)

PRINT November 2017


Douglas Coupland, Daniel Birnbaum

DANIEL BIRNBAUM: Have you seen anything memorable in VR?

DOUGLAS COUPLAND: Yes . . . it was a beautiful summer evening three years ago. I’d invited a few friends over, and one of them arrived with the most recent Oculus Rift headset. I had two VR experiences. First, I flew over a Cajun swamp in pursuit of purple lights in the distance. Then I collected asteroids in the rings of Saturn. No sound.

The twist was that when I removed the goggles, I looked at my favorite room in the world, filled with good friends on that beautiful summer evening, and I thought, Man, what a dump.

The thing about VR is