You Do Not Talk About Fight Club: I Am Jack's Completely Unauthorized Essay Collection by Read Mercer SchuchardtYou Do Not Talk About Fight Club: I Am Jack's Completely Unauthorized Essay Collection by Read Mercer Schuchardt

You Do Not Talk About Fight Club: I Am Jack's Completely Unauthorized Essay Collection

EditorRead Mercer SchuchardtForeword byChuck Palahniuk

Paperback | August 11, 2008

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Pervasive and multidisciplinary, this insightful exploration discusses how and why this seminal work developed, and continues to grow, such a cult following. WhenFight Clubpunched its way onto the scene a decade ago, it provided an unprecedented glimpse into the American male’s psyche and rapidly turned into a euphemism for a variety of things that should be "just understood” and not otherwise acknowledged. Key to its success is the variety of lenses through which the story can be interpreted; is it a story of male anxiety in a metrosexual world, of ritual religion in a secular age, of escape from totalitarian capitalism, or the spiritual malaise induced by technologically-oriented society? Writers, conspiracy theorists, and philosophers are among those ready to talk aboutFight Club’s ability to be all these and more.
Read Mercer Schuchardtis an assistant professor of communication arts at Marymount Manhattan College. He is the cofounder of Cleave: The Counter Agency, the cofounder and publisher of Metaphilm, and a contributing editor for The New Pantagruel. He is the author ofThe Disappearance of Women: Technology, Pornography, and the Obsolescence...
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Title:You Do Not Talk About Fight Club: I Am Jack's Completely Unauthorized Essay CollectionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:August 11, 2008Publisher:BenBella Books, Inc.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1933771526

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Elaborate rituals of self-ruin: A review of Schuchardt's book on Fight Club If you've come across this book you probably don't need a review to decide whether or not you'll buy it. Let's face it, if you're a Fight Club fan this is an extra slice of dessert. Nevertheless, readers could be informed of a few things in advance. 1) the anthology has a very nice foreward written by Chuck Palahniuk but in many ways an equally appropriate introduction could have been written by Jim Uhls, the screenwriter or by David Fincher, director (I'd opt for the screenwriter) 2) the anthology deals primarily with the film, not the novel 3) Schuchardt is the editor of metaphilm, where several of the essays first appeared 4) only a few of the essays are really good (I thought the contributions by Jesse Kavadlo, Kirsten Stirling, and Vox Day were the strongest - with a nod and a wink to Dennis Widmyer's enlightening essay about the history of ChuckPalahniuk.net) 5) some of the essays are highly problematic interpretations of the film, ignoring key plot points or disregarding dialogue that contradicts their claims; and, on occassion, confuse the distinction between the novel and the film, reality and literature, film and politics. This could be read as a kind of forerunner for two scholarly works on Palahniuk to appear in 2009: Reading Chuck Palahniuk edited by Cynthia Kuhn and Lance Rubin and Sacred and Immoral edtied by Jeffrey A. Sartain.
Date published: 2008-09-16