Friday, January 16, 2009

Winter Reading List: Surprise Final Edition

I ended up reading one more novel before the beginning of my spring semester, Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. The book is just as intense as motion picture, but surprisingly features very little fighting.

Palahniuk comments about his book, " Really what I was writing was just The Great Gatsby, updated a little. It was 'apostolic' fiction- where a surviving apostle tells the story of his hero. There are two men and a woman. [spoiler alert] And one man, the hero, is shot to death. It was a classic, ancient romance but updated to compete with the espresso machine and ESPN."

I feel that even if Tyler Durden and Project Mayhem were successful in destroying the soulless infrastructure of contemporary society, they would find it did nothing to change who they were. We cannot simply speak of society and social evil as if it was something seperate and other than ourselves. There is a coorporate element to sin we cannot ignore: we are guilty as individuals and as a race.

With nothing left to tear down, self-destruction would be Tyler Durden's only viable option.

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