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

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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 understo...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published August 11th 2008 by BenBella Books
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I think Fight Club is one of the most important books of the current era. It addresses consumerism, violence, boys growing up without fathers, and lives devoid of feeling. I was excited when this book came out and jumped on it immediately.

In my opinion, this book is not really worth reading. The essays, though there are obvious exceptions, don't add to the depth of the Fight Club or even explore the themes living below the surface. Too many of the themes focused on the obvious homoerotic imagery...more
Apr 11, 2008 R. marked it as to-read
So, what's next?

Birds Ate My Face: What We're Talking About When We Talk about Invisible Monsters ...?

Doug Vanderweide
I have newfound appreciation for grade-school teachers.

"Weekend spent correcting book reports, most written by people who only saw the film" not only serves as fair analogy to reading this collection, it's every bit as awful as it sounds.

All the essays here come from metaphilm, a Web site. As such, the essays tend to focus on the film version of Fight Club. Most at least acknowledge the differences between the book and the film, but where there are differences, the focus is on the film version.

Super cool essay collection that makes me really want to reread Fight Club, and watch the movie again too. As with any collection, it's a bit uneven, but the good essays are freaking great. Probably the best is the one that postulates that Jack and Tyler Durden are the grown-up versions of Calvin and Hobbes. Oh hell yeah.
I'll be honest with you: this book lies. It claims to be "completely unauthorized", and yet, Chuck Palahniuk does the introduction. Now, I don't know if he actually holds the rights to Fight Club, so maybe if it only said "unauthorized" I would let it slide, but "completely unauthorized" is clearly just not the case.
Jun 10, 2008 Annie added it
if you liked fight club you'll love this
its like expilations for the book
its really great
Sep 28, 2008 Jim rated it 5 of 5 stars
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well diverse opinions and thoughts on fight club.
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