Foreword by Fight Club author, Chuck Palahniuk
At long last, we are breaking the first cardinal rule and talking about Fight Club, both the novel and film adaptation. Featuring a foreward by Chuck Palahniuk, You Do Not Talk About Fight Club is the definitive Fight Club anthology, canvassing the spectrum of interpretations from sacred to profane.
When Fight Club punched 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 about Fight Club’s ability to be all these and more.
Could Fight Club be a grown-up retelling of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes? Could it be an exposé of Janus mind-control programming by government spooks? Is it a retelling of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”? Of “American Beauty”? Of “The Matrix”? Is the movie a filmed adaptation of The Unabomber Manifesto? What does Fight Club have to do with J.R.R. Tolkien or the myth of Oedipus or Nietzschean existentialism? Is it possible that one novel and a film adaptation can really be about so many disparate, even contradictory things?
Viewing Fight Club through any interpretive lens, it is clear that the story is every bit as compelling and relevant today as it was when it hit ten years ago. You Do Not Talk About Fight Club presents each interpretation with fervour, intelligence and a jab of testosterone.
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