This whole “writing a thesis” thing is getting the best of me!

Here is my current abstract, if you’re interested:

Remaining Men Together:

Chuck Palahniuk’s Reexamination of Masculine Identity in Fight Club and Survivor

Chuck Palahniuk has managed to startle his readers since the 1996 release of Fight Club, continuously depicting the grotesque reality of contemporary American society. The film adaptation of Fight Club in 1999 garnered him a cult-like following. Palahniuk’s fame may be the result of his challenging current thought on what it means to be a “man.” His Postmodern Gothic style challenges the reader to redefine stereotypical definitions of masculinity in Fight Club and Survivor. Set in a post-generation X world, Fight Club depicts the internal rage men know as a direct result of societal repression and Survivor represents the ultimate social effects that choosing to not deal with such emasculation and repression can cause. Through these works, Palahniuk exposes the problems of gender essentialist thought and showcases the need for a society that recognizes the fluidity of gender identity.

The_Secret_History,_front_cover

This is an absolutely stunning book that I just got around to reading. It has language that will fully engage your senses and intrigue your intellectual appetite. Usually, I’m a fan of concise writing, to the point, Hemingway-esque. But, Donna Tartt does something pretty cool here, she writes a stylized Greek Tragedy about Greek Tragedies. It’s not a murder mystery in the sense of ‘whodunit’ but a murder mystery in the sense of ‘whydunit’. I have to say, I was skeptical at first, and it is a long read, but you’ll lose yourself in it.

Find it here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400031702

Ran across this from another blog that I follow, it broke my heart a little. That’s alright though, I love movies too!

Math with Bad Drawings

Recently, I wanted some reassurance that I’m not the only gung-ho movie-watcher (I went to Iron Man 3 and Star TrekInto Darkness opening weekend) and lazy reader (still haven’t read new books by Nate Silver or Junot Diaz, despite lusting after them in bookstores – the books, that is, not the authors, cuties though they are).

Anyway, I craved a good statistic, and I found it: On May 3rd (the day I saw Iron Man), more Americans bought tickets to Iron Man 3 than bought books. I mean all books. Combined.

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As I’m sure you can tell, or have noticed, this is a fairly new endeavor. I wanted to make a post to help me shape the future of this blog/website/thing. Please, feel free to leave a comment on this post in regards to things you wish to see, that I can improve on, or whatever else you can think of.

Thanks for your help, keep reading.

Everything and More

It’s always hard to read about a subject you’re not familiar with. Except with this book. David Foster Wallace is known for Infinite JestOblivion, and other works of fiction; but this piece of non-fiction helps to blend philosophy, mathematics, and history into an easily readable text that gives insight into the foundation of our existence. I think it’s interesting. There are definitely some points where I had to reread a section, but Wallace makes it accessible and entertaining.

I would recommend carrying a small notebook around while reading this one, the pages are already packed.

Find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Everything-More-Compact-History-Infinity/dp/0393339289

the stranger albert camus

Definitely one of Albert Camus’ most famous novels, The Stranger is an amazing insight into humanity and the absurdness that surrounds us all. Don’t read this book at the beach. It’s best to be read in the dim light of your boarded room in the muggy nights of summer, wine nearby. It’s short enough to easily read twice, back-to-back, and I would recommend doing just that.

I would also recommend reading Camus’ L’Hôte first. The translation can be either ‘The Guest’ or ‘The Host’. It just depends on what you make of the story.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Stranger-Albert-Camus/dp/0679720200

The-Drunkards-Walk-How-Randomness-Rules-Our-Lives

A family friend sent me this book right before leaving for college, I couldn’t have been more thankful. This book is amazing in its ability to show just how much is out of our control, and to learn to accept it. While it’s a non-fiction book, its style leans towards the narrative; creating a readable book in the scientific field.

I would recommend it to anyone about to make some sort of life change or who is in need for a bit of understanding.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Drunkards-Walk-Randomness-Rules/dp/0307275175