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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.

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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