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.


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.


My name is Taylor Sluder. This is me, I’m in the middle:

Me with friends

I’m currently an English Literature major at UNC Asheville.

I’m a senior pursuing my degree so that I can become a teacher. Wish me luck.

I’ve been bored this summer with classes, so I decided on making a nice little blog to review some of the books I’ve been reading, I hope you enjoy it.