“On a large enough time line, the survival rate for everyone will drop to zero.” – Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Fight Club’, Chapter 2″
Meaningless drivel. Nihilistic dogsh1t. Everything dies…so what?
What’s your point? We live, then we die. To believe this is the whole of life is to ignore all the stuff, you know, BETWEEN those two points. And since life is merely a succession of moment after moment, birth and death are two moments. There are billions of others. To focus ENTIRELY on these two is a bullsh1t escape from responsibility, morality, everything really.
“This was freedom. Losing all hope was freedom.” – Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Fight Club’, Chapter 2
Actually, it’s called depression. Unless you’re HAPPY to lose all hope…then you’re a moron, since there’s always hope, and a logical analysis by a non-zombie will easily reveal this.
“This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time.” – Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Fight Club’, Chapter 3″
Or perhaps this is the first chapter in a greater existence, and it’s beginning one minute at a time. How the hell do YOU know? And wouldn’t it be one second at a time, anyway?
“If I could wake up in a different place, at a different time, could I wake up as a different person?” – Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Fight Club’, Chapter 3
Who cares? By your own previous BS philosophy, EVERYONE is just living to die. So why philosophize further? You’re done, man.
“One minute was enough, Tyler said, a person had to work hard for it,
but a minute of perfection was worth the effort. A moment was the
most you could ever expect from perfection.” – Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Fight Club’, Chapter 3
Since human beings are inherently all imperfect, how do you know exactly what perfection is? I mean, you took out a stopwatch and timed perfection? Are you high?
“And I wasn’t the only slave to my nesting instinct. The people I know
who used to sit in the bathroom with pornography, now they sit in
the bathroom with their IKEA furniture catalogue.” – Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Fight Club’, Chapter 5
You need to get out more. And update your book to the age of technology…what’s a “catalogue”?
“You buy furniture. You tell yourself, this is the last sofa I will
ever need in my life. Buy the sofa, then for a couple years you’re
satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you’ve got your
sofa issue handled. Then the right set of dishes. Then the perfect
bed. The drapes. The rug. Then you’re trapped in your lovely nest,
and the things you used to own, now they own you.” – Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Fight Club’, Chapter 5
Who cares? You live, you die, right? It’s a little late to turn Tibetan, and you don’t even do it very eloquently.
“If you don’t know what you want,” the doorman said, “you end up
with a lot you don’t.” – Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Fight Club’, Chapter 5
If at first you don’t succeed, keep on suckin’ til you do succeed.
“After a night in fight club, everything in the real world gets the
volume turned down. Nothing can piss you off. Your word is law, and
if other people break that law or question you, even that doesn’t piss
you off.” – Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Fight Club’, Chapter 6
If other people can break your law without causing any reaction or penalty, how is your word law? I mean, are you totally living inside
your head at this point?
“It used to be enough that when I came home angry and knowing that
my life wasn’t toeing my five-year plan, I could clean my condominium
or detail my car. Someday I’d be dead without a scar and there
would be a really nice condo and car.” – Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Fight Club’, Chapter 6
Then do something meaningful and important instead of beating the
fck out of other guys.
“Maybe self-improvement isn’t the answer…. Maybe self-destruction
is the answer.” – Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Fight Club’, Chapter 6
HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAHAHAHAHA…ummm…sure, go ahead. I mean,
WAIT! NO, don’t! PLEASE! Errrr…nah, go ahead.
“The gyms you go to are crowded with guys trying to look like men, as
if being a man means looking the way a sculptor or an art director says.”
– Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Fight Club’, Chapter 6
YEAH! It means beating each other up and fcking women and treating them like sh1t while spouting nihilistic cliches.
4/13/16: “Are you kidding me? I mean I could do all that macho stuff
if I wanted to, but it wouldn’t make me any more of a man.
Do I detect a hint of raised consciousness?
Yeah. I mean, a real guy doesn’t have to jump on sharks and dodge
poison darts just to prove he’s a guy.
A real guy just has to score heavy with the babes, that’s all.”
“‘It’s only after you’ve lost everything,’ Tyler says, ‘that you’re
free to do anything.'” – Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Fight Club’, Chapter 8
Hey, didn’t you steal that from Janis Joplin?
“I wanted to burn the Louvre. I’d do the Elgin Marbles with a sledgehammer and wipe my @ss with the Mona Lisa. This is my world, now. This is my world, my world, and those ancient people are dead.” – Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Fight Club’, Chapter 16
Yeah, but you’re a fcken moron.
“We wanted to blast the world free of history…. picture yourself
planting radishes and seed potatoes on the fifteenth green of a
forgotten golf course. You’ll hunt elk through the damp canyon
forests around the ruins of Rockefeller Center, and dig clams next
to the skeleton of the Space Needle leaning at a forty-five degree
angle. We’ll paint the skyscrapers with huge totem faces and goblin tikis, and every evening what’s left of mankind will retreat to empty
zoos and lock itself in cages as protection against the bears and big
cats and wolves that pace and watch us from outside the cage bars at night.” – Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Fight Club’, Chapter 16
Was this MEANT for consumption by quasi-intellectual teens?
Sort of a nihilistic, macho-poetry ‘Twilight’?
“‘Recycling and speed limits are bullsh1t’, Tyler said. ‘They’re
like someone who quits smoking on his deathbed.'” – Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Fight Club’, Chapter 16
Is that a sh1tty metaphor or a sh1tty simile? I forget the “like”
or “as” rule.
“‘Imagine,’ Tyler said, ‘stalking elk past department store windows
and stinking racks of beautiful rotting dresses and tuxedos on
hangers; you’ll wear leather clothes that will last you the rest
of your life, and you’ll climb the wrist-thick kudzu vines that wrap
the Sears Tower. Jack and the beanstalk, you’ll climb up through the dripping forest canopy and the air will be so clean you’ll see tiny figures pounding corn and laying strips of venison to dry in the empty
car pool lane of an abandoned superhighway stretching
eight-lanes-wide and August-hot for a thousand miles.'” – Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Fight Club’, Chapter 16
John Lennon you ain’t.
“You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You are the same
decaying organic matter as everyone else, and we are all part of
the same compost pile.” – Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Fight Club’, Chapter 17
Well isn’t that special.
“…you’re not how much money you’ve got in the bank. You’re not
your job. You’re not your family, and you’re not who you tell yourself….
You’re not your name….
You’re not your problems….
You’re not your age….
You are not your hopes.” – Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Fight Club’, Chapter 18
This is not your beautiful house…this is not…blah.
“I see the strongest and the smartest men who have ever
lived…and these men are pumping gas and waiting tables.” – Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Fight Club’, Chapter 19
No, these men are refusing to talk to you.
“We don’t have a great war in our generation, or a great
depression, but we do, we have a great war of the spirit. We have
a great revolution against the culture. The great depression is
our lives. We have a spiritual depression.” – Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Fight Club’, Chapter 19
OMG this approaches mild coherence and provokes a little bit of thought…and it only took 19 chapters.
“We have to show these men and women freedom by enslaving them,
and show them courage by frightening them.” – Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Fight Club’, Chapter 19
“I am the all-singing, all-dancing cr@p of this world…. I am
the toxic waste by-product of God’s creation.” – Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Fight Club’, Chapter 23
“…when deep-space exploitation ramps up, it will probably be the
megatonic corporations that discover all the new planets and map them.
The IBM Stellar Sphere.
The Philip Morris Galaxy.
Every planet will take on the corporate identity of whoever rapes it first…” – Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Fight Club’, Chapter 23
I think Roger Dean should have drawn a cool scene around this paragraph.
“I’ve met God across his long walnut desk with his diplomas hanging
on the wall behind him, and God asks me, “Why?” Why did I cause
so much pain? Didn’t I realize that each of us is a sacred, unique snowflake of special unique specialness? Can’t I see how we’re all manifestations of love? I look at God behind his desk, taking notes
on a pad, but God’s got this all wrong. We are not special. We are
not cr@p or trash, either. We just are. We just are, and what
happens just happens. And God says, “No, that’s not right.” Yeah.
Well. Whatever. You can’t teach God anything.” – Chuck Palahniuk, ‘Fight Club’, Chapter 30
Egomaniacal trash. Thank God for Ed Norton lowering his standards
enough to bring the book to averageness as a movie.
-Puppy >.< Yip!