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By Jesse Kavadlo

ISBN-10: 1440835632

ISBN-13: 9781440835636

Bringing jointly disparate and renowned genres of the twenty first century, American pop culture within the period of Terror: Falling Skies, darkish Knights emerging, and Collapsing Cultures argues that pop culture has been preoccupied through fantasies and narratives ruled through the nervousness -and, unusually, the want fulfillment-that comes from the breakdowns of morality, kin, legislation and order, and storytelling itself. From aging Read more...

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The confusion as it unfolded on the real September 11, 2001, the on-air reporters struggling to make sense of what happened, the tentative handcams and home videos, is replaced by the confident cameras in—and of— Stone’s 9/11, to transmute reality’s uncertainty into cinematic cohesion. The day on which many Americans felt the least safe in their lifetime could now unfold as a familiar Hollywood three-act structure. First, the exposition, establishing the officers’ characters and family ties, followed by rising action, brought on by the catastrophe and, in typical movie convention, worsened through the attempt to resolve it.

Similarly, Tender’s seeming docility and invisibility are the very qualities that render him dangerous to others but safe from capture when he sets up his phony suicide hotlines, and the same qualities that allow others, including Fertility, to manipulate him later. The working man’s weakness, his subservient feminizing, becomes his potential masculinist strength. The emerging fight clubs become a way for disenfranchised young men to attempt control of the world through ostensible control of their bodies, even if that means self-destruction.

There’s sports. Barn raisings. That’s about it. And now there’s fight clubs. 35 More than terrorist cells, suicide cults, and fight clubs, there is Fight Club. Together with Survivor, Fight Club presents “terror’s response,” in DeLillo’s words, but also, even more subversively, the implicit counternarrative: that redemption may be in the palm of the reader’s hands, in the form of storytelling itself. After the carnage of 9/11 and its ongoing aftermath abroad, perhaps Roth underestimated the value of survival.

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