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Behind the Scenes of David Fincher’s Fight Club

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The following is an excerpt from the new book David Fincher: Mind Games, by Adam Nayman.  Fight Club was adapted by screenwriter Jim Uhls from Chuck Palahniuk’s cult 1996 novel of the same name, which traced its gestation to a Portland-based author’s workshop specializing in “dangerous writing.” The enclave’s transgressive, minimalist mandate would be allegorized in Fight Club’s eponymous bare-knuckle boxing group, whose members become the acolytes of Tyler Durden Project Mayhem, in effect going from pummeling one another to “punching up” against the forces of late capitalism. In his foreword to a 2004 reprint of the novel, Palahniuk reflects...

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Rolling Stones – "Brown Sugar" (1971)

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Scarred old slaver knows he’s doing alrightHear him whip the women Just around midnight[NOTE: I announced recently that the records that will be featured on 2 or 3 lines in the upcoming year will be taken from a 474-item list of unfamiliar but blog-worthy records whose titles I’ve jotted down after hearing them on Sirius/XM radio.  “Brown Sugar” is not on that list, so it looks like that plan lasted exactly three posts.  But as I’ve said before, “My blog, my rules.”  (If you don’t like it, you can always cancel your free subscription.)]  *     *     *  ...

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Affordable Quilter Gifts | Gift Guide

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It’s that time of year when we search for the perfect gift for everyone on our list but let’s not forget your favorite sewing & quilting friends. To help out, I put together a fun list of affordable quilter gifts. If you are looking for budget-friendly gift ideas this holiday season, look no further! I’ve put together a list of affordable quilter gifts that will cover every sewing enthusiast on your list. The list includes a range of unique novelty gifts to the perfect must-have tool. Many of the items I personally own and used in the studio. They have...

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A Temple of This Earth

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  (This essay is the final installment of a series. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 3.5). The purpose of this essay series is to illuminate a path toward the transcendence of the ancient pattern that Rene Girard called sacrificial violence, in which society discharges its rage, its anxiety, and its rivalries upon a dehumanized victim class. This latent force swells in times of social stress as in an economic crisis, famine, plague, or political upheaval. Then elite powers can hijack it toward fascistic ends. In Part 3 of this series, I looked at the stigmatization and ostracism of...

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15 ’80s Thrillers You Definitely Need To See

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In his conversations with Francois Truffaut, Alfred Hitchcock defined suspense as a bomb under a table that only the audience sees, with a timer that only the audience knows about. "In these conditions this same innocuous conversation becomes fascinating because the public is participating in the scene," he said. "The audience is longing to warn the characters on the screen." That participation, a suspense by helpless omniscience, is what makes thrillers thrill. The 1980s were a banner age for knowing too much. Early thrillers churned in the lingering fallout of Vietnam; later ones trafficked in the constant threat of nuclear annihilation,...

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