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paulbrady:

Tonight’s skyline.

paulbrady:

Tonight’s skyline.

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thenotes:


I’ll admit to being taken in by the bitter surrealism of novels like Choke, Lullaby, and Survivor in high school. But Diary felt off to me, and by the time I picked up Haunted during a college semester abroad, I knew Palahniuk and I had forever parted ways. The thrilling riffs had been subsumed by terse repetition, the transgressive insights by gross-out schlock. This isn’t to suggest Palahniuk’s talents had faded, just that literature needs to hit you at the right time and place to succeed, and this particular window had closed. For many readers, it never will.
This was evident in the admiring queries Palahniuk received during his promotional stint: “You’re the reason i read books now,” gushed one fan, while others thanked him profusely for fiction that had greatly bettered or even saved their lives. That he’s become an icon for those who feel squelched by society and pushed to their spiritual limit—also a suitable description of his protagonists—means his moments of generosity and wisdom are that much more valuable. When asked to recommend books by his peers, he named an admired trio of female writers.  
But the Palahniuk fandom’s tendency to hang on his every utterance, and their noted inability to parse his outlandish stories as satire, make it twice as annoying when he’s wishy-washy about Fight Club’s tricky gloss on gender and gospel status in the men’s rights community or generalizes about the state of publishing as it relates to masculinity. As one Tumblr blogger lamented, it’s easy to laugh at his “oppressed white male” schtick, but “so many angry young men actually listen to him and feel validated in their anger by his bullshit. It just makes me feel sad and afraid.”

Chuck Palahniuk’s confused gender politics are stranger than fiction

In September 2003, Palahniuk was interviewed by Karen Valby, a reporter for Entertainment Weekly. During the interview, in confidence, Palahniuk mentioned information pertaining to his partner. It previously had been believed by many that he was married to a woman (some members of the press had claimed he had a wife), but in fact, Palahniuk had been living with his boyfriend. Some time later, Palahniuk came to believe that Valby was going to print this information in her article, without his consent. In response, he made an angry audio recording and put it on his web site, not only revealing that he was gay, but also making negative comments about Valby and a member of her family. Palahniuk’s fears turned out to be incorrect, however, and Valby’s article did not reveal anything about his personal life outside of the fact that he was unmarried. The recording was later removed from the web site, making some fans believe that Palahniuk was embarrassed by his homosexuality. According to Dennis Widmyer, the site’s webmaster, the recording was not removed because of the statements regarding his sexuality, but because of the negative statements about Valby. Palahniuk later posted a new recording to his site, asking his fans not to overreact to these events. He also apologized for his behavior, claiming that he wished he had not recorded the message.[12] Palahniuk is now openly gay and according to a profile and interview in The Advocate in May 2008, he and his unnamed male partner, live in “a former church compound outside Vancouver, Washington.”[13][14] He and his partner have been together for over twenty years, having met while Palahniuk was working at Freightliner. He told one interviewer: “We both had these very blue-collar lives, and now our lives are completely different.”[15]

thenotes:

I’ll admit to being taken in by the bitter surrealism of novels like Choke, Lullaby, and Survivor in high school. But Diary felt off to me, and by the time I picked up Haunted during a college semester abroad, I knew Palahniuk and I had forever parted ways. The thrilling riffs had been subsumed by terse repetition, the transgressive insights by gross-out schlock. This isn’t to suggest Palahniuk’s talents had faded, just that literature needs to hit you at the right time and place to succeed, and this particular window had closed. For many readers, it never will.

This was evident in the admiring queries Palahniuk received during his promotional stint: “You’re the reason i read books now,” gushed one fan, while others thanked him profusely for fiction that had greatly bettered or even saved their lives. That he’s become an icon for those who feel squelched by society and pushed to their spiritual limit—also a suitable description of his protagonists—means his moments of generosity and wisdom are that much more valuable. When asked to recommend books by his peers, he named an admired trio of female writers.  

But the Palahniuk fandom’s tendency to hang on his every utterance, and their noted inability to parse his outlandish stories as satire, make it twice as annoying when he’s wishy-washy about Fight Club’s tricky gloss on gender and gospel status in the men’s rights community or generalizes about the state of publishing as it relates to masculinity. As one Tumblr blogger lamented, it’s easy to laugh at his “oppressed white male” schtick, but “so many angry young men actually listen to him and feel validated in their anger by his bullshit. It just makes me feel sad and afraid.”

Chuck Palahniuk’s confused gender politics are stranger than fiction

In September 2003, Palahniuk was interviewed by Karen Valby, a reporter for Entertainment Weekly. During the interview, in confidence, Palahniuk mentioned information pertaining to his partner. It previously had been believed by many that he was married to a woman (some members of the press had claimed he had a wife), but in fact, Palahniuk had been living with his boyfriend. Some time later, Palahniuk came to believe that Valby was going to print this information in her article, without his consent. In response, he made an angry audio recording and put it on his web site, not only revealing that he was gay, but also making negative comments about Valby and a member of her family. Palahniuk’s fears turned out to be incorrect, however, and Valby’s article did not reveal anything about his personal life outside of the fact that he was unmarried. The recording was later removed from the web site, making some fans believe that Palahniuk was embarrassed by his homosexuality. According to Dennis Widmyer, the site’s webmaster, the recording was not removed because of the statements regarding his sexuality, but because of the negative statements about Valby. Palahniuk later posted a new recording to his site, asking his fans not to overreact to these events. He also apologized for his behavior, claiming that he wished he had not recorded the message.[12] Palahniuk is now openly gay and according to a profile and interview in The Advocate in May 2008, he and his unnamed male partner, live in “a former church compound outside Vancouver, Washington.”[13][14] He and his partner have been together for over twenty years, having met while Palahniuk was working at Freightliner. He told one interviewer: “We both had these very blue-collar lives, and now our lives are completely different.”[15]

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heatherchristle:

The great, strange, singular poet Russell Edson has died. 

heatherchristle:

The great, strange, singular poet Russell Edson has died

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Half the people have no place to go and all day to get there. The other half know exactly where we’re going and are late.
What Not to Do in Times Square (via paulbrady)

That Wendy Perrin is a hell of a writer.

(via paulbrady)

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fiatluxemburg:

fastcompany:

In these maps of global social network use, you can see Facebook taking over the world. Here’s 2013’s map.

These geographic divisions and areas of contestation look familiar.

Or language, I guess it could be language.

Warm water port

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sadybusiness:

Alarming True Facts About My Interests: 

One of my many hyper-defined, odd personal obsessions is stories about large, normally non-violent animals that snap and kill their trainers while in abusive captivity. I spent last summer, for instance, compulsively reading about elephant rage and elephant captivity. This is either a weird feminist thing, a very weird psychological thing, or just the result of having seen Jurassic Park at least six times the summer it came out. I don’t know. 

What I can tell you is that I have rarely wanted to see a movie more than I want to see this one.

The captive-orca situation and the captive-elephant situation are very similar: They are not inherently hostile or violent creatures, at least not toward us. Elephants are herbivores; resident orcas, which most orcas are supposed to be, eat only fish. (However, transient orcas, which are not a sub-species of orca but a different “culture” — yes, orcas apparently have culture; they also communicate in different “languages,” depending on where they come from — eat human-sized mammals. It’s unclear whether Tilikum, who partially ate his human-sized mammal trainer, is a captured resident or a captured transient, which speaks to some really fucking shoddy safety practices.) Orcas and elephants are, however, large, smart, and possessed of an alarmingly human psychological and emotional complexity. Which means that they — like humans — are pretty much designed to experience complete psychological breakdowns, including violent rage, while in captivity. 

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paulbrady:

Battery Park City sunset.

paulbrady:

Battery Park City sunset.