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Truth beneath the words of Tyler Durden.
When Palahniuk made his first attempt at publishing a novel (Invisible Monsters) publishers rejected it for being too disturbing. This led him to work on Fight Club, which he wrote as an attempt to disturb the publisher even more for rejecting him. Palahniuk wrote this story while working for Freightliner from the Fight Club.
The plot revolves around a nameless employee (Edward Norton) of a major car company, who narrates the story. Suffering from insomnia, he complains to his doctor and asks to be medicated for his irregular sleeping habits. His doctor refuses to give a prescription, but suggests if he wants to see real suffering to visit a testicular cancer support group. ):
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, Chapter 3
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.
Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who’ve ever lived.
I see all this potential, and I see squandering.
God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars.
Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need.
We’re the middle children of history, man.
No purpose or place.
We have no Great War.
No Great Depression.
Our Great War’s a spiritual war…
our Great Depression is our lives.
We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars.
But we won’t.
And we’re slowly learning that fact.
And we’re very, very pissed off.