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In the Course of Human Events

In the Course of Human Events beats Fight Club in a knockout

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Much has changed in the eighteen years since Fight Club was published. In 1996, the flourishing economy awarded President Clinton a second term; today, the unemployment rate is stagnant. Someone who bought a hardcopy edition of Fight Club may have wanted to explore the moral trappings of consumer culture, but today’s reader is considerably less curious and considerably poorer. Enter Clyde Twitty. On its surface, In the Course of Human Events (Soft Skull Press, April) bears more than a passing resemblance to Fight Club. Both were written by first-time authors – Mike Harvkey and Chuck Palahniuk, respectively. Both address male alienation in modern times and the fellowship to be gained from bare-knuckle fighting. As such, the comparison behooves Human Events;…

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