What Should Mr. Robot Pay Homage to in Season Two?

The critically-acclaimed, award-winning cable series Mr. Robot is notable for a number of reasons, with a big twist: in the final two episodes, you realize you’ve been watching a ten hour unlicensed Fight Club reboot. One could say that the twist is “Elliot was Mr. Robot all along!” just like the twist in Fight Club is “Edward Norton was Brad Pitt all along!” but to me the twist was simply that Mr. Robot was Fight Club all along.

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Where is Mr. Robot’s mind?

Some people saw the “twist” coming, but I didn’t know I was watching a Fight Club reboot until the final few episodes, when a character is revealed to be imagined, the protagonist fights himself,  and a piano cover of “Where is My Mind” plays in the background. (Probably worth noting it was the same song used in The Leftovers, which I saw first and still think used it better.) Continue reading “What Should Mr. Robot Pay Homage to in Season Two?”

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Six Months of Reading Books in 2015

For some time, I’ve considered tracking what I read on this blog, but have not yet gotten around to it.  The following is a list of the books I have read since the beginning of this year.  Books I’ve abandoned or stalled-out-on are not included.  Perhaps those abandoned books will warrant their own blog post, similar to the post I made about quitting television shows, itself inspired by a GQ article urging people to quit things that deserve it.

The best “this is what I’ve been reading” recap that I’ve ever seen read is the Nick Hornby “Stuff I’ve Been Reading” column, which is what first suggested to me that there might be a way to make regularly reading summaries interesting.  I don’t claim that this will be on his level.  This is just a half year of reading, and my thoughts on it, just in time for you to perhaps choose one of the following as your next summer read.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, by Nathan Englander

Great cover.
Great cover.

This, like several of the books on this list, was the book of the month for my Men’s Book Club.  Unlike the rest of the Book Club books on this list, I chose it.  I chose it after seeing Birdman with a friend and his girlfriend.  The connection between Birdman and this collection of short stories is the works of Raymond Carver, specifically “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” which inspired, heavily, the title story of Englander’s book, as well as the play-within-a-movie within Birdman.  My friend’s girlfriend is the one who recommended, after the movie ended, that our BC (Book Club) read What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, as she had recently read it for her own book club. Continue reading “Six Months of Reading Books in 2015”

Why Bret Easton Ellis Should Write Bale’s Twitter Account

There is another route that Bale could go with a Twitter account, were he to have one. He can take the same approach that American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis has taken, who I believe is the only celebrity to operate his own fictional Twitter account.

Many people are offended by Ellis’s tweets on a regular basis, as he has used Twitter as a vehicle for celebrating the death of JD Salinger,  responding to the Dan Savage “It Gets Better” campaign by saying it actually gets worse, praising Weiner’s sexting behavior as “post-Empire,” praising Charlie Sheen, and saying some pretty shocking, tabloid-ready things about Glee.

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