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12 August 2009 @ 04:40 pm
Snuff, Chuck Palahniuk

I honestly did wonder if anything in a book of porn, even a book of porn written by Chuck Palahniuk, could surprise or shock me. As it turned out, nothing did; but it was a fairly enjoyable read all the same. I also wonder about Palahniuk's apparently endless data bank of random facts. He must spend all his free time surfing Wiki, for serious.

... I think? Is it a porn (or other) film where someone accidentally dies?

I lol'd that he referenced Ariel Levy. All I know about her is that she wrote a really depressing column in the Sunday Times Magazine a few years ago. I never realised she was a proponent of third-wave feminism (whatever that is).

It's what gets them off that decides what your million kids will want for Christmas next year.

Bloody interesting thought, that is. (It also made me lol irl.)

Do you respect someone's right to seek challenges and discover their true potential? How is a gang bang any different than risking your life to climb Mount Everest? And do you accept sex as a form of viable emotional therapy?

There's some way to apply that to fandoms versus real life, but I can't be bothered coming up with one right now.

Favourite character? No 72's dad who researches gangland crime so his train sets will be accurate.

I also spotted the twist at least a whole page before it happened; go me! I'm getting better at this!

Previously, on Book Glomp 2009:
He Knew He Was Right, Anthony Trollope |The Bostonians, Henry James | For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway | For Esme - with Love and Squalor, JD Salinger | The Outsider, Albert Camus | The Princess Diaries: Ten out of Ten, Meg Cabot | The Vicar of Bullhampton, Anthony Trollope | Molesworth, Geoffrey Willans | Villette, Charlotte Bronte | The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James | The Way of All Flesh, Samuel Butler | Cecilia, Fanny Burney | The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger | The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark | Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut | Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann | Siddhartha, Herman Hesse | The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga | The Duke and I, Julia Quinn | Brave New World, Aldous Huxley | North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell | Cider with Rosie, Laurie Lee | Catch-22, Joseph Heller | Bright Shiny Morning, James Frey | Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck | The Demon's Lexicon, Sarah Rees Brennan | The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton | jPod, Douglas Coupland | 'Are these my basoomas I see before me?', Louise Rennison | Faro's Daughter, Georgette Heyer | Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman | The Accidental Sorcerer, K.E. Mills | Ethan of Athos, Lois McMaster Bujold | V., Thomas Pynchon | The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway | The Dragon Keeper, Robin Hobb | Orlando, Virginia Woolf | The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
Online I'm a Giantparthenia14 on August 12th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
How is a gang bang any different than risking your life to climb Mount Everest?


It's probably rather safer, in terms of the health risks presented, and it would certainly require far less time and commitment.

(How is the orginal statement even a meaningful question? Gah.)

every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Candy lipsscoradh on August 12th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
... I have to say, were it a choice between the two with no-opt out available, I'd rather partake in a gangbang. Ugh, mountain climbing! Cold! Physical exertion without even the potential of an orgasmic payoff! No thanks.

It's actually in the context of saying that the pornstar protagonist is proving something by fucking the highest recorded number of men on camera. Possibly it's her stamina she's proving, I forget. At the very least it's all consensual and remunerated gangbanging.
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: b&w kissesscoradh on August 12th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
*thoughtful* I have never come across an IRL necrophiliac. The only time, in fact, was in that film Quills. I quite like that film. I mean ... I'm looking at it through a viewfinder of having been exposed to so much of what would once have been considered totally perverted. Having sex with dead people is problematic in terms of getting their consent, but if they consented prior to death ...? IDK, getting off on actually killing is certainly sociopathic.

What generation am I, then? *bounces* Clearly not Generation X? That's a Coupland book, too. Nice pink cover, must read it sometime. Anyway, Ariel Levy's column was called 'Cassandra', with good reason. She moaned about everything and saw it all as one big ball of doom. And then she wondered why she had no friends and lovers failed to stick around. Basically? She annoyed me. (Saw too much of myself in her, I reckon.)
daybreaqdaybreaq on August 13th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
A snuff film is a film where someone is killed ... for real. There's a bit of controversy whether true snuff films (meaning they kill someone with the primary motive to film the murder and distribute it to people who want to see someone murdered in a film) exist or if they are urban myths. There is some footage of people being killed or dying where there happened to be a camera to catch it; but the person isn't being killed specifically for the camera footage and these are sometimes called "snuff films." For example: the "Faces of Death" series and when Sadam Hussain was executed, people filmed the hanging on their cell phones.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: halowrites: blue random thingscoradh on August 13th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
Oh man, the idea of people being killed as entertainment is super creepy. Leave that to the Romans, guys! I just assumed it was accidental and thus of artefactual interest. Ew, ew, ew.
Sereniaserenia on August 14th, 2009 09:13 am (UTC)
Snuff films are ones where someone is killed for the enjoyment of the audience. It's not an accident.
While I admit I have a fascination with death, it's all on the theoretical side of it - I've got no wish to actually see someone die!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Fashion: princessscoradh on August 14th, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
Uhhhhgggg, that is so creepy and horrible.

I think I'll be seeing enough of death in my career without having to go searching for it...
(Anonymous) on August 14th, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
Ariel Levy wrote Female Chauvinist Pigs, which is a fairly prolific modern feminist text. You could say third-wave I guess, though I've never understood those waves personally. You should read it anyway; it's good.
(Anonymous) on August 14th, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
oh btw this is anonmedic. xxx
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Marie Antoinettescoradh on August 14th, 2009 12:52 pm (UTC)
Sounds interesting. I'm kind of scared by feminist tracts since reading The Women's Room, but I'll give it a go! That and The Beauty Myth, I think...