Weimerica Weekly – Episode 73 – The Forgotten Author Of Weimerica

Welcome to Weimerica Weekly Episode 73. The podcast airs every Tuesday.

This week’s podcast is on author Chuck Palahniuk and how what could have been a voice for Weimerica withered.

Weimerica Weekly is a podcast hosted by Ryan Landry that touches on the cultural, political and sexual topics that fill the mindspace of our United States of Weimerica. The politicization of all cultural and social degeneracy is examined with a focus on how it fits together.

Weimerica Weekly is produced by the Hestia Society and distributed by Social Matter.

Related Show Links:

Fight Club: A Novel – Book that best describes the emptiness felt by young modern men and their search for masculinity and more.

SURVIVOR – Book on celebrity that saw the artist, figure or performer as mere product not a human before Internet fame even began.

CHOKE – The weird sex trends of Weimerica are satirized here when they were more fringe and taboo.

HAUNTED – Good commentary on Americans’ obsession with victimhood, pain, and conflict.

RANT – Tale of a dystopian future with a VR subplot that sounds plausible.

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9 Comments

  1. The one thing I remember from “Choke” the movie was how they glorified the mom as a free-spirited rebel, whereas in the novel she was unambiguously a destructive narcissist and terrible parent.

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  2. I would realy like to ear your take on Bret Easton Ellis ( Less Than Zero and American Psycho). His books, these two in particular, had a huge impact on me in my twenties. Is he a great writer the like of Houellebecq ?

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    1. Bret’s best work is behind him, unfortunately. His books are entertaining, but he’s an ineffective critic of our culture because he’s too much a child of it. He seems to realize something is very wrong, but can’t effectively diagnose what it is or gesture at a way to regain the meaning that’s so clearly been lost. I think his lack of historical sensibility makes his novels somewhat superficial, but one could also argue that is exactly the point.

      That said, American Psycho is an absolute laugh riot.

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  3. I just discovered your podcast, and I liked this piece on Palahniuk. You aptly comprare him to Houellebecq. Is there a past episode where you discuss Houellebecq in more detail? A year or so ago, I read Submission and The Elementary Particles and loved them. (Suggestion: Have Social Matter put a ‘Search’ mechanism on the site.)

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    1. Hadley Bishop June 8, 2017 at 3:42 am

      Hi LM,

      The search box is under the About navigation tab.

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    2. SecretForumLurker June 8, 2017 at 8:25 am

      Long discussion of Bruno from Elementary Particles in this episode IIRC. http://www.socialmatter.net/2017/02/28/weimerica-weekly-episode-60-tragic-weimerican-male/

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  4. Palahniuk approaches the problem of Western nihilism and civilizational decline from the left, whereas Houellebecq tackles many of the same issues from the right.

    Palahniuk is too steeped in shitlibbery to extricate himself and offer a more transcendent critique, which is why he is ultimately a less profound writer than Houellebecq, and becomes increasingly irrelevant as time goes by.

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  5. His lack of longevity is also due to his method-writing.

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  6. Facebook is a scam for advertisers – never seen a single client do well on that platform. But companies are going to keep trying to make it work until it is painfully obvious that it can’t deliver.

    Eventually advertisers are going to exit the platform or Facebook will have to drastically lower costs to keep them. Either way, that stock is set to take a tumble, probably in the next 2-5 years.

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