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Abyss of Simulation

Randy Laist

Randy Laist is Associate Professor of English at Goodwin College, US. He is the author of Technology and Postmodern Subjectivity in Don DeLillo’s Novels and the editor of Plants and Literature: Essays in Critical Plant Studies and Looking for Lost: Critical Essays on the Enigmatic Series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Deconstructing Brad Pitt

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...In both the book and the film adaptation of Fight Club, Tyler Durden sums up Gen-X angst by explaining that “the middle children of history” have been “raised by television to believe that someday we’ll be millionaires and movie stars...

Anger of Achilles

Deconstructing Brad Pitt

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...In his numerous film roles Brad Pitt has often played “heroic” masculine characters that have, at the very least, had a troubled relationship with conventional notions of the heroic male. He took on the role of a mopey, troubled...

Art Muse

Deconstructing Brad Pitt

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Emily Dickinson once wrote, “If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.” And when I feel as if my sternum has been knocked out of my chest cavity, I know I’m looking at a matinee idol. (Why...

Becoming Brad

Deconstructing Brad Pitt

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Even as he sips a glass of ice water in his suite at the Mayfair Regent Hotel, Brad Pitt smolders … And it’s precisely that slow-burning sensuality, first glimpsed in his steamy appearance as the sexy hitchhiker … that has put him on top...

Brangelina Blend

Deconstructing Brad Pitt

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...A “Brangelina” wedding cake topper depicts Angelina Jolie’s and Brad Pitt’s heads fused onto a single tuxedo-clad body.Mike Leavitt, “Brangelina.jpg,” Intuition Kitchen Productions, 11 February 2013....

A Star Is Born

Deconstructing Brad Pitt

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...In 2012, Angelina Jolie released her film, In The Land of Blood and Honey, which deals with the bloody Bosnian wars of the 1990s. In numerous interviews when the film opened, Brad Pitt stood alongside Jolie, smiling and commenting...

Brad Pitt for Mayor

Deconstructing Brad Pitt

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...The campaign New Orleans will elect a new mayor on April 22, 2010, and the Brad Pitt for Mayor Campaign Steering Committee is asking you to vote for Brad Pitt. After extensive polling, focus group discussions and soul searching...

Gay for Brad

Deconstructing Brad Pitt

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...The Brad Pitt Theory: The concept that all men, no matter what sexual orientation they practice, are gay for Brad Pitt.I like seeing Brad Pitt hanging out, that’s cool. I like these guys, I like their work. And he’s so attractive....

Coda: Failure

Deconstructing Brad Pitt

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...Failure seems like an odd term to associate with Brad Pitt. His box office success, price per film, and charitable endeavors would certainly suggest that he is actually a huge success. While the success of real-world Brad Pitt is generally...

Oedipus Cop

Deconstructing Brad Pitt

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book chapter

...At first glance, the relationship between David Mills (Brad Pitt) and William Somerset (Morgan Freeman), the two male protagonists of David Fincher’s bleak neo-noir, Seven (sometimes written as Se7en) (released in 1995), appears to conform...