The following is from Alternative Reel.  There's no original content or commentary, so I assume nothing is copyrighted.  The top ten countdown lists titles and excerpted quotes.

But first, this from Woody Allen's "Play it again, Sam" . . .

WOODY ALLEN:  That's quite a lovely Jackson Pollock, isn't it?

GIRL IN MUSEUM:  Yes it is.

WOODY ALLEN:  What does it say to you?

GIRL IN MUSEUM:  It restates the negativeness of the universe, the hideous lonely emptiness of existence, nothingness, the predicament of man forced to live in a barren, godless eternity,
like a tiny flame flickering in an immense void, with nothing but
waste, horror, and degradation, forming a useless bleak straightjacket
in a black absurd cosmos.

WOODY ALLEN:  What are you doing Saturday night?

GIRL IN MUSEUM:  Committing suicide.

WOODY ALLEN:  What about Friday night?

GIRL IN MUSEUM: [leaves silently]

#10 - FIGHT CLUB [1996] Chuck Palahniuk

"It's easy to cry when you realize that everyone you love will reject you or die. On a long enough time line, the survival rate for everyone will drop to zero."

#09 - JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE NIGHT [1932] Louis-Ferdinand Celine
"The biggest defeat in every department of life is to forget, especially the things that have done you in, and to die without realizing how far people can go in the way of crumminess. When the grave lies

open before us, let's not try to be witty, but on the other hand, let's not
forget, but make it our business to record the worst of the human viciousness
we've seen without changing one word. When that's done, we can curl up our toes
and sink into the pit. That's work enough for a lifetime."

#08 - MAN'S FATE [1932] Andre Malraux
"The great mystery is not that we should have been thrown down here at random between the profusion of matter and that of the stars; it is that from our very prison we should draw, from our own selves, images powerful enough to deny our own nothingness."

#07 - STEPPENWOLF [1928] Hermann Hesse

"I believe that the struggle against death, the unconditional and self-willed determination to live, is the motive power behind the lives and activities of all outstanding men."

#06 - THE WOMAN IN THE DUNES [1962] Kobo Abe

"Are you shoveling to survive, or surviving to shovel?"

#05 - NAUSEA [1938] Jean-Paul Sartre
"I exist, that is all, and I find it nauseating."

#04 - THE TRIAL [1925] Franz Kafka
"Logic may indeed be unshakeable, but it cannot withstand a man who is determined to live. Where was the judge he had never seen? Where was the High Court he had never reached? He raised his hands and spread out all his fingers. But the hands of one of the men closed round histhroat, just as the other drove the knife deep into his heart and turned it twice."

#03 - INVISIBLE MAN [1952] Ralph Ellison
"I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allen Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie extoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids — and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people

refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination—indeed, everything and anything
except me."

#02 - NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND [1864] Fyodor Dostoevsky
"But yet I am firmly persuaded that a great deal of consciousness, every sort of consciousness, in fact, is a disease."

#01 - THE STRANGER [1942] Albert Camus
"Throughout the whole absurd life I'd lived, a dark wind had been rising toward me from somewhere deep in my future, across years that were still to come, and as it passed, this wind leveled whatever was offered to me at the time, in years no more real than the ones I was living. What did other people's deaths or a mother's love matter to me; what did his God or the lives people choose or the fate they think they elect matter to me when we're all elected by the same fate . . ."

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I disagree, i like fight club buts its not existential. Its americanized confused melding of bits and pieces.
Hi William,

I've always associated Fight Club with anarchism. Is there a correlation between anarchy and existentialism? According to this critique of Camus' work, there appears to be:

Anarchism does not require armed revolt, but it does demand active moral confrontation. Insurrection will usually fail and the prospects for any replacement regime are likely to be based upon the same false tenets. Camus confronts the stark reality that the individual, while preeminent in value and worth, is treated as chattel of the State. The reason that the populace allows this tragic injustice lies in their unwillingness to deal with the harsh fact that the most depraved among us strive to make regulations for the rest. The codes of society are generally adopted without scrutiny. When Camus states: “Integrity has no need of rules”, we are given an insight that few can digest. Their own lack of honesty, principle and integrity allows them to accept the madness that dominates society.

Camus presents a challenge for those willing to take the high road to personal fulfillment. In order to respect your own individuality, your willingness to make a concerted effort to appreciate the value of anarchy is essential. Freedom is inescapable, even for the captive. The guests you invite into your world earned their way to an invite. Those who place demands and requirements under the threat of coercion violate the natural order. Their substitute dictum cannot approach the supreme law. Evict the intruder, safeguard your home.

What do you guys think?




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