The house at Paper Street has a mighty specific street address, but we never find out what city we're in. It's your textbook Anytown, USA strategy. The original location of fight club doesn't matter. What matters is that, by the end of the book, fight club and Project Mayhem are everywhere. Dun dun dun.
But before we move along, let's not glaze over the house. It's an important setting because it's the complete opposite of our narrator's yuppie apartment filled with modular Swedish furniture and floor-to-ceiling curtains. Let's take a look at some of the main differences:
In order to hit bottom and deconstruct his life as well as society, our narrator has to first deconstruct his living space. Living in the Paper Street house isn't too far removed from living in the wild for him—with only his wits and resources to keep him alive.
How about those hotels?
First, the Regent Hotel, where Marla lives. Described as "nothing but brown bricks held together with sleaze" (7.24), its name is ringing some irony bells. A regent is someone who rules and gives the impression of glory and majesty. This hotel is anything but. Instead, the name highlights how Marla is oppressed by society, a victim of the ruling class.
Next up, the prestigious Pressman Hotel, where the rich party while the poor and working class serve them. Put an "op" in front of the name, add a space, and you've got "Oppress Man Hotel," a name that reveals exactly what is going on behind its gilded doors.
So what's in a name? Would these hotels by any other name still be hell-bent on breaking the spirit of the working class?