Thursday, May 03, 2007
Rant and Rave
Today, boys and girls, I will introduce you to one of my favorite writers. Please be advised that Chuck Palahniuk writes some rather dark stuff (Fight Club, Lullaby, Choke) - I know it is not everyone's cup of tea. But I am hooked.
I first picked up Diary a couple of years ago - reading his books out of order. I couldn't put it down. It was a delicious, horrific ride. It reminded me of Stephen King in all the best ways: It was creepy, and somehow profound.
I started checking out his other books at Borders, under the watchful eye of my young bookseller friends. They would cringe and warn me, 'that book is really sick...and I loved it'. I came to understand what they meant. If I gave you a synopsis, you would turn away. But Palahniuk is a masterful minimalist writer. He gets human nature.
I missed the last tour.
I made sure I bought a ticket early this time.
And here's the thing: The guys writes disturbing postmodern tales, and yet he seems like the nicest, coolest guy around. I know, it sounds so 7th grade, but I don't know how else to put it.
I want to make him cobbler.
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