Thursday, May 03, 2007

Rant and Rave

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.

Palahniuk signing books
I missed the last tour.
Chuck Palahniuk, Bagdad theatre
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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This Eclectic Life said...

If you don't make HIM cobbler, you could make me some! I've never seen any of his work. Guess I'll have to check it out. I was a Stephen King fan for a long time.

Lisa Milton said...

Notice I didn't say pie - don't know how to do that. If you are ever up yonder, cobbler will be served.

I am not so sure about Rant yet. It is written in a oral story telling tradition - a little strange to me. I think Diary is a good place to start if you like Stephen King.

Beth said...

I couldn't get into "Rant." I stoppped at like 30 pages in. I'm sure it gets better but I didn't have the drive needed to push thru!

You're a braver woman than i.

Lisa Milton said...

I am still struggling with Rant and reading Blindness by Saramago at the same time.

The unpublished short stories Chuck read were great though, so no regrets.