While I’d never admit it, I’ve always harbored a shame about wanting to write. Even fictional characters who aspired to the same goal made me squirm with unease. Every Thursday night, as we watched the television series The Waltons, I waited in dread for the inevitable scene where Richard Thomas’ character would talk, rant, whine, shout or type feverishly about wanting to become a professional writer.
Posts Tagged: Chuck Palahniuk
Last month, Palahniuk released Invisible Monsters Remix, a “director’s cut” hardcover of a novel he first published in 1999. In the new edition, Palahniuk presents the novel as he originally intended: chopped up, out of order, and loaded with bells and whistles like backwards text and Choose Your Own Adventure style instructions....more
On June 11, Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club and Choke, published Invisible Monsters Remix, a director’s cut of the novel in which “the reader is made to jump back and forth to different chapters rather than read in a linear way,” which “constantly reminds people that it’s a physical book,” as “it’s a story that only a paper book can pull off.”
In this interview, he talks about how he seeks a physical response to his fiction, and usually succeeds, as he “keeps “an assiduous count of his ‘fainters'” at readings, where “foyers have been filled with stretchers carrying victims of his gore-filled prose.”
“There is a lot of laughter in most of my stories that make people faint....more