Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories
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Chuck Palahniuk’s world has always been, well, different from yours and mine. In his first collection of nonfiction, Chuck Palahniuk brings us into this world, and gives us a glimpse of what inspires his fiction.At the Rock Creek Lodge Testicle Festival in Missoula, Montana, average people perform public sex acts on an outdoor stage. In a mansion once occupied by The Rolling Stones, Marilyn Manson reads his own Tarot cards and talks sweetly to his beautiful actress girlfriend. Across the country, men build their own full-size castles and rocketships that will send them into space. Palahniuk himself experiments with steroids, works on an assembly line by day and as a hospice volunteer by night, and experiences the brutal murder of his father by a white supremacist. With this new direction, Chuck Palahniuk has proven he can do anything.
of the combines still expected in the arena. “You’re pushing the time limit,” he says. “And you’re pushing the judges.” Rambulance enters the ring, dragging a flat rear tire. Red Lightnin’ makes it in. The Silver Bullet limps in. As the round starts, Red Lightnin’ rams Rambulance, and sparks fly from the hit. The Silver Bullet digs its header into the front tires of J&M Fabrication. Rambulance loses its rear axle. Mickie Mouse loses a rear wheel. J&M Fabrication rams head-on into Red Lightnin’.
credit card, then billed both my credit card and the magazine’s. I felt pretty cagey about the double-billing issue, and told him no way. He told me I was a thief. I told him to let me out at the next stoplight. He locked the doors and said, no, and my bag was still in the trunk. I started calling the magazine in New York, but by then everyone had gone home. For the next two hours, we drove around the Hollywood Hills with the doors locked, the driver shouting that I was responsible. I was a
of some dry age or measurement, we get the image of someone just becoming sophisticated, plus there’s burnt tongue, plus she uses her “horse” of mortality. See how these things add up? What else you learn about minimalism includes “recording angel.” This means writing without passing judgment. Nothing is fed to the reader as “fat” or “happy.” You can only describe actions and appearances in a way that makes a judgment occur in the reader’s mind. Whatever it is, you unpack it into the details that
asked her about the Web surfing she’d done . . . “The worst websites were for bestiality and sex with animals,” he says. “She had been spending an hour or an hour and a half at a time, several days a week, going to these sites. It was only six weeks between when we got the computer and when she left. I was severely despondent to think this woman who I had loved enough to bring from Russia and marry was that perverse. We’re not talking about normal porno, I’m talking about stuff that would make
abortion rights gives the fetus a legal right to be born in many states? In courtrooms, women have become “gestation hosts” or “gestation carriers,” forced by legal action to carry and give birth to children they don’t want. Fetuses have become symbols for antiabortion foes to rally around. The way Rosemary’s neighbors rallied around her baby in its black-draped crib. Another funny, creepy part is-our body doesn’t know this isn’t real. We’re so wrapped up in this story, we get a cathartic