Stuff About Chuck! Palahniuk Fans, CHECK THIS OUT!!
Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...
This guy doesn’t have fans. He has soldiers, rabid hardcore lunatic fans who consider his work to be pretty much sacred f’ing text.
Those fans no doubt have today’s guest’s website bookmarked already. For the rest of you, check this out:
Dennis here from Chuck's official site. I'm writing today to tell you about the upcoming release of a Chuck Palahniuk documentary we're currently editing. We shot the documentary back in April at a big three day event Chuck hosted in Pennsylvania.
You can now pre-order the Chuck Palahniuk documentary entitled "Postcards From The Future" off our website. The documentary perfectly encapsulates where Chuck is in his career currently. Also, not only did Chuck grant us an exclusive one hour interview (in multiple locations), but we spoke to dozens of fans; captured two of Chuck's full readings; a one hour hysterical Q&A with the crowd; a screening of Fight Club in which Chuck handed out confetti cans to all the audience to shoot off during the climax; a one hour presentation Chuck conducted called "The Death of Protest;" and much, much more.
Our documentary is unprecendented, as it is the first feature-length version of its kind on Chuck Palahniuk. It's shaping up to be a profound and sometimes hysterical look at one author trying to "evolve" a generation of readers... into writers.
Plus, we also have a new 2 minute teaser trailer available for download in both Quicktime and AVI. formats.
So what the hell are you waiting for? Get over to ChuckPalahniuk.net and see for yourself what all the fuss is about!
Postcards From The Future: The Chuck Palahniuk Documentary
A Film By Dennis Widmyer, Kevin Kolsch, and Josh Chaplinsky
Thanks, Dennis. Best of luck with it, man.
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Aug. 28, 2003, 9:33 a.m. CST
But I don't like him this much.
Aug. 28, 2003, 9:40 a.m. CST
by Heywood Jablowme
He's going to be in KC in a couple of weeks doing a signing. Anybody got any questions for him?
Aug. 28, 2003, 9:43 a.m. CST
The last one I read was Lullaby, and it was astounding - surely someone is working that up for the screen as we speak, right?
Aug. 28, 2003, 9:54 a.m. CST
i loved Chuck, i read everything as soon as it comes out....BUT....is it me, or are his novels starting to get similar...not the EXACT same plot obviously...but the wierd outsider main character that is just TOO bizarre for the real world, and has a REAL problem with the modernization and sterilization of society...not that I'd want Chuck to go mainstream, but...maybe just tone it down a bit...or maybe i'm just nuts...
Aug. 28, 2003, 10 a.m. CST
BTW....what the hell is going on at this site...a wire talkback...Palahniuk news....this site is actually getting cutting edge again and posting stuff i want to read...instead of just hyping awful flixs and sequels...way to go lardass, keep up this new direction same as the old direction...i'm SHOCKED....now where's george the chicken...i love that guy...
Aug. 28, 2003, 10:15 a.m. CST
... it was interesting up until they hit with the speed metal. Shades of Resident Evil. Powerful adrenaline rushed music does not necessarily equate in film. It's become a bit of a clich
Aug. 28, 2003, 10:15 a.m. CST
Aug. 28, 2003, 10:48 a.m. CST
...that the sort of rabid, anger filled, mostly male folks who post in talkback would be huge Palahniuk fans. I figured you'd all be down with Edith Wharton.
Aug. 28, 2003, 11:07 a.m. CST
...he needs to go to a 'support group' support group. Something like SGA.
Aug. 28, 2003, 11:25 a.m. CST
I'm a huge Chuck fan, but I wasn't aware that it was catching like this; I suppose a truly kick ass film adaptation & the talent to back it up will do that for you.
Aug. 28, 2003, 11:59 a.m. CST
Not like Stephen King or Tom Clancy...
Aug. 28, 2003, 12:52 p.m. CST
Cool that AICN is reflecting interest in books and such, but I can't help but feel like CP's books are kinda like the Harry Potter series... good more because they get people who might not read as much into bookstores and libraries more than off of any literary merit of their own.... except that I enjoy the Harry Potter books a lot more than CP's, so far. I can't believe how many salivating reviewers have found new ways to re-word one particular bit of praise of his writing style, which I'd boil down to: He repeats shit a lot. He repeats phrases with slight variations throughout his books. It sounds cool at first... then it sounds like someone trying to sound cool. Yet reviewers (not to mention rabidly misguided fans) still call this repetition "hypnotic" and "mantra-like" and talk about how it takes a convention of advertising and subverts it for his own literary genius satire whatever. Dunno, I always thought repetition was boring. Didn't I hear something about how "Diary" was supposed to be different? I read some of the first chapter in a bookstore the other day, and it sounded exactly like all of his other shit. Repeating phrases, one-sentence paragraphs (what is he, a movie reviewer for USA TODAY?)... bonus points, apparently, for using descriptions of something medical or related. So in this novel you're reading the diary.... of someone who happens to write EXACTLY like CP. I thought this was going to be a different direction... but then, I thought I heard that about Lullabye too, so maybe I'm either getting my projects confused, or he keeps putting off doing something truly interesting. ************ To his credit, CP sounds like a relatively self-effacing, unpretentious guy (and cheers to him putting out books every year or two instead of the usual 2-to-5-year wait), but what I've read of him ("Choke", most of "Invisible Monsters", selections from the rest) is really tiresome. Actually, to make another weird comparison, it's similar to how I feel about "Family Guy" on TV. Not very inspired, occasionally very funny; should've been 7-minute shorts instead of lame 22-minute episodes. CP should be writing short stories, not several iterations of the same 200-page quasi-manifesto. And I love the movie of Fight Club-- but odd, the first time I saw it, how the only real problem I had with it was some of the narration-- how it started to sound kinda self-consciously jingoistic and "quoteable", as if the writer was elbowing you, going "doesn't this sound cool?" every few minutes. Maybe his books just make better movies; I thought he was the weakest link of his own masterpiece. **** Don't understand all the talk about CP "turning people into writers", although... I guess I can understand that. My girlfriend says she likes his books because they're entertaning and she thinks "hmm, I could do this!"... mediocrity can be inspiring, in a way (although I don't think she means it like that, exactly). I feel a lot more creative watching "Dawson's Creek" than, say, "Buffy", because the former makes me think of what I'd do better, and the latter jus leaves me in awe. I just hope CP doesn't "inspire" a bunch of hacks to make cheesy, obvious "this is your life at the dawn of a new millenium and it's all coming apart and together at the same time, now check out my cool catchphrase which is ironic because i hate catchphrases, is your head spinning yet?" novels. Too many people write novels anyway. It's the new writing poetry.
Aug. 28, 2003, 1:09 p.m. CST
is it just me or does chuck look kinda like that guy from John Doe?
Aug. 28, 2003, 2:06 p.m. CST
I dig Fight Club as much as the next man, but Choke is the worst book I have ever read in my entire life.
Aug. 28, 2003, 2:06 p.m. CST
i dig chuck's work but my big problem with him is he's managed to write the same book over and over again. regardless of subject matter they are written with the same angry voice. chuck seems to be angry about the same things in every book. now there's nothing wrong with being angry but he should let it fly on different subjects. he should leave materialism and beauty alone for a while and move onto something else.
Aug. 28, 2003, 2:11 p.m. CST
by Silvio Dante
(Great User ID, by the way)You might want to check out "Lullaby". I had already written Palahniuk off after Choke and Invisible Monsters, but Lullaby was actually quite good. And is it just me or does the title Postcards From The Future sound somewhat Douglas-Couplandesque?
Aug. 28, 2003, 2:21 p.m. CST
I am awaiting the next film adaptation of any of his books, though. Anyone hear anything?
Aug. 28, 2003, 2:26 p.m. CST
Sorry but I have every book. And due to his entertaining style i'll probably keep buying them because you can always take something from even his poor work. But Choke was horrid and he won't come close to Fight Club and Survivor again it seems.
Aug. 28, 2003, 5:06 p.m. CST
... but that Web Site stinks. Geez, it reminds me of something spewed out of Netscape 3.0 back in the mid 90s. FIGHT CLUB is an awesome book/movie combo, SURVIVOR was a great read... everything else I could pretty much leave. As others on here have said, it does feel like the same voice over and over again. A bit like Harry's reviews.
Aug. 28, 2003, 5:12 p.m. CST
Just got finished reading Diary last night. It is not much different than his other stuff, but I love his other stuff enough to love this one as well. Its a good read, although it is a little quick.
Aug. 28, 2003, 6:08 p.m. CST
Yes. It did. But all of his other movies were supreme; although I thought the fight club movie was better than the book, which is a rare thing. Survivor & Choke are my favourites and I patiently await Diary. I have added this to my "must get" list. Merci for the info folks. UYh. YAY. Filler?
Aug. 28, 2003, 6:44 p.m. CST
by oat soda
Actually makes me agree with the nazi's on something. burn this book. It's soupy drek.
Aug. 28, 2003, 10:42 p.m. CST
Before 9/11, the last scene of Fight Club was so over the top, it felt like the comic violence of a Pink panther movie. Now I can't bring myself to watch the last scene anymore.
Aug. 29, 2003, 12:06 a.m. CST
And I loved the book. REally surprised with how great that flick was, one of my favorites to this day. I just wish all adaptations were that great.
Aug. 29, 2003, 1:26 a.m. CST
you know that one twist at the end of fight club? the last 40 or so pages of invisible monsters has one of those twists EVERY FUCKING PAGE. damn that book ruled. survivor sucked a fatty, it was just kind of dumb and unbelievable and stretched and preachy. his latest book wasn't too great either. choke was funny as shit. seriously though, invisible monsters, go check that shit out. pwn.
Aug. 29, 2003, 1:30 a.m. CST
I can't believe I persevered after the "sex in midair" part.
Aug. 29, 2003, 1:31 a.m. CST
Aug. 29, 2003, 5:08 a.m. CST
It was also the first Palahniuk book I read. I have to agree with those that think he
Aug. 29, 2003, 6:47 a.m. CST
by vroom socko
It's called Fugitives and Refugees: A Walk in Portland, Oregon. I managed to pick up a signed copy at Powell's, and man alive, does he hit all the cool spots of my hometown. The highlight sections are the chapters on the Rampaging Santas, the elephant exibit at the Oregon Zoo, and the Shanghai tunnels that run underneath downtown. Oh, and the title comes from a comment made by Geek Love writer and Portland native Katherine Dunn, who thinks that all the fugitives and refugees of America all end up here. After all, this is the town the Bush family calls "Little Beirut," and is home to Tonya Harding, Matt Groening, Bill Plympton, Gus Van Sant and Bob Packwood.
Aug. 29, 2003, 2:41 p.m. CST
Really? You hated Staggering Genius? May I ask why? I am seriously baffled. I mean, yeah, it was self-consciously written but hilariously so. And the story was just true and funny and sad. I just loved it. Can't understand why anyone would bash it.
Aug. 29, 2003, 4:50 p.m. CST
1. it's too self-consciously hip 2. the humor always falls flat 3. Eggers tries to mime Kurt Vonnegut's style, and it makes him look like a fool Dave Egger's sister killed herself shortly after reading it, BTW.
Aug. 29, 2003, 5:11 p.m. CST
Just my luck, I had the chance to be AT THAT VERY CONFERANCE. Jeez, too bad the documentery doesn't include me sneaking in and getting booted out...pity.
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