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Stranger Than Fiction True Stories 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 fictionAt 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 I don't yet have the stomach for Chuck Palahniuk's fiction I've tried reading pretty much all of his novels and 'Fight Club' is the only one I've been able to finish and that's because I'd seen the movie and pretty much knew what was going to happen His writing is just so over the top graphic filled with human suffering and self loathing that for me they're too much of a mental emotional and physical workout to get through But at the same time I would like to one day be able to read his stuff let myself experience all the emotions memories and associations his writing churns up for me AND be detached enough to just finish the ^ book So I was pretty stoked to see this collection of his non fiction writing on the library shelf I think a accurate title would have been Perhaps Stranger but Definitely More Boring Than My Fiction Compared to his fiction writing and his fictional characters like Tyler Durden from Fight Club the real life people and their situations he writes about in this collection come across as a little ho hum Even folks like Marilyn Manson I found myself wishing that he would take the best most interesting parts of this non fiction work and combine them into something fictional Which I guess is what fiction writing is all about I have often said there is no reason to read fiction as life is far stranger and interesting and it is this premise that leads award winning and best selling author Chuck Palahniuk to write this compilation of real life oddities and bizarre observations Organized into journalistic sketches Palahniuk describes such things asout in the open pornography wheat field combine demolition derbiesthe art of American castle building there is a castle near where I live that hosts a Renaissance festival every yearfun with anabolic steroidsthe secret hidden sex life of submarinersthe politics of solitudemodern philosophy of Marilyn Mansonthe applied visionary genius of Ira Levin and many All the sketches are good and freuently Palahniuk hits a chord and becomes very good Official rating is 35 but always round upCollections of short works are tricky things to review I say this almost every bloody time I review one The reason being that each story or article or piece is inevitably pitted against one another in terms of likeability and by a law of averages certain ones swim while other sink A talent fueled tale followed by an even better one tends to devalue the firstThis is often the case with Palahniuk's 'Stranger Than Fiction' This book was on my radar for years Someone bought it for me last Christmas and I finally got around to diving in I dig Chucky P uite a bit enough to cite him as a writing influence of mine Generally there is a mixed response to his books and subject matter but I've always admired his minimalist style and the way he strolls through territory where other writers fear to tread However his shock and awe tactics can get a bit transparent at times Like a lot of his works 'Stranger Than Fiction' is no different in this department For example the first story you encounter is called 'Testy Festy' It's about the Red Creek Lodge Testicle Festival and an all out in your face collage of blowjobs handjobs and crude lewd public sex acts in a nudist campground setting It's signature Palahniuk acting as a gatekeeper of a story that will make a number of readers put the book down before they've gotten through the first few pages If you can get past that one you'll be fine The rest of this collection of non fiction shorts offers some incredible insight to Palahniuk's considerably different sometimes slightly demented world The book is divided into three sections People Together Portraits and Personal There is so much variety to take in but it does have its problems And those problems will often boil down to what you personally find interesting or engaging I loved reading about the author's life in 'Personal' his trials and tribulations successes and failures Mostly it's his own eclectic experiences with family friends loss steroids shitty day jobs sickness and writing that I found most fulfilling A lot of the 'People Together' stuff was pretty great too; a combine harvester demolition derby a collection of American DIY castle builders the wrecked world or amateur wrestling uncomfortable life aboard a US nuclear submarine These stories couldn't be different from one another The spectrum covered is as wide as it is odd and interesting But the 'Portraits' section was often a let down for me I can't fault Palahniuk too much for this as most of them were gleaned from interviews with famous folk and an article can only be as good as its subject Let's just say I didn't really care about Juliette Lewis before I read Chuck's article about her and I certainly couldn't give a shit about her afterward Ditto for Marylin Manson and a couple others There were other slight annoyances like the mentioning of Brad Pitt a little too often throughout the book or Palahniuk occasionally passing judgement on people or topics that felt a bit unfair particularly in the face of evidence that suggested his conclusions were wrong or weak I think the people who will mine the most profit out of 'Stranger Than Fiction' are writers themselves There is a lot we writers can relate to in this book and it's always a treat to be invited inside a successful author's head to be granted insight alongside memories recoveredanalyzed If you're at all a fan of Chuck Palahniuk 'Stranger Than Fiction' makes a great companion to whatever collection of his books you already possess i stopped torturing myself at the half way point and burned the book over my stovetop and ate the ashes in hopes of regaining the 3 hours i put in didn't work this was one of the worst things i've read since i tutored freshmen in their first writing courseto anyone who happens upon it and can't resist here are the only nuggets worth digesting you are here and the lady and i'd say the latter was so if only for the uick spill on palahniuk's personal history also it's worth taking into account that i didn't read much past the second section of portraits where the mental yawns became unbearable

  • Paperback
  • 233 pages
  • Stranger Than Fiction True Stories
  • Chuck Palahniuk
  • English
  • 07 August 2014
  • 9780385722223

About the Author: Chuck Palahniuk

Written in stolen moments under truck chassis and on park benches to a soundtrack of The Downward Spiral and Pablo Honey Fight Club came into existence The adaptation of Fight Club was a flop at the box office but achieved cult status on DVD The film’s popularity drove sales of the novel Chuck put out two novels in 1999 Survivor and Invisible Monsters Choke published in 2001 became Chuck’


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