You know the drill, folks. Every month a new book is selected and a new moderator steps up to lead the discussion. This month, we will be reading and discussing Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis.
From the back cover:
Bret Easton Ellis’s debut, Less Than Zero, is one of the signal novels of the last thirty years, and he now follows those infamous teenagers into an even more desperate middle age. read more »
Courtesy of Random House, comes the official synopsis of Chuck Palahniuk's upcoming novel Damned. What little we know about the book previously, told us that a young girl dies and goes to hell, and that Chuck was very influenced by the Young Adult novels of Judy Blume, while writing it. Now, we have this official synopsis that was recently posted at RandomHouse.com: read more »
Great news today for all you e-readers. After years of being absent from the iBookStore, Random House has finally released their catalog. Yes, this means you can now find almost all of Chuck's books available on your iPad, iPhone or whatever Apple device you use to read books electronically. The only two books still not available are Survivor and Invisible Monsters, since these are both WW Norton titles. *Though both of these books are available as separate audiobook apps from Blackstone Audio. Survivor here and Invisible Monsters here)
If you don't have the iBooks app yet, you can download it here for free. The available books each start at about $9.99 (Fight Club) and range as high as $12.99 (Tell-All).
Read more about this developing story over at TUAW.
The original blogger said it perfectly: "Man, I wish my high school had been this cool." Really though, I grew up in an era where the most subversive book taught in school was The Catcher in the Rye. Now don't get me wrong, I love that book. But nowadays, we get at least an email a month from a college professor, high school teacher or student who informs us that Fight Club has joined their curriculum.
This school seems to have taken that to the next level. Check out those hallway quote from Tyler Durden!
Original Source: Reddit
Here's a cool little gem from our Twitter feed via 'ThatDrunkViking.' It's a helpful Tyler Durden, giving sage advice on dating and relationships.
Some of my favorites:
CALL SEX LINE. ASK THE GIRL HOW HER DAY WAS, DON'T HANG UP.
HIT ON MARRIED WOMEN IN FRONT OF THEIR HUSBANDS. YOUR BRUISES REKINDLED A DEAD ROMANCE.
START A FIGHT WITH LONELIEST GUY IN BAR. INTENTIONALLY LOSE SO HE GETS LAID.
Italian Book Covers: Tell-All, Pygmy, Snuff, Stranger Than Fiction, Fugitives & Refugees, Diary, Choke, I. Monsters & Survivor
Continuing our trend from last week of showcasing some of the coolest international Chuck Palahniuk covers, let's take a look at some of the recent selections from Italy. In my opinion, Italy has long had some of the more stylish and unique covers for Chuck's books. Unlike a lot of other countries who just use a slight variation of the U.S. cover, Italy's usually stand out on their own. I'll even forgive them for mucking up my dedication in Lullaby, seen here as 'Tennis Widmyer.' Sighs.
Props to Michele Ponte for sending us some of these.
See more in our Book Covers Gallery.
This might be the clearest example of two paperback covers of a Palahniuk novel that DESTROY the hardcover image. The one on the left is the U.S. paperback edition for Tell-All which is due out on May 31st. On the right is the UK version, dropping June 2nd.
Click each of them to pre-order the book today or,
You can see each image larger in our Book Gallery.
It's that time of year again at The Cult when we appropriate Valentine's Day (close enough) for our own celebration as book smitten fiends. That of course, means publishing our second annual Top Ten list of books from the previous year. It's not only fitting to post this on V-day, but pragmatic too, as I get a lot of books in December and need a month or so to finish up my year-end reading.
These go to eleven.
Or rather, this list goes to eleven, but let me explain. Friday, a friend mentioned a book to me with such an intriguing title that I immediately looked it up and read an excerpt. After reading a couple of pages, I downloaded it and finished it over the weekend. (Thanks, Richard!) As it turns out it was released in 2010 and I would feel remiss in not adding it to the list. I promise not to let this evolve into a top twenty or thirty over time, but in this case, this list goes to eleven.
Caveats: This list is based on my own highly personal and promiscuous reading habits and does not necessarily reflect our other voracious readers at The Cult, nor are they Chuck’s personal favorites or recommendations. I notice there are quite a few short story collections this year, and I wouldn’t say I’m inclined towards that form in particular, it was just an amazing year for story collections. So without further ado…
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Hot damn, is this well done. Check out a great mash-up of Fight Club as cut to Florence + The Machine's song "Kiss with a Fist.' It was edited by Jeff Yorkes and is titled 'Fist Club.'
Watch the video on Vimeo here.
And be sure to check out all of Jeff's CINEMASHUP's at his Vimeo page. I've basically become addicted to them since yesterday.