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Fake Criterions: 'Fight Club'

How the hell have none of you tried something like this before?  For as long as it became 'a thing,' I've been a fan of the fake Criterion covers fans have designed.  Not only are many of them hysterical (one of my favorites being Days of Thunder), but some of the artwork is damn good and clearly tops the shitty, uninspired DVD covers studios sleepwalk through.

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Canadian Tour Dates For 'Damned' Added!

Canadian Tour Dates Added for DAMNED

Good news for you canucks!  Chuck is taking a trip north of the border to British Columbia for two big reading events for Damned.  Here's the scoop from his Canadian publishers:

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Seven Days In Rio

"Seven Days in Rio" by Francis Levy
Joshua Chaplinsky
A re-imagined Interzone of psychoanalysis and prostitution where all woman are (literally) whores.

...or "Tiffanys," as Kenny Cantor affectionately calls them. Not that it makes the idea any less offensive.

Kenny is a successful CPA in a Brooks Brothers suit on holiday in Rio de Janeiro. He isn't there for the food or the beaches or the nightlife- he's there to pay for pussy. The man is a veteran sex tourist on the prowl, and he's heard that the streets of Rio are paved with the stuff. Lucky for him, in Levy's version of the notorious South American city, the rumors turn out to be true.

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Cain

"Cain" by Jose Saramago
Phil Jourdan
A disappointing end to a remarkable and controversial career.

Cain, Jose Saramago's final novel, is another of the author's attacks on religion in general and especially the Abrahamic faiths. Saramago showed how deeply he could cut with his 1991 masterpiece, The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, a troubling, fascinating retelling of the gospels. In that book, biblical contradictions became a source of delight. With Cain, the source book is the Old Testament, but instead of delighting, Saramago chooses to bully and preach at us.

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Read 'Nuts and Bolts: "Big Voice" Versus "Little Voice" by Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk, photographed by John Gress

For three years, Chuck Palahniuk contributed to our ground breaking online Writers Workshop (which he also helped conceive, btw) with 36 writing essays.  These are lessons from a best-selling author on how to improve your craft as a writer... the types of lessons they teach in $20,000+ MFA writing programs.  

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The Last Werewolf

'The Last Werewolf' by Glen Duncan
Stephen Graham Jones
For a Few Silver Bullets More

What would happen if an intelligent, sensitive, literate man suddenly found himself filled with savage instincts?  —Roger Ebert, on Wolf (1994)

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Cape Cod Noir

"Cape Cod Noir" edited David L. Ulin
Richard Thomas
For those that are unfamiliar with Cape Cod this is a fascinating collection of tales that reveal the underbelly of a quiet vacation spot.

When I think of cities that inspire noir, Cape Cod is certainly not at the top of that list. I think of New York, Chicago, Baltimore even, but never would I have thought of Cape Cod. In the ongoing series by Akashic Books, they’ve visited almost fifty cities across the United States, and around the world. It’s a compelling series to say the least. Once I started to get into this collection, though, I understood the appeal of Cape Cod.

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An Update On The 'INVISIBLE MONSTERS' Film - Director Attached

'Invisible Monsters' Movie News

Earlier this week I got an update from Cameron MacLaren, the producer who owns the option on the Invisible Monsters movie adaptation.  Today, Cameron made the news public by way of a newsletter blast.  Check out below for some updates on the production, including someone officially sitting in the director's chair.

Dear Fans of Invisible Monsters,

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Player One: What Is To Become Of Us

"Player One" by Douglas Coupland
Joshua Chaplinsky
Coupland sneaks in a stop-gap novel cum lecture that simultaneously distills his favorite themes and breaks new ground.

Released as part of the Massey Lecture series with a minimum of fanfare, I missed this sneaky aperitif of a novel upon its initial release. I'd blame Canada, but despite taking place there, the Masseys aren't inherently Canadian in nature. The annual event has featured its share of non-Canadian luminaries, such as Noam Chomsky and Martin Luther King Jr., to name a recognizable two.

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