Lately, you might have noticed that The Cult has 'Lidia Yuknavitch fever.' This started as a warm recommendation from Chuck for her stirring and brutal memoir The Chronology of Water.
I've read Ms. Yuknavitch's book The Chronology of Water, cover to cover, a dozen times. I am still reading it. And I will, most likely, return to it for inspiration and ideas, and out of sheer admiration, for the rest of my life. The book is extraordinary. -- Chuck Palahniuk.
We then decided it was time we interview Lidia and we're even pursuing her to possibly host a Workshop for us.
Now St. Helen's Book Shop is doing another one of their wonderful signing promotions. Lidia will be in there store on June 21st to personally insrcibe and sign all custom orders that St. Helen's receives. But you have to get your order and inscription in by June 17th. So hurry and check out this link for details:
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 We Are Oblivion by Michael Sonbert, yet another member of our community here who has done well for himself.
From the back cover:
Poland continues to shine with some of the most original and interesting covers for Chuck's books. This time, we actually had the nice people who publish these editions contact us. Apparently they saw my previous post, highlighting their designs, and wanted to inform us of this latest release for Pygmy.
Memoirs. Can you ever trust them? How many of us would be true to form in a published retelling of our lives? How many have done so in the past? Who among us doesn't delude ourselves to some degree with our own little revisionist history?
When I received a copy of THE CHRONOLOGY OF WATER to read/review, I had all of these questions polluting my mind before I ever opened the book. Then the first sentence did me in:
Within Chuck Palahniuk's 2005 collection Haunted, many fans count The Nightmare Box as their favorite story. The story is about a box people look into, that always shows the same image, yet drives the viewers insane and to commit suicide.
This story (maybe even more so than Guts) also seems to inspire the most creativity from fans, as evidenced by the slew of YouTube shorts online. (here, here and here, to show a few) But now someone has taken this obsession up a notch with this amazing portrait.
The above work was painting by Mike Flinn. Check out his website here. And here are some words about the work, from the man himself:
As of May 31st, Tell-All, Chuck's thirteenth book, is now out in paperback. I think Random House did a great job with this new cover, which I prefer over the hardback cover. By now most of you have already read it, but if not, here's a quick blurb from Amazon:
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.
Someone ask me why I keep posting these? I guess with this latest, I just respect the fact that these guys went out and did something. Plus, they look like they had fun making this. And hell, the one dude even shaved his head.
Check out 'Cuddle Club,' a shot for shot remake (albeit, with some actual stolen shots) of the Fight Club trailer.
Credit for this find goes to SlashFilm.