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Random House Joins Apple's iBookStore

Random House Joins Apple's iBookStore

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.

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Tyler Durden Quote In High School Hallway

Tyler Durden Quote In High School Hallway

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!

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The Ticking Is The Bomb

"The Ticking is the Bomb" by Nick Flynn
Joshua Chaplinsky
The turning is the page in Nick Flynn's memoir of impending fatherhood in the age of sanctioned torture.

What's the difference between an autobiography and a memoir? Setting aside textbook definitions, some would argue that an autobiography is a document of an interesting life led, whereas a memoir attempts to make a life more interesting. Jeff Klima, author of The Dead Janitors Club, itself a memoir, recently wrote a scathingly funny article for the Huffington Post wherein he compared memoirists to reality TV stars. He labels both as bottom feeders, career opportunists whose successive output offers only diminishing returns (IE: they suck.)

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Posted by Dennis

Helpful Tyler Durden

Helpful Tyler Durden

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.

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Benjamin Hale

A Chimp Divided
Kasey Carpenter
Benjamin Hale

I have to admit it wasn’t easy. Pitching an interview of an as yet unknown author, in fact an author who wasn’t even technically published two weeks ago when I interviewed him, is a challenge. But the book, oh the book... THE EVOLUTION OF BRUNO LITTLEMORE came to me via such high recommendations (Dave Cullen, author of COLUMBINE under Twelve, and Cary Goldstein, now the EIC of Twelve), well, you read the book.

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Posted by Dennis

Happy Birthday, Chuck!

Today is Chuck's birthday.  Not going to tell you how old he is, but if you do some research on this site, you can find the year he was born and then do some simple math.

Now, let's hear some well wishes, folks!  This man's earned it!

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Small Memories

'Small Memories' by Jose Saramago
Phil Jourdan
A wonderfully simple and moving book about nothing much at all.

Jose Saramago's memoir, Small Memories, is a simple book. Ostensibly it aims to do nothing more than tell anecdotes. Saramago, who recently passed away, was, along with Antonio Lobo Antunes, Portugal's most famous and respected author of his generation. He was notorious for his politics, his public disputes, his outspoken contempt for the Catholic Church.

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The Cult's 'Top 10' Books of 2010

The Cult's 'Top 10' Books of 2010

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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