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The Never Enders

'The Never Enders' by Michael Sonbert
Joshua Chaplinsky
A romanticized depiction of chic nihilism with a heart of gold.

Anyone who's spent time on the internet knows that self-appointed forum police love to apply the baton of condescension liberally to the brow of those who do not utilize the search function. So when Michael Sonbert contacted me about reviewing his novel, The Never Enders, I decided some research was in order. Not only had Sonbert previously taken out ad space here at The Cult, but he seemed to have made some fans on the forums as well. I was hesitant to review a book I hadn't requested directly from the publisher out of a selfish desire for a freebie, but The Cult has a history of helping out struggling authors, so I decided to continue in that illustrious tradition.

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'Pygmy' iPhone Audiobook App Winners

As of today our final winners in the Pygmy iPhone Audiobook App giveaway have been rewarded.  I want to thank Blackstone Audio for sponsoring this promo.  They were nice enough to donate 10 redemption codes that let people download the app from iTunes for free. If you haven't yet checked them out, you should head over to their site and see just how well made this Pygmy app is.

http://blackstoneaudioapps.com/2010/02/pygmy-chuck-palahniuk/

And to see all our entries for this giveaway, check out: twitter.com/#search

Below are our final day's two winners.  Stay tuned for our next giveaway, which will be for the Invisible Monsters iPhone audiobook app!

Day Four Winners
Assignment: Take a pic in a crazy pose, position or costume.
Winners: @onefrozensoul and @carissadean

"Pygmy" iPhone audio book app winner, @onefrozensoul "Pygmy" iPhone audio book app winner, @carissadean

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EP 6: Is There Really Such A Thing As Flesh Eating Bacteria?

Here is our latest installment of 'Sorry You Asked' with Dr. Josh Bazell.  As you may recall, Josh is the author of Beat The Reaper, easily one of the best books of 2009, and soon to be a motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio.  He also happens to be a doctor that is willing to answer all the terrible those questions that make you... sorry you asked!

If you'd like to ask your own question for Dr. Bazell, please email us at info@chuckpalahniuk.net, or post you question here and we'll send it Josh's way.

Also be sure to check out episodes 1-5 of 'Sorry You Asked' in our Features section.

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Blackstone Audio Is Giving Away Free 'Pygmy' iPhone Audiobook Apps!

"Pygmy" audio book by Blackstone AudioYou might have noticed the past week that we have an awesome banner in our leaderboard position for an Pygmy iPhone audiobook app from Blackstone Audio.  Blackstone is revolutioning the way people can now listen to audiobooks on their iPhones.  They plan to release a number of Chuck's books as audiobook apps.

Anyway, to help promote the audiobook, Blackstone is letting us give away 10 ten promotional codes (free redemption) for the iPhone app.  But you'll have to be a follower on our Twitter page @chuckpalahniuk to play.   Yesterday, we picked our first two winners.  Today, the rules have changed.

Today's Homework Assignment: Take a photo (Twitpic, etc) of yourself "wearing" your favorite Chuck Palahniuk item, memorbilia or swag and Tweet it with the tag #PygmyApp.  We will then select the two best pics of the day and announce them tomorrow morning.  The winners will then receive a Direct Message on Twitter with their promo code as well as instructions on how to redeem it.

Just remember, don't email us your pics or post them here.  Rather, Tweet them to our @chuckpalahniuk Twitter account.  Also, make sure you have an iPhone before you play, as the app won't work anywhere else.

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Chuck Palahniuk On 'No Reservations' With Anthony Bourdain

A couple years back, Chuck Palahniuk appeared on an episode of Anthony Bourdain's 'No Reservations'.  As you may know, this is a show on The Travel Channel in which Bourdain travels to different parts of the world to learn about their culture and sample all of their local cuisines.  So it was only a matter of time before he'd dedicate an episode entirely to the Pacific Northwest.  And for the segment of the show that took place in Portland, Oregon, he teamed up with Chuck to visit some local hotspots.

For those of you who missed this episode when it initially came on, you can see Chuck's full appearance in the clip above.  We're looking to gather as many television appearance of Chuck as we can for our new YouTube channel.  In particular, we're looking to see if anyone has video clips of Chuck's appearances on Conan O'Brien (Oct 30, 2003) and Craig Ferguson (May 26, 2005).  If so, please contact us.

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Maynard James Keenan

All Work, No Whine: Turning Grapes Into Gold
Christopher Stipp
Maynard James Keenan

Straight up, I was frightened. I mean, this guy just does not like talking to the press.

Maynard James Keenan, front man for Tool and A Perfect Circle, has always proved to be elusive to me as an artist. I've appreciated, more than anything, his reticence to bask in the warm white glow of the floodlights that seem fixated on our rock gods. On one extreme you have the Bonos of the world, cavorting in front of snapping cameras and stumping for issues that they appear to be wholly in favor of and asking for your help in supporting them. And then on the furthest point on that spectrum, you have people like Maynard. Someone who eschews publicity, talking, communicating with a press that just needs another interview, another headline to get through the day. Guys like him, artists like him, it is all about the music, the creation of it.  And he doesn't need a ounce of your soy ink, thank you very much, to promote it because he has legions at his back who are there willing to find it and embrace it.

One of the things that Maynard was doing with the time afforded to someone who doesn't have to check into a 9 to 5 job everyday and has enough disposable income to make smart decisions about what he needs to do to support his way of living is...

...He decided to grow some grapes.

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No Sleep Till Wonderland

'No Sleep Till Wonderland' by Paul Tremblay
Joshua Chaplinsky
Narcoleptic dream warrior Mark Genevich is back, and he don't wanna dream no more.

Mark Genevich is a PI with a past. A past chronicled in a previous book, which I have not read.  Entering his world for the first time, I wondered- would it be a smooth transition? Or would I be left disoriented and confused, like our protagonist after a hypnagogic episode? Despite a nice recap of past exploits for the newcomers, allusions to Mark's personal history are vague. Almost as if an important piece of information were missing. Fortunately, as the mystery unfurls- the mystery of who Mark is, not just the machinations of the plot- all pertinent questions are answered.  

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EP 5: Do People Really Get Tumors That Grow Hair And Teeth?

Here is our latest installment of 'Sorry You Asked' with Dr. Josh Bazell.  As you may recall, Josh is the author of Beat The Reaper, easily one of the best books of 2009, and soon to be a motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio.  He also happens to be a doctor that is willing to answer all the terrible those questions that make you... sorry you asked!

If you'd like to ask your own question for Dr. Bazell, please email us at info@chuckpalahniuk.net, or post you question here and we'll send it Josh's way.

Also be sure to check out episodes 1-4 of 'Sorry You Asked' in our Features section.

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'Tell All' Tour Dates Are Here!

'Tell-All' by Chuck PalahniukHey, everyone.  The day you've been waiting for (since last week at least), is here!  Chuck's publicist at Doubleday just contacted me with the tour dates for Tell-All.  Keep in mind, these dates and some details are always subject to change.  So if you have very specific questions, don't post them here.  Instead, contact the stores.  We've included website and phone information for all the events.

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