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Chuck Palahniuk's Men's Health Article: 'Live Like You're Dying'

Illustration by Matt DorfmanOne of the best things that happens when Chuck gets close to releasing a new novel (besides the book tour, obviously), is that the journalist in him re-awakens.  This usually leads to a slew of articles and interviews he'll do for magazines such as Maxim, Playboy, BlackBook, Esquire and more.  You might remember that these articles were all captured in his 2004 collection Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories

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The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks

"The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks" by Max Brooks
Joshua Chaplinsky
The Zombie History of the World Part II

Those who don't learn from zombie history are condemned to repeat it. Fortunately, those who didn't learn from the Recorded Attacks section of Brooks' original Zombie Survival Guide have been given a second chance, in illustrated form.

Which is one of the major complaints skulking around the web. I personally have never read The Zombie Survival Guide, but hear tell these depictions are just graphic retellings of the faux-historical accounts found therein. Not having read said book, my potential for geek outrage is rather low, so there will be no vitriolic backlash here. I quite enjoyed Brooks' followup, the epic World War Z, in which he documented the world-wide battle against the reanimated flesh eater, so I am feeling rather charitable towards him at the moment.

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Posted by Dennis

'The Devil In The Details' - Essay On Writing By Craig Clevenger

The moleskin black notebooks of Craig Clevenger
*The moleskin black notebooks of Craig Clevenger

By now you all know Craig Clevenger.  He's beloved on this site for all his contributions to us over the years.  He started out as just an author we all quickly became obsessed with.  His debut, The Contortionist Handbook, was a landmark novel, a book you'd see fans of Chuck's clutching at readings, with dogeared pages, creased up spines and pen scribbles with quotes and underlined passages all throughout.  The book eventually made its way before Chuck's eyes, and he flipped for it.  You might remember there was a year where Chuck barely did an interview where he wasn't pimping Craig's debut novel.  He even offered this quote for the paperback edition:

"I swear to God this is the best book I have read in easily five years.  Easily.  Maybe ten years."

Soon after completing his second novel, Dermaphoria, something great began to happen with Craig and he became more than just an author.  The dude got hungry.  Hungry to teach.  Recognizing what a natural proclivity he had for tutoring people, through his thorough, essay-length Forum posts, we decided to harness that knowledge and offered him up one of our ground breaking Master's Program Workshop Intensives.  Craig's writing workshops on our site soon became some of the most popular entries we'd offer.  From three hour conference calls to sometimes 24/7 feedback with his writing students, Craig was quickly becoming something of a guru.

Today, we unveil the next incarnation of that raw knowledge the guy seems so good at sharing:  the writing essay.  And this one's on the house, folks. 

Here's a quick tease of what lies in The Devil In The Details:

What follows are some fundamental techniques for letting your reader visualize rather than visualizing for them. We'll achieve this by choosing only a few select details (in spite of the temptation to grab more) and pitting those details against each other, so their contrast creates a depth which cues the reader on filling in the rest. We'll end by experimenting with syntax and sentence structure first, then using modifiers second.

This is a thorough essay that scratches the surface of what you'd get in the beginning phases of an MFA creative writing course.  Craig's become something of a pro at this, so do yourself a favor and study this thing.  Then, if you want more, consider joining our next Writers' Workshop.  Craig's already taught a bunch of them and will probably be teaching more in the future.

Read 'The Devil In The Details'

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William Lashner

William Lashner’s Metamorphosis
Rob Hart
William Lashner AKA Tyler Knox

So, funny story: Tyler Knox is not actually a real person.  

After reading his fantastic "debut" novel Kockroach, I consulted Tyler's Web site and shot off an e-mail to his agent, asking if I could set up an interview.  She gave me contact info for William Lashner.  I figured he was a publicist.

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Win A Bunch Of TELL-ALL Publicity Posters!

Doubleday needs YOUR help choosing which 50s-style movie poster to produce for Tell-All

And to thank you for your help, they are offering 50 (FIFTY!) fans a quantity of the winning poster!  This means that you don't get just one Tell-All poster, but a bunch that you can share with friends that are also Chuck fans. How cool is that? All About Eve

How to enter to win:

  1. Please review the following link carefully, and vote accordingly! Doubleday  is looking for a very specific type of poster as detailed in that link. (There are a lot of great posters, but not all are following the criteria.)
  2. Vote!
  3. Send one email!

- The subject line of the email should have the artist's name (It is below the posters).

- The body of the email should contain your full name and mailing address. (Your email may be disqualified if you don't follow those directions)

- Only one email entry per person and no amendments or do-overs

Email to: tell_all_poster@chuckpalahniuk.net

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Article About Potential 'Survivor' Movie Adaptation On FilmSchoolRejects.com

'Survivor' Movie Article on FilmSchoolRejects.com

Check out this awesome feature on FilmSchoolRejects.com called 'Print To Projector'.  In this episode, they look at the potential Survivor movie adaptation, that has wallowed in the Hollywood quagmire called "turnaround" for close to ten years now.

Props goes to FilmSchoolRejects.com and Dr. Cole Abaius for posting this.

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Liver

"Liver" by Will Self
Joshua Chaplinsky
A factual review with the surface anatomy of four lobes.

Dastardly satirist Will Self returns with a quartet of loosely related stories whose least tenuous connection is the noble human liver. As expected, they range from the insightful to the grotesque to the delightfully obscene. Self puts his most difficult foot forward, but those with the fortitude to persevere will be well rewarded with a satisfying read.

Foie Humain

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Live! Chuck's Reviews The August 2009 Workshop Anthology Member Submissions

Chuck Palahniuk

The Anthology Project keeps ticking right along.  Linked below, you'll find the latest round of critiques on members' story submissions from Chuck Palahniuk.  You'll need to upgrade to a Premium Account if you'd like to click through and read these stories and/or begin to participate in our amazing online workshop.  The premium membership fee is a small token of support for our ongoing efforts in maintaining the site and bringing you more great things.  Restricting reading access to the stories also helps preserve their pre-publication value for our upcoming book.

Chuck Critiques Top Stories from August 2009

No Sex in the Morning - Keith Buie

These Hands - Kasey Carpenter

This is What Stephanie Says - Jason M. Fylan

Good Deal On a Gun - Blake Moscatello

Careers Day - Adam Saifer

Diamonds - Brandon Tietz

Happy Reading!  And don't forget to...

Join Us in the Workshop Today!

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Jesse Ventura

Politics in America is Identical to Pro Wrestling
Christopher Stipp
Jesse Ventura

I’ll admit it, I was intimidated. I usually never am but I was.

Actors

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