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The Humbling

"The Humbling" by Ian Roth
Phil Jourdan
Sex, sex, suicide.

The Humbling, Philip Roth’s thirtieth novel, is a book, but it isn't a great one. How it fits into the enormous Rothian corpus is a question worth asking, because the novel is resolutely ambiguous and resistant to classification. On the one hand, it is typical of Roth’s work: despair, ageing and sex are the three Big Ideas explored in The Humbling, as they have been for decades in his other, better novels. On the  other hand, it’s thoroughly uneven and almost self-parodic in its treatment of these very Big Ideas.

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Killing People To Render Their Fat For Soap!?

Does this sound familiar?  Luckily, Tyler Durden never spent any time in Peru, so we know he had nothing to do with this.  All kidding aside though, this is a ghastly story.  I'll let the Huffington Post take over from here:

Killing People To Render Their Fat For Soap!?LIMA, Peru — A gang in the remote Peruvian jungle has been killing people for their fat, police charged Thursday, draining it from their corpses and offering it on the black market for use in cosmetics. Medical experts expressed skepticism that a major market for fat might exist.

Three suspects have confessed to killing five people for their fat, said Col. Jorge Mejia, chief of Peru's anti-kidnapping police. He said the suspects, two of whom were arrested carrying bottles of liquid fat, told police it was worth $60,000 a gallon ($15,000 a liter).

Mejia said the suspects told police the fat was sold to intermediaries in Lima, the Peruvian capital. While police suspect the fat was sold to cosmetic companies in Europe, he could not confirm any sales.

Read The Full Story Here

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Official Description For "Tell All", Chuck's Next Novel, Now Up On Amazon!

The official description for Tell All, Chuck Palahniuk's upcoming novel (May 3, 2010), is now up on Amazon:

Pre-order Chuck Palahniuk's next novel, "Tell All" from Amazon today!The hyperactive love child of Page Six and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? caught in a tawdry love triangle with The Fan. Even Kitty Kelly will blush.

Soaked, nay, marinated in the world of vintage Hollywood, Tell-All is a Sunset Boulevard–inflected homage to Old Hollywood when Bette Davis and Joan Crawford ruled the roost; a veritable Tourette’s syndrome of rat-tat-tat  name-dropping, from the A-list to the Z-list; and a merciless  send-up of Lillian Hellman’s habit of butchering the truth that will have Mary McCarthy cheering from the beyond.

Our Thelma Ritter–ish narrator is Hazie Coogan, who for decades has tended to the outsized needs of Katherine “Miss Kathie”  Kenton—veteran of multiple marriages, career comebacks, and cosmetic surgeries. But danger arrives with gentleman caller Webster Carlton Westward III, who worms his way into Miss Kathie’s heart (and boudoir). Hazie discovers that this bounder has already written a celebrity tell-all memoir foretelling Miss Kathie’s death in a forthcoming Lillian Hellman–penned musical extravaganza; as the body count mounts, Hazie must execute a plan to save Katherine Kenton for her fans—and for posterity.

Tell-All is funny, subversive, and fascinatingly clever. It’s wild, it’s wicked, it’s  bold-faced—it’s vintage Chuck.

Props to Andy for spotting this and emailing us about it.

Pre-order Tell All from Amazon now!

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Chris Gore Wears Our 'Survivor' T-Shirt On Attack Of The Show's 'DVDuesday' Segment!

Chris Gore wears our 'Survivor' shirt on "Attack of the Show"

Chris Gore has become our new best friend. You may remember that a couple weeks back he decided to review our Chuck Palahniuk documentary DVD "Postcards From The Future", during his 'DVDuesday' segment on G4's 'Attack of the Show.

After we posted about this, Chris then actually joined The Cult and left a comment on the news post. How awesome is this guy? To repay him for the plug, Mirka and I decided to send the dude a care package of ChuckPalahniuk.net goodies. And since Chris had mentioned  that Survivor was his favorite Chuck Palahniuk book, we dropped one of our awesome Survivor Tshirts in with the package.

Well, if you watch the video below, where Chris reviews the new Fight Club Blu-ray DVD set, you'll see that he graciously decided to wear the shirt on live TV!

Much love, Chris. That's an awesome site to see. Watch the video below the break!  And order yourself one of our snappy Survivor Tshirts here!

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July Workshop Finalists in Chuck's Hands Today!

Photo by Harley SoltesSo you've cruised this site now and again for months or even years.  It's a great resource for all news related to one of your favorite authors.  It's also a great community, bringing together book lovers, subculture supergeeks, and aspiring authors from every English-speaking nook and cranny of the globe.  Maybe you've even jumped into the conversation a little bit, with a free membership granting access to our forums.  You've made some

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Save Mr. V! - Support The Teacher Suspended For Assigning 'Guts' To His Students

Greg Van Voorhis, aka "Mr. V', the teacher suspended for assigning 'Guts' to hi 11th grade students.It's taken us a little while to officially report on this story, and for that we apologize.  It's a big story that a couple of reporters have already tried to call and contact me about.  The site has no comment on this matter at this time except to say that you can show your support for this issue by joining this Group:

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Fight Club Blu-ray 10 Year Anniversary DVD Now Out

Fight Club 10 Year Anniversary Blu-ray DVD

This is a big day for all you Fight Club fans.  The movie is finally available on Blu-ray in a special.... correction.... a "You Are Not Special" edition DVD.

Order it here!

The set includes all the features of the previous version, including:

  • NEW: A Hit In The Ear: Ren Klyce and the Sound Design of Fight Club
    • Welcome To Fight Club
    • Angel Faces Beating
    • The Crash
    • Tyler's Goodbye
  • NEW: Flogging Fight Club
  • NEW: Insomniac Mode: I Am Jack's Search Index, Commentary Log, Topic Search
  • Behind the Scenes Vignettes: Production, Visual Effects, On Location
  • Edward Norton Interview
  • Commentary by David Fincher
  • Commentary by David Fincher, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter
  • Commentary by Chuck Palahniuk and Jim Uhls
  • Commentary by Alex McDowell, Jeff Cronenweth, Michael Kaplan and Kevin Haug
  • Seven Deleted Scenes and Alternate Scenes
  • Trailer Farm – Theatrical Teaser, Theatrical Trailer, The Eight Rules of Fight Club
  • 12 TV Spots
  • Public Service Announcements
  • Music Video
  • Five Internet Spots
  • Promotional Gallery
  • Art Gallery

Most of these above features we've seen already.  So it seems the main reason to get this disk is to have this awesome movie on Blu-ray finally.

Check out the official site for the DVD

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