Next week is AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs). AWP has been described as the Comic-Con of writers conventions. It moves cities every year and this year, it's in Seattle, WA. While it's not open to the public, tickets/badges are available if one wants to register and attend.
Valentine's Day might be over, but it's never too late to be serenaded. Especially if it's by Brad Pitt and Edward Norton doing the Penis Song from the set of Fight Club.
Props to Bobby Kunz on Twitter for digging this up from our very own site. Lotta treasures hiding in the trove.
When historians look back on our generation's most prolific writers of fiction, names like Stephen King, Elmore Leonard, and Kurt Vonnegut will be at the top. But another name for that list is our own Chuck Palahniuk. Where I believe Chuck has those other names beat, is in the many different formats of writing he dips his toes into. Besides novels, Chuck has also dabbled in journalism, tour guides, and short stories. Though where he reigns supreme is in the craft essay.
While Chuck's next novel Beautiful You won't be released until October of this year, a couple months earlier another project he's been heavily involved with-- a passion project, if you were-- will become available. Burnt Tongues: Stories is an anthology of transgressive fiction written by... well... you. The fans. Constructed over many years, these stories were a part of Chuck's online writers workshop. While the workshop shut its doors a few years back, for a long time it thrived on this website, with Chuck reading and critiquing the best works each month.
In his recent interview with VICE Magazine, Chuck talked about where the inspiration for his upcoming novel Beautiful You came from:
In a recent email exchange, Chuck casually dropped me this update about the upcoming Fight Club graphic novel sequel:
This is one of those things where I wonder why it took someone so long to do it. And now that I see it, it's pretty awesome. This video was edited by Richard Trammell who initially posted it on Reddit. Commentors there are now begging Richard to re-edit the entire film like this. There's even been passionate suggestions to start a Kickstarter to fund the effort.
Peter Rugh from VICE meets up with Chuck Palahniuk to sit down for a great interview, discussing how the town has changed since the release of Fugitives & Refugees.
Update: You can now read Chuck Palahniuk's introduction to Burnt Tongues.