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God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

"God Is Not Great:  How Religion Poisons Everything" by Christopher Hitchens
Joshua Chaplinsky
A literary manifesto that will excite and offend all the right people.

God is Dead
- Nietzsche

God’s not dead, (no) he’s alive
- Christian song

Opinions are like assholes. What I want are facts- cold, hard facts. Like Antonius Block in The Seventh Seal, I want knowledge, not belief.

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'Blindness' by Jose Saramago
Joshua Chaplinsky
When style affects our ability to connect

An unnamed motorist is sitting at a stoplight when he is inexplicably struck blind. A good Samaritan offers help and from there it spreads, introducing us to our cast of characters, becoming an epidemic in the process. An ophthalmologist’s wife remains unaffected, but feigns blindness in order to accompany her husband to quarantine. Together they experience the horrors of a world without sight, and we become witness to the best and worst of humanity.

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Chuck's April Feedback Of Workshop Submissions

Chuck Palahniuk reviews the April Writers' Workshop selections.Today we present not five, but six stories selected from our Workshop's April nominations and sent to Chuck.  Yes, Chuck's been gracious enough to up the ante and read our top six stories each month.

What does this mean for you?

Well, it means an even better chance of getting your story selected, read by Chuck, reviewed in a careful way that will shed insight and enhance your skills at self-editing, and ultimately, the opportunity to have a story of your own featured in our upcoming Anthology.

So, don't miss out.

Join The Workshop!

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Operation Havoc: Photo Challenge King Crowned

Winning photo in the Operation Havoc picture contest!Looks like the good people behind Operation Havoc have awarded a winner of thei photo contest.  Chuck himself selected his favorite pic.  See below for an update from their newsletter.

A message to all members of Operation Havoc:

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Enter our sweepstakes for a chance to win a Sony Reader!

Well, there's a catch.  But fortunately for you, it's a GREAT catch.  Because you'll be getting all of Chuck's books loaded onto a brand new Sony Digital Reader!

All you have to do for a chance to win is click here and enter your information.

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'Mother Howl', New Short Story By Craig Clevenger!

Read Craig Clevenger's new short story "mother howl"!We have some great news to share with you today!  Badass author and fan favorite, Craig Clevenger, has relented (after much wheedling on my part,) to share two exclusive short stories!  The first one is called mother howl and can be read in our Author Shorts s

Posted by Dennis

Fight Club Movie Tribute On

Our friends over at have recently posted the latest episode of their JoBlo Movie Show into an homage to the 10-year anniversary of Fight Club.  According to their founder, Berge Garabedian aka JoBlo, it was made by fans, FOR fans.  Enjoy!

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Chuck's March Feedback Of Workshop Submissions

Chuck Palahniuk reads and reviews your original stories! (photo by John Gress)

Today we unveil the next five stories that were selected from our Workshop in March and sent to Chuck.  Wait... sent to Chuck?  You mean best selling author Chuck Palahniuk actually reads original stories by his fans?  Why, yes!  Where the hell have you been?  Okay, maybe you need a recap.

For 2009, Chuck Palahniuk has decided he wants to take our Writers' Workshop up a notch. In previous years, Chuck provided monthly craft essays to help writers improve their work with trusted methods and tools he applied to his own writing.  This year, Chuck wants us to select five stories every month and email them to him.  He will then read and critique the stories, providing feedback on what works and what doesn't work.  Then, at the end of the year, Chuck will be selecting the best stories from the year and will work to have them published in an anthology that he's paying for.  He's even going to write the foreword for it! 

Due to this announcement in January, activity on our Writers' Workshop has blown up.  We now receive over 100 stories a month from talented up and coming writers.  Everything from shorts, to novel excerpts to even poetry and screenplays.  (*Note:  Chuck only accepts fiction for the Anthology).

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Pygmy Debuts At #3 On The NY Times Best Seller List!

Chuck Palahniuk's "Pygmy" debuts at #3 on the NY Times Best Seller List!

Wow.  Chuck has hit a homerun with his latest novel "Pygmy".   It just debuted at #3 on The New York Times Best Seller List.  I think this might be an all-time high for a Palahniuk release.   (someone correct me if I'm wrong).