You know the drill, folks. Every month a new book is selected and a new moderator steps up to lead the discussion. This month, we will be reading and discussing Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis.
From the back cover:
Bret Easton Ellis’s debut, Less Than Zero, is one of the signal novels of the last thirty years, and he now follows those infamous teenagers into an even more desperate middle age.
Courtesy of Random House, comes the official synopsis of Chuck Palahniuk's upcoming novel Damned. What little we know about the book previously, told us that a young girl dies and goes to hell, and that Chuck was very influenced by the Young Adult novels of Judy Blume, while writing it. Now, we have this official synopsis that was recently posted at RandomHouse.com:
Great news today for all you e-readers. After years of being absent from the iBookStore, Random House has finally released their catalog. Yes, this means you can now find almost all of Chuck's books available on your iPad, iPhone or whatever Apple device you use to read books electronically. The only two books still not available are Survivor and Invisible Monsters, since these are both WW Norton titles. *Though both of these books are available as separate audiobook apps from Blackstone Audio.
The original blogger said it perfectly: "Man, I wish my high school had been this cool." Really though, I grew up in an era where the most subversive book taught in school was The Catcher in the Rye. Now don't get me wrong, I love that book. But nowadays, we get at least an email a month from a college professor, high school teacher or student who informs us that Fight Club has joined their curriculum.
This school seems to have taken that to the next level. Check out those hallway quote from Tyler Durden!
What's the difference between an autobiography and a memoir? Setting aside textbook definitions, some would argue that an autobiography is a document of an interesting life led, whereas a memoir attempts to make a life more interesting. Jeff Klima, author of The Dead Janitors Club, itself a memoir, recently wrote a scathingly funny article for the Huffington Post wherein he compared memoirists to reality TV stars. He labels both as bottom feeders, career opportunists whose successive output offers only diminishing returns (IE: they suck.)
Here's a cool little gem from our Twitter feed via 'ThatDrunkViking.' It's a helpful Tyler Durden, giving sage advice on dating and relationships.
Some of my favorites:
CALL SEX LINE. ASK THE GIRL HOW HER DAY WAS, DON'T HANG UP.
HIT ON MARRIED WOMEN IN FRONT OF THEIR HUSBANDS. YOUR BRUISES REKINDLED A DEAD ROMANCE.
START A FIGHT WITH LONELIEST GUY IN BAR. INTENTIONALLY LOSE SO HE GETS LAID.
I have to admit it wasn’t easy. Pitching an interview of an as yet unknown author, in fact an author who wasn’t even technically published two weeks ago when I interviewed him, is a challenge. But the book, oh the book... THE EVOLUTION OF BRUNO LITTLEMORE came to me via such high recommendations (Dave Cullen, author of COLUMBINE under Twelve, and Cary Goldstein, now the EIC of Twelve), well, you read the book.
Today is Chuck's birthday. Not going to tell you how old he is, but if you do some research on this site, you can find the year he was born and then do some simple math.
Now, let's hear some well wishes, folks! This man's earned it!