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Mike Birbiglia

The Strange Observer
Becky Fritter
Mike Birbiglia Interview on

By nature of the beast and by his own admissions, Mike Birbiglia does not fill the mold of stereotypical class clown. Far from a gregarious powerhouse of wild humor, the manner in which the slightly reserved comic delivers a line is less focused on drawing a short unison laugh from the crowd; rather, he weaves the line into a string of strange and dreamy observations about the world that leave his audience not only rolling on the floor but highly engaged.

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The Cult 2009 Launches!!!

Chuck 2009 Launches!

Okay, I think my staff and I all have "eyes-bugging-out-of-our-skulls" syndrome. It's a rare condition. It afflicts those who have been working around the clock to launch a massive new version of an expansive author website.

I won't spend too long on a history lesson because you're all probably itching to explore the new site. What I will do though, is thank you all for your patience. Believe it or not, this site really is over a year in the making. Many of the features and options you are now being presented with, we fought tooth and nail to get into our 2008 version. But a series of bad circumstances just led us to a wall. And rather then get to build upon that version of the site, it soon became all about weathering the storm and steering you all to safety.

Today, that storm has cleared. So without further ado, here are your new features:

New Writer's Workshop

  • Submit, read and review stories with greater ease
  • Earn points for helpful reviews and comments
  • Qualify to have your work read and reviewed by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Qualify for the potential to be included in an Anthology Chuck will be publishing of the best stories in 2010
  • New Writer's Desk lets you monitor new activity in the Workshop

New Forums

  • We have a new version of the Drupal forum with a cleaner, fresher look and layout
  • Mark All Forums Read actually works now
  • There is now a 'Jump to Button,' at the top of all threads
  • When there is a new Reply, if you click it from the forum listing, it will take you right to that post in the thread
  • In Topic View, you can now see a "pager" navigation for threads that are more than 1 page.  Example:  Page 1, 2, 3...
  • In the main Forum index, "Last Post by [username]" is now a link that jumps right to it
  • It no longer shows you the first post of a thread when you go to Page 2, Page 3, etc.
  • There are now more navigation options on the bottom of long threads
  • Not to mention, a new Community Dashboard, which serves as a hub for all forum and community activity

Additional Features

  • Awesome new user profiles with dynamic layout
  • New convenient User Box with avatar view
  • New sidebar activity boxes
  • Out with the old search, in with a new custom Google search engine
  • Updated Blog layout and Group features
  • Our Book Recommendations page returns
  • New sub-forums for Pygmy and Movies In Development
  • All new Book and Movie pages
  • A new Haunted movie page

Okay, digest that all in while you explore the site. 2009 is going to kick ass!

Join The Cult Today!

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Chuck's Plans For The 2009 Workshop

Chuck Palahniuk wants to publish your writing in 2009!

Greetings, all!  2009 is officially underway, so I wanted to take a little more time to hone down and elaborate on Chuck's wonderful post from January 2nd.  There's a lot to digest there, and while Chuck got to the meat and potatoes of it, he didn't quite explain all the other amazing things that were featured on the dish.

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Welcome To 2009

A 2009 Welcome message from Chuck Palahniuk.

Last night our writers group met at Suzy’s house, and we took turns announcing what we’d accomplish with our writing in the coming year. After a decade of this ritual it’s too easy to simply resolve to complete a current project, then begin and complete another. Something feels a bit automatic, and that robs the process of any value.

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Choke On DVD! Details Here

Choke on DVD!  February 17th, 2009!Our friends over at just posted a helluva story.  CHOKE is coming to DVD on February 17th, 2009, and here are all the details:

  • Featurettes:
  • My Name is Victor and I’m a Sex Addict
  • A Mother’s Love, From the Los Angeles Film Festival
  • Fox Movie Channel Presents: Casting Session
  • Audio commentary with Writer/Director/Actor Clark Gregg and Actor Sam Rockwell
  • 5 deleted scenes with optional audio commentary with Clark Gregg and Sam Rockwell
  • A conversation with Clark Gregg and Chuck Palahniuk
  • Gag reel.

Big props to Mike Klimek for the heads up on this.

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Chuck Palahniuk Tshirts & DVD - Holiday Sale!

If any of you are looking for a great gift for a friend or loved one this holiday season, we have it.  Tshirts and DVDs are now on sale!.  

First, we have our 'Choke' and 'Survivor' Tshirts, which (along with the rest of our inventory) are all marked down to $16 each.  We also now offer Air Mail shipping, which is not as fast, but cheap.  For those of you that want to guarantee shipment before Christmas, select Priority.

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Chuck Palahniuk's December Essay, "A Story from Scratch, Act Three"

/workshop/chucks-essays-2008-36Welcome to December. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.  I personally drank too much the night before, and was so hung-over, I couldn't taste anything the next day.  So alas, all that great taste was robbed from me.. Today, we continue with, what is easily, one of the best features from Chuck we have ever included on this site.

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Thomas Jane & Tim Bradstreet

Double Feature
Joshua Jabcuga
Thomas Jane & Tim Bradstreet Interview on

Thomas Jane is an actor who has taken on some iconic roles. He played the lead in THE PUNISHER. Mickey Mantle in 61*. And he's also starred in two films based on the work of Stephen King, most recently THE MIST. He's currently in post-production on his directorial debut, THE DARK COUNTRY. Thomas Jane is also no stranger to the comic book medium or its fans, thanks in large part to his work with fan favorite artist Timothy Bradstreet.

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Chuck Palahniuk Crafts Swap Site

Chuck Palahniuk Handmade Crafts

This is a piece of news that can only exist with the awesome fans of Chuck Palahniuk. It seems someone has gone and set up a site where Chuck fans can take pictures of and swap their handmade Palahniuk items. Similar to how Chuck himself hand-makes a lot of items he sends out in his fan mail packages, idea organizer, Anna Knight, has seized inspiration from that and given it a home. From Anna:

I recently organized a Chuck Palahniuk Swap on a craft website,, and I thought I'd send a link to the gallery of it. The guidelines were that everyone sent 4 handmade items and some gag gifts like Chuck sends to his fans.

The gallery is here:
(You can click the little green tab towards the top that says 'show images only' to view the pics easier)

The original thread: