Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk

Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk (born February 21, 1962) is an American novelist and freelance journalist, who describes his work as "transgressional" fiction. He is the author of the award-winning novel Fight Club, which also was made into an acclaimed film of the same name.

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The world of American politics is more contentious than it has ever been in my lifetime.

I try to forget about the expectation that's out there and the audience listening for the next thing, so that I'm not trying to please them. I've spent a huge amount of time not communicating with those folks and denying that they exist.

Everyone smiles with that invisible gun to their head.

If you don't know what you want you end up with a lot you don't.

The only difference between suicide and martyrdom is press coverage.

We kind of deny the stages of life.

You realize you have no control over how you're perceived.

Find out what you're afraid of and go live there.

If I can't be beautiful I want to be invisible.

Our Generation has had no Great war no Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives.

Do you remember when you were 10 or 11 years old and you really thought your folks were the best? They were completely omniscient and you took their word for everything. And then you got older and you went through this hideous age when suddenly they were the devil they were bullies and they didn't know anything.

As we grow older I always think why didn't I do more when I was young why didn't I risk more?

Personal identity seems like it's just such an American archetype from Holly Golightly re-inventing herself in 'Breakfast At Tiffany's' to Jay Gatsby in 'The Great Gatsby.' It seems like the sort of archetypal American issue. If you're given the freedom to be anything or be anyone what do you do with it?

If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character would you slow down? Or speed up?

You must realize that one day you will die. Until then you are worthless.

Give me rampant intellectualism as a coping mechanism.

Maybe humans are just the pet alligators that God flushed down the toilet.

Maybe it's our sins that give God consolation when he finally has to give us cancer.

If you take my stuff apart you'll find my choruses of repetitions are picked up almost verbatim from Kurt Vonnegut and my distanced fracture quality is all from Amy Hempel who's probably my favourite writer.

I wanted to write about the moment when your addictions no longer hide the truth from you. When your whole life breaks down. That's the moment when you have to somehow choose what your life is going to be about.

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