Author, Author -- Chuck Palahniuk
So you think you can guess Chuck Palahniuk's favorite books? Guess again.
The author of the blockbuster hit, Fight Club, Chuck has written nine other novels in the genre of "transgressive fiction," a literary movement dealing with taboo topics and featuring characters who live outside society's norms.
Chuck is coming to the Enoch Pratt Central Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to promote his newest tome, Pygmy, and took a few moments to describe some of the titles that can be found on his nightstand. (For more on Palhaniuk, check out this story.)
Favorite childhood author -- I read Erma Bombeck's humor writing like crazy when I was little, books with titles like The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank, and If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? She'd write about alcoholism and the same really dark topics in suburbia that John Cheever was writing about, but she'd write about it in a really light way. Check out some of her books. You'll see.
How he became an avid reader as an adult -- I moved to Detroit in the early 1990s, and all my friends were buying houses. So, I purchased a little 500 square-foot house, but I didn't find out until after I moved in that I couldn't get radio reception or TV reception. Books were about the only things left to me, so I'd go to the library and check out stacks and stacks.
Guilty pleasure author -- I tend to re-read books again and again. One of my favorites is the little novella collection by Truman Capote that contains Breakfast at Tiffany's. When you're young, most people like reading books that made them feel special and unique. Now that I'm older, I like books that remind me that I'm part of a larger pattern, and that mistakes I've made have been made by other people in the past.
Famous author he can't bring himself to read -- Michael Ondaatje. I'm sorry, I know he has some beautiful images, but I just couldn't get through The English Patient.