Chuck Palahniuk, fully Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk

Palahniuk, fully Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk

American Novelist and Freelance Journalist with movies including Fight Club, Choke, Snuff, Romance

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The muffled thunder of dialogue comes through the walls, then a chorus of laughter. Then more thunder. Most of the laugh tracks on television were recorded in the early 1950s. These days, most of the people you hear laughing are dead.

The photographer in my head says: Give me peace. Flash. Give me release. Flash.

The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close-up. The shortcut to closing a door is to bury yourself in the details. This is how we must look to God. As if everything's fine.

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

There's a terrible dark joy when the only person who knows all your secrets is finally dead.

Think of a rock polisher, one of those drums, goes round and round, rolls twenty-four/seven, full of water and rocks and gravel. Grinding it all up. Round and round. Polishing those ugly rocks into gemstones. That?s the earth. Why it goes around. We?re the rocks. And what happens to us?the drama and pain and joy and war and sickness and victory and abuse?why, that?s just the water and sand to erode us. Grind us down. To polish us up, nice and bright.

This isn't about guilt or innocence, he says. The dinosaurs weren't morally good or bad, but they're all dead.

Today is the sort of day where the sun only comes up to humiliate you.

We all have some proper noun to blame.

We opened our hearts. Hear me, heal me, save me, believe me.

We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off.

What we don't understand we can make mean anything.

When I first started writing, there was no way I'd write a sex scene. That just seemed impossible. That's why in "Fight Club" all the sex happens off-screen. It's all just a noise on the other side of the wall or the ceiling. I just couldn't bring to write in a scene like that. So one of the challenges with "Choke" was I wanted to write sex scenes until I was really comfortable just writing them in a very mechanical way.

The joke is, we all have the same punchline.

The murderer, the victim, the witness, each of us thinks our role is the lead.

The police are asking through the bedroom door, why did I make a batch of strawberry daiquiris before I called them? Because we were out of raspberries. Because, can't they see, it just does not matter. Time was not of the essence.

The truth is . . . you think what people want you to think.

The world will always punish the few people with special talents the rest of us don?t recognize as real.

There's always the chance you could die right in the middle of your life story.

Think of spoiled cat food and ulcerated cankers and expired donor organs. That's how beautiful she looks.

This isn't about love as in caring. This is about property as in ownership.

Torture is torture and humiliation is humiliation only when you choose to suffer.

We all have this moment, when your folks first see you as someone not growing up to be them.

We should forgive God? for making us short. Fat. Poor. We should forgive God for our baldness. Our cystic fibrosis. Our juvenile leukemia.We should forgive God's indifference, His leaving us behind:Us, God's forgotten Science Fair project, left to grow mold. God's goldfish, ignored until we're forced to eat our own shit off the bottom.

We've been speaking English as a second language so long that we've forgotten it as our first.

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American Novelist and Freelance Journalist with movies including Fight Club, Choke, Snuff, Romance