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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This isn?t really death,? Tyler says. ?We?ll be legend. We won?t grow old.? I tongue the barrel into my cheek and say, Tyler, you?re thinking of vampires.

To some of us, the nights are too long. To some, the days.

We all die. The goal isn?t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.

We love drama. We love conflict. We need a devil or we'll create one.

We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives.

What we call chaos is just patterns we haven?t recognized. What we call random is just patterns we can't decipher.

When did the future switch from being a promise to a threat?

Where we're standing right now, in the ruins in the dark, what we build could be anything.

The idea that I can't share my problems with other people makes me not give a shit about their problems.

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.

Where would Jesus be if no one had written the gospels?

The joke is, we all have the same punchline.

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

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