Archive for January, 2009

New Palahniuk Book Due Out In May

Posted in Read This on January 9, 2009 by dvcmann

This place is starting to look like a Palahniuk fanboy site.

Amazon has the pre-order up already.



Half-assed Chicken Marsala

Posted in Uncategorized on January 9, 2009 by dvcmann

4-6 chicken breasts

1/4 C flower

1 beaten egg

3 stalks celery chopped

a bunch of chopped mushrooms

handful of chopped nuts, pecans, walnuts etc

1/4 – 1/2 c chicken or beef broth

1/4 – 1/2 c marsala or red wine

You smash the chicken like no one’s looking.  Saute the celery, ‘shrooms and nuts in a couple of Tbls of olive oil until tender.  You decide at the last minute to add some fresh minced garlic and set things aside just like when you procrastinate.

Get the chicken messy in the egg and flower, mixing in some pepper and garlic.  You brown that dirty bird in some buttah until it smells real good.

Throw the colorful stuff back into the mix and pour in the broth.  That wine wants in there too.  Reduce it down – you be the dom, it be the sub.  Make it beg.

When are you going to salt and pepper to taste?  When you get around to getting your act together.  That’s when.

Shred some carrot on top too.  Make it look pretty.  Pretty stuff is entirely more fun to eat.  You’ve always thought so.

Diary by Charles Palahniuk

Posted in Read This on January 9, 2009 by dvcmann

palahniuk_diary-cover“…an artists job is to make order out of chaos.  You collect details, look for a pattern, and organize.  You make sense out of senseless facts.  You puzzle together bits of everything.  You shuffle and reorganize.  Collage.  Montage.  Assemble.”

“…an artist’s job is to pay attention, collect, organize, archive, preserve, then write a report.  Document.  Make your presentation.  The job of an artist is just not to forget.”  ~ Diary, CP

Part Johnathan Livingston Seagul, part The Shining, Diary is set in the blue-blood confines of an island community similar to Nantucket or Martha’s Vinyard. Diary explores the origins of creativity and the nature of genius.  Is art merely a self portrait of the artist?  Is art a mirror that shows us only ourselves as we filter everything through our experience and perception?

William Blake’s famous quote  “If the doors of perception were cleansed man would see things as they truly are – infinite.” definitely applies in Chuckie’s World.  He asks us what else might be going on if  that muck that is our beliefs, prejudices, superstitions and hang-ups were to be wiped away.  Even if it were all suddenly stripped from us, what would we be willing to believe?  Randian objectivism being put through the wringer.

Meanwhile C reminds us that “what you don’t understand you can make mean anything.” and of the propensity for self delusion and denial.  What are you willing to see, even when the ghastliness of it is too much?  In this case, the main character’s love for her own child is diabolically used to obfuscate; a human shield used as a perception filter to hide the horror of her predicament.

Yungian archetypes are touched on and Palahniuk examines the generational disconnect seen in many of his works.  Much of it will be familiar to anyone having read any two of his books.  He tinges things with the supernatural as he did in Rant with the seemingly mystical ability to reincarnate and and retain knowledge.  He builds tension with a race for one woman to discover the truth in time…

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See also:  camera obscura, Plato’s Cave, epistemology, Carl Yungs shadow work