This Damned Mixmaster Online Book Club Is Now In Session Meeting Has Ended!

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Hey, what's up? You been reading some crazy shit in the first half of this Chuck Palahniuk book, Damned? Yeah. Us too.

Want to talk it out down there in the comments? We feel you.

Head on down there. We can discuss the remote closing of curtains in Dubai, grimy prison cell bars in Hell and what it must be like to open a chapter with "Are you there, Satan?"


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TLS

I regret not joining this book discussion/club/whatsayyou.  I've had the pleasure of meeting CP when I lived in Portland and his book signings are a must, for the people watching alone!

So, you are only 1/2 way through?  Still time to jump in?

Brentney Hamilton
Brentney Hamilton

Please join! We'll talk about the second half, starting with chapter 20, on December 3 and would love your input. 

TLS
TLS

I'm really intelligent.  Are you sure you want my input?  :-)

Just downloaded it so I'll be back on 12/3.  Thanks, Brentney.

Merritt Martin
Merritt Martin

Also, I am both disgusted and intrigued by the concept of controlling houses all over the world without being in them. Is that control-, financial- or wanderlust?

Brentney Hamilton
Brentney Hamilton

In Palahniuk's talk at Arts and Letters Live, he said he intended to draw an "eye-of-God" (or Satan, I guess) parallel to the way we futilely to control our lives here on earth and our conception of an all-knowing spiritual overlord. I think it's like we both want to control every aspect of our lives, but then again also want someone else to be ultimately responsible for it.

Brentney Hamilton
Brentney Hamilton

Did anyone else find the assertion that she died of a marijuana overdose confusing? It's later explained, but it threw me for a loop initially.

Brentney Hamilton
Brentney Hamilton

Exactly. At first I thought he was going for a sort of ironic "after-school special" feel with that, but instead he went a different direction by showing how well Madison fit in in hell, that hell really wasn't all that bad (or at least didn't seem too awful), and how starstruck she found herself with Satan.

Merritt Martin
Merritt Martin

Yeah, I was really confused by that. I couldn't tell if that was real or a cover since she said everyone lies about how they died.

Merritt Martin
Merritt Martin

So far the imagery is blowing my mind. And what's strange is that I'm not even that grossed out by any of it -- just more impressed that it's so clear and effective.

Alice Laussade
Alice Laussade

Palahniuk certainly has a way with describing fucked up shit.

Merritt Martin
Merritt Martin

Right?! I've read a fair number of his books, and I'm always amazed that I'm not more disgusted. Sometimes the fucked up shit is described in beautiful ways.

David Wilson
David Wilson

I didn't read it and I miss you all.

Merritt Martin
Merritt Martin

Appreciate the honesty, but are you going to read it? We value your participation around here.

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