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Posts Tagged ‘Chuck Palahniuk’

Veteran Media Exec Deanna Brown Joins Digital Publisher Byliner

The stated mission of San Francisco subscription service byliner.com is as clear and direct as a literary opening sentence like “Call me Ishmael” or “Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins:”

We publish award-winning original non-fiction and fiction, written to be read in two hours or less.

Now heading up those efforts as president is Deanna Brown, the former CEO of Federated Media Publishing. Before that, she was president of Scripps Networks Interactive and a VP-GM level influencer for both Yahoo and AOL. Early on in her illustrious career, Brown also founded Conde Nast’s digital division CondeNet.

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Cacophony Society Film Screening a Dead Zone for Alternative Press

You may have never heard of the Cacophony Society, but chances are you’ve heard of events created by the group or its members, such as SantaCon, Burning Man, and the Urban Idiotarod. Chuck Palahniuk was a member, and the group’s antics provided the inspiration for Project Mayhem in his book Fight Club. The society, which was founded in California in the mid 1980s, had a profound cultural impact that went far beyond the local art scene – they still hold SantaCon every year in Tokyo, fer crissakes.

So when this fishie headed down to Santa Ana this past Saturday for the screening of Jon Alloway‘s new documentary film, Into The Zone: The Story of the Cacophony Society, and corresponding art exhibit, we expected to see the plenty of press covering the event. But no.

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Radar Ed. Glad People Pick Choke-ing Over Obama

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Actor Sam Rockwell takes a question at the talk following Radar‘s screening of Choke last night.

The adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk‘s novel, Choke, premiered last night in New York’s West Village at a screening hosted by Radar and followed by a Q & A with Clark Gregg, writer and director of Choke, the film’s star Sam Rockwell and Palahniuk, who fielded questions on how faithful the film was to the book.

The talk was led by Radar executive editor Aaron Gell, who expressed gratitude that people showed up, presumably in light of the Barack Obama acceptance orgy occurring at the same time. “I was kinda amazed that this many people stayed for the question and answer session,” he said. “Usually, on a night like this, a big television night, people leave as the credits roll.”

But how did controversial author Palahniuk feel about the whole affair?

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Chuck Palahniuk Reads Latest Work, No One Faints

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Urban lit legend, perhaps. But the last time the Strand Bookstore hosted a free Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club) reading — during the “Roses and Shit Tour 2006″ promoting his novel Haunted — 800 fans showed up to hear the cult author read one of the novel’s most graphic stories, “Guts,” which to this day, has caused 73 people to faint. So Saturday’s reading — at $35, the first-ever ticketed Strand reading — was equally historic.

Over two hours, Palahniuk, dressed in a standard starch white button-up tucked into black dress pants and bright yellow tennis shoes, completely and refreshingly uninhibited, doled out gifts of chattering monkeys and life-size rubber snakes, answered audience questions, told stories and read from Snuff, his next novel, encouraging the audience to laugh even when it seemed inappropriate.

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