July 28, 2008 · 8:00 PM
July's book will be a surprise to few regular genteXt folks--
Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey by Chuck Palanuik. Buster "Rant" Casey is a serial killer, and an efficient one at that. After his spectacular death, friends gather to record their memories of Casey and his violent life.
Rant is typical Palanuik (if "typical" can ever be used to describe him), full of violence, humor, and raw, sharp writing. ?Truly unique. He writes at the edge of crazy, and you can feel his desperate urge to get at the truth of things.? ?The Seattle Times ?Twisted? Come on, it's Palahniuk. Impossible to put down? Same answer.? ?Men's Journal ?It's a rare novel that's as funny and as brain-bending as this one. Buckle up.? ?The Philadelphia Inquirer ?One of the most feverish imaginations in American letters. . . . More than your weekly prescribed dose of humor and humanity, cleverness and outrage.? ?The Washington Post ?Brilliant. . . extremely fun. . . . With his love of contemporary fairytales that are gritty and dirty rather than pretty, Palahniuk is the likeliest inheritor of Vonnegut's place in American writing.? ?San Francisco Chronicle ?Mr. Palahniuk doesn't write for tourists. He writes for hard-core devotees drawn to the wild, angry imagination on display and the taboo-busting humor.? ?The New York Times Questions? Please email me at [masked]. Thanks, Jennifer