Books: A Few Words to Die By

In Lullaby, Chuck Palahniuk's Latest Novel, An Angry Man Discovers A Killer Rhyme--And Uses It

It's been six years since Fight Club, his first novel, made him a cult figure. It's been one year since Choke made him a best seller. But Chuck Palahniuk is still inconsolable. The sheer, emasculating plenty of bourgeois life, all that stuff you can buy--it still sends him into an angry funk. In his new book he is also consumed by a world burdened with radio personalities, invasive kudzu, tormented anchovies and boring, phony jobs. There are writers who have a signature mood. What Palahniuk has is a signature posture: recoil.

When you are a writer with that many axes to...

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