The first collection of non-fiction by the bestselling author of Fight Club and Diary.
Chuck Palahniuk's world has been, well, different from yours and mine.
The pieces that comprise Non-Fiction prove just how different, in ways both highly entertaining and deeply unsettling. Encounters with alternative culture heroes Marilyn Manson and Juliette Lewis; the peculiar wages of fame attendant on the big budget film production of the movie Fight Club; life as an assembly-line drive train installer by day, hospice volunteer driver by night; the really peculiar lives of submariners; the really violent world of college wrestlers; the underground world of anabolic steroid gobblers; the harrowing circumstances of his father's murder and the trial of his killer - each essay or vignette offers a unique facet of existence as lived in and/or observed by one of America's most flagrantly daring and original literary talents.
“All are spicy, clever dispatches from the frontier between macho and camp”
Freddy Hamilton, Telegraph
“Casts a gleefully amoral eye at the world around him... You couldn't, as the man says, make it up”
Sean O'Hagan, Observer
“Comically rueful and tragically bloodshot”
“An immensely skilful writer. He has a sober, searching intelligence and he examines Hollywood and the prairie states with an unflinching candour and a rare strain of melancholy”
“Like a noxious Douglas Coupland, Palahniuk charts new-felt and totally contemporary categories of despair”
Ali Smith, Guardian