Chuck Palalniuk’s new novel Pygmy is out today. As part of the marketing blitzkrieg, Chuck spoke to the Baltimore Sun‘s “Read Street” blog. He dishes authors–who he likes, who he can’t read. His favorite? You’d never guess…
“I read Erma Bombeck’s humor writing like crazy when I was little, books with titles like The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank, and If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? She’d write about alcoholism and the same really dark topics in suburbia that John Cheever was writing about, but she’d write about it in a really light way. Check out some of her books. You’ll see.”
The full interview is here.–David E
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You know, *I* read a lot of Erma Bombeck when I was young, like in junior high. Even today, seeing a pair of “wedge” shoes reminds me of one of her essays. I also liked Peg Bracken. I guess I was a frustrated homemaker in the making, even then!
Well, if middle school reading is destiny, you’ve got a future writing disturbing, semi-apoclyptic fiction. You’re wasting your time writing that “technical” stuff.
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