Archive for June, 2006

Diary

June 30, 2006

 

Listen to Chuck’s audio blog from the 2003 Diary book tour

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Ann Coulter

June 26, 2006

Ann Coulter

What a freak. ‘Nuff said.


Watch Matt Lauer interview Ann Coulter


A letter from Henry Rollins

Haunted

June 26, 2006
 
Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
 
Author:  Chuck Palahniuk
Genre:  Fiction
 
I started reading Haunted the morning after Kevin’s party at Kate O’Brien’s. I was on my way to work hung over on a crowded N-Judah heading into downtown San Francisco. The first chapter vaguely sets the stage for the overall framework of the book, and then seques into a short story told by a character nicknamed Saint Gut-Free titled Guts. The more I read, the more my head and heart started to pound, harder and faster. The streetcar was delayed underground at Civic Center station. I had three more stops to go. My options were to either keep reading and risk passing out in the lap of the stranger next to me, or put the book down. I kept reading. And so did the stranger sitting next to me. Turns out she was reading over my shoulder the entire time.The first chapter in this book LET ME HAVE IT. I’ve never read anything more graphic and disgusting in my life. It was awesome! How did I like the rest of the book? It was hot and cold, but overall I was into it.

From Wikipedia

The book is best known for the short story Guts, which had been published previous to the book in the March 2004 issue of Playboy magazine as well as on Palahniuk’s website (Palahniuk offered to let them publish another story along with it, but the publishers found the second work too disturbing). It is a tale of violent accidents involving masturbation.

While on his 2003 tour to promote his novel Diary, Palahniuk read “Guts” to his audiences. It was reported that over 35 people fainted while listening to the readings. On his tour to promote Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories in the summer of 2004, he read the story to audiences again, bringing the total amount of fainters up to 53, and later up to 60, while on tour to promote the softcover edition of Diary. The last fainting occurred on September 25, 2004, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Palahniuk is apparently not bothered by these incidents, which have not stopped fans from reading “Guts” or his other works.In a September 2004 reading of “Guts” at Cooper Union in New York City, no listener admitted to fainting. When Palahniuk showed surprise, many members of the audience replied, “This is New York!” in a nod to the alleged inability to shock the city’s denizens.

Read Guts on ChuckPalahniuk.net

Warning—this story is EXTREMELY graphic!

fAT gIRLS

June 24, 2006

Fat Girls Frameline Film Festival

Genre:  Indie / Comedy
Witten and Directed by: 
Ash Christian
Starring:  Ash Christian, Ashley Fink, Jonathan Caouette

From www.fATgirlsmovie.com  

fAT gIRLS is an original off-beat comedy feature. It focuses on Rodney Miller, not your typical Texas high school student…he is a theater lover and his ultimate dream is to be on Broadway. Awkward and shy, he doesn’t have many people to talk to in his small Texas town that understand him. He ends up finding what he was looking for in his theater teacher, Mr. Cox.


Watch the trailer and an Ash Christian interview

Giants vs. A’s

June 23, 2006

Giants - Jason Schmidt and Steve Finley 

As Jason Schmidt and the San Francisco Giants took on Joe Blanton and the boys from across the bay, I took on Melissa for bragging rights to something, though I’m not sure to what exactly. No one takes baseball more seriously than Melissa. This girl is a die-hard A’s fanatic who swishes she was Mrs. Nick Swisher. Melissa showed up at AT&T Park early so she could watch A’s batting practice. I got to the ballpark late and spilled one of my beers looking for my seat. It was the bottom of the 2nd inning when I finally found Melissa. We had awesome seats in section 122 right between 3rd and home.

The theme that night was 80’s Night, and both teams were sporting vintage uniforms. Giants wore bright orange pullovers while the A’s wore bright green. Both teams wore stirrup socks. I don’t own any Giants gear, but I did wear my |||| Black Flag sweatshirt and faded orange Adidas ball cap. For a hot chick, Melissa geeked out big time in her A’s gear—green and white jersey shirt, green hooded sweatshirt and fat yellow hoop earrings. She also alternated between a green A’s ball cap and light green A’s knit skull cap with pins of her future ex-husbands, one in the front and one in the back. All this and more was snuggled under a fluffy A’s blanket. No girl rocks it like Melissa.

It was a great game that came down to the last inning…

Melissa, you’re baseball freak, care to comment on the actual game?

Bad Girls Behind Bars

June 22, 2006

    Frameline Film Festival

Film title:    Women in Cages          Film title:    Girls in Prison
Genre:      Action / Drama               Genre:      Action / Drama
Director:     Gerardo de Leon             Director:    John McNaughton
Starring:    Pam Grier                      Starring:    Ione Sky, Anne Heche

[Background]
No one was interested in seeing girl-on-girl cell-block action with me… except for Mindy. To prepare ourselves for this special screening of Bad Girls Behind Bars, we sat outside drinking wine and smoking cigarettes at Chaya along the Embarcadero with some friends from work. I knew after a few drinks we’d be able to recruit at least one more. Julie was already liquored up on expensive Chardonnay, so she was an easy target. The three of us headed to the Victoria movie theater on 16th and Mission for a screening of remixed scenes from four different films:

  • Ladies They Talk About (1933)
  • Girls in Prison (1956)
  • Women in Cages (1971)
  • Girls in Prison (1994)

[Movie Review]
The small revival house was crowded. It was packed with gals and dolls… and me. The film festival announcer got up on stage and said—Welcome, Ladies. Then with a pregnant pause, she scanned the room, made eye contact with me, and politely continued—and Gent. I was raised with manners, so I responded out loud—Thank you. And immediately the mulleted woman sitting to my right elbowed me in the ribs and whispered over—I thought she was talking about ME. And then the theater went dark.

When I woke up, the crowd was booing and hissing violently at the woman on screen with the short blond hair. It was Anne Heche in Girls in Prison. Later, this same crowd was up on their feet screaming and cheering as the camera zoomed in on a gang of prison bitches beating the crap out of a helpless woman. Again, it was Anne Heche.

Cut to a scene from Women in Cages which looked like it was filmed in dark caves under a fiery volcano. Shackled together are background actors, all of them dark exotic Asian women, some young, many old. At the end of the chain gang are three skinny freckled white chicks and a Latina with one boob hanging out of her drab prison mini-dress. Bringing up the rear you see the afro’d silhouette of the prison matron they call Alabama. With her uniform clinging tight to her fierce body, Alabama cracks a whip with one hand and fingers a cigarette with the other. When her face is finally revealed, the silence is broken with a loud drawn-out—Ahhhh SHIT! from the back row of the movie theater, followed up with a—You go, FOXY!  After I told Mindy to shut up, I realized it was sexy and sassy Pam Grier serving bad-ass like I’ve never seen. This film was released in 1971, and back then I bet it was controversial. It featured full-frontal girl-on-girls soft-core sex that climaxed with screaming women strapped into torture devices that lowered them over violent flames. Wow.

Women in Cages


Watch the trailer

Birkenstocks

June 19, 2006
 
Birkenstocks
 
eBay Store:  Midwest Sports Tennis and Sandals
Featuring:
 Birkenstocks
 

Birkenstock makes the grooviest, most comfortable sandals that retail anywhere from $95 – $125 a pair. I just purchased brand new sandals for only $41. Visit the Midwest Sports Tennis and Sandals eBay store, bypass the auctions and page through to the end of the listings where you can Buy It Now for less than $45 a pair. The price includes free UPS shipping.

My package arrived three days later. Extra kudos to this eBay retailer for super-quick FREE shipping.

 

Invisible Monsters

June 14, 2006

Invisible Monsters

Author:  Chuck Palahniuk
Genre:  Fiction

From ChuckPalahniuk.net:

Chuck’s third novel, and a favorite among many of his diehard fans, is Invisible Monsters, the story of Shannon, a disfigured ex-fashion model traveling in a car with Brandy Alexander, a transgendered exhibitionist one surgery away from becoming a “real” woman. Despite this unorthodox storyline, Invisible Monsters very quickly entered some sort of production phase in 2001 when it was optioned by young filmmaker Jesse Peyronel. Turning over a scripted draft that both Chuck and his agent, Edward Hibbert, were very pleased with, Jesse very quickly got to work trying to find funding for the film via Miramax Films. Parker Posey was tentatively on board to play Shannon, and things were moving. Then the inevitable drop in news happened. In 2002, Jesse resurfaced on our radar again and re-optioned the script to give funding another go. But again, nothing seemed to come of it and the closest story we had to go off for any production future for Invisible Monsters was a UK based company that was interested in doing a live animated featured of the film.Most recently, the word around the campfire is that the film is on the move again with rising star Jessica Biel being touted for the female lead, and such names as Val Kilmer and Billy Crudup being mentioned for male leading and supporting roles. No confirmation if the person behind this latest effort on Invisible Monsters is indeed, still Jesse Peyronel.

Invisible Monsters comics

Kyle’s Graduation

June 9, 2006

Kyle Grad

School:  Little Star, Too — Pre-school graduation
Featuring:  Kyle (Age 4)

My nephew Kyle is something else. The kid giggles uncontrollably when he dribbles a basketball and screams when you try to steal it from him. When we play catch, he never throws the ball directly to me. He does this on purpose so I have to run and chase it. He’s exhausting. He tags along when I play golf and cries if I won’t let him carrying his own still-way-too-big-for-him golf bag. He ignores all of the pointers I give him and mocks me whenever I swing and miss, which is often. We’re so loud at the driving range that twice they’ve asked us to leave. Both times Kyle insisted it was my fault.

Kyle just graduated from pre-school. He can memorize the words to any song and dances like a drunk European rockstar. He stands 42.5 inches tall and weighs in at 42.5 pounds. He calls his optometrist—the Eye Dentist. One day while wearing his favorite Spiderman tank top, Kyle made an important announcement—I have 3 belly buttons. HUH? Yeah, that’s what we said. He pointed to his navel, then to his nipples while counting out loud 1-2-3. His grandma LOL’d so hard, her teeth fell out.

More notes coming soon…

Eames Aluminum Group lounge chairs

June 1, 2006

Eames Aluminum Group lounge chairs

Designer:  Charles Eames
Manufacturer:  Herman Miller

I found a good deal on eBay for a pair of vintage high back Eames Aluminum Group lounge chairs. New they would retail for over two grand a piece. They’re in great condition, and shipping across the country using Greyhound Express was only $50 total for both chairs.

Does anyone know where I can find a matching ottoman?

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