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by Chuck Palahniuk
Edition: Paperback

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely eclectic..., 2 Nov 2004
This review is from: Nonfiction (Paperback)
This book, a collection of essays and short pieces written by Chuck over the past few years, was an excellent read. Although it wasn't as engaging as, for instance, Lullaby or Fight Club, it was quite fascinating to see where he found the inspiration for his stories, as well as finding out the lengths that Chuck would go to to research the background for his books.
Overall, if you're a fan of his work, then this is recommended. If you've not read anything by him, I'd say you need to read Fight Club, Survivor and Lullaby amongst others before you have a look at this. But once you have read those, then do try to pick this up, because it'll give you a greater appreciation for his work.

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Has Been
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That's Bill trying..., 2 Nov 2004
This review is from: Has Been (Audio CD)
...and totally succeeding. This album isn't what I expected it to be - after hearing the cover of Pulp's "Common People" (which is funny as anything, but works really well, especially towards the end) I thought it was going to be packed with covers with Bill talking over some of Ben Folds' piano noodlings.
I was wrong. Thankfully.
From start to end, I was totally shocked at how good the record was. From "I Can't Get Behind That", a joint rant between the Shat and Henry Rollins(!) of all people, to "That's Me Trying", a rather poignant piece about a father who'd lost touch with his daughter and was trying to fix it; Shatner's lyrics (poems? stories?) are heartfelt, funny, touching and completely honest, and I've all the more respect for the man for it. Ben Folds' production and performance (as well as the performances from the rest of the guests) are both brilliant, and from your first listen to any track other than "Common People", you can tell it's him behind the desk as well as behind the piano (or Rhodes, or organ, or keyboard, etc etc :D)
All in all, I'd say that if you want something a bit different to listen to, something that veers so far left of the mainstream that it's got its own little river of its own - get this NOW!

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