The Most Disturbing Thought on Chuck Palahniuk

October 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

I should’ve already gone to sleep, of course, but I haven’t yet.

I finished reading Rant by Chuck Palahniuk about two hours ago and it doesn’t want to get out of my head.

It’s a strange story about a boy nicknamed Rant who lets animals bite him so that he feels anything different from the ordinary. He gets rabies which mutates inside his organism and later becomes epidemic.

When he gets older, he runs to „the City”, where he becomes on of the party crashers – people taking part in a weird car-game.

Once Rant leaves Middleton for “the city,” already infected with rabies, he gets involved with the Party Crashers. Bored with life and looking to meet people (!), the Crashers play bumper cars with their real cars, smashing into each other in an elaborate game that’s part prank, part performance art, part bonding ritual. Sometimes the players even dress up and pretend to be part of wedding parties: Picture both men and women dressed as brides “throwing white rice to hurt.” [Popmatters]

What is the most disturbing after having read Rant a few weeks after Survivor is this thought: many of these peculiar, dark events that Palahniuk writes about could be happening right outside my window.

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