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Being ‘Damned’ with Chuck Palahniuk

On October 18th you’ll have your chance to journey down to hell with Madison Spencer, a thirteen-year-old girl whom regardless of the putrid scenery is determined to make the best of things. Unsure of how and why she is there, she befriends what has been labeled as ‘the Breakfast Club in hell’.

Palahniuk’s clever and often humorous portrayal of hell and all the ways one can find themselves there will keep your turning pages, wondering how a girl like Madison could possibly end up in a place inhabited by a myriad of demons from various cultural mythologies, a waterfall of shit, a vomit pond, a river of hot saliva, and other foul landscapes. Everyone worth knowing ends up in hell, but what Madison has that none of the other inhabitants have is hope. Despite being the chubby cast off to boarding school kid of celebrity parents, she is determined to make her death better than what her short life turned out to be. By making friends, discovering that she’s not in hell because of an overdose of marijuana, like she had previously guessed, she is able to muster up the strength and candy (the currency of hell) to storm the gates. ‘Damned’ is a fun ride, and once you’ve read it come back to me so we can discuss the end. Seriously.

You can pick up the book on Amazon.

There is a short/small tour planned, which kicks off for those of us in the Portland area on the 18th (the book’s release date). It’s a ticketed event, hosted by Powell’s Books at the Bagdad Theatre at 7pm.  The cost of admission gets you a pre-signed copy of the book, and Mr. Palahniuk will be giving a talk and answering some questions.

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I’m gonna recommend some music

The new Jared Mees & the Grown Children album, Only Good Thoughts Can Stay–is out today. They are a Portland based band that I really love. They’re playing in Los Angeles at The Satellite on May 23rd for free (doors are 8:30). I listened to the whole thing yesterday and it’s fucking awesome. You can purchase it on itunes and also directly from Tender Loving Empire. (10$)

The other album I want to recommend was released last week. I saw the Adams and Eves a few months back at the Park Gallery in San Diego and had been pretty anxious for the release of this new album, Dear Professor and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s up here on Bandcamp (8$) or you can purchase it on vinyl. My favorite track of it is One Thousand and Eleven Miles.

I’m sure everyone has already given this 8in8 album a go, but just in case I thought I’d mention it. It’s Amanda Palmer, Ben Folds, Neil Gaiman & Damian Kulash.

Oh and The Mountain Goats are playing next month in Los Angeles at the El Rey Theatre on June 23rd (all ages, 22$). But also in Costa Mesa at the Detroit Bar June 21st (17.50$ 21+).