By Chuck Palahniuk
Victor Mancini, a medical-school dropout, is an antihero for our deranged occasions. wanting to pay elder deal with his mom, Victor has devised an inventive rip-off: he pretends to choke on items of foodstuff whereas eating in upscale eating places. He then permits himself to be “saved” by means of fellow buyers who, feeling answerable for Victor’s lifestyles, move directly to ship tests to help him. while he’s no longer pulling this stunt, Victor cruises sexual habit restoration workshops for motion, visits his addled mother, and spends his days operating at a colonial subject matter park. His writer, Chuck Palahniuk, is the visionary we'd like and the satirist we deserve.
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Then she asks me to bring her a newspaper from the dayroom. In the hall outside her room is some doctor, a woman in a white coat holding a clipboard. She has, it looks like, long dark hair twisted into the shape of a little black brain on the back of her head. She’s not wearing makeup so her face just looks like skin. A pair of black-framed glasses are folded and sticking out of her chest pocket. Is she in charge of Mrs. Mancini, I ask. The doctor looks at the clipboard. She unfolds the glasses and slips them on and looks again, the whole time saying, “Mrs.
Go away. Get out while you’re still in one piece. Save yourself. There has to be something better on television. Or since you have so much time on your hands, maybe you could take a night course. Become a doctor. You could make something out of yourself. Treat yourself to a dinner out. Color your hair. You’re not getting any younger. What happens here is first going to piss you off. After that it just gets worse and worse. What you’re getting here is a stupid story about a stupid little boy. A stupid true life story about nobody you’d ever want to meet.
It’s a wonder he’s lived this long. So, again, if you’re going to read this, don’t. This isn’t about somebody brave and kind and dedicated. He isn’t anybody you’re going to fall in love with. Just so you know, what you’re reading is the complete and relentless story of an addict. Because in most twelve-step recovery programs, the fourth step makes you take inventory of your life. Every lame, suck-ass moment of your life, you have to get a notebook and write it down. A complete inventory of your crimes.