[percy-l] Percy and Palahniuk (forwarded for Gregory Plemmons)

Henry P. Mills wpercy2 at ibiblio.org
Sat Mar 26 11:29:30 EST 2005

> From: "Plemmons, Gregory" <gregory.plemmons at Vanderbilt.Edu>
> Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2005 08:23:24 -0600
> To: <percy-l at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Subject: Percy and Palahniuk
> I seem to remember a thread on this list a few years ago on Percy and the
> movie Fight Club which I've still yet to see. But I just finished the author's
> latest book Choke (Chuck Palahniuk). The narrator frequently visits his
> deranged mother in the psych ward, and I found some of her rantings to be
> remarkably similar to Percy's protagonists:
> "...People had been working for years to make the world a safe, organized
> place. Nobody realized how boring it would become...Nobody had left much room
> for adventure, except maybe the kind you could buy. On a roller coaster. At a
> movie. Still, it would always be that kind of faux excitement...And because
> there's no possibility of real disaster, real risk, we're left with no chance
> for real salvation..."
> "...Attention please, would Dr. Freud please pick up the white courtesy
> telephone. A world of symbols, not the real world."
> Has anybody else noted Percy's influence or read anything about Palahniuk?
> Interestingly, the narrator in Choke also dropped out of medical school after
> the first year. Just wondering on this Good Friday (which just happens to land
> on Flannery O'Connor's birthday).
> Gregory Plemmons 
> Nashville, TN 

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