The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because it’s only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last.

Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die.

But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on.

If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world – You can change the way people live their lives.

That’s the only lasting thing you can create.

(CHOKE by Chuck Palahniuk, 2001, p.160). Palahniuk is also author of Fight Club. In CHOKE his everyman is Victor Mancini, a sex addict engaged in a 12-step programme to beat his compulsion. Step four is to write a personal history, hence the book. Victor’s tale is horrific and comic, generally simultaneously.

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