Escanaba, MI, The Upper Peninsula -- August 11, 2007

Reading Choke, by Chuck Palahniuk. He's just coming back home from a family reunion and his cousin gave it to him to read. The main character, he said, isn’t anyone you want to be. He’s more of an antihero.

Before this he was reading The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand. He had gotten Atlas Shrugged, but hasn’t finished it yet.

His favorite book? The Fountainhead is close, but it’s The Power of One, by Bryce Courtney. It’s about a little boy growing up in a black community in South Africa. He is white. When he gets to school age he goes to an English school and is pushed into English culture. There’s a clash between the two cultures. He excels in his studies and becomes a leader in both communities. It’s a fun and uplifting book with great characters. It’s rich. He took his time reading it.

If he were to write his own book it’d be science fiction with themes of major transitions within characters, complete changes of perspectives and a twist the readers can relate to.

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