There’s quality style over substance, though. Don’t try and sit here and tell me the guy who writes elaborate shock is a “minimalist”. Monte Hellman is a minimalist, Rudy Wurlitzer is a minimalist. Palahniuk is far from being a goddamn minimalist. He’s trying to be bigger than he is and he doesn’t ever break out of that schlock bullshit. Maybe you’re right in he tries to strip away the unnecessary but not in any sense of form or style…it’s in the sense of Roger Corman: rushed lazy that stumbles upon commercial/cult, to some degree, likability.[/quote]
He doesn’t run away. He doesn’t do anything.
From somewhere behind him, the Mommy says, "Now what-ever you do, don’t turn around."
The Mommy tells him how there used to be a beautiful girl in ancient Greece, the daughter of a potter.
Like every time she gets out of jail and comes back to claim him, the kid and the Mommy have been in a different motel every night. They’ll eat fast food for every meal, and just drive all day, every day. At lunch today, the kid tried to eat his corn dog while it was still too hot and almost swallowed it whole, but it got stuck and he couldn’t breathe or talk until the Mommy charged around from her side of the table.
Then two arms were hugging him from behind, lifting him off his feet, and the Mommy whispered, “Breathe! Breathe, damn it!” After that, the kid was crying, and the entire restaurant crowded around.
I don’t know what definition of minimalist you are working on. But I described his writing style in my previous post.
He is a minimalist because he strips his sentences down to actions and the basest of descriptions. In stark contrast to a writer like Mishima who is very descriptive.
The thing is though, Palahniuk hasn’t really written such a novel in quite a while. His recent work is mostly horror. Which generally requires shock.[/quote]
Minimalism also comes down to the scope of the work and the actions themselves.
The size of the sentences do not matter when the action its describing is something as wild and exaggerated as someone chewing their way through their intestines at the bottom of a pool after they get sucked out of his ass and into a drain.
I used Hellman as an example because he examines loneliness and alienation. Those are very intimate, minimal issues and he does this in a very cutback way. Palahniuk examines anti-consumerism and terrorism, two bigger issues. Minimalism is a two-sided coin.