Under the Influence of Jackson

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Chuck Palahniuk has made a very successful career out of writing transgressive fiction. He's the author of novels such as "Fight Club," "Lullaby," and the short-story collection, "Make Something Up: Stories You Can't Unread." We should warn you that you may find parts of this conversation objectionable. One critic has compared reading Palahniuk's fiction to "having your eyes rubbed raw with broken glass." So maybe it's not surprising that Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" had a huge impact on Palahniuk.