Rant takes the form of an oral history of one Buster Rant Casey, in which an assortment of friends, enemies, admirers, detractors and relations have their say on this (in Chuck Palahniuk s words) evil, gender-conflicted Forrest Gump character . Buster Casey was every small kid born into a small town, searching for real thrills in a world of video games and action/adventure movies. Anyone who s ever kissed him would do well to seek treatment, for his recreational drug of choice is rabies and he gets bitten by black widow spiders for the priapic effect of their venom. The high school rebel who wins, Rant Casey escapes from his hometown of Middleton for the big city, where he becomes a leader of an urban demolition derby called Party Crashing, where on designated nights, the participants recognise each other by dressing their cars with tin-can tails and Just Married toothpaste graffiti. Or, with forgotten coffee mugs bolted to their car roofs or Christmas trees tied from bumper to bumper. During specific windows of time, in limited areas of the city, Party Crashers look for the designated markings in order to stalk and crash into each other. It s in this violent, late-night
Chuck Palahniuk's seven novels are the bestselling Haunted, Lullaby, Fight Club, Diary, Survivor, Invisible Monsters and Choke. He is also the author of two non-fiction books, Fugitives and Refugees, a profile of Portland, Oregon, and Non-fiction. He lives in Vancouver.