Life’s greatest comfort is being able to look over your shoulder and see people worse off, waiting in line behind you.
– Buster ‘Rant’ Casey, cited by Echo Lawrence in Chuck Palahniuk’s Rant – An Oral Biography of Buster Casey, P.13
If we’ve learned anything at all in our sojourn on Planet Earth, it’s that 99.9999% of humans derive immense pleasure in the miseries of their fellow humans (and often non-humans too).
What the Nazi motha*ckas a.k.a. Germans would call Schadenfreude.
Must be hardwired in our DNA, this glee at others’ misfortunes.
We’ve just embarked upon Rant, published in 2007 to glowing reviews.
After reading about 20-pages, we can say that the narration style is very unusual.
Almost weird. But welcome weird.
The story is told by different people in short paragraphs, some of which are just a sentence long.
The cheap desi SOBs that we’re, Rant came to our doorstep in pristine condition via Half.com for a mere $4.50.
We may (or may not) do a longer writeup on the 319-page book at a later date.