His favorite writer is Amy Hempel.
He has two Boston Terriers named Chick and Imp.
He is of French and Russian heritage by way of Ukraine.
He graduated from Columbia High, Burbank in Washington in 1980.
He graduated with a BA in Journalism from the University of Oregon in 1986.
He has a brother and four sisters.
His last name is pronounced PAUL-AH-NIK.
His favorite film is Session 9.
His nickname is Chucky P.
He is 5'11" (1.80 m) tall.
Chuck: I haven't had a TV in 10 years, and I really don't miss it. 'Cause it's always so much more fun to be with people than it ever was to be with a television.
(On what historical even he would like to view first-hand)
Chuck: The vast Missoula floods that scoured the Pacific Northwest—either that or Marilyn Monroe's death.
Chuck: Jack Palance was my distant uncle—that's the family gossip. Growing up, my family knew everything about his face getting burned and scarred in the military and how that mutilation led him to become such a famous "heavy" in films. I prayed for good scars of my own. Not just acne scars.
(On the creation of Fight Club)
Chuck: I think they've always gone on. I've gotten some irate letters from oldsters saying "We did this in the 1930s. You didn't invent anything." And I'm like, "Gramps, you should have put a name on it and sold it, because that's all I did."
Chuck: If I start looking at how much time I spend doing research, I realize that I get paid about 10¢ an hour. My research really is screwing around and being with people and doing things I love to do.
Chuck: Mr. Olsen in the fifth grade made me want to be a writer. He said, "Chuck, you do this really well. And this is much better than setting fires, so keep it up". That made me a writer.
Chuck: There are people out there who will not read books, but somehow they'll read my books. They serve them in a way most fiction doesn't. I give them a less filtered form of entertainment. I acknowledge some unacknowledged parts of our lives, which, as a culture, we don't tend to talk about.
Chuck: I like to cut to the chase. I try to tell a story the way someone would tell you a story in a bar, with the same kind of timing and pacing.
Chuck: People don't want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. Their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messes cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown.
Chuck: When I was a kid I used to go to the library, and I would read all the Ellery Queen books, because with the Ellery Queen books they gave you all the clues. All the cards were on the table. It was an even playing field. And so when you could figure it out, it was a real victory. I loved reading them very slowly and then reasoning through them and trying to put together what we were given and why were we given that. What scenes stood out? What didn't fit? What were we shown on purpose because we had to be shown that thing? They were just great examples of revealing not too much but enough for people to get it if you wanted to get it. I loved those books.