If the rumors are to be believed, the incidences of fainting during readings of the Chuck Palahniuk short story "Guts" are now up to 73. Some folks, it seems, just can't handle their Chuck. If you think you can -- or if you think passing out in a big museum sounds sort of amusing -- don't miss the Fight Club writer at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art (1717 N. Harwood St.). Pre-signed copies of his newest transgressive tour de force Damned -- a smirking homage to Young Adult fiction involving a veritable "Breakfast Club" of teen characters who wake up, quite literally, in hell -- will be available for purchase, and Palahniuk will speak about his prolific career. Charged as a "nihilist," Palahniuk suggests that he is, instead, simply interested in characters who stand outside of mainstream culture and who find a way to subvert it, usually through aggression and force. Pre-order books and purchase tickets online at dallasmuseumofart.org, or call 214-922-1818 for more details. It's good no one ever said "there's no crying in literature" because by the end of this, you may be rocking in the fetal position. In a good way, of course.
Tue., Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., 2011