There aren’t a lot of people who can come to Houston and out-punk us (not with the Hates still kicking and Skeleton Dick rising in success like a grotesque bruise). However, Sam McPheeters, the iconoclastic writer, journalist, ’zine founder and former front man of Born Against, is one such man. In his debut novel, Loom of Ruin, a successful gas station franchise owner in L.A. engages in rage-fueled violence so legendary, the local police department has simply granted him immunity rather than try to keep up with his offensives.
It’s a potential blockbuster — there’s nothing quite like seeing a complete lack of consequences played out by a driven rage-oholic in the safe confines of a work of fiction. Loom of Ruin features appearances by President Obama, Russell Crowe and Henry Rollins, each of whom looks downright easygoing in comparison to our hero, Trang Yang.
Comedy, action and an explosive ending — what more could you want? How about a live reading and signing session with McPheeters? Domy Books has you covered. 7 p.m. 1709 Westheimer. For information, call 713-523-3669 or visit www.domystore.com/houston. Free.
Thu., May 10, 7 p.m., 2012