Chuck Palahniuk Reads His Short Story, ‘Romance’


Clocking in at 28:43, this is Chuck reading the entire story, Romance, previously published in Playboy Magazine.  I wish I was brave enough to write with such abandon.

The Pitch: From Fight Club author, Chuck Palahniuk comes a love story for our time: After his girlfriend dies from cancer John finds himself overweight and thrust back into a hopeless world. When a girl who claims to be Britney Spears hits on him, he can’t believe his luck. She looks like a supermodel and parties like Hollywood. The only reason she doesn’t dump him for someone more attractive is he keeps the party rolling… or at least that’s the story he’s sticking with.

I dig it when an author reads his own work and this was like a rare scotch to me  – or like a zucchini canoe filled with Iroquois.   However you want to look at it.


Chuck Palahniuk reads his short story, Romance to a live audience (location\date unknown)


Puppet show!  Magic trick!

Note that Romance has been made into a short film by Andy Mingo.  Check it out, here.

4 thoughts on “Chuck Palahniuk Reads His Short Story, ‘Romance’

  1. Thanks for sharing, Mitch. I can’t help feeling he sees the world from a completely different angle to the rest of us in it, but it’s interesting to stand beside him when he’s describing it. 🙂

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