Even when writing about things as dark as statutory rape, pedophilia and the general squalor of the household where he came of age, AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS can make us laugh. Which is just one of the many reasons we'll be headed to 7 Stages MAY 23, when he'll be reading from his new collection of essays, Possible Side Effects, that recounts still more of the antics that surrounded Burroughs in his youth. Although we haven't read it yet, based on our experience from Running with Scissors, we're guessing it's guaranteed to make us feel like our parents and guardians are 100 percent normal. $5. 8 p.m. 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647. www.outwritebooks.com.