Monthly Archive for July, 2008

Adrienne Pine at Quimby’s!

Aug ’08
7:00 pm

Anthropologist Adrienne Pine will present Working Hard, Drinking Hard: On Violence and Survival in Honduras. The event highlights links between Mano Dura and mercenaries, the war on terror, IMF and World Bank policy, the prison-industrial complex, Honduran massacres, gangs, and sweatshop labor

“Honduras is violent.” Adrienne Pine situates this oft-repeated claim at the center of her vivid and nuanced chronicle of Honduran subjectivity. Through an examination of three major subject areas—violence, alcohol, and the export-processing (maquiladora) industry—Pine explores the daily relationships and routines of urban Hondurans. She views their lives in the context of the vast economic footprint on and ideological domination of the region by the United States, powerfully elucidating the extent of Honduras’s dependence. She provides a historically situated ethnographic analysis of this fraught relationship and the effect it has had on Hondurans’ understanding of who they are. The result is a rich and visceral portrait of a culture buffeted by the forces of globalization and inequality.

Adrienne Pine is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

“A theoretically cutting edge ethnography of neoliberalism as suffered by most poor people across the globe. Pine creatively links macro-structural forces in Honduras to the everyday life of factory workers, shanty town dwellers, gang kids, alcoholics and crack smokers within the context of globalized consumerism and the history of U.S. domination of Central America.”—Philippe Bourgois, author of In Search of Respect

“Gutsy fieldwork. A compassionate analysis of the links between work, violence, corporate capitalism, American empire, and self-worth. It will make your blood boil.”—Laura Nader, University of California, Berkeley

“Using largely the voices of others, Pine’s rigorous but sensitive anthropological approach interweaves gangs, work, religion, drink, politics, and even globalization to show clearly how violence pervades the everyday life of many Hondurans. It is a realistic tour de force!”—Dwight B. Heath, Brown University

Quimby’s Top Ten Best Sellers For the Week of July 20th, 2008 – July 26th, 2008

1.    Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (Vertigo) $19.99
2.    Rough Guide To Bicycle Maintenance $2.00
3.    Proximity #1 Chicago Issue $10.00
4.    Poo Log a Record Keeper (Chronicle) $9.95
5.    Hamburger Eyes #12 $10.00
6.    Bust Aug/Sep 08 $4.99
7.    Butt #23 Fantastic Magazine for Homosexuals $9.90
8.    Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein (Picador) $16.00
9.    Ready Made #36 Aug Sep 08 $4.99
10. Little Things: Memoir In Slices by Jeffrey Brown (Touchstone) $14.00

Eddie Campbell TONIGHT!!!!

Join comic artist Eddie Campbell as he signs copies of his new graphic novel THE AMAZING REMARKABLE MONSIEUR LEOTARD (First Second). Tonight MONDAY JULY 28th 7:00PM


Eddie Campbell has earned an international following. For over 25 years, he has blazed a trail in the world of graphic novels, and his work has earned nearly every honor in the field, including the Eisner, Ignatz, and Harvey awards.

With Alan Moore he created the towering opus From Hell, later adapted by Hollywood. Among the multitude of solo works he has produced, the epic series Bacchus brings the adventures of the Greek god of wine bang up to date, along the way adding such anomalies as the Eyeball Kid to the ancient pantheon. His autobiographical Alec has also garnered praise, notably for the memorable graphic novels Alec: the King Canute Crowd, and Alec: how to be an Artist.

Bend Matrix Live at Quimby’s

Dan Layne stopped by the store today and gave a short demonstration on the Bend Matrix. It is some kind of crazy sequencer that sends audio signals out to different speakers. So armed with an array of eight little speakers, a circuit bent drum machine and hand built tonal generator Dan proceeded to rock out the back of the store with crazy tones and cycling beats! Excellent!

Check out videos of similar Bend Matrix action

Guild of Outsider Writers at Quimby’s!

Aug ’08
6:00 pm

Join us for a reading by three people associated with the Guild of Outsider Writers.

The Performers:

Justin Hyde – Author of Down Where the Hummingbird goes to Die, which won the 2007 Jack Micheline Memorial poetry prize

David Blaine – Chief Poetry editor, Guild of Outsider Writers

Pat King – Guild of Outsider Writers founding member and Chief Bad Mojo

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