Monthly Archive for September, 2010

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New Stuff This Week

Pictured here, the wonderful Alex Wrekk of Brainscan zine and Stolen Sharpie Revolution, posing with her zines in the store.



Those Who Camp at the End $10.00
Brainscan #25.5 by Alex Wrekk $1.00
Three Days of My Life I Will Never Get Back – Rum Lad by Steve Larder $1.00
You Can Finish This Later by Parish, Tarnowski and Filbert Conroy $5.99
New England Holding Patterns Ospreys #15 From Mars June 010 by Tom Bubul $5.00
Babylon Be Still I’m Trying To Read by Lung $8.00
Arbothnaut J. Brown by Benjamin Carr $4.00
Mostly Drawings 2009-2010 – Made in Chicago by Eric Ellis $3.00
Proof I Exist #12 Sep 10 Week One by Billy $2.00
Overtime Hour 15 Capitalists by Vince Tweddell $2.00
Turbochainsaw #5 Parental Advisory $7.50

Wall #1 by Edd Baldry $5.00
Death of a Salesman: Ian Thomlinson The G20 and Bad Apples by Edd Baldry $5.00
Alphabet of London by Edd Baldry $5.00
Diary of a Miscreant: A Morgenmuffel Zine Anthology by Isy Morgenmuffel $12.00
Cheetahs Never Win #4 by Steve Reeder $5.00
Fifty Flip Experiment #14 by Dan Hill $1.00
Bringing It All Back Home by Box Brown $4.00
Everything Dies #4 by Box Brown $5.00
Bad High School Poetry #2 by Box Brown $5.00
Slurricane #2 by Will Laren $6.00
Peters Muscle by Michael Deforge $1.00
Aloha by Desmond Reed $1.25

Life Sucks TPB by Jessica Abel, Gabe Soria and Warren Pleece (First Second) $8.99
John Stanley Library Tubby HC by John Stanley (D+Q) $29.95
Love Is A Peculiar Type of Thing by Box Brown $10.00
Cages by Dave McKean (Dark Horse) $29.99
AX Alternative Manga vol 1 by Sean Michael Wilson (Top Shelf) $29.95
Fingerprints by Will Dinski (Top Shelf) $14.95
Ding Dong Daddy From Dingburg, Zippy the Pinhead (Fantagraphics) $19.99

Assume Vivid Astro Focus HC (Rizzoli) $60.00
– The first book on the artist collective known for their raucous multimedia installations. Founded by artist Eli Sudbrack, assume vivid astro focus has been dazzling the art world since 1994 with its exuberant, visually spectacular room-size installations. Created out of recycled and appropriated imagery from a wide range of sources—such as unicorn tapestries, children’s stickers, pages from gay porn magazines, album covers, Buddhist thangka paintings, and street graffiti, to name a few—the finished works can feel like a cross between a ’70s disco, Brazilian Carnival, and a psychedelic version of Andy Warhol’s Factory.
Where Children Sleep by James Mollison (Boot) $30.00 – Photographs of children’s bedrooms around the world with portraits of the children themselves. Each pair of photographs is accompanied by an extended caption that tells the story of each child: Kaya in Tokyo, whose proud mother spends $1,000 a month on her dresses; Bilal the Bedouin shepherd boy, who sleeps outdoors with his father’s herd of goats. just to name a few. The cover features a child’s mobile printed in glow-in-the-dark ink!
Drawings On Hands by Serge Onnen (J and L Books) $15.00 – 132 images of hands collected across the annals of art history–from meticulous sixteenth-century renderings (Hendrick Goltzius) to contemporary punk-influenced depictions (Raymond Pettibon), from instructional handshake diagrams to political cartoons.
Hans-Peter Feldmann: Voyeur (Walther Konig) $19.95 – A reprint of this classic book, which documents the image wreckage of our consumer-driven culture, making eccentric or sinister juxtapositions (shots of nude women next to aircraft crashes) and cataloging the blandness of media bombardment to render its toxic assault visible to us, its near-helpless voyeurs.
Wim Wenders: Once (DAP/Schirmer) $29.95 –  This travel diary, photo album, and a series of stories consists of short, autobiographical sketches relating filmmaker Wim Wenders’ experiences on his trips across the world scouting locations for his films, as well as photographs taken during these excursions.
Spectrum 6 the Best In Contemporary Fantastic Art, ed. by Cathy Fenner (Underwood) $27.95 – Sixth volume of this modern fantasy illustration series. Ranging in subject matter from classic science fiction imagery to futuristic erotica, culled from work created for book covers, comic books, magazines, television shows, and art galleries. This issue features many artists including Dave McKean, Charles Vess, Alex Ross and more.
Born Modern: The Life and Design of Alvin Lusting, ed. by Heller and Cohen (Chronicle) $50.00 – Best known for his book covers and interior design, Lustig’s theories on design education were precursors to the curricula of some of the most renowned design schools today. Modern before it was cool. If you like Shag, you will like this.
Street Sketchbook: Journeys ed. by Tristan Manco (Chronicle) $35.00 – Fans of the hit graffiti title Street Sketchbook will delight in this new volume. Twenty-six of the hottest new artists have opened up their sketchbooks to share their impressions as they travel on road trips, trek halfway across the globe, and explore internal landscapes.

The Instructions by Adam Levin (McSweeney’s) $29.00
– This is a huge book, as in a lot of pages. And yet somehow, it feels light as a feather. That’s some crazy McSweeney’s technology. Anyway, I look forward to reading it, especially because Adam Levin will be here at Quimby’s to read from it in October (stay tuned for details)! Also I look forward to reading it because the first time I picked it up I turned to a page talking about “The Matrix.” Also! There are ones with blue covers and ones with grey covers! -LM
Hell by Robert Olen Butler (Grove) $14.00
Girl Must Die: A Monster Girl Memoir by Erika Lopez (Monster) $25.95

DIY & CONSUMPTION (Um, Consumption As In Food and Drugs)
Taste for Absinthe: 65 Recipes for Classic and Contemporary Cocktails by var. (Clarkson) $24.99

Bizarre #167 Oct 10 $10.50
Purple Fashion vol 3 #14 $35.00
Bust Oct Nov 10 $4.99
Tape Op #79 Sep Oct 10 $.95
Razorcake #58 $4.00
Giant Robot #67 $4.99
Adbusters #92 vol 18 #6 Nov 10 $8.95
Harpers Magazine Oct 10 $6.99

The Believer #74 Sep 10 $8.00
First Line vol 12 #3 $3.00
Het Einde How This Reality Came To Be ARP #11 and #12 The End $12.00
God Noise by Jeffrey Daniels $9.00
Warranty In Zulu by Matthew Gavin Frank $16.95
Literary Review vol 53 #4 Sum 10 $8.00
Pocket Myths #4 Odyssey – 24 Films 42 Characters by Megan Milks $12.00
Minor Canyons by Bennet Bergman $10.00
Inviting the Expanse by Sandra Morin $5.00
Bunk Rhymes Over Patterned Happenstance by Macallister Armstrong $2.00

Dandy in the Underworld: An Unauthorized Autobiography by Sebastian Horsley (Harper) $13.95 – British artist Horsley’s biggest claim to fame is the crucifixion ceremony he underwent in the Philippines in 2000, an attempt to break the limits of life and make an artistic statement. The feat is the apex of Horsley’s memoir, which chronicles his life as an artist, a junkie and a self-professed dandy.
Serial Killer Timelines: Illustrated Accounts of the World’s Most Gruesome Murders by Chris Dr McNab (Ulysses) $16.95

Half Empty by David Rakoff (Doubleday) $24.95
Lets Bring Back An Encyclopedia of Forgotten Yet Delightful Chic Useful Curious and Otherwise Commendable Things From Times Gone By by Leslie M.M. Blume (Chronicle) $19.95

Beautiful and The Damned: Punk Photographs By Ann Summa, curated by Kristine McKenna (Foggy Notion) $39.95
– This book is a collection of punk journalist Ann Summa’s portraits of the musicians, artists and fans of punk in the late 1970’s.  Includes photos of bands such as The Germs, The Screamers, The Gun Club and more.
The Boombox Project: The Machines The Machines The Music and the Urban Underground by Lyle Owerko (Abrams) $24.95
Don’t Rhyme For The Sake of Riddlin: The Authorized Story of Public Enemy by Russell Myrie (Grove) $15.00
Secret History of Rock N Roll: The Mysterious Roots of Modern Music by Christopher Knowles (Viva) $16.95

3 Dead Princes: An Anarchist Fairy Tale by Danbert Nobacon and Alex Cox (Exterminating Angel Press) $13.00 –
Renegade filmmaker Alex Cox and founding member of Chumbawamba Danbert Nobacon do a children’s book together. Sounds like the beginning of a joke right? But it’s not. In fact, Iggy Pop said about this book: “It definitely rocks! I ought to know.” This book tells the tale of Princess Stormy on a quest, meeting giant Cats, Mermangels, Giggle Monkeys, a Gricklegrack, and Flying Lizards on the way. Oh, and she kills three princes. – LM

Censored 2011: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2009 & 2010 by var. (Seven Stories) $19.95
Carlo Tresca Portrait of a Rebel by Nunzio Pernicone (AK) $19.95
Black Bloc White Riot: Anti Globalization and the Genealogy of Dissent by AK Thompson (AK) $17.95

Ed Fox: Glamour from the Ground Up: DVD Edition (Taschen) $35.95
– Fox celebrates the female foot in his own way, creating a style that is unique, contemporary, and technically impeccable. Fox was one of the first to shoot strip diva Dita von Teese, as well as Valentina Vaughn, Tera Patrick, Brittany Andrews, and more, all of whom appear in this, his very first book. A bonus, hour-long DVD featuring many of the stars, with an original musical score, is included.
Dressing for Pleasure in Rubber, Vinyl and Leather: The Best of Atomage 1972-1980 by Jonny Trunk (Fuel) $32.95 – For early devotees of leather, rubber and vinyl fetish wear, Atomage magazine was the underground bible of the 1970s, documenting every conceivable variant on and use for fetish wear from motorbiking and mask-wearing, to mudlarking and wading worship.
Assume Nothing by Rebecca Swan (Soft Skull) $29.95 – Arresting images of twenty-five transsexuals, gender queers, eunuchs, sister girls, drag kings and queens from diverse backgrounds such as Haitian American, Samoan New Zealander, Maori, European Australian, Aboriginal, and African English. All of them comment about alternative gender roles in their traditional cultures.
The Burlesque Handbook by Headmistress Jo Weldon and Margaret Cho (Harper) $16.99

Mans Face Stuff Moustache Wax $9.00
– Comes in flavors to choose from, including Gin and Tonic, Red Hot, All Nighter or just unscented. They’re in little tins like Bert’s Bees cuticle cream. But it’s wax for those who enjoy facial hair. From comics artist BT Livermore.
Enlighten Me: Sound Art Mixing Buddhist Chant-In-a-Box Devices and Digital Tabla Drums CD by DJ PeasNCheese $4.00 – Music made by hacking those Buddha boxes, sampled with digital tablas. For transcendental circuit benders or sampling appreciatists. -LM

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Quimby’s Makes the Top 10 Stores on Flavorwire!


Props to readers and staff for mentioning Quimby’s as one of their favorite indie shops around the country! And we didn’t even know they were taking this picture. Read about it here!

Sara Marcus Reads GIRLS TO THE FRONT With Jessica Hopper, author of The Girls Guide to Rocking

Oct ’10
7:00 pm

GirlsFrontThe last great underground cultural movement of the pre-Internet age, Riot Grrrl revolutionized girlhood itself. In the early 1990s, young women were realizing that the equality they’d been promised was still elusive, and a newly resurgent right wing was turning feminism into the ultimate dirty word.

Riot Grrrl roared into the spotlight in 1991: an uncompromising movement of pissed-off girls with no patience for sexism and no intention of keeping quiet. They published zines, founded local groups, and organized national conventions, while fiercely prophetic punk bands such as Bratmobile, Heavens to Betsy, Huggy Bear, and Bikini Kill helped spread the word across the US and to Canada, Europe, and beyond.

GIRLS TO THE FRONT (Harper) is the first-ever history of Riot Grrrl—lyrical and infused with punk, it tells the story of a group of extraordinary young women coming of age and coming into their own. Part social history, part cultural criticism, and part collective biography, this passionate narrative takes us from the front row of a punk show to the stage of the Republican Convention; from a seedy strip club to the US Supreme Court. It tells the tale of a time when America thought feminism was dead, but a generation of noisy girls rose up to prove everybody wrong. Deftly weaving together a wide range of political and cultural histories, this is a dynamic chronicle not just of a movement but of an era.

Also joining Sara is Jessica Hopper, author of The Girls Guide to Rocking (Workman Books).

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Larry-bob Roberts Reads From The International Homosexual Conspiracy

Oct ’10
7:00 pm

IntlHomoConsLarry-bob Roberts is into sparking culture, politics, and creating fusions between the two. Since 1989, he has been publishing in print (and now online) the queer culture zine, Holy Titclamps. In The International Homosexual Conspiracy, a series of cultural polemics on an unexpected array of contemporary topics — from mistaken first impressions (“Presumed Hetero Unless Proven Gay”) to sustainable yet unaffordable pants (“Socially Responsible Pants”) to critiques of bourgeois mindsets (“Middle Class Writer”) — author Larry-bob Roberts offers hilarious insights into the absurdities of modern life and queer culture. His humorous observations are destined to jostle readers’ complacency and confirm their worst suspicions.

Straight people need this book to learn what one of those freaky queers thinks. Mainstream gays need this book to see that there are other ways of expressing homosexuality culturally. Non-mainstream queers need this book to read something that reflects their own points of view. Readers with short attention spans need this book because the chapters are in bite-sized pieces. Fans of satire need this book for a good laugh. Fundamentalist Christians need this book as evidence of the decadence of modern society. In a humorously confrontational way, The International Homosexual Conspiracy is not only raging, but also engaging.

“Astute, as well as relatively ego-free, Roberts is one of the gay anarchist movement’s clearest
thinkers.” — Dennis Cooper, author of Closer

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Richard Thomas Reads From Transubstantiate with Otherworld Authors

Oct ’10
7:00 pm

TransubstantiateRichard Thomas’s Transubstantiate constructs a collection of voices that reveals a disturbing futuristic vision of terror and beauty. The novel’s island paradise, its imprisoned inhabitants, and the digital presence that works to control them, merge with ancient forces of rite and belief to create a surreal and devastating collage. This is a work that captures a world we almost know, its realities enough to raise an uneasy sense of potentiality. Richard Thomas was the winner of the ChiZine Publications 2009 “Enter the World of Filaria” contest.  His short story “Maker of Flight” was chosen by Filaria author Brent Hayward and Bram Stoker Award-Winning editor Brett Alexander Savory.  Some of his publishing credits include Cemetery Dance (Shivers VI, early 2010), Living Dead Press (Eternal Night: A Vampire Anthology), 3:AM Magazine, Word Riot, Dogmatika, The Oddville Press, Colored Chalk, Cause & Effect, Gold Dust, Vain, Nefarious Muse, Troubadour 21, Cherry Bleeds and Opium. In his spare time he edits and designs for Colored Chalk and Sideshow Fables and is a workshop moderator at The Cult ( He is currently writing his second novel, a neo-noir, transgressive thriller entitled Disintegration.  Richard is also a member of the Horror Writers Association.

Transubstantiate is, is — it’s a visual: that 2001 baby opening its eyes in the monolith, but the monolith is shrouded in this story of loss and hope and identity, and encoded in the cadence of that story, if you listen close, is the genetic map with which to draw this impossible celestial infant, opening its eyes on the page, looking right into you.”  Stephen Graham Jones, All the Beautiful Sinners, Demon Theory, The Ones That Got Away

Transubstantiate is an intricately-woven dystopian thriller, with every thread pulled tight. This is a solid debut from Richard Thomas.”
—Craig Clevenger, The Contortionist’s Handbook and Dermaphoria

Also joining the bill is Chicago author Laura Griffith, who will read from her book Remember, David Rosenstein all the way from Colorado to read from newly released The Silk Worm, and Nik Korpon from his soon to be released Stay God! (Otherworld Publications).

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