Monthly Archive for February, 2011

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Borders Is bankrupt. So let us order the book you want.

It’s true. With Borders crossing over into the border of being Border less we can still whatever book you want (if it’s in print and the distributors we go through have it).

Like what, for example? Like this for example…

The Renegade History of the United States

by Thaddeus Russell

This people’s history of ‘merican scoundrels, nogoodniks, misfits and criminals. This is the balls-to-the-wall version of the U.S. of A. you really do wish you learned about in school. A nice hardcover for only $27.00.

Weekly Top 10

1. Cometbus #54 In China With Green Day by Aaron Cometbus $4.00 – It’s awesome, in case you needed us to tell you that.
2. Brilliant Mistake #4 Your Secretary #8 by Carrie and Jami Sailor $3.00 – Valentine’s Day special!!
3. Your Secretary #7 Playing Victim #4 by Jami Sailor $1.00
4. Politics of Penetration $1.00
5. Big Questions #15 the Sweet Taste of Victory by Anders Nilsen (D&Q) $7.95 – The most gorgeous, most finalest one… the Big Questions end times is disruptive, surreal and poetic. Nilsen’s draughtmanship is pure and stunning, where disarmingly simple forms are made perfectly right. If you’ve been keeping time with this series, you’ll certainly be excited by this chapter, and if you’re just catching up, you’ll be dazzled by this near-religious, cryptic conclusions you’ll be catching here. -EF
6. Proximity #8 Education As Art $12.00 – Writing the book on learning as art and the art of learning: Proximity #8 comes from all angles, focuses, builds, supports. Weighing in at 232 pages, this volume does an exceptional job with a wide variety of profiles, interviews and portfolios and essays, staying both solidly local and vitally connected, you’d be hard pressed to find a smarter art magazine.
7. Believer #78 Feb 11 $8.00
8. Gaylord Phoenix by Edie Fake (Secret Acres) $17.95 – All-Gaylord-All-Phoenix-All-In-One, Dr. Bronner’s Style.
9. Proof I Exist #13 by Billy Da Bunny $8.00 – This issue includes perhaps the most proof that Billy exists in zine form EVER: sewn terrycloth Chuck E Cheez photobooth covers, handmade stickers, pasted photo inserts, miscellany, true tales from the depths of New Mexico, remenicins about those good ol’ Chicago days and a dime bag of chest hair. That’s what you call pulling out all the stops, kids. Wow, for reals. -EF
10. First Line vol 12 #4 $3.00 – All submissions published have the same first line in every issue.

New Stuff This Week

Hustle in for a last minute Valentine gift idea. How about this?

Sex Our Bodies Our Junk by The Association for the Betterment of Sex Headquarters, Mike Sacks and various others (Broadway) $18.99 – And hey! Mike Sacks will be here at Quimby’s to read from his book of humor pieces Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason on March 10th.

Brilliant Mistake #4 Your Secretary #8 by Jami Sailor and Carrie $3.00 – What?! You didn’t make it to last night’s release party for this here at Quimby’s? It was awesome. There were cupcakes, stencils, and multiple referances to having your heart broken. Well, if you missed the event you’re in luck. We still have a few of this split-zine to sell you.
Your Secretary #7 Playing Victim #4 by Jami Sailor $1.00
One Thirty One #1 $3.00
Sassyfrass Circus #5 $2.00
Femme a Barbe vol 2 $2.00
All Things Ordinary #3 $2.00

Uptight #4 by Jordan Crane (Fantagraphics) $3.95
Fascination by Andrew Ek $6.00
Favorites – A Sappy Autobiographical Story about Susie Cagle’s Shoes by Susie Cagle $2.00 – Read her stuff now so you can say you read it before she got famous, because her work is really great.
Remainders – This is What Concerns Me Presents by Susie Cagle $3.00
This is What Concerns Me #1 by Susie Cagle $3.00
Demongun #1 Feb 11 by Bernie McGovern $2.00
This is What Adventure Looks Like by Jarod Rosello $1.00
Well Dressed Bear Will Develop Intimacy Issues Later in Life by Jarod Rosello $4.00

Anthem by Ayn Rand by Charles Santino and Joe Staton (New American Library) $15.00 – This dystopian novella by everyone’s favorite objectivist is a love letter to independence and individuality. No matter what your politics are, the themes in this graphic novel realization of Ayn Rand’s classic are universal.
Ivy by Sarah Oleksyk (Oni) $19.99
Tales of a Hippy Kid: Road Trippin’ & Skinny Dippin’ by Jon Kroll and Dave Bohn (Ape) $14.95 – Weed, nudity, hot tub. What else could you possibly need?  Is this like a Hot Tub Time Machine? -LM
Daytripper TPB by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba (Vertigo) $19.99 – Beautiful work from twin brothers, with moments of life take on entirely new meanings as events from possible pasts or futures cast characters into new lights. Gorgeous cities and landscapes from Brazil across several decades with touches of surrealism. Jeff Smith of Bone blurbed that he couldn’t put this down.
Bone Quest for the Spark Book 1 by Jeff Smith and Tom Sniegoski (Scholastic) $10.99
On The Line: The Complete Strips From the Guardian by Rian Hughes (Image) $12.99
Midlife by Joe Ollman (D&Q) $19.95

Journey is the Destination the Journals of Dan Eldon (Chronicle) $24.95
Feel the Darkness by Ragnar Persson (Dokument Press) $39.95
Beer – A Genuine Collection of Cans by Dan Becker and Lance Wilson (Blue Apple) $19.95
Lex Sten Stencil Poster by Lex Sten (Drago) $29.00

The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier (Pantheon) $24.95 – In this wonderful novel by the author of the amazing book Brief History of the Dead, pain manifests itself as visible light after a mysterious event called “the Illumination,” revealing humanity to be mortally wounded. an inspiring take on suffering and the often fleeting nature of connection.
Fantastic Planet Oms en Serie by Stephen Wul (Creation Oneiros) $14.95 – This French novel written by a dental surgeon in inspired the animated cult film La Plamete Sauvage (Fantastic Planet) in 1973, which was smuggled out from behind the Iron Curtain. The last surviving humans are taken from Earth to the wild planet Ygam by the traags, a race of blue- skinned, red- eyed giants. Here they become known as oms, used as lowly servants and regarded as savages. But little by little, led by a young man of superior intelligence named Terr, the oms regain their thirst for liberty and rise up against the draags to affirm their humanity in the face of oppression. Planet of the Apes? But with a different ending? You be the judge.

Cabinet #40 Hair $12.00
Juxtapoz #122 Mar 11 $5.99
High Times Apr 11 $5.99
Shindig vol 2 #20 Jan Feb 11 $9.99
Wire #323 Jan 11 $10.99
Internationalist #32 Jan Feb 11 $2.00
Monocle vol 4 #40 Feb 11 $10.00
AdBusters #94 vol 19 #2 Mar Apr 11 $8.95

Dead Beat vol 1 by Brian Echon and Pat Walsh Scott $10.00
Slake Los Angeles 2011 Crossing Over A City and Its Stories $18.00

Nick Cave – Sinner Saint: The True Confessions Thirty Years of Essential Interviews ed. by Mat Snow (Plexus) $19.95

Beautiful on the Outside, Rich on the Inside by Douglas S. Hunter III (Upstate Chamber of Cobras) $20.00 – I think maybe you might need to come read this book right now. So many moons ago we got a book of fiction about wrapping Roy Orbison in Clingfilm. So this book sort of reminds me of that one. Really weird but immediately engaging. It’s about a guy posting a preposterous singles ad on Craigslist about being single and rich that started like this: “I am rich, and when I say rich, I mean I am dictating this to my professional typist while I am sailing to St. Kitts.” All that follows are the responses he’s gotten. And you know how you read something on line and you get sucked in to reading all the comments people make about it under it, and it turns into a big soap opera, people arguing and dialoguing with each other? Well, this reminds me of that too. And you know what else? The logo for the publisher is awesome too, so we’ll paste it in below. And oh! Valentine’s is right around the corner. What better gift to woo a weirdo?
Late American Novel Writers On the Future of Books ed. by Jeff Marin (Soft Skull) $14.95
Yellow Kid Weil: The Autobiography of Americas Master Swindler (AK Press) $18.00 – This classic memoir back in print!
How to Hustle and Win a Survival Guide for the Ghetto by Understanding Supreme $14.95

Hope Deferred: Narratives of Zimbabwean Lives by Orner and Holmes (McSweeneys) $16.00
Small 911 Flipbook by Scott Blake (small) $5.00 (big) $35.00 – Yes, this is for real.

Single Year by Dawn Mueller $14.00
Reality Shows by Karen Finley (Feminist Press) $17.95 – With a forword by Kathleen Hanna and an introduction by Ann Pellegrini.
Gaytimes Magazine #389 Feb 11 $9.95

Zombie Spaceship Wasteland Unabridged Audio CD by Patton Oswalt (Scribner) $19.99 – Read by the author. Don’t miss Patton signing at Reckless Records on March 18th. We’ll be there too!

2nd annual Long Arm Stapler Award nominations open!

Last year, Quimby’s Bookstore created the Long Arm Stapler Award to highlight accomplishments in self-publishing.  The award was presented to QZAP, the Queer Zine Archive Project, at the opening night of the Chicago Zine Fest.  As this year’s Chicago Zine Fest approaches, we’ve refined the award process a little, and would like your input.  We are seeking nominations for both the recipient of this year’s Long Arm Stapler Award, as well as nominations for two members of the jury, which will select this year’s recipient.

Quimby’s Long Arm Stapler Award is an annual honor bestowed upon a group or individual dedicated to self-publishing and the first amendment. Each year’s recipient must show the following qualities:

  • enthusiasm for and commitment to self -publishing, which includes active participation at some level of self-publishing.
  • cause for inspiration within other self-publishers.
  • a high level of quality in output.

The Long Arm Stapler Award should not be viewed as a competition, but as Quimby’s celebrating one of the forms of media that makes our store unique.  The utilitarian nature of the award –an actual long arm stapler- is meant to focus this honor as a form of recognition and encouragement of the work the recipient has done for self-publishing, and as an attempt to bring self-publishers together to celebrate one of their own.

The award’s jury will be comprised of Quimby’s employees, any interested recipient of the Long Arm Stapler Award for the past five years, and up to two individuals nominated by the public.

To nominate a group or individual for either the award or the jury, email us at info[at], with your nomination and a brief reason for the nomination.

  • Nominations for the jury are due by February 15, 2011
  • Nominations for the award are due by February 21, 2011
  • The award will be presented at the Chicago Zine Fest’s Karoke party at Quimby’s Bookstore on March 25, 2011

Did we mention we’re having Karaoke here on March 25th?

Card by B.T. Livermore

Card by B.T. Livermore

Mike Sacks Reads from Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason 3/10

Mar ’11
7:00 pm

Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason collects Mike Sacks’ unique humor pieces—Craigslist ads, lesser-known tantric positions, letters to famous authors, Shaft living in the suburbs, a classic-rock DJ suffering a nervous breakdown, the occasional list—into one handsome, convenient volume. Originally published in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and McSweeney’s, among other venerable publications, Sacks’s writing is original and sharp, yet broadly funny. Whether it’s a groom tweeting his wedding and honeymoon in real time, or a publisher offering editorial suggestions for The Diary of Anne Frank, Sacks’s work tangles contemporary social satire with absurdist sensibilities.

Mike Sacks has written for such publications as The Believer, Esquire, GQ, McSweeney’s, The New Yorker, Premiere, Radar, Salon, Time, Time Out New York, Vanity Fair, Vice, and Women’s Health. He has worked at The Washington Post, and is currently on the editorial staff of Vanity Fair. His first book, And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Humor Writers About Their Craft, was released July 2009 by Writer’s Digest Books. His second book, SEX: Our Bodies: Our Junk, co-written with Scott Jacobson, Todd Levin, Jason Roeder, and Ted Travelstead, was released by Random House in August 2010.

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“Mike Sacks is not just a sensational comic writer, but a sensational writer—period.”—David Sedaris

Thursday, March 10th, 7pm