Monthly Archive for August, 2012

Page 2 of 3

Gregory Harms Reads From It’s Not About Religion 9/15

Sep ’12
7:00 pm

When the Middle East is covered on the news or depicted in film, what is shown is a region defined almost exclusively by violence, chaos, and extremism, and a common question often arises in response: Does religion have anything to do with it?

In It’s Not About Religion, Gregory Harms examines a range of topics in an effort to answer the question. As the book’s title indicates, the region’s woes and instability are in fact not caused by biblical or Islamic factors. Harms reveals a list of entirely secular factors and realities as he examines how and why Americans view the Arab Middle East the way they do; the history of European and U.S. involvement in the region; the emergence of Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism; and how academics and the mass media tend to discuss the region and its inhabitants.

In roughly one hundred pages, the reader is shown a constellation of history and culture that will hopefully help move the conversation of the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy in a more grounded and precise direction.

“An informative, lively, and humane look at the real sources of conflict and struggle in the [Middle East].” Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine

GREGORY HARMS is an independent scholar and the author of The Palestine–Israel Conflict: A Basic Introduction (3rd ed., 2012) and Straight Power Concepts in the Middle East: US Foreign Policy, Israel, and World History (2010). His articles appear on CounterPunch, Truthout, and Mondoweiss. He has been interviewed on BBC Radio and Chicago Public Radio.

For more info:


CCLaP Performs “Podcast Dreadful”

Sep ’12
7:00 pm

Join the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (CCLaP) on Friday, September 21st, as it presents a live-audience episode of its new “Podcast Dreadful” serial literary anthology, at the popular Quimby’s Bookstore in Wicker Park. Known for its annual themed compilation of local short work every fall, this year CCLaP is presenting this work as a free 12-part audiobook at its website, every Monday in September, October and November; featuring a variety of celebrated authors both locally and across the US, each story in this collection has been written in the style of an old Victorian “penny dreadful,” featuring cliffhangers each week and a dark, strange tone throughout. Episode number 4 will be performed in front of a live audience at the famed indie-lit venue Quimby’s, and will feature not only readings from local authors Davis Schneiderman, Jacob Knabb, Jason Fisk and CCLaP owner Jason Pettus, but also real-time radio-style sound effects by a specially assembled stage crew. Free refreshments will also be served that night, and with other CCLaP merchandise available for purchase.

For more info: or write Jason Pettus at

 Fri, Sept 21st, 7pm

Weekly Top 10

Still shot of entries from the 2012 Chicago Zine Fest Olympics “Make a Zine Cover” Competition from opening night. And guess what? Dates have been announced for the next Chicago Zine Fest, which will be March 8th and 9th 2013. For more info, see

1. DemonTears by Bernie McGovern (Hic and Hoc) $6.00 – Thanks to everybody that came out for the event with minicomics superstars Bernie McGovern, Lauren Barnett and Neil Fitzpatrick.

2. Handbook vol 6 #3 2012 by Darren Ankenbauer $6.00 – Steve Cruz, Keith Haring, reader dick, curated mens, elevator porn – a real handfull. -EF

3. Juxtapoz #140 Sep 12 $5.99

4. Uppercase #14 A Magazine For the Creative and Curious $18.00

5. Hypnotic Induction Technique by Grant Reynolds $4.00 – Jeezus, Reynolds… This Technique is a patty melt full of bloody hair and a side of mucus fries. Split down the middle, H.I.T. begins with a medley of shorter pieces so viciously viscously combined it’s hard to tell where the pizza puff ends and the rectum begins, and frankly, why would you want to? Progressively wrapping itself around itself, the wormy mass and thready entrails put their cord through a narrative meat grinder. The resultant chuck and splatter is the perfect segway to “Peeled and Deveined” a prying terrorchase lit by nightmare flashlight. These are under-the-skin stories, the kind that keep you coming back to map the terrain of each page while your subconscious slides under the quicksand surface. Get in a suggestible state and sew this onto your mind.  -EF

6. Two Cats Magazine #1 Win 12 by Paisley (“Pais) and Boo Radley $15.00 – The first magazine by cats for cats. (Recommended reading. -LM)

7. Sex Gender Identity Orientation and Discrimination by Dan Copulsky $.25

8. Taking the Lane vol 7 BikeSex $4.00 – Bikesexuals speak out.

9. Everythingness by Neil Fitzpatrick (Hic and Hoc Press) $5.00

10. Colors #84  $8.95

New Stuff This Week

Thank you to the charming David Rees (who we demand pose in our vintage photobooth in his apron) and for everybody that came to our event this past week (and a special thanks to audience members who participated as pencil sharpening novices). David demonstarted how to do some flashy sharpening moves as well as explained how to start your very own pencil sharpening business. Follow your dreams, kids!

Handbook for Hot Witches: Illustrated Guide to Magic Love and Creativityby Dame Darcy $15.99 – Combine a graphic novel with a dash of crafts, a sprinkle of feminist fairy tales, and a whole cauldron of spells—voilà!—Handbook for Hot Witches. Ever wondered what your dreams mean? You can look them up here. Want to learn to knit? This book can get you started. With sections on witch holidays, love, crystal ball gazing, meditating, and much more, this fully illustrated guide is the handbook that will send girls on their way to independence, creativity, and magic. What kind of witch are you? Let Dame “Meatcake” Darcy help you figure it out. And here’s an early bird announcement: Dame Darcy will be here at Quimby’s on October 29th to help you get your halloween samhain on.

Zines & Zine-Related Books
We’ll Never Have Paris: Greatest Hits – Literary Journal of Non-Fiction by Andria Alefhi and Jaime Borschuk $7.95
Butch Nor Femme #6 Your Secretary #12 Split Zine by Lynne and Jami Sailor $1.00
Tributaries #2 Illinois Withholding Allowance by JC $2.00
Tributaries #3 On Tricycling History and Endings by JC $3.00
When the Seagulls Follow the Trawler It’s Because They Think Sardines Will Be Thrown Into the Sea by Francisco Cordero-Oceguera $3.00
Belmonte (De Francisco Lamb editions) $3.00
Happie volume 1 by Lamb $10.00
Alleyways: Eight Stone Press by William P. Tandy $4.00
D Tuned #1 Jul 12 by Danica Favorito $1.00
Emotions Are Hard – Crushes: A Not Helpful Guide by Georgi $.50
Mystery & Adventure Series Review #46 by Fred Woodworth $3.00
Glance in the Rearview Mirror: Neoliberal Ideology from its Origins… by Toussaint (Haymarket) $4.95
Be Realistic: Demand the Impossible by Mike Davis (Haymarket Books) $4.95
Cool Food #1 by Jessalyn Aaland $20.00 – That title’s no lie! Aaland reviews foods and cactuses, puts it out there whut’s rad about eating and hot tips on rad ways to eat the rad things. Blue plate special scrappy friend fun, written with frankjoy and illustrated sticker tripper doodlebugs of broccoli faces and donut buddies.

Comics & Comix
Colour Me Busy by Keith Jones (Koyama Press) $5.00
Everybody Loves Tank Girl #2 Mahfood and Martin $3.99
Me and You Chapter 3 $4.00
Bots is Bots #1 by Gregg K $1.00
Steel Sterling #1 by Michael Rae Grant and Gabriel Winslow Yost $5.00
Dimensions issues #3 and #4  $15.00 each
Let’s Do It BY Zejian Shen $3.00

Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks
Voyeurs by Gabrielle Bell (Uncivilized Books) $24.95
Comics Class by Matthew Forsythe (Koyama) $5.00
Tomorrow Never Knows: A Comics History of the Psychedelic Beatles by Sean Ward (Harth Publishing) $12.00
Economix: How Our Economy Works and Doesnt Work in Words and Pictures by Michael Goodwin et al. $19.95
Philosophy: A Discovery in Comics by Margreet de Heer $16.95
Graphic novels from Matt Dembicki: XOC the Journey of a Great White and District Comics: an Unconventional History of Washington DC
The Creativity of Ditko by Craig Yoe et al. $39.99
Two Cats Magazine #1 Win 12 by Paisley and Boo Radley $15.00 – Important news from the perspectives of the two cats: Dust, Inside Utility Closet, plus Catnip Treats. Pressing matters! Inquiring minds are glad to read this because it’s hilarious.

Art & Design
Quoteskine vol 1 by Lee Crutchley (Carpet Bombing Culture) $18.95
Paper Works (Gingko Press) $34.95
From Ummmm to Der by Thomas Campbell 2009-2011 (Gingko Press) $29.95 – Very pretty monograph of Campbell’s recent work. He was prominently featured in the ground-breaking touring exhibition (2003-2008) “Beautiful Losers” and also the subsequent book and film.

Drawn By Instinct by Tiffany Bozic $45.00
Guide to Troubled Birds, Profusely Illustrated by Mincing Mockingbird $13.99
Wacky Packages Gallery Most Comprehensive Resource Archive Compiled to Date From Two of the Most Knowledgeable Collectors in the Hobby by various (Last Gasp) $15.00
Idle Hands: The Art of Coop (Baby Tattoo) $50.00
Blab World #2 by Monté Beauchamp (Last Gasp) $24.95
Alice by Trevor Brown $70.00
Rivers Forgotten by Jeremy Kai (Koyama Press) $25.00
Typoholic by the Victionary Workshop $39.95
You Are An Acceptable Level of Threat by Banksy $35.00
Stencil Wars: the Ultimate Book of Star Wars Inspired Street Art $29.95

Mayhem, Miscreants, Memoirs & Misc
Complex of Carnage: Dario Argento Beneath the Surface by Jack Hunter – From the Cult Movie Files.
Eccentropedia: The Most Unusual People Who Have Ever Lived by Chris Mikul and Glenn Smith (Headpress) $25.95
Flesh Ripping Ghouls of London: Murder, Madness and Mayhem from the Penny Bloods by JM Rymer et al (Creation) $14.95
Psychic Blues: Confessions of a Conflicted Medium by Mark Edward (Feral House) $18.95
The Worlds Weirdest Places by Nick Redfern $15.99

Music Books
The Art of Noise: Destruction of Music By Futurist Machines By Candice Black $14.95

One in Every Crowd Stories by Ivan E. Coyote (Arsenal Pulp Press) $15.95
Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Nietzsche $16.95

Sex & Sexy
Salome and Under the Hill Forbidden Erotic Classics by Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley (Wet Angel) $14.95
Das Einhorn #3 Aug Sep 12 $6.00

Juxtapoz #140 Sep 12 $5.99
Bizarre #191 Aug 12 $10.50
Paleo Magazine Aug Sep 12 $5.99
High Times Oct 12 $5.99
Pinstriping #33 Kustom Graphics Magazine $9.95
Mojo #225 Aug 12 $9.99
Maximumrocknroll #352 Sep 12 $4.00
Fader #81 Aug Sep 12 $5.99
WHOA (Whats Happening With Original Artists) Magazine Fall 12 $6.95
Filter Good Music Guide Aug Sep 12 $2.99
Cinema Retro #4 Movie Classics Special Edition $15.95
The Indignados and Occupy Movements Across the World Reader $2.50
Monocle Mediterraneo #5 Sum 12 $8.00
ASR #58 Sum 12 Anarcho Syndicalist Review $5.00
Tabu Tattoo #48 $7.99

Literary Journals, Poetry & Chap Books
Midwestern Gothic Literary Journal #6 Sum 12 $12.00
Mudfish #17 $12.00
American Athiest 2nd and 3rd Quarter 12 $4.95
Creative Nonfiction #45 Sum 12 $10.00
Overtime Hour 25 Black Shift by TE Winningham III $2.00

Other Stuff
Plastic Crimewave Vinyl (Notes and Bolts Records and Tapes) $5.50 – 7″ of psychedelic goodness! On the A side, Steve a.k.a. Plastic Crimewave croons like Bowie if he were truly in space while Tsuyama from Acid Mothers Temple adds creepy ambience in the background. On the B side, Steve gets hazey as the shoegazey goodness seeps off of the grooves and through the speakers. A solid deal and the first vinyl outing from local zine turned vinyl shiller Notes and Bolts!

The things listed in this list are at our brick and mortar store at 1854 W. North Ave. Occassionally we make some of it available for mail order on our website, but we curate what we put up there. To see which new items are on our website, see and mail order them for prompt home delivery.

Weekly Top 10


Michael the sausage dog took his owners Becky and Ali to Quimby’s and posed with our Cola Flavored Mustache Lollipop. Hot diggity dog!

1. My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf (Abrams ComicArts)  $17.95 – Thanks to everybody who came to see Derf here this past Thursday.

2. The Baffler #20 $10.00 –  In this summer issue, decomposing cities that tremble with vibrancy, art museums where cash-and-carry aesthetics is the rule, journalists on the endless education of the president, and imperial foundations and their pet broadcasters on public radio. Where else can you learn why Ira Glass’s This American Life is so damn annoying, or take in the lame, postideological pantomiming of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, or admire the performance art of Harvard fraud Adam Wheeler and laugh at the Ivy mothership’s efforts to smite the pretender down?

3. James Joyce by E. Choy $5.00 – Adaptations of James Joyce classics by Philidelphia-based Ed Choy! Includes Araby, an excerpt from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and an assortment of others. Interior pages feature alternating 1-color spreads in purple and Riso-Federal Blue.

4. Sweetmeats #1 by Edie Fake $2.00 – This is the story I did for Max Morris’ awesome anthology Vacuum Horror last winter, reprinted as a little mini so I have something to offer when folks wanna trade zines. -EF

5. Tales of Woodsman Pete With Full Particulars by Lilli Carré (Top Shelf) $7.00

6. Maximumrocknroll #351 Aug 12 $4.00

7. Razorcake #69 $4.00

8. Duel Citizenship by Jen Twigg $2.00 – D.C./Maryland versus Chicago, but in a lovin’ kinda way. Twigg talks about what it means to feel like you live in a city and what’s great about places.-EF

9. Office Girl by Joe Meno $15.95 – Umbrellas of Cherbourg 1999?

10. Gaylord Phoenix by Edie Fake (Secret Acres) $17.95 –  All-Gaylord-All-Phoenix-All-In-One, Dr. Bronner’s Style.