Monthly Archive for August, 2013

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Quimby’s Bookstore Podcast Episode #8 With Adam Parfrey & Peter Sotos Now Available

This episode is entitled “We’re Having a Good Time With That Goat, Wish You Were Here: Decadence With Adam Parfrey and Peter Sotos.” Feral House publisher Adam Parfrey, talks about his book Ritual America: Secret Brotherhoods and Their Influence on American Society: A Visual Guide, and controversial local writer Peter Sotos talks about his book Pure Filth.

Stream or download this episode and past episodes (it’s free!) on our Podbean site at

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New Stuff This Week


Home 2014 Nikki McClure Calendar $16.00

Za The Pizza Zine #2 by Nicki Yowell $4.00 – Hot N’ Ready Pizza Bachelors, pie-ku poems, pizza-wine pairings? ‘Za #2 has got it all, extra cheese.
Mend My Dress #11 A Book of Days by Neelybat Chestnut $2.00 – Made For the 24 Hour Zine Thing July 27th, 2013.
One Night at the Jackson Stop by Sean Linn $3.00
Clocktower Nine #2 by Danny $2.50
Letter To My Younger Self by Erin Leslie $3.00
Uncharted Waters #1 Goodbye High School Sweetheart by Miss C. Bean $3.00
Pilsen On the 4th of July by Rick Majewski $6.00

Comics & Comix
Wet Cough by Michael DeForge $6.00 – A beautiful fully-silkscreened wordless presto-chango comic fresh from DeForge and printed by the genius squeegees at Mille Putois!!
Big In Japan: An Illustrated Travel Diary by Moogs Kewell $6.00
Idyll Of The White Lotus $7.00 – An anthology of comics from Ron Regé Jr.’s Cartoon Utopia Summer Comics Camp at SAW. Centered on visions from Mabel Collins’ novel of the same name, eleven plugged-in comics with standout work from Amy Peltz and James McShane.
Flower Flies by Kaitlin Smrcina $3.00
Echo Island #1 by Anderes Holm and John Lawlor $6.99
Creepy Comics #13 The Finest in Illustrated Horror Unsweet Thirteen with Josh Simmons, Peter Bagge ane more. $4.99
Powdered Milk issues #9-#11 by Keiler Roberts $2.00 each
Tale of Heroism issues #1 and #2 by Adam Matthew Ink Roob $5.00 each
Peehole #11 Amazing Stories for the Easily Amazed by Jim Donaldson $3.00
Galactic Breakdown #5 Part 1 by Keenan Marshall Keller (DrippyBone) $8.00
Spills #1 by Kristine Conroy $3.00
Parfreys Glen by Scott Roberts $5.00

Graphic Novels & trade Paperbacks
Marvel 1602 10th Anniversary Hard cover Edition by Neil Gaiman et al. (Marvel) $29.99
Summertimeby Gina Sialiano $15.00
Nudnik Revealed: The History of Americas Lost Loveable Loser by Gene Deitch (Fantagraphics) $29.99
Willow Wonderland by Jeff Parker et al. (Drk Horse) $17.99 – Linked to the Buffy season 9 adventures.
Chew vol 7 TPB Bad Apples by John Layman et al. $12.99
Turd A Day  by Joshua Wysocki $10.00
I Am My Own Stereotype the My Small Diary Collection vol 1 by Delaine $8.00

Zig and Wikki in Something Ate My Homework by Nadja Spiegelman and Trade Loeffler (Toon Books) $4.99
Mo and Jo Fighting Together Forever by Jay Lynch and Dean Haspiel (Toon Books) $4.99

Pulpit vs the Hole by Jay Shearer $8.00
Clockwork Man by EV Odle (HiLo) $13.95
In Case We Die by Danny Bland (Fantagrphics) $26.99
Hard Times Blues by Elwin Cotman $12.00 – Thanks to everybody that came out to this splendid event last night!

Mayhem, Miscreants, Memoirs, Music & Misc
Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons and Dragons and the People Who Play It by David M. Ewalt $26.00
Dying for the Truth: Undercover Inside the Mexican Drug War by the Fugitive Reporters of Blog del Narco (Feral House) $24.95

Frankie #54 $13.95
Capricious #14 $25.00
Interzone #247 $9.99
Murder Most Foul #89 $9.99
True Crime Aug 13 $8.99
Sneaker Freaker #27 $14.95
Cosplay USA Sum 13 $5.99
Paper Sep 13 vol 30 #1 $4.00
Wire Aug 13 #354 $11.25
Maximumrocknroll #364 Sep 13 $4.00
Shindig #34 $12.99
Filter Good Music Guide Aug Sep 13 $2.99
Shadow #54 $1.00
Harpers Magazine Sep 13 $6.99
Transformation #86 $12.50
Skin and Ink Nov 13 #147 $8.99
Fool #3 Food Insanity Brilliance and Love $19.95 – Fool was named best food magazine in the world this year…or something absurdly prominent like that….and it’s really no lie, this thing is solidly written and stylishly presented awesomeness for those interested in eating and curious about living. Glad it made the journey from Sweden to join us at the Quimbystore! -EF

Poetry, Lit Mags, Lit Journals, Chap Books
Images a Collection of Poetry vol 1 by Maurice D. Waddell $11.95
Donsongs an Anthology of Literary Sound vol 2  by Maurice D. Waddell $12.95
Barge Journal #2 $7.00
Literary Review vol 56 #2 Early Sum 13 Scenester $8.00
Cobblers Story: The Cobblers Second Tale The Bikers Tale The Hero by Michael Paul Lopez $3.00
Overtime Hour 29 Twenty First Floor by Miha Mazzini $2.00

Notable Restocks & Reprints
Open the Door How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeneys) $16.00
Anna and Froga I Dunno What Do You Want To Do by Anouk Ricard (D&Q) $14.95
Rule Is to Break: A Childs Guide to Anarchy by John and Jana (Manic D Presss) $14.95
The Guide To Getting It On by Paul Joannides $28.95
In Memorariam to Identity by Kathy Acker $13.00

Other Stuff
Spray Can Light Up LED Keychain $6.00
Bike Snob Blank Journal $12.95
Cone of Shame Light Up LED Keychain $6.00

Off-Site: Audrey Petty, Editor of High Rise Stories, at the Hull-House 9/24, in conversation with WBEZ’s Natalie Moore

Sep ’13
7:00 pm


Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and The Public Square presents, author and WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore in conversation with Audrey Petty, compiler and editor of HIGH RISE STORIES: VOICES FROM CHICAGO PUBLIC HOUSING.

Cabrini-Green. Robert Taylor Homes. Stateway Gardens. Ida B. Wells and Harold Ickes. Imposing structures that dominated the landscape of the city and the lives of residents in the second half of the 20th century in Chicago. In the gripping first-person accounts of High Rise Stories, former residents of Chicago’s iconic public housing projects describe life in the now-demolished high rises. These stories of community, displacement, and poverty in the wake of gentrification give voice to those who have long been ignored, but whose hopes and struggles exist firmly at the heart of our national identity.

About the editor:
Audrey Petty is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A Ford Foundation grantee, her work has been featured in ColorlinesStoryQuarterly, and Saveur, among many others.

For more info:

Join us Tues, Sept 24th from 7-9pm at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (800 S. Halsted St.) as we provide this title for event attendees.

*Please note: this event is NOT at Quimby’s. It is at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum at 800 S. Halsted St., Chicago IL 60607

About the book, among the narrators:
DONNELL, who was initiated into gang life at the age of twelve. A former resident of Rockwell Gardens, Donnell recounts growing up in an environment where daily life involved selling drugs, fighting rival gangs, and navigating encounters with a corrupt and often violent police force, as well as his efforts to turn his life around after incarceration.

SABRINA, whose sister was shot in the head in their Cabrini-Green apartment when she was caught in the middle of a turf-related shooting. Because ambulances refused to come to Cabrini-Green, and the elevators were out of order, Sabrina’s father and her then-pregnant mother had to carry her sister down thirteen flights of stairs to rush her to the hospital.

DOLORES, who, at the age of 82, was hastily displaced from her home in Cabrini-Green after 53 years and forced to leave many of her belongings behind. Dolores depicts her community’s evolution over five decades, including her leadership in resident government, and her husband’s mentoring of youth through a Drum and Bugle Corps.

CHANDRA, whose son’s felony conviction bars him from entering the grounds of Chandra’s home in Orchard Park. Chicago Housing Authority rules demand that Chandra report him to the police if she sees him on the property, or face eviction herself.

Advance praise for High Rise Stories:

“The importance of this book cannot be overstated. High Rise Stories is essential reading for anyone interested in fair housing. The Voice of Witness series is a megaphone for our country’s most marginalized voices, opening critically needed space in the national conversation on housing reform.” —Van Jones, Former Special Advisor to the Obama White House, author of Rebuild the Dream and The Green Collar Economy

“A hard look at the consequences of poverty and flawed concepts of public housing and urban renewal.” — Kirkus Review

“The[se] stories demand attention…though nearly all of the high-rises themselves have been torn down over the last decade, the problems discussed in th[is] book remain.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“A powerful and authentic work. High-Rise Stories captures the vibrant sense of community and home, as well as the challenges, that existed for those who lived in Chicago’s public housing developments, through a series of searing first person narratives. An important book and a very moving read.” —Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps

“Although Chicago demolished almost all of its public housing towers over the last few years, the “projects” live on in infamy. Cabrini-Green, Henry Horner, Robert Taylor–these were the imagined wastelands of the inner-city’s decay, the proper names of urban catastrophe. Employing the intimate interview style of Studs Terkel, High-Rise Stories allows real residents of public housing to speak in their own voices. Their gripping life stories are at once harrowing and inspiring, and give the lie to the myth that the projects were a monolithic hell, the people there mere victims or victimizers. The book is important reading for anyone hoping to understand Chicago in all its workings.” —Ben Austen, The Last Tower

‘Whatever else might be said about Chicago’s Plan for Transformation, it has proved a stunningly effective disappearing act. The city did not merely demolish its high-rise public housing developments; it erased them, without regard for the identities, attachments, and histories of those for whom these communities were home. High-Rise Stories is a major act of recovery and rescue. Bypassing the official narrative of enlightened urban “transformation”—as well as the social scientific folklore and magical thinking about “mixed income communities” deployed to support it—Audrey Petty has done something radical: she has simply and deeply listened to residents. Her book is an extended act of neighborly hospitality. Each of the voices she has assembled is distinct. Taken together, they evoke a lost world and speak to a future in which all have an equal right to the city.” —Jamie Kalven

Joe Janes and Friends Present Staged Readings From Seven Deadly Plays 9/21

Sep ’13
7:00 pm

playsIn Joe Janes’s new book Seven Deadly Plays, he assembles seven plays he wrote that are set in dangerous places in and around Chicago. All the plays were written in one week and then presented at Strawdog Theatre in the summer of 2012. The locations include a speedboat on Lake Michigan, an urban farm in Englewood, the abandoned Damen Silos, a haunted cemetery, a fun house, up in a big tree and Lower Wacker. The approach was similar to how many 24-Hour projects are constructed. Directors and casts were predetermined. Janes visited each site and then wrote a play that day which was submitted to the director and actors the following morning. The first group had six days to prep their play. The last group had the day of opening night to get ready.  The result was a dynamic mix of comedy and drama in some very unusual settings.

“silly, bizarre, violent, and provocative…the pieces showcase Janes’s willingness to take risks of all kinds.” – Chicago Reader on 50 Plays

Joe Janes is an Emmy award winning writer and former stand-up who teaches comedy writing at The Second City and Columbia College. He has written for Jellyvision’s “You Don’t Know Jack” and SNL’s “Weekend Update.” He has written three books: 365 Sketches, 50 Plays and Seven Deadly Plays. His full-length plays include Metaluna and the Science of the Mind Revue, A Hard Day’s Journey Into Night and Always Never. He writes regularly for WNEP Theatre and Robot vs Dinosaur. He has been a director for Second City for over ten years including directing the national touring company and Second City main stages in Las Vegas and Detroit.

For more info: or e-mail joejanes1065(at)gmail(dot)com

Saturday, September 21st, 7pm – Free Event



New Stuff This Week

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Yes, but do you have the new issue of Vice?

Apology #2 Sum 13 $18.00
Arthur #35 Aug 13 $5.00
N Plus 1 #17 Fall 13

Cheer The Eff Up #5 by Jonas $3.00
Artificial Landscapes by Katie Shlon $10.00
Rochester Teenset Outsider #25 $1.00
Under the Radar: Notes From the Wild Mushroom Trade by Olivier Matthon (Pioneers Press) $5.00
Xerography Debt #33 (Microcosm) $4.00 – The review zine with perzine tendencies.
Oatmeal Tears #1 and #2 by Tim Miller $2.00 each
Spunk #9 by Aaron Tilford $9.00
Sick Sunny: My Journey to a Gluten Free Lifestyle by Brijid Somaodji Landis & Rebecca M. Zec (Microcosm) $3.00
Comfort Eating with Nick Cave: 13 Images of Food Drama by Automne Zingg (Microcosm) $6.00
Crawl #7 Tips Tricks Traps $3.95
Recoup #1 Music Magazine $9.00
City For Sale $10.00
Proof I Exist #16 Jun 13 by Billy $2.00 – Billy of Loop Distro stranded us in Chicago to go be a dealer. And by that, we mean a card dealer in New Mexico.

Comics & Comix
All Star Motherfuckin Roids by Keenan Marshall Keller (Drippy Bone Books) $6.00
Laskimooses #12 Eri Huonoja Enteita by Herra Matt Hagelbergin $7.00
Sin #1 The Beating of the Drums by AJ Fulcher and Jospeh Canave $4.00
Justice Angel vol 1 #1 A New Hero For Justice in New York by Tiffany Dang, Valerie Boris and Caleb Meeker $4.99
Beatrice by Brett Manning $5.00
Eve and Eve #1 an Alt Universe by Caitlin Yates $7.00
Mysticism of Work $2.00
Jelly and Toast issues #1-#3 Tim Miller $2.00 each
Cartoonshow #2 Your Daughters Will Bear Our Children by Derek M. Ballard (Drippy Bone Books) $6.00
Galactic Breakdown #5 part 2 by Keenan Marshall Keller (Drippy Bone Books) $8.00

Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks
Children of Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez (Fantagraphics) $22.99 – Collects issues 1 – 3 of the New Tales of Old Palomar Ignatz Series.
Child of Tomorrow and Other Stories (EC Comics Library Collection) by Al Feldstein (Fantagraphics) $28.99
Sunday Comics by Gahan Wilson (Fantagraphics) $29.99
March Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell (Top Shelf) $14.95
Smile by Raina Telgemeier $10.99
Girl Genius vol 2 Agatha Heterodyne and the Airship City by Phil & Kaja Foglio (Airship Entertainment) $22.95 – Gaslamp Fantasy with Adventure, Romance, and Mad Science.
One Trick Rip Off and Deep Cuts by Paul Pope $19.99 – Now in trade paperback.
Map of Days by Robert Hunter (Nobrow) $18.95
Biografiktion by Ana Albero, Till Hafenbrak et al. (Nobrow) $29.00

Art & Design
Burgermat Show Poster and Recipe Book (Nobrow) $24.95
World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti by Rafael Schacter $35.00
Pigs Disco by Stuar t Griffiths $30.95
Stages of Decay of Julia Solis (Prestel) $34.95 – More ruin porn. Add to your collection.

Mayhem, Miscreants, Memoirs, Music & Misc
The Classic Book of Rude Jokes: Crass Humor for the Discriminating Jokester by Scott McNeely $10.95
God Is Disappointed in You by Mark Russell and Shannan Wheeler (Top Shelf) $19.95
Twisted Toonage: The Fluffer Handbook – Warning Deliciously Offensive by April Goldenberg $5.00
Electrified Sheep: Chimpanzee Butlers and Monkey Maids, Adventures in Self-Surgery Glass Eating Scientists, Nuking the Moon and More Bizarre Experiments by Alex Boese $15.99
The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s by Peter Doggett $16.99
Places Weve Been: Field Reports From Travelers Under 35 by Asha Veal Brisebois $17.95
The Happy Atheist by PZ Meyers $24.00
My 1980s and Other Essays by Wayne Koestenbaum $16.00
The Culinary Cyclist: A Cookbook and Companion for the Good Life by Anna Brones and Johanna Kindvall (Elly Blue Publishing) $9.95

Politics & Revolution
Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency by Kristian Williams, Will Munger and Glavin Lara Messersmith (AK Press) $21.00

Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana Medical Recreational & Scientific by Martin A. Lee $18.00 – Now in soft cover.

One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses by Lucy Corin (McSweeneys) $22.00
Steel Tsar: Nomad of the Time Streams Novel 3 by Michael Moorcock $9.95 – In this version of history the Axis and the Allies teamed up against Japan. We always need Moor Cock in our our lives. (See what I did there? -Liz).
Collection Short Fiction From the Transgender Vanguard by Tom Leger $19.95
His Wife Leaves Him by Steve Dixon (Fantagraphics) $29.99

Kids Stuff
Patrick Eats His Peas and Other Stories by Geoffrey Hayes (Toon) $12.95
Ottos Backwards Day by Frank Cammuso and Jay Lynch (Toon) $12.95

Got a Girl Crush #2 $15.00
Love Magazine #10 $17.99
Little White Lies #48 $12.99

Other Stuff & Notable Restocks
Turntable Kitchen Timer $14.00 – Be a mixmaster food general.
Restock of blank journals from Buy Olympia, artists like Nikki McClure & Eloise Renouf.
Everyday Magic 2014 Calendar by Apak (Little Otsu) $14.00
Panda Critter Hub 3 Port USB & Squirrel Critter Hub 3 Port USB $20.00 each.
Tons of new cards and postcards, plus a restock of Dark & Somber Black Metal Greeting cards.
various issues of Caboose.
Let Gluten Freedom Ring: Vegan Gluten Free Recipe Zine by Adam Gnade $4.00
Scam #9 Fall 12 Damaged: The Story of Black Flag’s Classic First Album by Erick Lyle $3.00
Do It Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin Sad by Adam Gnade $6.00
Henry and Glenn Forever Sticker Funbag $5.00
Support Independent Publishing Sticker $1.00
Reading is Sexy Button $1.50
What Would Devo Do Sticker $1.00
Confessions of a Chicago Punk Bystander by Marie Kanger Born $22.00