Monthly Archive for June, 2015

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Bob Suren reads from Crate Digger: An Obsession with Punk Records 7/17

Jul ’15
7:00 pm

cdig_lgCrate Digger: An Obsession with Punk Records is a funny, honest and personal memoir of thirty years in the D.I.Y. punk scene. There are stories about touring, recording studios and record stores. There are stories about success, failure, disappointment, self-actualization and heartbreak. There are 60,000+ words, 192 pages and 39 photos. The story takes place over three decades in nine countries on four continents. There are nine deaths, two basset hounds and one love poem. There are special appearances by Jello Biafra, Ron Reyes (possibly), Tesco Vee, Joey Shithead, Cheetah Chrome and one very serious FBI agent.

"Really brings to life the early days of the American punk scene as it spread slowly across the country, through turntables, fanzines, and word of mouth.  His vivid vinyl recollections illustrate how good record stores and adventurous college radio stations were so essential in bringing startling new music into the lives of many previously isolated kids.  It follows the trajectory of a kid as his passion for music became all-consuming."
– Jeff Nelson, Minor Threat and Dischord Records

"A fun, easy-to-read, personal narrative of 30 years of living through "Punk Rock" - finding records, going to concerts, making discoveries, and a myriad of other experiences - that help the reader "make sense" of a still-inspiring cultural revolution and breakthrough "philosophy of life" that spawned the current "entrepreneurial culture" (where everybody wants to start their own "start-up"). D-I-Y, indeed..."
-- V. Vale, founder of SEARCH & DESTROY and RE/SEARCH Publications


Bob Suren has written for numerous underground music magazines over the decades such as Maximum Rocknroll, Engine, Seven Inches to Freedom and published his own magazine, Heavy Rotation. Crate Digger is his first book.

For more info: or surentime(at)gmail(dot)com

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Sophie Goldstein Reads From The Oven 7/10

Jul ’15
7:00 pm

theovenIn Sophie Goldstein’s new book The Oven (AdHouse Books), she talks about a hopeful and dystopian future. Ozone depletion and dwindling resources have driven the human race into domed cities where population controls are strictly enforced. When a young couple goes looking for an anti-government paradise in the desert they may have found more than they bargained for.

“Sophie Goldstein’s artwork looks very simple, but it’s the kind of simplicity that’s complexity boiled down to a potent concentrate.” –Douglas Wolk,


Sophie Goldstein is a 2013 graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies.  In 2014 she won an Ignatz Award for her mini-comic, House of Women, Part I. Her first book Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell, co-written with Jenn Jordan, was self-published in 2013 with funding from Kickstarter. Her second book, The Oven, was released by AdHouse Books in April, 2015. Sophie has also illustrated a children’s book, Poopy Claws, written by Gene Ambaum. Her work has appeared in various publications including Best American Comics 2013, The Pitchfork Review, Maple Key Comics, Sleep of Reason, Symbolia, Trip 8 and Irene 3. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA.


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Friday, July 10th, 7pm – Free Event

Ben Tanzer and Jonathan Travelstead read from The New York Stories and How We Bury Our Dead With Zoe Zolbrod and Seth Berg 7/7

Jul ’15
7:00 pm

nystoriesbeerIn 2006, celebrated author Ben Tanzer began working on a series of short stories all set in the fictional upstate New York town of Two Rivers, most of them published in various literary journals over the years and eventually collected into the three small volumes Repetition Patterns (2008), So Different Now (2011), and After the Flood (2014). Now for the first time, all 33 of these stories have been gathered in The New York Stories, for what is already being recognized as career defining collection.


“With great humor and the natural voice of your closest confidant, Ben Tanzer brings us stories set in our shared fictional hometown of Two Rivers, NY. With tenderness and heart, Ben brings us real people and their poignant, messy struggles, reminding us of the folly of our youth and the beauty in even our most mundane histories. Though my family left when I was small for the big city, Tanzer has given this reader the gift of a sliding door here, and I think you’ll feel the same way, wherever you’re from.” – Elizabeth Crane, author of We Only Know So Much


Winner of the 2013 Cobalt Poetry Prize for his poem “Trucker,” Jonathan Travelstead has compiled an astounding collection of adrenalized poetry. How We Bury Our Dead is a narrative work which follows a single speaker as he jumps from one intense situation to the next in order to avoid his mother’s struggle with cancer. An Air Force firefighter, he volunteers to accompany his unit to Kuwait, and, after returning and still unable to cope, he hitchhikes his way across Alaska before finally going home.

“Jonathan Travelstead maps the quest for his elemental “end points and beginnings.” Doing so, he spans topography as various as Southern Illinois strip mines, automobile accident scenes, and Iraqi battle zones. What results are narratives that bare-knuckle gut-punch easy redemption. These poems honor the dead and the dying, refusing to avert the eye from certain explosion. It’s no wonder the keenest offer “prayers” for hand tools that do something palpably useful, say, prying open the wrecked heart’s flaming chariot of half-spoken desires.”   —Kevin Stein, author of Wrestling Li Po for the Remote

Tanzer and Travelstead will be joined Zoe Zolbrod, author of the acclaimed novel Currency (Other Voices Books, 2010) and poet Seth Berg, co-author of The Aviary, the recent Twin Antlers Prize for poetry from Artistically Declined Press.

For more info: Ben Tanzer:   tanzerben(at)gmail(dot)com

Tuesday, July 7th, 7pm – Free Event

Offsite: Quimby’s Night at LiveWire Lounge: 3 Songs, 3 Writers Reading About Those Songs 6/28

Jun ’15
6:00 pm

3Songs June 2015

The LiveWire Lounge (3394 N Milwaukee) asked Quimby’s to curate a night at their lounge. So this is what we’re bringing, a themed mix of reading and music with a very specific focus.

Ben Tanzer, reading about The World’s a Mess by X

Shay DeGrandis, reading about Ever Fallen In Love by the Buzzcocks

Paul Durica, reading about Children of the Revolution by T. Rex

All 3 songs performed by The Blue Ribbon Glee Club

Original Readings by:

Ben Tanzer is the author of the books 99 Problems, My Father’s House, You Can Make Him Like You, Orphans, which won the 24th Annual Midwest Book Award in Fantasy/SciFi/Horror/Paranormal and a Bronze medal in the Science Fiction category at the 2015 IPPY Awards, and Lost in Space, which received an Honorable Mention in the Chicago Writers Association 2014 Book Awards Traditional Non-Fiction category, among others. He has also contributed to Punk Planet, Clamor, and Men’s Health, serves as Senior Director, Acquisitions for Curbside Splendor and can be found online at This Blog Will Change Your Life.

Shay DeGrandis is an artist, writer, producer, administrator, well-meaning amateur therapist, and accidental comedian. She produces and hosts the Chicago edition of Mortified, a comedy show of “personal redemption through public humiliation.” Helping performers bring to light their most awkward adolescent writing, she persuades them to share their shame with strangers. Shay also likes to share her own shame both on stage and off and has, in fact, fallen in love with someone she shouldn’t have fallen in love with . . . multiple times. You can see what the results look like at

Paul Durica is a teacher, writer, and public historian. Since 2008 he has been producing a series of free and interactive public history programs under the name Pocket Guide to Hell. These talks, walks, and reenactments use costumes, props, music, and audience participation to make the past feel present. Paul has collaborated on programs with a range of cultural institutions from across Chicago including the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, Chicago History Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Gallery 400, Smart Museum, and Sullivan Galleries among others. Paul’s writing on Chicago history and culture has appeared in Poetry, The Chicagoan, Mash Tun, Lumpen, and elsewhere and, with Bill Savage, he is the editor of Chicago By Day and Night: The Pleasure Seeker’s Guide to the Paris of America (Northwestern UP, 2013).

The Blue Ribbon Glee Club is Chicago’s punk rock a capella glee club, and regularly performs songs by Fugazi, Gang of Four, the Dead Kennedys, the Buzzcocks and more.

Please note: This event is NOT at Quimby’s. It is at the LIVEWIRE LOUNGE | 3394 N MILWAUKEE AVE, CHICAGO, IL

Facebook event invite here.

Sun, June 28th, 6pm
LiveWire Lounge

New Stuff This Week



Scene History Series vol 1: Punk In NYCs Lower East Side 1981-1991 by Ben Nadler (Microcosm) $4.95

How to Talk to Your Cat About Abstinence presented by The American Association of Patriots $2.00 – The third in the red, white & blue Cat Talk trilogy has arrived, in virginal white, to instruct Concerned Patriots in how to properly steer their growing cats away from the path of sin and licentuousness and into the loving hands of American Jesus. Because no one wants a slatternly cat. Let a promise ring be your flea collar! -GS

I Dont Know How To Help You by Jessie Duke (Pioneers) $5.00

Margin Creep #4 $6.00

Every Day Failures #1 a Punk Stuck In Suburbia by Sarah B. $4.00

Buffy the Anarcho Syndicalist by Tom Sutton $2.00

Simple Steps to a Life Less Shitty Second Edition by Adam Gnade (Pioneers Press) $5.00

Country Grind Quarterly #5 Win 15 $2.00

Wittgenstein Is by Abigail Ham $2.00

And I Am the Angriest Girl by Yewon Kwon $5.00

Deep Breathing by Julianna Green $5.00

Speak Out: A Zine Exploring Gendered Violence, by Julia Fogelson and Mary Mykhaylova, courtesy of Speak Out Santa Cruz $3.00

Spectacle, issues #1-#4 by Marta Chudolinska $4.00 each

New CrimethInc zines! $4.00 each: Self as Other Reflections on Self Care, Accounting For Ourselves Breaking the Impasse Around Assault and Abuse in Anarchist Scenes

Comics & Minis

Ink For Beginners a Comic Guide To Getting Tattooed by Kate Leth $4.00
Quite the Drop by Christopher Green

Designer Original by Sean Christensen $3.00

Chase Scenes Gridlords Anthology $10.00 – Entirely comprised of moments within the chase. Work by  Yumi Sakugawa,  Andrice Arp, Theo Ellsworth & more.
Eggshell Sword Raymond Ray by M. Pearson $3.00

What I Have Been Doing by Andrice Arp $5.00

Sex Magic by Hawkins $5.00
Anchored by Ariel Chan $3.50

Persistence by Yewon Kwon $5.00

Super Hero Kim #1 by Richard Larios $3.00

Running Habit by R. Burns $3.00

S #21 Baltic Comics Magazine $12.00

Mini Kus #33 BFF by Marie Jacotey $5.00

Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks

Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty?five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels by Tom Devlin (D&Q) $49.95 – 800 page baby featuring new work by Kate Beaton, Chester Brown, Michael DeForge, Tom Gauld, Miriam Katin, Rutu Modan, James Sturm, Jillian Tamaki, Yoshihiro Tatsumi alongside rare and never-before-seen work from Guy Delisle, Debbie Drechsler, Julie Doucet, John Porcellino, Art Spiegelman, and Adrian Tomine, and a cover by Tom Gauld. Editor Tom Devlin digs into the company archives for rare photographs, correspondence, and comics; assembles biographies, personal reminiscences, and interviews with key D+Q staff; and curates essays by Margaret Atwood, Sheila Heti, Jonathan Lethem, Deb Olin Unferth, Heather O’Neill, Lemony Snicket, Chris Ware, and noted comics scholars.
The Oven by Sophie Goldstein (Adhouse) $12.95 – The story of a young couple getting more than they bargained for looking for an anti-government paradise. Don’t miss Sophie Goldstein here at Quimby’s on 7/10!

The League of Regrettable Superheroes: Half-Baked Heroes from Comic Book History by Jon Morris $24.95

An Entity Observes All Things by Box Brown (Retrofit Comics) $12.00

Sea Urchin by Laura Knetzger (Retrofit Comics) $8.00

Advice Comics #1 $20.00 – Risographed anthology.

Art & Design

The Ghosts of Ellis Island (Damiani) $39.95 – Maus Artist Art Spiegelman collaborates with photographer JR, illustrating on photographs of the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital.

What’s Your Story? True Experiences From Complete Strangers by Brandon Doman $29.99

One Thing Leads To Another: The Posters and Art of Dan Stiles (PowerHouse) $24.95

Snake Eyes: A Nicolas Cage Activity Book by Haunt Me Studio (Belly Kids) $12.00

BA. KU. Kult Skating Dark Rituals by by Anthony Tafuro, Deer Man of Dark Woods; Deep Leviathon Dweller (PowerHouse) $40.00 – Barrier Kult. They’re an assembly of incognito professional skateboarders that ritualize their skill on concrete barriers in Vancouver. The team is promoted by and has worked with countless bands in the black metal/noise community and feels that the genre has been able to loan the group its face and image.


Strange Bodies: A Novel by Marcel Theroux $16.00 – From the author of Far North.

Only Words That Are Worth Remembering by Jeffrey Rotter $26.00

Music & Entertainment Media Books

Making a Scene: New York Hardcore in Photos, Lyrics & Commentary Revisited by Bri Hurley and Chris Daily (Buttergoose Press) $18.00

Take the Manic Ride: The Photography and Artwork of Fred Hammer (Rev Records) $14.00 – Over 200 photographs by Nardcore legend and hardcore/punk photographer Fred Hammer. Bands include Bl’ast!, Bad Religion, Gorilla Biscuits, The Rival Mob, Ceremony, Youth Of Today, Bold, Negative Approach, 7 Seconds, Agnostic Front, Terror, RKL, Strife, Floorpunch, Underdog, Sick Of It All, Converge, Cro-Mags, Youth Brigade, Adolescents, Good Riddance, Dr. Know, Stalag 13, Ill Repute, Agression, Nails, Danzig and more. Includes free 18″ x 24″ poster and sticker.

Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records by Amanda Petrusich $16.00

Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation by Blake J. Harris $15.99

Funny on Purpose: The Definitive Guide to an Unpredictable Career in Comedy: Standup + Improv + Sketch + TV + Writing + Directing + YouTube by Joe Randazzo (Chronicle) $18.95



Geek Knits: Over 30 Projects for Fantasy Fanatics, Science Fiction Fiends, and Knitting Nerds JOAN OF DARK aka Toni Carr $21.99


Soy Not Oi vol 2 With Over 200 Original Vegan Recipes by the Hippycore Krew (Culture At All Costs Publishing) $20.00 – Cast off the chains of corporate food dependency! Twenty-five years after the publication of the original Soy Not Oi, the Hippycore Krew returns with a second volume featuring a worldwide cast of contributors! Over two hundred original vegan recipes, and suggested musical accompaniments.


Juxtapoz #174 Jul 15 $6.99

Apartamento #15 $19.95

The Great Discontent #3 Possibility Issue $25.00

Kenzine vol 3 $35.00

Offscreen #11 $22.00

Highsnobiety #10 Spr Sum 15 $19.99

High Times Jul Aug 15 $5.99

Gather #7 Sum 15 Spectrum $19.99

Smith Journal #14 $20.50

AdBusters Jul Aug 15 $12.95

Lit Journals & Chap Books

Lady Churchills Rosebud Wristlet #32 Jun 15 $5.00

Overtime #36 Along the Water Line by Tom Wayman $2.00