New Stuff This Week

The well-dressed Lord Baron Joseph C.R. Vourteque IV stopped by Quimby’s to promote CLOCKWORK VAUDEVILLE IV – The Summer Spectacular at EXIT NIGHTCLUB – 1315 W. North Ave, on Saturday, July 17, 10pm. Quimby’s will be there with a cigertte girl-style collection of absinthe-flavered items, and the word on the street is that there will be DJs, a magician, and a hypnotist. Well, I do say! For more info, see

Jacmel Working Group: Stories from Haiti After the Jan 2010 Earthquake by Jeanne Ivy $2.00 – This zine is an extrordinary record of two months of life and work after the earthquake wrecked havoc. Made in the memory of two amazing activist-powerhouses who died during the quake: Magalie Marcelin and Flo McGarrell, the zine celebrates to their lives and projects while also reporting on rebuilding efforts based in Jacmel. Ivy Jeanne, Jerry Gildea and Waffle bring us firsthand accounts of Haitian organizing and activism, the under-reported 3-day weekend of remembrance that the nation observed a month after the disaster, and a lot of ways to connect to and assist Haiti’s recovery efforts. This zine is powerful and empowering, resourceful and eye-opening. Click on the cover below for a physical record of the Jacmel Working Group blog.

Inner Swine vol 16 #1 and #2 by Jeff Somers $2.00
Stitching Together by Ed Choy Moorman $3.00
Brilliant Mistake #1 by Carrie $1.00 – Wonderful first zine from a Chicago local. Recommended.
Whaddafug #5 by Anthony Abelaye $2.00
Wanna Play A Game #1 by Crew Games $1.00 – Is the title stolen from “War Games”? Just askin’.
Bones I Saw Something This Morning by Sean Hernandez $3.00

Comics/Comix/Mini Comics
Adventrues in Service, Featuring Hobbeson and Chives Crimefighting Butlers in Love – Thrilling Morsels Snatched from the Jaws of Drama by Matt Fagan $2.00 – From local comics and Meniscus zine superstar. Always entertaining.
Philip K Dicks Electric Ant #4 by PKD, etc. (Marvel) $3.99
Mass #3 by Nevada Hill $5.00
Coordinates by Beth Hetland $8.00

Graphic Novels/Trade Paperbacks
Skin Horse vol 1
by var. $13.99
Parade of Pleasure by Geoffrey Wagner (Pure Imagination) $25.00
BB Wolf and the Three LPs by JD Arnold and Richard Koslowski (Top Shelf) $12.95
Stick Figure Hamlet by Dan Carroll $18.00 – Yes, for real. Infinitely more entertaining than using Cliff Notes.

DIY, How-to & Food

Growing Stuff: An Alternative Guide to Gardening by var. (Black Dog) $24.95
Make These Toys by Heather Swain (Perigree) $13.95
Bricks: For Young Adults, Cancer Awareness and Resource Guide $5.00

Fiction/Poetry Books
Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr (Scribner) $24.00 – In multiple O. Henry Prize–winner Doerr’s book of short stories, the presence and persistence of memory thematically binds stories set apart by vast distances of time and space. The title story finds a South African woman at the end of her life, taking part in a procedure that records her memories on cassettes; meanwhile, a pair of thieves rifles through the recordings, hoping to discover a secret her husband took to his grave.
Shiny Shiny by Michael O’Flaherty $16.95

Steampunk/Speculative Fiction
Android Karenina
by Leo Tolstoy and Ben Winters (Quirk) $12.95 – Are we done with this mashy uppy Victorian literature mixed with monsters and robots business? Apparently not. The guy behind Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters is back with Android Karenina, the love story set in a dystopian world of robots, cyborgs, and interstellar space travel.

Outer Limits/Mayhem Books
Hidden Realms, Lost Civilizations and Beings From Other Worlds
by Jerome Clark (Visible Ink) $24.95
Circus and Carnival Ballyhoo: Sideshow Freaks Jaggers and Blade Box Queens by AW Stencell (ECW) $22.95

Magazines/Literary Journals
Believer #73 2010: Music Issue
High Times Sep 10 $5.99
Mojo #201 Aug 10 $9.99
Bizarre #164 Jul 10 $10.50
Dumbo Feather #23 Fall 10 Pass It On $19.99
Kaiserin #8: Magazine for boys with problems $22.99
Monocle vol 4 #35 Jul Aug 10 $10.00
Apartamento #5 $19.95

Chap Books
Hornet Homily
by Patrick Culliton $8.00
Toucan #7 by Liz Baudler and Laura Rynberg $3.00

Music Books
KrautRock: Cosmic Rock and Its Legacy
by Nikos Kotsopoulos (Black Dog) $29.95

Sexy Stuff
Pornsaints Catalog
by F. DIsa $4.00
Filament vol 2 #1 issue #5 $12.50

Essays/Criticism/Cultural Commentary
We the Dreamers: Young Authors Explore the American Dream
by The John O’Connell High School and Daniel Alarcon (826 Books) $18.00
Ancient Gonzo Wisdom: Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson by Anita Thompson and Christopher Hitchens (Da Capo) $18.00
I’m Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand Up Comedys Golden Era by William Knoedelseder (Public Affairs) $14.95
The Big Rewind: A Memoir Brought to You by Pop Culture by Nathan Rabin (Scribner) $15.00 – From one of the writers of The Onion. Now in soft cover.

Also! Stuff That Can/Can’t Be Fit In Any Categorey Exactly But Are Awesome:
Silly Stickers
by Koyama Press $10.00
All My Friends Are Dead by var. (Chronicle) $9.95 – Hilarious. And sad. So sad. But hilarious!
365 Sketches: A Comedy Sketch A Day For One Year by Joe Jones $40.00 – Don’t miss his event here at Quimby’s on Saturday, August 21st at 7pm featuring the author and some of Chicago’s finest comedic actors performing monologues from 365. What’s this all about? On January 19, 2009, Chicago teacher and playwright Joe Janes decided to write a comedy sketch a day for a year. He did that. When he was done, Don Hall of the WNEP Theater Foundation decided to produce them. All of them. In June of 2010, Don and Joe gathered together over 200 Chicago actors and directors and over eleven nights presented 26 shows each featuring two weeks worth of sketches (although one has 15 scenes). Yep. Crazy. All 365 comedy sketches are collected in this book along with a complete list of directors and actors from the Strawdog shows. Joe teaches comedy writing at The Second City and Columbia College. For more info:

365 Sketches

Bear in Underwear by Todd Doodler (Blue Apple) $12.99 – We don’t order a lot of kids books. This one was irresistable. And you will think so too, no matter how old you are.