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Quimby’s Top Ten Best Selling Winners During the Week of Sep 30th-Oct 6th 2007

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1. Laika by Nick Abadzis (First Second) $17.95

2. FOUND Magazine #5 $5.00

3. Heeb #14 $5.99

4. Punk Planet #80 $4.95

5. Venus Zine #33 Fall 07 $4.50

6. Stop Smiling #32 $5.95

7. Bunnies and Bees 3 Portfolio of 14 Prints by Mark Ryden (Porterhouse) $50.00

8. Eye Mind: Saga of Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators Pioneers of Psychedelic Sound by Paul Drummond (Process) $22.95

9. One Hundred And Forty Five Stories In A Small Box by Dave Eggers etc. (McSweeney’s) $25.00

10. Noise Music: A History by Paul Hegarty (Continuum) $22.95

Book of the year??

Roy Wrapped in Clingfilm

The best book of the year is now available at Quimby’s. Like Derek Pell’s lyric ode to the Warren Report, Assasination Rhapsody, and Joe Wenderroth’s fast-food tragicomedy Letters To Wendy’s, Roy Wrapped In Clingfilm is probably best when it is shared, read aloud, with friends and a few bottles of cheap wine. And a roll or two, just in case.

I wrap more carefully than ever before. Not merely personal gratification but civic pride is at stake. The sunlight glints on the translucent triumph of science. The faint rasp as I unspool it sends delirious brightly coloured butterflies flocking through my stomach. I am like a tailor of the elves bedecking him in a shimmering suit of some magical material. Soon, Roy Orbison stands before all of Dusseldorf wrapped up in clingfilm. Silent white light floods my whole being and I become one with the universe.

‘Fellow burghers!’ I cry. ‘Behold! Roy Orbison is completely wrapped in cling-film!’

Comedy By Numbers Event

This event was super fun. Thanks to everybody that came! Eric Hoffman and Gary Rudoren reenacted/read from their book Comedy By Numbers, to scientifically enlighten us how to be funny. Special guest Bob Odenkirk acted as the obnoxious college circuit comedian, and as you would expect, was hilarious.


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2NDHAND & Tao Lin reading, reviewed

Literago’s Nick Osdick has an excellent review (as well as some photos) of the last THE2NDHAND event at Quimby’s, which featured an “Inside The Actors Studio” Q&A with hip-lit dreamboat, Tao Lin.

Meet the locals, part one

The Return of Kebab
The Return of Kebab, by Dan Gleason – $8.95

Professional news clipper and writer Dan Gleason has been bringing his short story zines to Quimby’s since the Hannah regime. He’s back again with The Return of Kebab, his second collection of short stories, and he’s got a disgusting/delicious gyro sandwich in tow. And that’s just the cover! Inside, you’ll find deliciously disgusting tales of wonder, woe, drunkenness and sexual depravity so grossly compelling as to make all that shredded meat seem a distant, savory memory.

Here’s your sweet taste:

In the whisper game she revealed to me that the
darkly-packed black man’s testicles, smashed together
as they were in the pornographic video, looked just
like a large avocado. And I responded to her that
this was obvious- not unlike the difference between
the meditative sort versus the over-emotional open
book, or the ever-present look of death in the eyes of
the once Quixotic gent who got a job trivializing the
marginalized with perfunctory kindness.

Support Chicago zinesters and pick up a copy already.