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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.

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Peter Sotos & Publisher Chip Smith Discuss Controversy in Publishing 3/23

Mar ’13
7:00 pm


Marking the roughly simultaneous re-release of Peter Sotos’ Tool  and Mine, Sotos will appear at Quimby’s Bookstore with his publisher Nine-Banded Books founder, Chip Smith, to discuss the continuing role of independent publishers in curating controversial and overlooked literature.

“Peter Sotos is one of those rare writers who can say, ‘The words I write are me,’ or at least as close as anyone can come to communicating who they are in words.” –Thomas Ligotti, author of The Conspiracy against the Human Race

“For this latter-day homo sacer, wounds are not to be healed but poked and worried until they bleed. Sotos is literature’s outcast, carrying stigma like a rat carries plague.” –Mikita Brottman, author of Thirteen Girls

“…among the most important writing being done today.”
–Dennis Cooper, author of The Marbled Swarm

Peter Sotos is a Chicago-born writer whose work focuses on criminal psychology, sexual abjection, and the myriad aspects of pornography. (He was also an early member of the noise group Whitehouse.) Noted his unique literary style and his frank and insightful engagement with deeply disturbing subjects, Sotos’ writings are considered by many to stand as oblique social criticism. Sotos is the author of 11 published novels, including Index, Tick, Lordotics, Comfort and Critique, and Selfish, Little: The Annotated Lesley Ann Downey. He is also the editor of the Pure Filth, an annotated collection transcripts culled from the underground pornography of the late Jamie Gillis. Sotos’ writing has appeared in ANSWER Me!, Apocalypse Culture II, Funeral Party, and Ritual Sex.

And oh yeah, he often comes in to Quimby’s (always wearing a long coat) with records he bought around the corner at Reckless Records. One time it was a greatest hits from The Smiths, prompting us to fun of him.

For more info: ninebandedbooks.com and quimbys.com

Sat, March 23rd, 7pm – Free Event

A Night of Ritual Filth: Adam Parfrey & Peter Sotos at Quimby’s 10/17

Oct ’12
7:00 pm

Adam Parfrey Presents Ritual America & Peter Sotos Discusses Pure Filth

ADAM PARFREY presents the strange history of secret societies in America in a slide show.

“Adam Parfrey is one of the nation’s most provocative publishers.”—Seattle Weekly

Based in Port Townsend, Feral House and Process Media are two of the most adventurous, often surprising publishers in the U.S., with a bent for revealing the otherwise obscured, undisclosed or under-documented. Adam Parfrey, himself a writer but also the publisher of both these presses, comes to Quimby’s, to talk and show images from his own new book, Ritual America: Secret Brotherhoods and Their Influence on American Society: A Visual Guide (Feral House)  co-authored with Craig Heimbichner. Ritual America illuminates the context and preponderance of American males who belonged to fraternal orders and the place of things today in new ways.”

Ritual America won a silver medal from the IPPY awards for American history.

For more info: feralhouse.com/ritual-america/

PETER SOTOS describes his collaborative effort with “Gonzo” porn maven Jamie Gillis.

Jamie Gillis appeared in over one hundred films, and as such was a primary performer in pornography’s “Golden Age.” Gillis is also known for inventing the “Gonzo” genre of pornography, played out in the film Boogie Nights by Burt Reynolds’ character.

Pure Filth appears as transcripts from the films Jamie produced during these early years of radical and highly personal pornography.

Extreme novelist Peter Sotos was a good friend of Jamie Gillis, and Sotos’ unusual perspective makes this volume possible.

Wednesday, October 17th, 7pm – Free Event