Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
You can see them, as well as the Pontani Sisters, at the upcoming Burlesque-a-capes at the Ottobar, July 1st.
Monday, May 29, 2006
There are over 1800 comic book stores left in the US.
There are over 850 Barnes & Noble stores and 462 Borders (700 Waldenbooks and Borders Express). I don't know if the B&N numbers include their university bookstores or B.Dalton. These are wikipedia numbers so who knows.
Over 172,000 books were published in the US last year. That's at least 471 books coming out every day.
There are 3 bookstores on our street (Breathe Books, Salamander Books and us), and 2 other stores that carry books and have readings and author signings (Hometown Girl, Minas) and other stores that carry some books (In Watermelon Sugar, various antique stores).
The average American reads one book a year.
Reading? Get In On It!
That last post I did? It was post number 666.
Friday, May 26, 2006
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Neil Gaiman will be atBalticon, which starts tomorrow.
We may be in for a hotter than average June. Just a way to ease in to BGE's 72% rate hike. Awesome.
I'm done with Lost. I don't care if they're stuck on that island forever.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Ah, the calm before the storm. Davy and Frank get a chance to have a quiet chat before the reading starts.
Thanks to everyone who came last night! It was a great show. People were hugging and tearing up when Frank was reading some secrets and Davy and Peter killed the room with their great finds and of course, the "Booty Don't Stop" singalong.
These two very similar projects, one confessional ("I don't love my husband") the other absurdist ("Unauthorized people are not allowed to defecate in the dryer"), are both about the curiosity of people and life and the connection to all of it - the heartbreak, the joy, the anger and the thrill of catching a glimpse through a peephole.
Like this photo. And there's more.
Monday, May 22, 2006
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Friday, May 19, 2006
So last night, at one point Markos asked the crowd, "So how many of you watched the White House Correspondents' dinner live that night?"
A pretty good percentage of us had and raised our hands.
Then he called us losers.
One woman yelled out, "I watched it AFTER!" Oooo, who's the loser now?
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Tonight! - Shocked & Amazed presents the Yard Dogs at the Ottobar, doors open at 8pm
Thursday - Crashing the Gate Book Party here at Atomic, 7pm
Friday - doubledutch boutique Grand Opening Party - 7pm-9pm (10% off purchases!)
Friday thru Sunday is BEA down in DC. See all you publishers and writers down there! Writers are drinkers (Or at least they should be. Have you thought about the future of books??)
Sunday - Roller Derby! We still have tickets.
Tuesday - We are hosting Found vs Postsecret at the Golden West Cafe, across the street, 7pm
And of course there are SO MANY new books, comics, magazines and zines right now. (Monday is a good night to go through those.)
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
"The indies themselves aren't always paragons of cultural virtue, either. ...Many of the smaller indies have financed themselves by selling, in a separate part of the store, pornography..."
Holy moly! You mean...they dare to sell something that is for...adults? You mean books that contain words and images you can't show on network tv? That's just...I don't know...I don't see stuff like that at Wal-Mart.
Monday, May 15, 2006
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Friday, May 12, 2006
You can mix and match any of the elixirs with any books, but we have some suggestions:
Bloody Marys with Baltimore Noir.
Wild Blueberry Martinis (with pie crust Rimmers! yes, I said rimmer) with Found II.
Pomegranate Martinis with Year in Japan.
Mango Margaritas with Confessions of a Naughty Mommy.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Thursday, May 04, 2006
And in other Gal news:
Frances McDormand has optioned Laura Lippman's Every Secret Thing! I hope they shoot it in Baltimore!
And of course Mother's Day is coming up. We plan to have some booze paired with books here at Atomic next week. Yes, who needs a good drink besides mom? And some time to herself with some good books??
Speaking of hip moms, Ariel Gore's Traveling Death and Resurrection Show is here! And we're mentioned in it, which I think is a first for us. Look mom, we're fictional now!
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
So come lighten our load, this Saturday, when EVERYTHING in the store will be 10% off if you have a Big Spender Card. Come say hi! Get a free comic book. You'll find us under the stack of books.
And remember, this month's Reading Club selection is I Never Liked You. 15% off for the month!
Monday, May 01, 2006
And when you see her go crab cake-to-crab cake with 250-pound weightlifters and 275-pound bouncers, bopping to the beat of the music, a serene study in concentration and willpower, you see how she got her nickname.
"Like the female black widow spider, it is my desire to eliminate the males," is how she delicately puts it.