Still looking for just the right gifts even though you're beginning to panic?
Here's a few ideas:
1. The Dark Page - for the noir film and book buff, a beautifully produced coffee table book filled with exquisite oversized reproductions of all the first edition covers of the original title that was turned into a noir film.
Pullman says that people who are tempted to take offence should first see the film or read the books. "They'll find a story that attacks such things as cruelty, oppression, intolerance, unkindness, narrow-mindedness, and celebrates love, kindness, open-mindedness, tolerance, curiosity, human intelligence. It's very hard to disagree with those. But people will."
While I generally try to thumb through and keep up with all the music magazines that come through Atomic, there aren't many I read on a regular basis or read cover to cover. I mostly only thumb through to see who they're covering (it's easy to spot patterns and trends when looking at music magazine covers and who they mention on their covers), to see who they're reviewing, and to see what other things, like books, DVDs, video games, movies, etc., they mention.
By and large, real rock criticism is dead. And I tend to not be interested in reading interviews with artists whose art I like. I subscribe to the theory that goes: the last person in the world to fully understand the importance of a piece of work is the artist who created it. And older artists, having done so many interviews, tend to have their answers down pat, and younger artists... well, I'm not sure a 22 year old with a synthesizer is going to reveal much to me I didn't alrea…
I know, I know, you're just getting ready for Thanksgiving this week, but there are only 30 more days of online shopping you can do from us to get your orders in time for Xmas!! The cut off date is December 18th.
Also, many many items will be sold out way before then since a lot of what we carry are made in limited editions and also, it's freakin' Xmas, people! You know shit sells out.
Finally out in paperback, Hungry Planet was a favorite coffee table book around this time a couple of years ago. As a collection of photos of what families eat in one week all over the world (imagine family portraits only with everything they consume arranged all around them), it's a beautiful and fascinating peek into how we all live.
But in softcover I actually read it from cover to cover. All the short essays, write ups for each visited family and statistics for each country (a lot of other places aren't that far behind on obesity to the US) were just as captivating as the photos.
There's a quiet comics revolution going on here in Baltimore. By "quiet", I mean it doesn't get the same press/ink/comics media attention that Fort Thunder received, or that the current Brooklyn scene is getting or even the kids from The Cen…
John Waters is an enlightened human being. He knows what really matters in life - friends, being productive, being yourself, and books. He's accomplished quite a bit with his life and his "lecture" is full of interesting anecdotes and great tips and advice for everything from filmmaking to child rearing, as well as just plain simple common sense rules like: "If you go home with somebody and they don't have books - don't fuck 'em."
I only started reading John Porcellino's King-Cat Comics this last year. I had been aware of it for awhile, but the drawings never caught my attention. When I actually gave it a chance I found out how much the drawings complement the stories. They're quiet, humble and often pretty funny. In issue 68 John examines an anthill, recounts life antidotes of philosopher Diogenes and pays homage to his recen…
So SPX was fun, if a little overwhelming. It was my first time actually being behind a table instead of merely attending or buying. We got a lot of "What are you doing here?" since we got to table at the last minute and weren't in the program. Thanks for coming by and saying hi and buying our books!
Unfortunately I was pretty lazy with the photo taking, which is really lame since there were quite a few comic gods in attendance. I rarely get starstruck but as soon as I walked in I realized that Gilbert Hernandez was to my left and I kind of just became brain dead after that.
(The only other time I came that close to vomiting from awe was when Jim Jarmusch was in the store a while back.)
It's good to still feel that after all these years.
Just a reminder that we are at SPX this weekend with our books! Emily Flake will be there tonight and Julia Wertz will be there both days. They'll be happy to sign your books and make with the chitchat, so come by and say hi!
And this Sunday is the Charm City Rollergirls Championship Bout! General admission tickets are still available here at Atomic Books (remember cash only!).
I was going through all my bookmarks the other day and doing a mass purging. But this one I'll never delete. Or this. Or this.
Since I spent so much time tidying up I decided to waste some time starting one of those Facebook profiles. Old friends are coming out of the woodwork! If there was some kind of award for opening-letter-writing-from-long-lost-friends, she'd win the grand prize.
The parents of a freshman student whose teacher resigned after he gave her a sexually explicit illustrated book said Wednesday their daughter has been the target of harassment from fellow students, and they want the school district to do more to clarify the issue with other parents.
"Emily is all about self-loathing, and that's why we love her," says MacLeod. "She's funny, man. Not a lot of eye contact. She's busy calculating what she's going to say. She's the Sarah Silverman of cartoons."
In 1999, the NRA said there were 215 million guns in the US owned by 50% of the population. The Brady Campaign said there were 192 million guns in the US owned by 39% of the population. Judging by Kyle Cassidy's fascinating collection of portraits of gun owners, I'd estimate that 75% of all the guns in the US are owned by Pennsylvanians (seriously, PA, what's wrong with you?). No matter how it shakes out, there are a lot of gun owners and even more guns in this country.
Cassidy travels America and photographs gun owners in their homes with their guns. While the diversity is broad, balanced and fascinating, what is truly compelling is the glimpse at how these gun owners live. Out of the 100 families profiled, 48% of them own pets while only 25% own a book (visible in the pictures). Cassidy asks them a simple question, "Why do you own a gun?" The answers vary from well-reasoned ("pro…
This is one mystery that I wish hadn't been solved:
"The legend was almost too good to be true. For decades, a mysterious figure dressed in black, his features cloaked by a wide-brimmed hat and scarf, crept into a churchyard to lay three roses and a bottle of cognac at the grave of Edgar Allan Poe. Now, a 92-year-old man who led the fight to preserve the historic site says the visitor was his creation."
Maybe Flight of The Conchords has given me a case of the Land Down Under-itis (yes, I realize the Conchords are from New Zealand and Duke is from Australia and, evidently, when Australians and New Zealanders are put into a room together, they will fight each other to the death unless stopped - much in the same way we Americans behave with Canadians), but I am obsessed with Raquel Welch. Not THAT Raquel Welch, although she's not bad either, but Duke Mag's Raquel Welch, and her partner Emily Hunt, too! Somewhere in between Cheap Date and Ben Is Dead lives Duke Magazine, a cultural zeitgeist (sorry, girls) of thrift shopping, quirky collecting habits, anti-fashion, artist and collector friends, etc. And in full color no less! They ask questions like Michael Jackson vs. Prince? They battle over who loves Bowie more. They create fake ads. They play dress up, a lot. Witty, compelling, and just downright fun…
Only Skin begins with a brother and sister arriving to claim their birthright, a gas station in the middle of nowhere. It's unclear where their father has gone and why he would leave his business. He's one of the several people that have recently vanished from a small mid western town.
The pacing of Only Skin is quiet and seems like it could be a Twilight Zone episode. Questions such as "Who or what killed the deer?" and "Who is the ghost?" suggest a larger narrative unfolding - hopefully one full of satisfying horrific events. All in all I enjoyed the subtle mood of the drawings and am looking forward to seeing where the story will continue in the next issue.
First I have to point out that they are adorable. There are 4 containers that nest within themselves. Each one is a different color with different pictures on the front. The first size is perfect for a sandwich, …
Admittedly, I've never been a huge fan of Fark.com. It's always felt a little too morning radio shock jock-y, and after reading Fark founder, Drew Crutis' book, now I know why: A large number of morning radio shock jocks use Fark to prep their shows. The subtitle of the book is "How Mass Media Tries To Pass Off Crap As News," and this is an area that Fark is an undisputed expert in. Fark (the book) breaks news story types into sections, uses actual stories to illustrate these categories and then includes some Fark visitors' snark/comments about the stories at the end for humorous effect. Not earth shattering, but a good primer for those who don't understand all the contemporary criticism of modern media.
"People just come in and spend the day with you and don't buy anything. That's one reason we're minimal on seating," says Al Ackerman, who volunteers at Normal's. "We're not a library or lounge. We're a bookstore, and we're very serious about our bookstore."
We got rid of our soft chairs years ago. Mostly because some dude got grease all over one.