Friday, August 31, 2007

Public Poetry

Baltimore Is Reads is responsible for this flyer right outside our door.

Friday Review - Alone With His Guns

Benn read Armed America: Portrats Of Gun Owners In Their Homes
by Kyle Cassidy:

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 ("protection against zombie uprisings" and "we live in a post-Katrina world") to basic ("it just seems like a good idea") to ridiculous ("to keep the government honest" - um, how's that workin' out for ya?). In fact, 31 people cited freedom, the Constitution, their right/duty as an American citizen (so, I'm assuming these people are pretty pissed off that the Bush Admin. has taken away our right of Habeas Corpus, right?) or the Second Amendment to the Constitution (which actually states: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." - see that "well regulated Militia" qualifier there?).

48 people said they own guns for security or protection. It's interesting that a majority of these people don't seem to be living in any sort of urban crime hotspots.

Does the book have an agenda? No. Armed America takes a broad look at the 39% - 50% of this country that feel the need to be armed.

Battle To The Death


Larry Doyle and Emily Flake, BFF, tomorrow night at atomic POP, 3620 Falls Rd. Starts at 7pm!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Wire Season 5 - It's A Wrap

photo by lisa_h

McNulty's moving out of the hood and he's having a yard sale this Saturday!

Dame Darcy Hearts Flava Flav

Dame Darcy is competing to be a contestant on the next season of Flavor Of Love.

She needs some votes to catch up. Help her dream come true, won't you?

Vote for Dame Darcy to be on Flavor Of Love.

Tell a friend. She could use the votes. Currently, she's not even in the top 20.

Here's hoping she doesn't end up on Rock Of Love. That show is just gross. Perfectly hair metal. But gross.

Bunnies & Bees

Just in!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Something For Everyone

Maggie's favorite new magazine (check out her new shiner - she got hit in the head with a skate at the last roller derby bout)!

Don't you just love this country?

The Invisibles

Tonight is the meetup for the Invisibles Volume 1, our August book for the Shank Reading Club. atomic POP, 7pm!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

My Hunger For Venison

It's finally here in a different format than expected but it's beautifully done.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

How To Visit Atomic Books From Work

A lot of you folks out there are unable to get to at work. You email us with your bewilderment, "I can get to Amazon from work, and they sell dildos on their site!"

Yes, some work filters think we're pr0n and there's just nothing we can do about it.

But you can visit boingboing's handy guide on how to get by or around those pesky filters.

I hope you're at home because some work places filter boingboing, too.

(thanks for the link, baltimike!)

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Baltimore Today

Baltimore is everywhere!

And only 2 of those links are related to crime!

Curmudgeons In Cleveland

Anthony Bourdain's had some writers on previous episodes of his food and travel show, No Reservations, but now...Harvey Pekar? Bourdain all drawn and comic-y? Cleveland...cuisine?

Can't wait!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Poe Toaster Revealed?

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."

Hampdenfest Entertainment

Updated schedule of bands is here.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Upcoming Events

Whoa, it's Wednesday again? This is the fastest moving Summer ever!

Upcoming events:

Sept 1 - Larry Doyle and Emily Flake at POP!

Sept 7 - First Friday and another shot for Hampden Idol, at the Hon Bar, starts at 9pm!

Sept 8 - We'll be set up over at Load of Fun which should be a load know. From 1-6pm! There'll be bands from Wham City and loads of other vendors.

Sept 15 - HAMPDENFEST - right here on the Avenue.

Sept 28 - Found Magazine dudes are back! And this time, it's all crime! Over at POP, starts at 7pm!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Have A Good Baltimore Weekend!

photo by Sidereal

What's cuter than a little girl with a Boh?

Friday Review - Smoker's Lounge

This week Benn read DUKE Magazine 1 & 2 by Raquel Welch & Emily Hunt:

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.

[Note to Emily/Raquel: I understand that Australia is so conservative that it makes America look like a buncha hippies - but just for the record, Al Gore never claimed to invent the internet.]

Rachel read These Things Ain't Gonna Smoke Themselves by Emily Flake:

Ambivalence is the key and the appeal of this little book as Flake talks through the issues around the habit of smoking. There's no real conclusion or decision - the book is more like your little smoking buddy that you chat with outside the office. You're in this smoking thing together - all the joy and stupidity of it.

Lauren likes Smokey by Frank Kozik:

Smoking is bad, it's filthy, don't do it even if you like it. Why not buy a vinyl smoking cigarette instead? Smokey is 12 inches of smoking glory. As if being a cigarette isn't bad enough he's smoking too! It's a bad ass toy with a bad attitude. Tons of fun and not addictive. That's my kind of cigarette.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Adorable! Just Like Smoking!

Emily Flake's latest book goes on sale tomorrow!

She'll be here in Baltimore on September 1st, in our latest author mashup with Larry Doyle!

Friday, August 03, 2007

Friday Review - Everyone But Maggie

This week Eamon read Only Skin by Sean Ford:

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.

Lauren used Rilakkuma Relax Bear Container Set:

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, the second is good for a side like fruit or salad, the next one down would work well for some type of sweet and the last box is small but perfect for a dip or salad dressing.

This set is a perfect addition to a lunchbox, in fact my daughter is planning on stealing mine for her school lunch this year. But the set is also a perfect addition to a bento box for all those extras that just won’t fit.

These containers will make lunch fun again.

Rachel read Big Plans by Aron Nels Steinke:

I don't know if Aron is a smart ass but he certainly writes and draws like one. This autobiographical mini comic ruminates on the stupidity of collecting comics, comic shops and terrorist paranoia. And love.

Benn read Disquietville by Daniel Spottswood:
Averaging 18 color panels per page, Disquietville puts the "mini" in mini comics. But the small, consistent paneling suits Spottswood's playful narrative as he, in an Altman-esque fashion, tells the story of a handful of Disquietville residents whose lives intersect. Whether it's a lone cartoonist, a young couple of graphic designers, the asshole artist in his studio or the All-Mart counter clerk, each character represents a different type of artistic temperament. His characterization is masterful, and his ability to convey life in Disquietville in such minimal-yet-stylized panels is ridiculously compelling.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007


Say You Want a Revolution is August's pick for our Reading Club. As always, 15% off for the month, and the discussion is the last Wednesday of the month at POP, 7pm.