Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Holiday Hours New Year

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New Year's Eve, this Friday, we'll be closing early at 6pm.

Closed on Saturday for New Year's Day.

See you at the ball drop on 34th Street!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Holiday Hours 2010

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We'll be open until 6pm on Xmas Eve!

Closed on Xmas Day!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Holiday Picks II - Electric Boogaloo


Lauren's Picks:

Worn Fashion Journal -
Worn isn't your typical fashion journal. It's got a DIY feeling with thoughtful pieces on fashion. In this issue is a glossary of eye glasses, how to preserve your clothes, the evolution of the stewardess dress, beautiful fashion spreads, and much more. Perfect for the fashionista on your list.

As Always, Julia edited by Joan Reardon -
I'm a huge fan of both Julia Child and cooking. In this book we get a peek into her friendship with Avis Deveto. It's a beautiful story the growth and maintenance of a relationship that shaped Julia's life.

Burglars Dunny -
Saner's Dunnys are cute in a macabre way. This Dunny makes the perfect stocking stuffer for the vinyl toy lover in your life.

Yummy Donut Mini Plush -
Heidi's work is sweet and fun. These little plush donuts come in a variety of colors, blind boxed so it's a surprise what you get. I'll be using some as tree ornaments. Another perfect stocking stuffer.

Just Kids by Patti Smith -
Just Kids is Patti's story of her relationship with the artist Robert Mapplethorpe. It's an unlikely love story filled with hardship, growth, discovery, understanding and utter devotion. I enjoyed the cast of characters that Patti met along the way like Hendrix, Joplin and assorted artists that you will certainly know. Just Kids is also the story of the Chelsea Hotel and New York underground in the late 60's and early 70's. Not only an autobiography but a history of life, love, and art. A beautiful book.

Rachel's Picks:

Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody's Fool -
In association with Yoshitomo Nara's one man show at New York City's Asia Society Museum, this beautiful exhibition catalog type book is encased in a slipcase with cut outs. Perfect for the Nara fan.

Fantastic Planet by Stephan Wul -
In English for the first time!

Circus edited by Noel Daniel -
Just the color plates version of the larger book, The Circus, this edition still has the great photos and beautiful illustrations and art work of circuses and sideshows from the mid 1800s to the mid 1900s. For anyone who used to dream about running away with freaks and being a part of the greatest show on earth.

Red Army Man by Frank Kozik -
An edition of 50 in red, he's 17 inches tall and he's got a rifle, a grenade...and a rubber chicken?!

Adult Punks Sticker Set by Post Typography -
Hilariously clever stickers based on the graphic design duo's illustration for the NYTBR for A Visit From the Goon Squad.

Henry & Glenn Forever by Igloo Tornado -
Do you want to know what love is? For everyone on your list who wants to know.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Pin Ups! Naughty and Nice

The new Taboo Edition of Retro Lovely is in! Just in time for our Pin Up Event tomorrow night, a fundraiser for Moveable Feast. Our Team Atomic has made a pin up calendar, and Mike Lee, the photographer, will give a presentation on pin up photography, behind the scene info on the shoot, tips and techniques, etc.

All the proceeds of the calendar go to Moveable Feast, and Retro Lovely has kindly donated issues of #3, their latest regular issue, so if you pick one of those up you'll be helping out Moveable Feast as well!

Starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Eerie Xmas

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John Waters' Xmas cards often freak us out, but this year's is positively SPOOKY. For you those of you who don't live in Baltimore, yesterday, the Gayety Theater, the oldest standing Burlesque theater in Baltimore, was a part of a 5 alarm fire.

ETA: It turns out that it wasn't the actual theater that was in the fire, but the Gayety Show World, which is across the street. This is what I get for reading "breaking news" tweets and not following up on the story. Isn't it funny how the news always changes?


Monday, December 06, 2010

Show Your Shelves: Rev. Kevin Slaughter

Bookshelves owner: Rev. Kevin Slaughter

1. How would you describe your collection/library?

The photo is the table beside my recliner, the books I want to have closest to me. These are either ones I'm currently reading, want to start or reread. I have many bookshelves, but this holds the spot next to the bathroom as most accessed shelf.

I own quite a collection of sexology books ranging from Grove Press's unabridged two-volume 2,300+ page Victorian sex-diary My Secret Life to my one of my favorite titles The Sex Life of the Foot and Shoe (the most unabashed adulation and justification of foot fetishism probably ever published), from the evolutionarily backed The Natural History of Rape to Josh Alan Friedman's two memoirs of working in the smut-mines of Times Square.

I don't buy books with autographs, but when I can get them from authors I like, I will. I had both G. Gordon Liddy and John Waters to sign books to "Rev. Slaughter".

I have a three-shelf unit dedicated to work by and about H.L. Mencken.

2. What are 3 of your favorite titles?
Three great titles (regardless of the quality of content, artificially restricting myself to non-sex books):
Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming Into Being by David Benatar, 2006 (in photo above)
Not So Deep as a Well by Dorothy Parker, 1936
Shaft Among the Jews by Ernest Tidyman, 1972
How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler, 1940 (that's 4, sorry)

3. What are you making room for?
Since I can't one day own a full set of the OED, I do hope publishers start putting download codes into books for free ebook editions like a number of record labels are. I bought the new Charles Manson LP Air at Celebrated Summer and was able to download the album legally. This way I had the perfect packaging (the 12" record sleeve with inserts), but also the convenience of the digital files. I can't imagine stopping buying bound books, but there is a use for digital editions.

Want to show us your shelves? Just email your answers to these 3 questions, along with your name and 1 picture of your bookshelves to benn (at) atomicbooks (dot) com and we may feature your shelf on our blog.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel - December Book Pick

Our last book of the year, Fun Home, will be discussed the last Wednesday of the year! 7pm at Atomic Books. And so, our year of memoirs comes to an end.

What will we do for next year?

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Holiday Picks by Benn and Dina


Here are some Holiday picks for you by Dina:

Acme Novelty 20 by Chris Ware

Our best living person creates another wonderful book. This takes place in the Rusty Brown universe but I'm pretty sure a page of this was in "Building Stories" which was very surprising and means I have to go reread all that stuff.

The Mind's Eye by Oliver Sacks

There is an anecdote in here in the chapter about Oliver Sacks having "face blindness" and he's at a restaurant and thinks he's combing his beard in a mirror but it turns out he's just staring through a window at another guy with a beard who he thought was himself. And the guy is staring back all freaked out. That's HILARIOUS.

Make Me a Woman by Vanessa Davis

I love Vanessa Davis' comics. Reading them is like hanging out. And also they make you feel like you might as well draw some comics, too, cause why not? What's stopping you??

What I Did and Almost Silent by Jason

Jason's silent comics are so great. The monster ones in Almost Silent and Hey Wait in What I Did especially. They are funny and sad and those are the two things a person wants.

I Want You by Lisa Hanawalt

This came out last year but if everyone you know doesn't already have it you should probably buy it for them.

Mark Cobain Tshirt

This shirt commemorates the life of Mark Cobain.

These are Benn's Holiday Picks:

Destroy All Movies!!! by Zack Carlson / Bryan Connolly

I admit, I have a fetish for film reference books. And I also have a soft-spot in my heart for punk films - Repo Man, The River's Edge, Suburbia... there are so many more. And this book collects them all so you can watch them all.

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great by Rick Meyerowitz

Right off the bat, the title announces how awesome this National Lampoon retrospective is going to be. No other publication, with the exception of MAD Magazine, has had such a profound influence on comedy in the past 4 decades, and this book underlines that point.

Intelligent Design Coloring Book by Pastor Brett Pirkle

What holiday family gathering isn't complete without some conflict? This book is perfect for the child of the crazy religious relative. Give this as a gift and enjoy what happens next.

What Was The Hipster?: A Sociological Investigation by Mark Greif / Kathleen Ross / Danya Tortrici

The prefect gift for the intellectual hipster in your life. This book is the result of a symposium, and it makes for fascinating reading.

The World's Best Whiskies: 750 Essential Drams from Tennessee to Tokyo by Dominic Roskrow

Not just a gorgeous, boozy, coffee table book, but also a very respectable guide to whiskies you'll really want to try. If you drink whiskey, that is.

This Weekend - First Friday in December

First Friday is this week and we're having a release party for the latest issue of Smile Hon, You're in Baltimore, with readings by Sharon Goldner, Heck, Alex Hewett, Sarah Jane Miller, Dee Smith, Jeffrey L. Shipley, Earl Crown and Benn Ray. Starts at 7pm!

Santa is going to be walking around the neighborhood, so keep your eye out for that guy.

Sunday is the annual Mayor's Christmas Parade, which comes down Falls Road and on to the Avenue to Chestnut. John Astin will be there! Maybe he'll sing.

Come watch the parade with us at 2pm! We'll have some hot chocolate on hand. It's one of the craziest parades in town and a great time to start your Holiday shopping.