Showing posts from November, 2005

Lessons In Taxidermy Reading

Tomorrow night, here at Atomic Books, we welcome back Bee Lavendar, who'll be reading from her memoir, Lessons in Taxidermy, 7-9pm!

Was that really one sentence?

Blythe Mystery

So we've all been waiting for this new Blythe book, Blythe Style (ok, by "we" I mean "me"). It was supposed to have been released this Fall, but it's been pushed to next year, which happens a lot with books.

So how is it that Amazon and both say that they have it and ships in 24 hours or in days?

Well! I just realized that when they say it ships in 24 hours, it doesn't mean that they actually HAVE the book. It means that it ships in 24 hours from the TIME THEY GET IT IN THEIR WAREHOUSE. Big whoop. I can say we ship in 30 minutes! FROM THE TIME MAGGIE LEAVES THE POST OFFICE. And it's nice that a book that doesn't even exist has a Sales Ranking. It should be a different Pre-Sales Ranking.

So when Amazon says they can ship that Complete Calvin & Hobbes in 24 hours, but no other book store even has it in stock (because it's already out of print), it's because they're liars.


For anyone who stopped by this morning, sorry, but we got a little behind putting in some new counters, so we were't open.

But if you make a special trip now and ask, we have free passes to Aeon Flux, Dec 1st, at Towson Commons. A 10pm showing. Passes are limited so you better hurry...

Light Up My Life

Tonight's the night! Around 6:30pm, the magical lights of Hampden get turned on 34th Street!


photo by I.D.C.

Giving Thanks

In case you didn't realize, Philly's Best (where Pecker worked), across the street, is under new ownership.

And TODAY, they started serving Indian food! FINALLY, Indian in Hampden! 410-243-1301. They deliver.

I just had a samosa and Lamb Saag. And it was good.

And also, Maggie's knee no longer hurts! Yay! But don't worry, she'll bust it again in no time.

5 Out Of 4 People

When ordering online you can leave us a note in the comments section. Or a statistic. Like this one from a UK customer:

"5 out of 4 people in the UK have trouble with their fractions."

Unicorns and Robots

Today's the last day for your tshirt entry!

We'll announce a winner later this week.

Gravy Day 05!

We'll be closing early this Wednesday, the 23rd, at 6pm. And we'll be closed for Thanksgiving, the 24th.

Online shopping is 24/7 as always.


I'm really not trying to rush the season. It's all you people! I've never had so many people ask for Xmas cards weeks BEFORE Thanksgiving!

Maybe it's because they're so cool.

Atomic Sex Machines

photo by Timothy Archibald

We had a great time, too. I think that was, by far, the longest question and answer session we've ever had here at Atomic.

Radio Radio

Charles Burns will be on The Diane Rehm Show at 11am today.

And THEN Heather Chaplin and Aaron Ruby will be talking about their new book, Smartbomb on The Marc Steiner Show at 1pm.

Chaplin and Ruby will be here at the store tonight, with Sid Meier of Firaxis, at 7pm!

Comfort Reading

According to Benn, the ultimate delicious is a Superman comic sandwiched between 2 Batmans, with a side of Justice League.

Of course, that makes no sense.

But then neither does continuing with this Lost Reading Club! But we shall, even though this last episode was less than satisfying...I don't need all this going back and forth in the timeline!

A Wrinkle in Time is the next book. 15% off and a nice, fun, flashback read just in time for this holiday season and better than that Narnia...wait, is this book all about god, too?? of those God shows?

If you play the show backwards will you hear Hold Steady playing Christian Rock?

Sublime Stitching

We have some of Jenny Hart's latest designs in stock! Available online soonish!

You have have 5 weeks left for those handmade Xmas presents...


photo by Jay Parkinson

Come to the opening reception for our flickr show at Frijoles next Tuesday.

Have one of the yummy margaritas. Meet the photographers. Fall in love. Get punched in the mouth. You know, the usual stuff.

My Space In A Nutshell

Um, Lisa Carver got beat up before a book signing for Drugs Are Nice. By Satanists.

You Go, Geek!

She's Such a Geek: An Anthology by and for Women Obsessed with Computers, Science, Comic Books, Gaming, Spaceships, and Revolution which is slated for Fall 2006 by Seal Press is looking for submissions.

So...Who Signed My Racoon Penis Bone?

JT LeRoy is still an enigma.


Stop asking me if I'm just kidding:

The Third Policeman Dissection

Have you finished it yet? The Lost Book Club discussion party will take place tomorrow at Keyboard Man Karaoke, 9pm sharp! Some say the premise of this book is a red herring. Some say Benn and Rachel will perform "Jackson".

Today's the last day to get the book for just $11.00! (You can finish it by tomorrow night.)

So Tired Of Waiting For You

Heavy Metal Parking Lot

This classic is finally on DVD! It'll be ready for ordering later on today.
UPDATE: It's available for online ordering now.

Book Listenings

Here's something I just came up with while eating my lunch...instead of "Book Readings" we should call them "Book Listening Parties". You like it? I'm still on the fence.

Speaking of which: whoa! is finally back and it's audio now!

Don't Panic

Ok, I don't mean to freak you out or anything, but our last day for shipping in time for Xmas is December 19th...that's just shy of being 6 weeks away.

New Hours!

New Hours until the end of the Year:

Monday through Saturday we'll be open from 11am-8pm.
Sunday is still 11-6pm.

Random Cute Pic Thursday

photo by Cat Mihos

Viewer Photos!

Our friend Cat Mihos was briefly working with Neil Gaiman recently and sent us this photo. Their outfits match, imagine that!

Cat makes these awesome retro pop culture magnets that we unfortunately can't sell online because they're all one of kind. But you can get them in the store.

This Week's Calendar

Our dance card is a bit full this week.

Tomorrow, you can catch Benn on the Marc Steiner Show, along with Davida and Miriam. They're going to chat about zines. I hope Jerry from Pikesville calls in. That dude should do a zine. Or at least a blog.

Then on Friday, we have Timothy Archibald doing up a slideshow for Sex Machines, 8pm.

Saturday, at the Ottobar, we have a tribute to Johnny Cash. First 100 people through the door gets a free pass for the movie, Walk the Line.

And on Sunday, "Vegan Superstar" Sarah Kramer is going to talk food at 7pm!

We'll sleep when we're dead.


It's a good day to start your novel.