Showing posts from November, 2006

City Lit Event Tonight

At MICA's Brown Center, Lit's Not Dead, doors open at 7pm!

Season 8 of Buffy

Buffy continues in comic form!

Holiday Hours

Starting today:

Atomic Books:
Sun 11-6pm
Mon - Sat 11-8pm

atomic POP:
Sun 11-5pm
Mon - Sat 11-7pm

And a new blog for POP!

Friday Review - Ok, It's Saturday

Rachel read The Crafter's Companion edited by Anna Torborg:

Do you really need another book of projects? Have you even finished anything in the last few months? Do you have thoughts like, "Why am I doing this? Why make stuff when I can just buy stuff?"

If you're like me, your crafting eyes are bigger than your stomach (perhaps it's some form of Obsessive Crafting Disorder). I'll never actually finish everything I want to do and it can become overwhelming and seemingly pointless.

So it's refreshing to have a book of, yes, more projects, but more importantly, glimpses into the work habits and work spaces of well known crafters from all over the world who'll re-inspire you as tell you why they do it.

Eric read The Road by Cormac McCarthy:

A real page-turner, telling the story of a man and his young son, two of the only survivors of an unnamed (but presumably Bush-related) cataclysmic disaster that wiped out most life on Earth. Together the two attempt to s…

Heroes For A Day

I don't know what your Thanksgiving plans are but we'll be playing an ample amount of Guitar Hero II.

And look! Brian Ralph has artwork in it. That dude is everywhere right now.

Holiday News & Notes

We will be closing early this Wednesday, 6pm, for both Atomic Books and atomic POP!

We will be closed for Thanksgiving.

This Saturday is the annual lighting ceremony for Hampden's Miracle on 34th Street (between Keswick and Chestnut). Happens after dark and I hear HGTV will be there to tape it for broadcast.

Also, there's only 4 weeks left to order from us online. December 18th is the last day you can order to get your stuff in time for Xmas (you'll be taking your chances with the 19th and the 20th depending on where you need your order shipped!).

We have a lot of great stuff in stock and still coming this month, but make your decisions now because a lot of the stuff we carry, as you know, isn't made in mass quantities, especially the art toys. Once they're gone they're gone.

Weekend Roundup

In the new expanded version of Hi, How Are You?, they have my photo of Daniel Johnston and Baby Doll. Aw! This edition has tons of new photos and updated info.

Benn was on Weekend America today, talking about hope and despair in Baltimore (at the very end of the 2nd hour). He also mentions that he's going to Putty Hill for Roller Derby.

Yes, we still have tickets left, but it's cash only!

Friday Review - Tough Love

Rachel reviews "I Heart Bmore" by NolenStrals (in the catalog soon, in POP right now!):

How many times have you wanted one of Nolen's designs on a tee? Well he's finally designed his own shirt, declaring his love for Baltimore. And it's the best kind of the love, with eyes wide open.

ETA: You can get one here!

Lauren read Graffiti Women by Nicholas Ganz:

Graffiti fascinates me. I often look at it and imagine that it was very exciting to create. I also wonder about what it says or means and find it interesting that some people look at it and speak that language, hear what the paint speaks.

It's always seemed like a male dominated field, though. Occasionally I will see a woman profiled in a magazine but mostly it's boys. As soon as this book hit the shelves I picked it up, and the book did not let me down. With over 200 female artists profiled, a combination of their work and biographies of the artists, and while these tags are also amazing art pieces, I wish t…

Have We Flooded Yet?

There's been crazy rain today. I'm pretending that I'm living in an aquarium as I look out the window.

Free Movie: The D

We want to help you see the new Tenacious D movie. For free.

We're giving out free passes to see:
Good for 2 people.
Time/Date: 7:30PM. Monday, Nov. 20.
AMC Loews White Marsh. Stop by Atomic Books and say you want a pass, and you get one. Er... while supplies last.

Friday Review - It's Like Spring

Eric read Wittgenstein's Mistress by David Markson:

I'm just getting into Markson, one of those authors who has a dedicated cult following, but remains a marginalized figure within the literary community. Apparently he started out writing pulp novels and a screenplay or two back in the 50s and 60s, and then popped back up with this abstract experimental "novel" -- and hasn't looked back since. This one's basically a collection of musings by a woman who either is the last person alive on Earth, or just believes that she is. She talks a little about the primitive post-apocalyptic life she's carved out for herself -- at times claiming to live in the middle of nowhere, and at other times in some of the more famous museums of the world -- but mostly she discusses the tragic lives and foibles of artists, musicians, and authors from antiquity to the present. Interesting patterns begin to emerge, as she's clearly fascinated with personalities who either won l…

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Friday Review - God Again??

Benn read A Last Cry For Help by David Kiersh:

If you were disappointed to find The Hold Steady's album Boys And Girls In America to be little more than an evangelical morality play for kids instead of an intelligent look into the lives of teenagers, than David Kiersh's A Last Cry For Help will not let you down. All the angst is here, the creepiness, the danger, the bad decisions - it's just like the OC, except without the corporate indie rock soundtrack, the rich kids and the hateful characters. Okay, so maybe it's nothing like the OC. Twisted geeks, victimized wallflowers, villianous popular kids, dangerous bad boys - they're all here, presented in a series of seemingly unconnected tales of reoccurring characters that almost serve as a high school yearbook (or Facebook). Kiersh's bold-lines and clean, minimal but evocative artwork comes off like a grittier, slightly more detailed John Porcellino, and serves his subject matter well.

Lauren read The Children'…

A Whole Lot Of Elvis

It's that time of year again...Night of 100 Elvises. And we have tickets on sale now.

Drinking Club?

Ghost World is this month's Reading Club selection. As always, 15% off for the month.

And as is the new fashion, we meet at atomic POP, 3620 Falls Rd, last Wednesday of the month, starting at 7pm, and drink strange foreign liquors and see where the discussion takes us.

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