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We’re Having a Good Time With That Goat, Wish You Were Here: Decadence With Adam Parfrey and Peter Sotos

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

In The Quimby's Bookstore Podcast episode #8, we have two interviews. The first one is with Adam Parfrey, publisher of Feral House and Process Books, which comprise some of the books Quimby's carries that have to do with miscreants, mayhem, outer limits, conspiracy theory and the occult like Apocalypse Culture vols 1 and 2, American Hardcore: A Tribal History, Cult Rapture: Revelations of the Apocalyptic Mind and more. Specifically in this interview, Parfrey talks about Ritual America: Secret Brotherhoods and Their Influence on American Society: A Visual Guide, which he wrote with Craig Heimbichner. It's a beautiful, scrapbooky-ish title with hundreds of images regarding secret societies like the Freemasons and Oddfellows. There's ads for things like Masonic supply companies, cartoons lampooning Masonic "ritual" and more. We talked with Parfrey about he difference between cults and religions, the fine line between frat and subculture, the forces of sex and death how people just want to belong to something, and the burning question: "Shriners: philanthoropists or sadistic clowns?".

Here's the Freemason symbol (yeah, yeah, we know you know what it is -- it's just that we referenced it in the interview and said we would post it):

The second interview in this episode is with Peter SotosFeral House published the book Pure Filth, which Sotos edited. It's an annotated collection of transcripts culled and transcribed by Sotos, from the underground pornography films of the late Jamie Gillis (who whom Sotos was friends with). Gillis was a primary performer in pornography’s “Golden Age,” and is known for inventing the “gonzo” genre of porn, played out in the film Boogie Nights by Burt Reynolds’ character, who was based on Gillis. The work of extreme novelist Peter Sotos focuses on criminal psychology, sexual abjection, and the myriad aspects of pornography. He's the author of 11 published novels, including Index, Selfish, Little: The Annotated Lesley Ann Downey. His writing has appeared in ANSWER Me!, Apocalypse Culture II, Funeral Party, and Ritual Sex. Recently his books Tool and Mine were reprinted simultaneously by Nine-banded Books.

Links relevant to this episode:
Feral House Books available from (...and we have more at our brick and mortar store)

Music Used in this episode:
"Freimaurer Kantata" by Mozart (He was a Freemason, duh)
"The Snow" by COIL


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Quimby’s Podcast #7 With Adam Levin and Tim Kinsella

Thursday, January 17th, 2013


This episode of the Quimby's Bookstore Podcast features a discussion with authors Adam Levin and Tim Kinsella.

Adam Levin is the author of Hot Pink (McSweeney's), a collection of short stories. His book The Instructions (also published by McSweeneey's) is a hefty book about a ten-year-old super-kid who might be the Messiah. Adam teaches writing.

Tim Kinsella is the author of The Karaoke Singer's Guide to Self-Defense (Featherproof Press). He too, teaches, as well as bartends, and you may already be familiar with his music, Tim having been in such bands as Cap'n Jazz and Joan of Arc.

Adam was celebrating the release of and reading from Hot Pink. He selected Tim as a companion reader for the event.

This interview was conducted in the basement of Quimby's.

The basement of Quimby's, in spite of what you may think, is mostly storage. Mostly.

Well, and also we have some monsters down there too.


Cassie J. Sneider & Dave Roche Discuss Fine, Fine Music & On Subbing

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012


This is the fifth episode of the Quimby's Bookstore Podcast, and we talk to Dave Roche and Cassie J. Sneider. They did an event together at Quimby's Bookstore when Cassie was touring with her book Fine, Fine Music.

Cassie J. Sneider writes witty essays about growing up with an appreciation for classic rock like Aerosmith, Beverly Hills 90210, a pug she inherited, and various other topics. She describes her work as being "sort of like an X rated Judy Bloom." Her work is pretty awesome and hilarious. Also, she has lots of tattoos. Dave Roche is author of On Subbing and the zines About My Dissapperarance and Curse Journal, among others. He writes about things like his struggle with Crohn's Disease and being a substitute teacher. He is witty, charming and calls Bingo in footie pajamas.

The books and zines we talk about in the podcast are available at Quimby's Bookstore at 1854 W. North Ave, in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood and on the web at


Margaret Hicks Discusses Chicago Comedy: A Fairly Serious History

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Welcome to the first Quimby's Bookstore podcast. We are located at 1854 W. North Ave, Chicago. On the web you can find us at

Margaret Hicks discussed her book Chicago Comedy: A Fairly Serious History (History Press) at Quimby's Bookstore on 5/28/11.

Chicago has developed an international reputation for split sides and slapped knees. The “Chicago Style of Comedy” evolved from nineteenth-century vaudeville, through the rebellious comics of the 50’s, and into the improvisation and sketch as well as stand-up that is ushering in a new millennium. Drawing on material both hilarious and profound, Chicago Comedy: A Fairly Serious History touches on what makes Chicago different from other cities and how that difference produced some of the greatest minds comedy will ever know: Amos and Andy, Jack Benny, Lenny Bruce, Del Close, John Belushi, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and so many, many more.

Margaret Hicks is a professional tour guide in Chicago, who has been giving walking tours in the loop (like her tour of Old Town offered through the famous Second City Comedy Club) since she completed the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s docent program in 2004. She maintains her own website at and has had years of experience in the Chicago comedy scene working at improv theaters and stand-up clubs.

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