Art Books: Lowbrow/Outsider
This is where you'll find art books by lowbrow artists, Pop Surrealists, outsider artists and other visionaries.
Art Books: Street Art / Graffiti
Stencil art, graffiti, and street art. One person's vandalism is another person's art. But really, why should those with money be the only ones able to commit visual litter? Plus, this stuff is legit now. What, you didn't see what that Banksy wall went for in auction?
Call them what you will - designer vinyl, urban vinyl, etc. We just call them art toys.
Art Toys: Blind Box
You never know what you're going to get with blind-boxed art toys. They're like gumball machine toys designed by artists but only without, y'know, the gumball machine.
Art Toys: Plush
While they may be cute, adorable, soft and cuddly, they are still art toys.
Looking to build the perfect Atomic Books library at home? Then you'll need to start with these titles.
LPs, 45s, cassettes, and even some CDs.
Mini-comics are small, self-published comics which are often photocopied and stapled or with a handmade binding. And, as Jessica Abel explains, "The word 'minicomic' does not mean 'small comic'. The 'mini' in minicomics is a reference to a relatively small print run, and also how much personal labor on the part of the artist and friends is involved. A professionally-printed comic with a print-run of 3000 that is 4" X 5" is not a minicomic."
These are items scheduled to arrive at Atomic Books in the upcoming months.Please note that release dates and prices are subject to change.
Culture: Drug Info
Grow books, shroom guides, home chemistry and other publications that help you enjoy altered consciousness.
Hey, not everything is easy to categorize. Here you'll find miscellaneous pop-culture books.
Culture: Pet Porn
For those that just can't get enough of their cats, dogs, and other domesticated animals.
Travel ideas for mutated minds, as well as books about people on journeys and the means in which we get to and from new places.
For those self-motivated individuals who prefer to do things themselves.
Mangerotica, Eurotica, Amerotica, and other types of comics FOR ADULTS ONLY.
Film & TV
Books about cult, obscure, underground, indie and oddball movies, television shows, actors, writers, directors and auteurs.
Food & Drink: Cocktails
Mixed drink recipes, alcohol history and drink theory and other publications on the fine art of inebriation.
Food & Drink: Food Lit
Chef bios, food histories, culinary theories, reviews, and general food writing and literature.
All things related to The Pope of Trash, Batimore's own John Waters.
Or, if you prefer, LGBTQQIP2SAA – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Pansexual, Two-Spirit, Asexual, Allies.
Literature: Extreme, Experimental, General
Not all the best fiction fits into neat little boxes. This category features experimental, undergound, raw, fiction, generally, all the fiction that can't be categorized!
Stories that frighten, scare, disgust, or startle by inducing feelings of horror and terror. Yay!
Literature: Literary Fiction
Sometimes it's easier to define a thing by what it is not. The books in this category do not belong to any particular genre. They exist to explore the human condition via social or political commentary or through focusing on the individual. Whether or not they inherently hold some literary merit, well, we'll leave that for you to decide.
"I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything." - Steven Wright
Literature: The Beats
"I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix, angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night, who poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed and high sat up smoking in the supernatural darkness of cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities..." - Allen Ginsberg, "Howl"
Things you play (that aren't, y'know, musical instruments): board games, card games, etc
Music We Like (Mostly): Alternative, Indie, Underground
Whatever that means.
These publications are about music that used to be called "underground," then "progressive", then "alternative rock" then "indie rock" and now it's just called "indie". In most cases, these bands exist in opposition to larger market forces. It's not really a genre so much as a status. But it's also kind of a genre.
Music We Like (Mostly): Punk
What is punk? Punk can be whatever you want it to be. So the subjects of the publications in this section may not all seem "punk" to you - but hey, applying rules ain't punk either.
Music We Like (Mostly): Rock And Pop
There are two major schools of thought here. Rockism refers to a perceived bias in music criticism that some forms of music are more authentic than others. Poptimism is the belief that pop music is just as authentic as other forms of music.
These are publications which contain articles and illustrations. They differ from zines in that these tend to be a commercial or professional endeavor, and as such generally include advertising.
It's pronounced "zeen." The word is derived from fanzine - which has a long history of self-published periodicals sharing info for like-minded communities. Or, as Zine Wiki says, "an independently- or self-published booklet .... Zines are customarily created by physically cutting and gluing text and images together onto a master flat for photocopying, but it is also common to produce the master by typing and formatting pages on a computer. The end product is usually folded and stapled. Zines can be printed and bound in any manner. Offset printing is a relatively common alternative to photocopying, though there is some controversy among zine writers as to whether professionally printed products may be defined as zines."
Like sending a letter, but cheaper. With better artwork. And not as much space to fill up.
These items are very limited, out of print and/or often one-of-a-kind. You may see things available here on one visit, and gone the next.
These items come signed by the authors/artists/creators.We typically have very limited quantities of these titles, so they may go fast.
Society: Conspiracies & Disinformation
One person's conspiracy theory is another person's subversive attempt at spreading disinformation. Regardless, there's one thing we know for certain - man never landed on the moon.
Society: Hail Satan!
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." And also, Wiccans and goths...
The past is proloque... those who don't remember the past are doomed... blah blah blah. We've all heard all the history-related cliches. The titles in this category make the past exciting.
Society: Mayhem & Rebellion
Remember, one person's rebellion is another person's mayhem. These books well help you in a world full of mayhem, or they can help you cause a world of mayhem (for research purposes only, of course).
Society: Outer Limits
Are we alone in the universe? Do aliens live among us? Have they already been here and influenced the course of history? Is our technology based on alien intervention? And what's with all the anal probing? The books in this category attempt to answer these questions and more.
Publications about politics, politicians, political ideas and more.
Race is a social construct. The books in this category examine how we construct race.
Society: Real Life
The titles in this section are biographies, autobiographies and memoirs. What's the difference between a memoir and an autobiography? Lies?
Society: Strange Science
Depending on who you ask, all science can be strange. For example, in the immortal words of The Insane Clown Posse, "I've seen miracles all around me, stop and look around it's all astounding, water, fire air and dirt, f*cking magnets, how do they work? I don't want to talk to a scientist, ya'll MF lying and getting me pissed..." See?
Nathaniel Hawthorne's notion of the "Unpardonable Sin" is when a society's technology advances faster than their moral understanding of that technology. We are living in the era of Hawthorne's Unpardonable Sin.
Society: The God Problem
No gods. No monsters. The God Problem gathers for atheists, agnostics and other doubters and skeptics of magic.
Society: True Crime
Serial killers, spree killers, murder, mayhem and sometimes worse - these titles are examinations of actual crimes detailing the actions of real people.
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