Archives: October 2007

This is the archive page for [October 2007]; below you should see headlines and summaries of all entries posted here that month. Click the appropriate link at each to read the entire entry.

Sorry for the silence; yes, my internet is down yet again | October 25, 2007
Hey, sorry for the lack of updates here this week; yes, you guessed correctly, my home internet connection's been down for three days and counting. Today, a little more details, and some news about what I've been doing offline during the downtime. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 14: Author Elizabeth Crane | October 22, 2007
Today's episode: A half-hour conversation with Chicago writer Elizabeth Crane, author of the story collections "When the Messenger is Hot" and "All This Heavenly Glory." | Read entire entry

Tales from the Completist: "The Eyre Affair," by Jasper Fforde | October 19, 2007
Today's book: The delightful and outlandishly inventive speculative novel "The Eyre Affair," by witty British author Jasper Fforde. | Read entire entry

Movies for Grown-Ups: Brick | October 18, 2007
Today's film: The brilliant teenage noir experiment that could've been an absolute disaster, Rian Johnson's 2005 masterpiece "Brick." | Read entire entry

"The Gathering" wins the Booker; no, I didn't read it | October 18, 2007
So, the 2007 Booker Prize was finally announced yesterday; and it turned out to be a surprise winner, Anne Enright's barely-read "The Gathering." No, I didn't get a chance to read it either! Click through for more! | Read entire entry

Personal essay: Nathaniel Hawthorne, DailyLit, and the Penny Dreadful 2.0. | October 15, 2007
I started reading the classic Hawthorne proto-horror novel "House of the Seven Gables" today, in my case through a cool free online service called DailyLit. Today, some thoughts inspired by the process, as well as the possible future of online serial publishing. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Rsizr | October 15, 2007
Today's obsession: The free online image resizer application "Rsizr..." which, by the way, also has an intriguing cutting-edge resizing algorithm you can play with too. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Windows," by Amy Strass | October 15, 2007
Today's photo: "Windows," by Chicago-based Amy Strass. | Read entire entry

CCLaP (reluctantly) becomes an Amazon Associate | October 14, 2007
Okay, I'm trying out something I'm hesitant about -- the Amazon.com "Associate" program, by which they pay me whenever one of my readers buys something through a CCLaP link. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Chess Machine," by Robert Lohr | October 12, 2007
Today's book: The delightful steampunk/historial-fiction action-adventure hybrid "The Chess Machine," by German author Robert Lohr, unbelievably enough based on a true story on top of everything else. | Read entire entry

National Book Award nominees are announced | October 10, 2007
They're here -- the nominees for the 2007 National Book Award have just been announced. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Growing Up Moffett," by Sarah Moffett | October 9, 2007
Today's book: The Christian-heavy cancer-coping personal memoir "Growing Up Moffett," by Washington DC attorney Sarah Moffett. | Read entire entry

Field report: "Petersburg" screening at Chicago Filmmakers | October 9, 2007
Today, photos and thoughts from my recent screening of the low-budget political thriller "Petersburg," produced by a great filmmaking non-profit in Chicago named Split Pillow. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Metra Train," by Merrick Brown | October 9, 2007
Today's photo: "Metra Train," by Chicago-based Merrick Brown. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 13: Reading Under the Influence | October 8, 2007
Today's episode: An eight-minute video report from the fun monthly drunken Chicago literary event "Reading Under the Influence." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Utata | October 8, 2007
Today's obsession: The thousands-strong photography community Utata, born from the ambitions of a highly active Flickr group. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Outrunning the Sea," by Brian Krummel | October 8, 2007
Today's photo: "Outrunning the Sea," by Pittsburgh-based Brian Krummel. | Read entire entry

Tales from the Completist: "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom," by Cory Doctorow | October 5, 2007
Today's book: The brilliant first novel by science-fiction author and political activist Cory Doctorow, 2003's gonzo sci-fi tale "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "billboard city," by Andy Marfia | October 5, 2007
Today's photo: "billboard city," by Andy Marfia. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! | October 4, 2007
Today's obsession: The National Public Radio humorous game show "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!," which I'm probably the last intellectual in America to actually learn about. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Blue Sky," by M.Réza | October 4, 2007
Today's photo: "Blue Sky," by experimental photographer M.Réza. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 12b: Filmmaker Joe Swanberg, part 2 | October 2, 2007
Today, part 2 of my recent extra-long interview with Chicago filmmaker Joe Swanberg, one of the more well-known of the so-called "mumblecore" filmmakers getting so much attention these days. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Wilson Avenue L Station, Chicago, 1988," by "Genial23" | October 2, 2007
Today's photo: "Wilson Avenue L Station, Chicago, 1988," by Flickr member "Genial23." | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Kitchen," by Banana Yoshimoto | October 1, 2007
Today's review: The delightful contemporary Japanese tale "Kitchen," by postmodernist author Banana Yoshimoto. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Interview with the Vampire," by Anne Rice | October 1, 2007
Today's review: The Southern Gothic dark erotic vampire tale that started them all, 1976's "Interview with the Vampire" by Anne Rice. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Lolita," by Vladimir Nabokov | October 1, 2007
Today's review: The classic 1955 tale of forbidden lust and American strip malls, "Lolita" by Vladimir Nabokov. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," by Arthur Conan Doyle | October 1, 2007
Today's review: The classic beginning example of detective fiction, "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by Arthur Conan Doyle, first published in book form in 1892. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Atlas Shrugged," by Ayn Rand | October 1, 2007
Today's review: The 1957 Objectivist classic "Atlas Shrugged," by Ayn Rand. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "The Fountainhead," by Ayn Rand | October 1, 2007
Today's review: The infamous 1943 Objectivist manifesto-cum-novel "The Fountainhead," by Ayn Rand. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Something Wicked This Way Comes," by Ray Bradbury | October 1, 2007
Today's review: The creepy 1962 dark fantasy tale "Something Wicked This Way Comes," by Ray Bradbury, which in our modern times doubles as a great story about a lost bucolic rural time in American history as well. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Fahrenheit 451," by Ray Bradbury | October 1, 2007
Today's review: The classic 1953 science-fiction cautionary tale "Fahrenheit 451," by Ray Bradbury. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Foundation," by Isaac Asimov | October 1, 2007
Today's review: The 1951 science-fiction novel "Foundation" by Isaac Asimov, the start of what many consider the greatest SF series in the history of the genre. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Dune," by Frank Herbert | October 1, 2007
Today's review: The groundbreaking 1965 science-fiction classic "Dune," by Frank Herbert. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Oath of Fealty," by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle | October 1, 2007
Today's review: The 1982 speculative novel about city planning, "Oath of Fealty," by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 12a: Filmmaker Joe Swanberg, part 1 | October 1, 2007
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: Part 1 of my recent interview with Chicago filmmaker Joe Swanberg, one of the more well-known of the so-called "mumblecore" filmmakers getting so much attention these days. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Eric Wenger | October 1, 2007
Today's obsession: Eric Wenger, not only the brains behind the U&I Software company and their series of tools for artistic professionals, but also the creator of lots of short films highlighting the ways the software can be used. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Illumination?," by "Hanifa824" | October 1, 2007
Today's photo: "Illumination?," by Flickr member "Hanifa824." | Read entire entry