Archives: November 2007

This is the archive page for [November 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.

Book review: "Lucky Man," by Ben Tanzer | November 30, 2007
Today's book: The great although relentlessly dark coming-of-age tale "Lucky Man," the debut novel of Chicago writer Ben Tanzer. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "The Bourne Identity" and "The Bourne Supremacy" | November 30, 2007
Today's films: The infinitely smart 2002 action thriller "The Bourne Identity," and the infinitely disappointing 2004 action thriller sequel "The Bourne Supremacy." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Uptown weed," by Amy Strass | November 30, 2007
Today's photo: "Uptown weed," by Chicago-based Amy Strass. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: IWantSandy.com | November 29, 2007
Today's obsession: The new cutting-edge "Sandy," personal-assistant software that works through plain-language messages, sent through email or SMS or Twitter notes to a central AI database. | Read entire entry

Movies for Grown-Ups: Donnie Darko | November 29, 2007
Today's movie: The head-scratchingly brilliant (or is that brilliantly head-scratching) 2001 cult classic "Donnie Darko," by "Southland Tales" writer and director Richard Kelly. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "newspapers," by Renzo Borgatti | November 29, 2007
Today's photo: "newspapers," by Chicago-area photographer Renzo Borgatti. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 17: Musician Ken Kase | November 28, 2007
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: A special St. Louis edition, featuring a talk and lots of songs from an old friend of mine, musician Ken Kase. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Ferran Nogués | November 28, 2007
Today's photo: Untitled, by Catalan photographer Ferran Nogués. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Moi," by Matteo Fava | November 26, 2007
Today's photo: "Moi," by Italian photographer Matteo Fava. | Read entire entry

Announcing the CCLaP winter project: Gilbert & Sullivan | November 21, 2007
Now that it's winter and I'm doing a lot less bicycling and exercising here in Chicago, I've decided that it's time to take on an extended research project in the arts. This winter's research subject is Gilbert & Sullivan; click through for a lot more. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Hollywoodland" | November 21, 2007
Today's review: The Los Angeles film noir "Hollywoodland," which takes a look at the real-life bizarre death of actor George Reeves. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "High-Roller.," by "Sand Between My Toes" | November 21, 2007
Today's photo: "High-Roller.," by an Idaho-based photographer known at her Flickr account as "Sand Between My Toes." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 16b: Public Radio International's Jesse Thorn | November 20, 2007
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: Part 2 of my extra-long talk with Jesse Thorn, host of Public Radio International's "The Sound of Young America." | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Alphaville" | November 20, 2007
Today's review: The artfully messy, messily artful 1965 science-fiction experiment "Alphaville," by French New Wave pioneer Jean-Luc Godard. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: Untitled, by Susanna Bedohazy | November 20, 2007
Today's photo: Untitled, by the mysterious Susanna Bedohazy, which I'm only assuming at this point was taken in Egypt. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 16a: Public Radio International's Jesse Thorn | November 19, 2007
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: Part 1 of my extra-long talk with Jesse Thorn, host of Public Radio International's "The Sound of Young America." | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Ocean's Twelve" | November 19, 2007
Today's review: The only so-so "Ocean's Twelve," directed by Steven Soderbergh and based on his much better "Ocean's Eleven." | Read entire entry

Field report: Erato Chamber Orchestra at the Chicago Cultural Center | November 19, 2007
Today, photos and a report from the inaugural concert of Chicago's new Erato Chamber Orchestra, dedicated to the showcasing of experimental and minor orchestral work, held down at the Chicago Cultural Center in the Loop. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "School grounds," by "Eric" | November 19, 2007
Today's photo: "School grounds," by Sussex (UK) Flickr member "Eric." | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Road," by Cormac McCarthy | November 16, 2007
Today's book: The Pulitzer-winning "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy, only the second book of 2007 to receive a perfect score here at CCLaP. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Oldboy" | November 16, 2007
Today's review: The highly experimental, ultra-violent South Korean 2003 action film "Oldboy." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: LostAtEMinor.com | November 16, 2007
Today's obsession: The highly addictive pop-culture journal LostAtEMinor.com. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "beautiful people," by Charlie Cravero | November 16, 2007
Today's photo: "beautiful people," shot in Chicago by Italian photographer Charlie Cravero. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Shining at the Bottom of the Sea," by Stephen Marche | November 15, 2007
Today's review: The brilliant "Shining at the Bottom of the Sea" by Stephen Marche, a comprehensive literary history of a country in the British Commonwealth that doesn't actually exist. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Clerks" and "Clerks II" | November 15, 2007
Today's review: The classic slacker two-film series "Clerks" and "Clerks II," both written and directed by Kevin Smith a decade apart. | Read entire entry

It's a miracle! CCLaP iTunes channel now working again! | November 15, 2007
Some great and unexpected news to report today -- that after a month and a half, I finally figured out how to get CCLaP's iTunes channel working again. Click through, fellow Movable Type customers, for the ridiculously long and detailed explanation of how it was done. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "purple line," by "yenna" | November 15, 2007
Today's photo: "purple line," by Chicago Flickr member "yenna." | Read entire entry

CCLaP back online! Finally! | November 14, 2007
Hooray; my home internet connection is back on again, meaning that CCLaP's publishing schedule can be cranked back up to full gear again. Today, more details for those who are curious, including what I've been doing with my time while away from the site. | Read entire entry

Too awful to finish: "New Bedlam," by Bill Flanagan | November 14, 2007
Today, the borderline-offensive novel about annoying television executives, "New Bedlam," by real-life MTV executive Bill Flanagan. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "The Black Sun," by James Twining | November 14, 2007
Today, the 2007 hidden secret Nazi gold action adventure potboiler "Black Sun," by James Twining. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: MoleskineCity.com | November 14, 2007
Today's obsession: The new notebook/guidebook hybrid experiment "City Notebook" from Moleskine, and the information-packed website supporting the project. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "No Reason at All," by Seth Anderson | November 14, 2007
Today's photo: "No Reason at All," by Chicago photographer and marketing consultant Seth Anderson. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Glasshouse," by Charles Stross | November 9, 2007
Today's book: The challenging and mindblowing science-fiction novel "Glasshouse," by well-known genre secret Charles Stross. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "V for Vendetta" | November 9, 2007
Today's mini-review: The truly awful 2005 movie "V for Vendetta," by the "Matrix" trilogy's Wachowski Brothers and based on the '80s comic from Alan Moore. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: Some early thoughts regarding the CCLaPocracy | November 6, 2007
Today, a few early thoughts regarding a possible online community site for CCLaP's readers, a project I cheekily call the "CCLaPocracy," plus how Cory Doctorow's idea of a reputation-based economy may provide the key to its self-policing. Click through for more nerdy goodness! | Read entire entry

Book review: "After Dark," by Haruki Murakami | November 5, 2007
Today's book: The surprisingly accessible "After Dark," the latest novel by the amazing Haruki Murakami. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Grand Avenues," by Scott Berg | November 2, 2007
Today's book: The excellent and intelligent look at the founding of Washington DC, historian Scott Berg's "Grand Avenues." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 15: Split Pillow's Jason Stephens | November 1, 2007
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: A 20-minute talk with Jason Stephens, founder of the Chicago film organization Split Pillow, a group that helps underground filmmakers finish and distribute their experimental projects. | Read entire entry

The good news: CCLaP is updating again. The bad news... | November 1, 2007
Good and bad news to report today: The good being that the CCLaP website will start getting updated again starting today, the bad being that this will be a "lite" version for the next two weeks, in that my home internet connection is still down. Click through for more! | Read entire entry