Archives: December 2007

This is the archive page for [December 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.

Personal essay: The Year in Books, 2007 | December 31, 2007
Today, CCLaP's look at the year in books for 2007; not a look at the entire industry, of course, but rather the 50 or so books I personally got to read and review this year, including new synopses of the ones I found the best. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Day 72: Decidingly Subded," by "Luca of Lollibomb" | December 28, 2007
Today's photo: "Day 72: Decidingly Subdued," by Flickr member "Luca of Lollibomb," uncoincidentally the owner of beauty-supply company Lollibomb. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Three Fallen Women," by Amy Güth | December 27, 2007
Today's book: The black-as-coal look at three middle-agers recovering from breakdowns, Chicago author Amy Güth's frustrating but rewarding "Three Fallen Women." | Read entire entry

Congratulations to Nathan Rabin and his "Year of Flops" | December 27, 2007
Today, a small fan entry about a group that usually gets nothing but criticism, the 800-pound indie gorilla The Onion; specifically, an entry about how much I loved Nathan Rabin's essay series "My Year of Flops," which is just about to end its remarkable run. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 27 December 2007 | December 27, 2007
Yet more interesting things I've recently seen around the web, for December 27th, 2007. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "day42/light scar," by "Bryan" | December 27, 2007
Today's photo: "day42/light scar," by Flickr member "Bryan." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Afterworld | December 21, 2007
Today's obsession: The new online "vertical science-fiction project" Afterworld, which not only uses multiple media to tell its story but also to distribute its content. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 21 December 2007 | December 21, 2007
Links to other interesting stuff I've found around the web recently, for December 21st, 2007. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by "a n g e l a" | December 21, 2007
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member "a n g e l a." | Read entire entry

Book review: "Jezebel: The Untold Story of the Bible's Harlot Queen," by Lesley Hazleton | December 20, 2007
Today's book: The fascinating but instantly controversial "Jezebel: The Untold Story of the Bible's Harlot Queen," by Hebrew scholar and Middle East journalist Lesley Hazleton. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Cube 2: Hypercube" | December 20, 2007
Today's review: The maddeningly disappointing 2003 movie "Hypercube," a sequel to the far superior low-budget science-fiction classic "Cube." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: The Bowery Boys | December 20, 2007
Today's obsession: The New-York-centric podcast "The Bowery Boys," co-hosted by Tom Meyers and Greg Young; Greg and I, in fact, are old college-radio buddies from our '90s University of Missouri days. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Batty," by " I.C.SillyPeople" | December 20, 2007
Today's photo: "Batty," by mysterious Flickr member "I.C.SillyPeople." | Read entire entry

Movies for Grown-Ups: Time Bandits | December 19, 2007
Today's movie: The wickedly funny "Time Bandits" from 1981, the first solo film by former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam, as well as an examination of Gilliam's career as a filmmaker since. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Reservation Road," by John Burnham Schwartz | December 19, 2007
Today's review: The 1999 revenge tale "Reservation Road" by John Burnham Schwartz, which was recently made into a high-profile Hollywood movie. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 19 December 2007 | December 19, 2007
A list of links to other interesting things I've found around the web recently, for December 19th, 2007. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 19: Author Ben Tanzer | December 18, 2007
Today's episode: An interview with Chicago writer Ben Tanzer, author of the coming-of-age novel "Lucky Man," specifically on the trials and tribulations of being a working day-to-day artist in a large Midwestern city. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: Lonesome Dove | December 18, 2007
Today's review: The eight-hour revisionist Western freaking saga "Lonesome Dove," based on the Pulitzer-winning novel by Larry McMurtry. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Steve Ibsen, AKA "G-Shack" | December 18, 2007
Today's obsession: College student Steve Ibsen (aka "G-Shack"), creator of one of the silliest online guilty pleasures of recent memory, the instantly addictive "Kitty Cat Dance." | Read entire entry

The Ridiculously Long Guide to CCLaP's 10-Point Scoring System | December 17, 2007
I'm putting together CCLaP first-ever top-ten list of the year right now, and realized something important recently -- that I've never really explained how the 10-point scoring system here works. Today, the ridiculously long and overwritten guide. | Read entire entry

Tales from the Completist: "Hairstyles of the Damned," by Joe Meno | December 17, 2007
Today's book: "Hairstyles of the Damned," the 2004 fictionalized memoir of growing up punk on Chicago's southwest side in the 1980s and '90s, by Columbia College professor Joe Meno. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "X2: X-Men United" | December 17, 2007
Today's review: The truly awful superhero film "X2: X-Men United." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Spitzer Telescope podcast | December 17, 2007
Today's obsession: The new high-definition podcast for NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, showing off the latest infrared images combined in an engaging slideshow style. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "wells st. bridge," by Andy Marfia | December 17, 2007
Today's photo: "wells st. bridge," by Chicago photographer Andy Marfia. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 15 Dec 2007 | December 15, 2007
Links to other interesting things I've recently come across on the web, for December 15th, 2007. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Danny Putrus | December 14, 2007
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chicago photographer Danny Putrus. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Toghaus | December 14, 2007
Today's obsession: Chicago t-shirt company Toghaus, which among other things sells shirts representing each and every one of the 144 train stations of the city's transit system. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: I for one welcome the coming meltdown of the television industry. | December 12, 2007
Today, a more political essay than I usually publish here at CCLaP; how I for one am looking forward to the coming meltdown of the traditional Hollywood television industry, so as to make room for a profoundly new way of doing things. Click through for a lot more. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 11 Dec 2007 | December 11, 2007
Simple links to interesting things I've come across on the web in the last day or two, for December 11, 2007. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: An explanation | December 11, 2007
Today, announcing a new type of blog entry that will start getting published here -- a daily roundup of interesting stuff I come across on the web, otherwise known as a "link blog." Click through for more on how I compile this list, and what software I use. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "LOL" | December 11, 2007
Today's review: The masterful 2006 look at technology and relationships, "LOL," a so-called "mumblecore" film by Chicagoan Joe Swanberg. | Read entire entry

Book review: "A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers," by Xiaolu Guo | December 11, 2007
Today's book: The delightfully romantic "A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers," a look at an Asian immigrant's first year in the West, by Orange Prize nominee Xiaolu Guo. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 18: All Music Special | December 10, 2007
Today on the podcast: It's been a cold and snowy week here in Chicago, hence this all-music episode, aka "I didn't feel like going out in the snow and cold and getting an interview done this week." Seven indie-rock bands featured! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "massive," by Jimmy Walker | December 10, 2007
Today's photo: "massive," by Chicago photographer Jimmy Walker. | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Whole," by John Reed | December 7, 2007
Today's book: The trippy, experimental, definitely-not-for-everyone "The Whole," by John Reed. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "or white?" by Jon Beardsley | December 7, 2007
Today's photo: "or white?," by Flickr member Jon Beardsley. | Read entire entry

Book review: "No one belongs here more than you.," by Miranda July | December 6, 2007
Today's book: The story collection "No one belongs here more than you.," by multi-faceted independent artist Miranda July. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Monitor Mix | December 5, 2007
Today's obsession: The new National Public Radio blog "Monitor Mix," written by former Sleater-Kinney guitarist and current "ThunderAnt" comedian Carrie Brownstein. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Tree of Smoke," by Denis Johnson | December 5, 2007
Today's book: The Vietnam saga "Tree of Smoke" by Denis Johnson, winner of this year's National Book Award. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: Untitled, by "Fozzie" | December 5, 2007
Today's photo: Untitled, by Chicago Flickr member "fozzie." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Movable Type 4 | December 3, 2007
Today's obsession: The newest version of content management system Movable Type, the "engine" behind many popular blogs, including CCLaP's. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: Announcing the CCLaP 100 | December 3, 2007
Announcing a new project: A list of 100 so-called "classic" books, all of which I'll be hopefully reading and writing essays about over the next two years. Here today, the master list, as well as the reasons why I decided to put it together. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Flight," by Bob Long Jr | December 3, 2007
Today's photo: "Flight," by Chicago photographer and fisherman Bob Long Jr. | Read entire entry

So did I not mention CCLaP's upcoming publishing program? | December 1, 2007
An offhanded remark at the website last Friday, followed by two dozen emails from frazzled writers and editors in 48 hours, makes me realize: I never really have explained CCLaP's upcoming publishing plans. Today, all the details. | Read entire entry