Archives: March 2008

This is the archive page for [March 2008]; 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: "The Gum Thief," by Douglas Coupland | March 31, 2008
Today's book: 2007's dark and sad "The Gum Thief," the latest by legendary hipster novelist Douglas Coupland ("Generation X," "Microserfs"). | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 31 March 2008 | March 31, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff recently found online, for March 31st, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "venice beach fishing," by Sheila Bocchine | March 31, 2008
Today's photo: "venice beach fishing," by professional Phoenix photographer Sheila Bocchine. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: "The Great iPod Indie-Rock Challenge of 2008." | March 30, 2008
Today, some weekend personal thoughts on a subject far away from CCLaP's main mission: the attempt in my personal life, that is, to get reacquainted with the latest in the world of indie-rock. Click through for the details on how it's going, six months into the experiment. | Read entire entry

Your movie micro-review roundup: 29 March 2008 | March 29, 2008
Today, the start of a new occasional weekend series, posting a collection of mere one-paragraph reviews of movies not worth saying that much more about. In today's collection: "Braveheart," "Chocolat," "Kill Bill," "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," "The Darjeeling Limited," and "Superman Returns." | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 29 March 2008 | March 29, 2008
Links to yet more interesting things I've recently come across online, for March 29th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "rust," by Bunny McIntosh | March 29, 2008
Today's photo: "rust," by Louisville-based Bunny McIntosh. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Washington Square," by Henry James | March 28, 2008
Today's book: The slim 1880 "slice of life" story "Washington Square," by realist-fiction master Henry James. Is it a classic? Click through for my thoughts on the subject. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 28 March 2008 | March 28, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for March 28th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Chicago Board of Fog," by Brad Bretz | March 28, 2008
Today's photo: "Chicago Board of Fog," by Chicago photographer Brad Bretz. | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Boy Detective Fails," by Joe Meno | March 27, 2008
Today's book: The brilliantly unique 2006 modern fairytale "The Boy Detective Fails," by Chicago cult favorite Joe Meno. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: "The Reprover/Le Réprobateur" | March 27, 2008
Today's obsession: The witty, experimental hyperfiction project "The Reprover/Le Réprobateur," by French artist and CCLaP reader François Coulon. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "On my way..." by Ilona Olkonen | March 27, 2008
Today's image: "On my way..." by Russian photographer Ilona Olkonen. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Via Dolorosa," by Ronald Malfi | March 26, 2008
Today's book: The minimalist, atmospheric horror story "Via Dolorosa," by experimental writer Ronald Malfi. | Read entire entry

Scott Sigler's first traditional book comes out in a few days | March 26, 2008
Today, some news from an acquaintance of mine, author and "podbook" wunderkind Scott Sigler; that his very first traditional paper novel, a technothriller called "Infected," is finally being released in a few days. Click through for a lot more. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Green Hose," by Danny Putrus | March 26, 2008
Today's photo: "Green Hose," by Chicago-based CCLaP regular Danny Putrus. | Read entire entry

Book review: "World War Z," by Max Brooks | March 25, 2008
Today's book: The surprisingly brilliant fake oral history of a zombie apocalyptic war, "World War Z," by the surprisingly intelligent and serious Max Brooks (son of comedy veteran Mel Brooks). | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 25 March 2008 | March 25, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for March 25th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: FriendFeed.com | March 25, 2008
Today's obsession: The free "super aggregation" service FriendFeed.com, in which you type in all the accounts where you do little updates (Flickr, YouTube, Twitter, etc) and it spits out a "master feed" to all this information. Click through for more. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "14," by "Yan" | March 25, 2008
Today's photo: "14," by Chinese London college student "Yan." | Read entire entry

If CCLaP laid out a new classic book, which would you rather see? | March 23, 2008
I'm thinking of doing a new layout of an obscure "classic" book, one of the titles I'll be reviewing later this year as part of the CCLaP 100 essays, in a variety of formats for free download and hopefully a little publicity for the center. But which book should I do? Click through for the choices and to vote in CCLaP's online poll. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "The Catcher in the Rye," by JD Salinger | March 21, 2008
Today's book: 1951's "The Catcher in the Rye" by JD Salinger, which fans claim single-handedly kicked off the entire genre now known as "Confessional Young Adult." Is it a classic, though? Click through for my thoughts. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's spring publishing schedule starts Monday | March 21, 2008
Some short news about the center today -- that the site will be switching back to its warm-weather publishing schedule (one review a day instead of two), starting this Monday. Also, a reminder that CCLaP is about to start publishing writers and photographers; your submissions wanted! | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 21 March 2008 | March 21, 2008
Links to yet more interesting things I've recently come across online, for March 21st, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by David Drennon | March 21, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Nashville Hasselblad owner David Drennon. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 18 March 2008 | March 18, 2008
Links to yet more interesting things I've recently come across online, for March 18th, 2008. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 21: All-Music Special | March 17, 2008
Today's episode: It's yet another cold, dreary, gray day here in Chicago, which means it's time for another all-music special, collecting up all the indie-rock I've been recently enjoying and sharing it all with you. I hope you like! | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Google Docs as mobile eText reader | March 17, 2008
Today, a simple "lifehack" to share -- how I use the free online webapp "Google Docs" as a surprisingly good eBook reader for my mobile device. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 17 March 2008 | March 17, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for March 17th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "I'm blurry.," by Jenna Noll | March 17, 2008
Today's photo: "I'm blurry.," by Kentuckian Jenna Noll. | Read entire entry

The latest with the CCLaP website | March 16, 2008
Just a small update on a Sunday evening, letting those who are interested know about the latest nerdy little updates at the CCLaP website itself. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea," by Jules Verne | March 14, 2008
Today's book: 1870's prototypical science-fiction tale "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" by Jules Verne, inspiration behind a million young boys' adventuring fantasies for a century and a half. Classic? No? Click through for my opinion. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 14 March 2008 | March 14, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for March 14th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Michael Green | March 14, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Californian (I think) Michael Green. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Shakespeare: The World as Stage," by Bill Bryson | March 13, 2008
Today's review: The delightful 2007 slim and accessible guide to William Shakespeare, travel writer Bill Bryson's "Shakespeare: The World as Stage." | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 13 March 2008 | March 13, 2008
Links to yet more interesting things I've recently come across online, for March 13th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "biarritz-mgla," by "janusz.st.a" | March 13, 2008
Today's photo: "biarritz-mgla," by Portuguese Flickr member "janusz.st.a." | Read entire entry

The latest "Creative Screenwriting" podcast is their best yet | March 12, 2008
Just wanted to mention that one of my favorite podcasts, the one produced by "Creative Screenwriting" magazine, just put out their best episode yet -- a 90-minute talk with Drew Goddard, writer not only of "Cloverfield" but also "Lost," "Alias," "Buffy" and "Angel." (Whew!) Click through for more. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "This Way," by DROOO | March 12, 2008
Today's photo: "This Way," by Flickr member "DROOO." | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "The Name of the Rose," by Umberto Eco | March 11, 2008
Today's book: The brilliant 1980 Medieval murder mystery / deceptively complex meditation on semiotics "The Name of the Rose," by Italian history professor and postmodernist Umberto Eco. Is it a classic? Click through for my opinion, and the reasons why. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 11 March 2008 | March 11, 2008
Links to yet more interesting things I've recently come across on the web, for March 11th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "speakhearseenoevil," by Chris Harvey | March 7, 2008
Today's photo: "speakhearseenoevil," by Leeds (UK) photography student Chris Harvey. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 6 March 2008 | March 6, 2008
Links to yet more interesting things I've recently come across on the web, for March 6th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: Regarding the "magic middle" of the independent arts. | March 5, 2008
For those who don't know, creative guru Kevin Kelly published a fascinating article this week, positing that it's easier than ever for independent artists to make a working living. Today, my thoughts on the essay, and what it has to do with Dave Sifry's theory of the blogosphere's "magic middle." | Read entire entry

RIP Gary Gygax, and a personal story | March 5, 2008
Sad news from the world of gaming this week: E Gary Gygax, one of the creators of legendary roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons, has died. Click through for a personal story I happen to have about the man. | Read entire entry

Holy crap, the new Chicago Public Library website looks great! | March 5, 2008
Wow, the Chicago Public Library system overhauled its website this week -- and it's freaking great! Click through for all the details, as well as copious links. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Thomas Anderson | March 5, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chicagoan Thomas Anderson. | Read entire entry

Too awful to finish: "Engleby," by Sebastian Faulks | March 3, 2008
Today's book under trial: The virtually plotless 2007 novel "Engleby," by Sebastian Faulks. Ugh, this book drove me crazy; click through for the reasons why. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Malvolio," by Danny Putrus | March 3, 2008
Today's photo: "Malvolio," by Chicagoan Danny Putrus. | Read entire entry