Archives: April 2008

This is the archive page for [April 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.

Personal essay: Creativity is the new leisure. | April 30, 2008
A new essay this week from cultural columnist Clay Shirky has had a lot of people talking; in it he speaks of "cognitive surplus," how in the Industrial Age it was mostly spent on passive things like TV, but now more and more actually doing creative work like YouTube videos. Today, further thoughts on the subject from me. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 30 April 2008 | April 30, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for April 30th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by "welovetaipei" | April 30, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member "welovetaipei." | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Gathering," by Anne Enright | April 29, 2008
Today's book: Anne Enright's "The Gathering," winner of the 2007 Booker Prize. Did it deserve it? As the reader of six of last year's nominees, I definitely have some thoughts on the matter; click through for the details. | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "Did you meet Rabelais?" by Olivier Gilet | April 29, 2008
Today's photo: "Did you meet Rabelais?" by Belgian photographer Olivier Gilet. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Mrs Dalloway," by Virginia Woolf | April 28, 2008
Today's book: The 1925 Modernist experimental masterpiece "Mrs Dalloway," by feminist icon Virginia Woolf. Is it a classic? Click through for my opinion and reasons. | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "BACK TO THE FUTURE," by "rober2010" | April 28, 2008
Today's photo: "BACK TO THE FUTURE," by Miami-based Flickr member "rober2010." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: modyfier | April 25, 2008
Today's obsession: The extra-smart electronic-music blog "modyfier," and especially their "Process" series of long-form mix-tapes that I thought had died with cassettes back in the '90s. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "last ones up," by "Felix Constantinople" | April 25, 2008
Today's photo: "last ones up," by Canadian Flickr member "Felix Constantinople." | Read entire entry

Movies for Grown-Ups: Margot at the Wedding | April 24, 2008
Today's movie: Noah Baumbach's 2007 "Margo at the Wedding," the latest in a series of brilliant dark character dramas from this writer/director (including "Mr. Jealousy" and "The Squid and the Whale"). | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 24 April 2008 | April 24, 2008
Links to yet more interesting things I've recently come across online, for April 24th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "BUILDING DING-DONG," by Cala Morlanda | April 24, 2008
Today's photo: "BUILDING DING-DONG," by Spanish photographer Cala Morlanda. | Read entire entry

Literago and I both declare: "You will never see 'Chicago Lit 100' lists at our sites" | April 24, 2008
So have you heard about this "Brooklyn Lit 100" list that has everyone so up in arms? It inspired Eugenia Williamson of Literago to declare that they will never do a similar Chicago list; I thought this was a good idea, so have decided to declare it too. Click through for more! | Read entire entry

Book Versus Movie: "From Hell" | April 22, 2008
Today, the first in an irregular series of essays here at CCLaP -- a review of both the book and movie versions of the "Jack The Ripper" conspiracy tale "From Hell," the 1999 book by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, the 2001 movie by The Hughes Brothers. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 22 April 2008 | April 22, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for April 22nd, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "finestre di Bruno Schulz," by Eugenio Azzola | April 22, 2008
Today's photo: "finestre di Bruno Schulz," by Italian-Austrian Eugenio Azzola. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 22: Author Nick Ostdick | April 21, 2008
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: A 45-minute talk with Chicago author, small publisher and event organizer Nick Ostdick (RAGAD, "Sunbeams and Cigarettes"). | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by David Zimand | April 21, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by New York professional photographer David Zimand. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Dracula," by Bram Stoker | April 19, 2008
Today's book: The 1897 Victorian horror novel "Dracula" by Bram Stoker, which single-handedly established the now overwhelmingly known vampire genre. Is it a classic? Click through for my thoughts and opinion. | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "Subway-2," by "pastorsebastian" | April 18, 2008
Today's photo: Subway-2," by German Flickr member "pastorsebastian." | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 16 April 2008 | April 16, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff recently found online, for April 16th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Vanishing Point," by Eddie Moy | April 16, 2008
Today's photo: "Vanishing Point," by Chicago college student Eddie Moy. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 15 April 2008 | April 15, 2008
Links to yet more interesting things I've recently come across online, for April 15th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Carpet rolls," by Sandor Weisz | April 15, 2008
Today's photo: "Carpet rolls," by Chicago blogger Sandor Weisz. | Read entire entry

Movies for Grown-Ups: Downfall / Der Untergang | April 14, 2008
Today's movie: The haunting, brilliant, absolutely riveting "Downfall," the 2004 German film regarding the last week of World War II from the viewpoint of the Nazis, as seen from Hitler's bunker in Berlin. | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "Getty Beams," by Dave Miller | April 14, 2008
Today's photo: "Getty Beams," by Santa Monica-based professional photographer Dave Miller. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 13 April 2008 | April 13, 2008
One-paragraph reviews of five movies and two novels, none of them interesting enough to warrant full critical reviews of their own. Includes "The Name of the Rose," "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," "Closer," "Zeroville," "Beautiful Children," "The Illusionist" and "Funny Games." | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "The Gods Themselves," by Isaac Asimov | April 11, 2008
Today's book: the 1972 Hugo and Nebula winner "The Gods Themselves," by Golden-Age science-fiction author Isaac Asimov. Is it a classic? Click through for my thoughts. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 11 April 2008 | April 11, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for April 11th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Paenitentia," by Chris Dessaigne | April 11, 2008
Today's photo: "Paenitentia," by French photographer Chris Dessaigne, taken during an obscure Christian ritual held in his town each Good Friday called the "Procession de la Sanch." | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" | April 10, 2008
Today's review: The awkwardly-titled, fascinating but frustrating 2007 Oscar nominee "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," by obscure Australian filmmaker Andrew Dominik. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 10 April 2008 | April 10, 2008
Links to yet more interesting things I've recently come across online, for April 10th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "southwest winds," by Augusto Rosa | April 10, 2008
Today's photo: "southwest winds," by Maine-based photographer Augusto Rosa. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Black Hole," by Charles Burns | April 9, 2008
Today's review: The 2005 epic graphic-novel "Black Hole," by comics veteran and "Believer" cover artist Charles Burns. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Abigail's X-Rated Teen Diary | April 9, 2008
Today's obsession: The deceptively smart and cynical video podcast "Abigail's X-Rated Teen Diary," from "Goodnight Burbank" creator Hayden Black. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Craig Turner | April 9, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Yorkshire (UK) photographer Craig Turner. | Read entire entry

Tales From the Completist: "The Long Goodbye," by Raymond Chandler | April 8, 2008
Today's book: the brilliant 1953 detective novel "The Long Goodbye" by Raymond Chandler, which happens to be this spring's choice for the "One Book One Chicago" program. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 8 April 2008 | April 8, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff recently found online, for April 8th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "tin soldier," by Evgeniy Nelmin | April 8, 2008
Today's photo: "tin soldier," by Russian photographer and Hasselblad owner Evgeniy Nelmin. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: Regarding the glorious trainwreck which is "Southland Tales." | April 7, 2008
Today, a sorta half-review and half-essay of sorts, examining in detail why Richard Kelly's latest film "Southland Tales" is such a creative trainwreck, and why I loved it anyway. Ahoy, pretention ahead! | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 7 April 2008 | April 7, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff recently stumbled upon online, for April 7th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "1888, Kitchen Road.," by Emmanuel Breton | April 7, 2008
Today's photo of the day: "1888, Kitchen Road.," by French photographer Emmanuel Breton. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Melanie," by Tara Sloan | April 6, 2008
Today's photo: "Melanie," by Seattle-based professional photographer Tara Sloan. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "The Republic," by Plato | April 4, 2008
Today's book: Plato's "The Republic" from approximately 360 BC, the book that single-handedly defined the way most of our modern Western governments currently work. Is it a classic still worth reading today? Click through for my thoughts. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 4 April 2008 | April 4, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for April 4th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Piotr," by "Hudi" | April 4, 2008
Today's photo: "Piotr," by a Polish photographer named "Hudi" currently living in Los Angeles. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Trip," by Mick MacO | April 3, 2008
Today's review: The self-published 2008 European confessional travelogue "Trip," by Irish graphic designer living in Germany "Mick MacO." | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 3 April 2008 | April 3, 2008
Links to yet more interesting things I've recently come across online, for April 3rd, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by "Juergen" | April 3, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by German (living in China) photographer "Juergen." | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Now And Forever," by Ray Bradbury | April 2, 2008
Today's review: "Now And Forever," a collection of two brand-new (2007) novellas by genre legend Ray Bradbury. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: For Tax Reasons | April 2, 2008
Today's obsession: The comedy duo and animation team "For Tax Reasons," including an embedded video of some of their work. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "my very first cyanotype [yay]," by Emily Barrera | April 2, 2008
Today's photo: "my very first cyanotype [yay]," by Chicago photography student Emily Barrera. | Read entire entry

CCLaP breaks top ten of "Best Reviewers" at Goodreads | April 1, 2008
Just a little self-congratulatory news I wanted to quickly share: CCLaP has been voted this week into the top ten of all reviewers at Goodreads.com, out of a total user base of one million. Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry