Archives: May 2008

This is the archive page for [May 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.

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

Photo of the day: "no way out pt. 2," by "melanie" | May 30, 2008
Today's photo: "no way out pt. 2," by German Flickr member "Melanie." | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "black palace 10," by "urbiex" | May 29, 2008
Today's photo: "black palace 10," by Flickr member "urbiex." | Read entire entry

Tales from the Completist: "The Historian," by Elizabeth Kostova | May 28, 2008
Today's book: The 2005 modern vampire tale and runaway bestseller "The Historian," by Elizabeth Kostova. | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "LA Cathedral," by Ken McCown | May 28, 2008
Today's photo: "LA Cathedral," by Los Angeles architecture professor Ken McCown. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 24: Author Cory Doctorow | May 27, 2008
Today on the podcast: A one-hour talk with a personal hero of mine, Cory Doctorow, a popular and award-winning novelist as well as one of the four editors of Boing Boing, currently acknowledged by most as the most popular blog on the planet. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 27 May 2008 | May 27, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for May 27th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "walk the walk," by Tomasz Wysocki | May 27, 2008
Today's photo of the day: "walk the walk," by Australia-based Polish Swede Tomasz Wysocki. | Read entire entry

Field report: Pilcrow Literary Festival | May 26, 2008
Today, a field report from the highly entertaining Pilcrow Literary Festival, which just pulled off its first successful year here in Chicago last weekend. Click through for photos and an analysis of what went right. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 26 May 2008 | May 26, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for May 26th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Black symphony," by "mwasila" | May 26, 2008
Today's photo: "Black symphony," by Papua New Guinea photographer "mwasila." | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "A Farewell to Arms," by Ernest Hemingway | May 23, 2008
Today's book: The 1929 Modernist look at World War One, Ernest Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms." Is it a classic? Click through for my opinion, and the reasons why I argue it. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 23 May 2008 | May 23, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for May 23rd, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "The biggest tomb in the cemetary," by Casey Early | May 23, 2008
Today's photo: "The biggest tomb in the cemetary," by Flickr member Casey Early. | Read entire entry

Movies for Grown-Ups: No Country For Old Men | May 22, 2008
Today's movie: The Coen Brothers' "No Country For Old Men," 2007 Oscar winner for Best Picture, and easily the best film of their careers. Click through for my reasons why. | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "MAC Niteroi #1," by Stephan Leyk | May 22, 2008
Today's photo: "MAC Niteroi #1," by German photographer Stephan Leyk. | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "sun," by Olga Pogorelova | May 21, 2008
Today's photo: "sun," by Moscow photographer and designer Olga Pogorelova. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 23: Author Amy Güth | May 19, 2008
Today on the podcast: A one-hour talk with Chicago author Amy Güth, founder of the new Pilcrow Literary Festival. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 19 May 2008 | May 19, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for May 19th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "handddd," by Abel Rodriguez | May 19, 2008
Today's photo: "handddd," by Venezuelan photographer Abel Rodriguez. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 18 May 2008 | May 18, 2008
A weekend roundup of small reviews I've recently collected up, including this week the movies "Superbad," "Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms," and "The Saddest Music in the World." | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Middlesex," by Jeffrey Eugenides | May 17, 2008
Today's book: The 2002 Greek-American quirky family saga (and trippy hermaphrodite tale) "Middlesex," by Jeffrey Eugenides. Is it a classic? Click through for my thoughts on the matter. | Read entire entry

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

Yet more interestingness: 16 May 2008 | May 16, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for May 16th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by "bunny boiler" | May 16, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member "bunny boiler." | Read entire entry

Movies for Grown-Ups: Michael Clayton | May 15, 2008
Today's movie: The surprisingly complex and ambiguous 2007 ethics drama "Michael Clayton," which received seven Oscar nominations (including one for Best Picture), as well as winning one. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Muxtape.com | May 15, 2008
Today's obsession: The brand-new, user-driven, streaming-music service "Muxtape," in which random visitors are given a chance to upload exactly 12 songs as their own personal mix tape to share with others. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "insomnia," by Augusto Rosa | May 15, 2008
Today's photo: "insomnia," by Maine photographer Augusto Rosa. | Read entire entry

There's been a small change to the "CCLaP 100" schedule | May 14, 2008
Just a small programming note for the "CCLaP 100" series of essays: that I've decided to swap Ernest Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea" (which had been scheduled for two weeks from now) with his "A Farewell to Arms." Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Movies for Grown-Ups: Before the Devil Knows You're Dead | May 14, 2008
Today's movie: The surprisingly great 2007 noir "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," by the 83-year-old Hollywood legend Sidney Lumet. | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Sebastien Kunert | May 14, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Paris-based photographer Sebastien Kunert. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: Lars and the Real Girl | May 13, 2008
Today's review: The quirky indie 2007 dramedy "Lars and the Real Girl," from "Six Feet Under" writer/producer Nancy Oliver. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: "Iron Sky" | May 13, 2008
Today's obsession: The new and extremely impressive trailer for "Iron Sky," the homegrown retro action thriller feature film by Timo Vuorensola and Samuli Torssonen, the Finnish team behind the cultishly popular "Star Wrecks." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Solitude," by Chris Dessaigne | May 13, 2008
Today's photo: "Solitude," by French photographer Chris Dessaigne. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "The Gravedigger's Daughter," by Joyce Carol Oates | May 12, 2008
Today's review: The supremely disappointing 2007 novel "The Gravedigger's Daughter," by revered academic author Joyce Carol Oates. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 12 May 2008 | May 12, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for May 12th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Colonies,"by Olivier Gilet | May 12, 2008
Today's photo: "Colonies," by Belgian photographer Olivier Gilet. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 9 May 2008 | May 9, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for May 9th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Valencia Science Museum," by Roland Ellison | May 9, 2008
Today's photo: "Valencia Science Museum," by London-based photographer Roland Ellison. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Heart-Shaped Box," by Joe Hill | May 8, 2008
Today's review: The surprise 2007 bestseller "Heart-Shaped Box," the debut novel of horror writer Joe Hill, not nearly as good a book as I thought it was going to be. Click through for the details. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 8 May 2008 | May 8, 2008
Links to yet more interesting things I've recently come across online, for May 8th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "X," by "twO®" | May 8, 2008
Today's photo: "X," by French graffiti artist "twO®." | Read entire entry

Book review: "Day of Empire," by Amy Chua | May 7, 2008
Today's book: The historical and political "Day of Empire" by futurist and law professor Amy Chua, which argues that all world-dominant societies throughout history share a freakishly small amount of traits, both during their ascendancies and their falls. Click through for more. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by "Peter" | May 7, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by German Flickr member "Peter." | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Somnambulist," by Jonathan Barnes | May 6, 2008
Today: The pretty good new steampunk novel "The Somnambulist," by British book critic Jonathan Barnes, along with some extended thoughts on what exactly steampunk is, and what the difference is between so-called genre fiction and mainstream. | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "carly," by Drew Valenti | May 6, 2008
Today's photo: "carly," by North Carolinian Drew Valenti. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Bringing Home the Birkin," by Michael Tonello | May 5, 2008
Today's book: The dazzling 2008 memoir "Bringing Home the Birkin," detailing one witty young man's globetrotting adventures buying up the notoriously scarce handbags and then reselling them on eBay for an insane markup. What a great book; click through for the reasons why. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 5 May 2008 | May 5, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for May 5th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "velvet," by Trane DeVore | May 5, 2008
Today's photo: "velvet," by Westerner-in-Japan Trane DeVore. | Read entire entry

CCLaP consolidates some of its master lists | May 4, 2008
Just a small programming note here on a quiet weekend; I wanted to let people know that I've gotten rid of the main backlist of mini-reviews, and have enfolded them instead into the main lists for longer book and movie reviews. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 3 May 2008 | May 3, 2008
A round-up of little tiny reviews for the last week or two, including four books and four movies. Click through for a lot more. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "The Island of Dr Moreau," by HG Wells | May 2, 2008
Today's book: The surprisingly exciting and disgusting 1896 medical thriller "The Island of Dr Moreau," by science-fiction godfather HG Wells. Is it a classic? Click through for my thoughts on the subject. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 2 May 2008 | May 2, 2008
Links to yet more interesting things I've recently come across online, for May 2nd, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Night shoot St James Square Grimsby," by Gary Stafford | May 2, 2008
Today's photo: "Night shoot St James Square Grimsby," by British adult photography student Gary Stafford. | Read entire entry