Archives: June 2008

This is the archive page for [June 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.

Mini-review: "RenGen," by Patricia Martin | June 30, 2008
Today's review: The 2007 business book "RenGen" by Patricia Martin, arguing that the US is on the brink of a major new cultural renaissance, and that business owners could do themselves some good by anticipating and planning for it. | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Neal Reed | June 30, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by British professional photographer Neal Reed. | Read entire entry

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

CCLaP 100: Okay, I give up! I give up on "Kim!" Er, for now! | June 27, 2008
Today, a short entry detailing the latest with the "CCLaP 100" series of all-classics essays here; basically, I've been stuck on Rudyard Kipling's "Kim" for six weeks now, so today am finally officially calling it a lost cause and moving on. Click through for more details. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: Youth Without Youth (movie) | June 27, 2008
Today's review: 2007's trippy and dense "Youth Without Youth," the supposed "street-cred comeback vehicle" for Francis Ford Coppola, after two decades now of disappointments from him. Too bad it's not very good. | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "Of late..." by Patricia VH | June 27, 2008
Today's photo: "Of late..." by Mexican Flickr member Patricia VH. | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Ten-Cent Plague," by David Hajdu | June 26, 2008
Today's book: David Hajdu's "The Ten-Cent Plague," a detailed and fascinating look at the 1950s comic-book scare in the United States, featuring a ton of new interviews with the people originally involved. | Read entire entry

Dueling Chicago lit events tonight! Choking...from all the...hyperlinks... | June 26, 2008
Two major literary events are happening tonight in Chicago -- the Fixx reading series and the newest release party for THE2NDHAND. Here, details on both, with enough hyperlinks to choke a horse. | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "Kissy~Face Fashion Faux-Pas 2," by Nick Choquette | June 26, 2008
Today's photo: "Kissy~Face Fashion Faux-Pas 2," by the mysterious Nick Choquette. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Brasyl," by Ian McDonald | June 25, 2008
Today: The 2007 Hugo-nominated "Brasyl" by Ian McDonald, a thrilling science-fiction adventure set within the steamy third-world milieu of Rio de Janeiro. | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "INSIDE, dirty soul," by Rocío Montoya | June 25, 2008
Today's photo: "INSIDE, dirty soul," by Spanish photographer Rocío Montoya, part of a Spanish artistic collective known as Movimente Colectivo Diseñado. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: Here's why I'm dropping the "Too Awful To Finish" series. | June 24, 2008
A recent accusation of bad criticism here, along with an interesting reaction by CCLaP's readers, has had me thinking a lot this week about fairness, critical responsibility, and the hipster douchebags I hate so much. Today, the conclusions I came to. | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "Underground," by "urbiex" | June 24, 2008
Today's photo: "Underground," by Italian Flickr member "urbiex." | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 23 June 2008 | June 23, 2008
Today, little tiny reviews of three recent movies and books, none of which I liked enough to bother writing a full review. Includes Lettie Teague's "Educating Peter," as well as the movies "Spun," "Notes on a Scandal," and "Diary of the Dead." | Read entire entry

And by the way, I'm trying out a Nokia N95 this week | June 23, 2008
Hey, guess what? One of those annoying "word-of-mouth marketing" agencies recently shipped me a Nokia N95 "smartphone," which I am trying out this week here in the Chicago area. Here, details on where you can track the photos I'm taking from it this week. | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "America's Cup Headquarters #3," by "Mario" | June 23, 2008
Today's photo: "America's Cup Headquarters #3," by Spanish Flickr member "Mario." | Read entire entry

Wanna see CCLaP review a specific book? Check out our new wish list! | June 20, 2008
Yes, it's true; due to popular demand, I am now listing online the various books that CCLaP will be reading and reviewing soon; and it's over at Amazon too, in the form of a wish list, so that you can help get me review copies if you feel like assisting a broke critic. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: Meth (2006 film) | June 20, 2008
Today's review: The low-budget, hi-def 2006 documentary "Meth," concerning crystal meth and its effect on America's various gay male "cruising" scenes, not just a great film but also a good example of how technology is changing the self-produced arts. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 20 June 2008 | June 20, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for June 20th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "drs," by "Dusia" | June 20, 2008
Today's photo: "drs," by Russian Flickr member "Dusia." | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "Split Tone Sepia, variations 6," by Enric Martinez | June 19, 2008
Today's photo: "Split Tone Sepia, variations 6," by Spanish expat and current Netherlands resident Enric Martinez. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 25: All-Music Special | June 18, 2008
Today on the podcast: It's another of CCLaP's occasional all-music specials, here featuring a total of 12 songs over 45 minutes that have all been released within the last three months. Enjoy! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Me and you," by "orangemania" | June 18, 2008
Today's photo: "Me and you," by Canadian Flickr member "orangemania." | Read entire entry

Book review: "American Transcendentalism: A History," by Philip Gura | June 17, 2008
Today's book: 2007's astoundingly great "American Transcendentalism: A History," a tight and finally clear look at this bizarre early-1800s burp in American history, by culture and lit professor Philip Gura. | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "...i 200mm.," by "Sphinx!" | June 17, 2008
Today's photo: "...i 200mm.," by Spanish Flickr member "Sphinx!" | Read entire entry

Disaster. | June 16, 2008
Mac broken. Software gone. Publishing program and virtual gallery once again postponed. Unhappy day at CCLaP headquarters. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 16 June 2008 | June 16, 2008
Tiny little reviews of four books I recently didn't have the chance to finish, including Kate Christensen's "Great Man," Benjamin Wiker's "Ten Books That Screwed Up the World," Sean Williams' "Saturn Returns," and Jon Armstrong's "Grey." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Fkn Hostile," by "Mario" | June 16, 2008
Today's photo: "Fkn Hostile," by Libyan Flickr member "Mario." | Read entire entry

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

Book review: "The Words of Every Song," by Liz Moore | June 12, 2008
Today's book: The surprisingly great and emotional look at the music industry, 2007's fictional "The Words of Every Song" by real-life indie-rocker Liz Moore. | Read entire entry

Toot that horn! CCLaP celebrates its first anniversary | June 11, 2008
It was CCLaP's first anniversary last week! Here, a few notes and photos from the Chicago get-together held last weekend to mark the occasion. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Three Novellas for a Novel," by Carl Shuker | June 10, 2008
Today's book: The dense, trippy, experimental "Three Novellas for a Novel," a Radiohead-style "pay what you want" eBook by award-winning New Zealander Carl Shuker. | Read entire entry

CCLaP is back on its "lite" publishing schedule...sigh. | June 10, 2008
It's the beginning of the month, which like clockwork means that my home internet connection is screwed up (it's provided by a freelance client of mine, and is notoriously spotty, as regular readers know); and that of course unfortunately means... | Read entire entry

See you tomorrow at Printers Row; and don't forget the colored stickers | June 6, 2008
Just a final reminder that CCLaP is celebrating its first anniversary tomorrow, down at the Printers Row Book Fair here in Chicago. Click through for details, plus more on the colored miniature name tags that will help you spot all of us when you get there. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Prisoners in Paradise," by Akmal Shebl | June 6, 2008
Today's book: The self-published 2008 supernatural thriller "Prisoners in Paradise," by Akmal Shebl, a book which brings up all kinds of issues about self-publishing that I've been meaning to talk about. Today, I talk about them. | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "The Geometry of the Night," by "Madison Guy" | June 6, 2008
Today's photo: "The Geometry of the Night," by Wisconsin Flickr member "Madison Guy." | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "Barcelona, 7:30AM," by "Ona" | June 5, 2008
Today's photo: "Barcelona, 7:30AM," by Spanish Flickr member "Ona." | Read entire entry

Book Versus Movie: The 39 Steps | June 4, 2008
Today's review: the proto-spy thriller "The 39 Steps," both the original 1915 novella by John Buchan and the 1935 movie adaptation by the young Alfred Hitchcock. How do they compare? Click through for my thoughts! | Read entire entry

Book review: "All Shall Be Well...," by Tod Wodicka | June 3, 2008
Today's book: The masterfully funny and sad satire of cranky academic eggheads, Tod Wodicka's debut novel "All Shall Be Well; and All Shall Be Well; and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well." | Read entire entry

CCLaP turns one: Meet Ben Tanzer | June 3, 2008
CCLaP is celebrating its first anniversary this weekend at the Printers Row Books Fair, basically by a bunch of readers meeting up for drinks. Here, a mini-profile of one of the people planning on attending, Chicago author Ben Tanzer. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: The Collective Family | June 3, 2008
Today's obsession: The indie-rock free download site "The Collective Family" (cllct.com), which also doubles as a tight-knit community for the artists themselves. | Read entire entry

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

CCLaP turns one: Meet Amy Güth | June 2, 2008
It's CCLaP's first anniversary this week, and I'm celebrating by inviting readers out for a drink this Saturday, and to send in a mini-profile if they're planning on attending. Here, the profile of Chicago author and Pilcrow Lit Fest founder Amy Güth. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's turning one! At Printers Row! We're having drinks! Holy crap! | June 2, 2008
CCLaP turns one this week! And I've decided to use it as an excuse to throw CCLaP's first social event, down at the massive Printers Row Book Fair this weekend. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "318," by "under tow" | June 2, 2008
Today's photo: 318," a Chicago image from French Flickr member "under tow." | Read entire entry

CCLaP's virtual headquarters starts coming together | June 1, 2008
CCLaP's virtual photography gallery opens in two weeks (er, maybe)! And as part of that, I'm getting CCLaP's virtual headquarters finished as well, within the pervasive 3D online environment known as Second Life. Click through for many nerdy screenshots! | Read entire entry