Archives: July 2008

This is the archive page for [July 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 July 2008 | July 30, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for July 30th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Oh Lord, it's time again for the Booker Prize | July 30, 2008
That's right; it's time yet again for the Man Booker Prize, celebrating the best literature from the British Commonwealth and Ireland in the last year. The 2008 longlist was just announced -- click through to see it, as well as to read about CCLaP's plans for reviewing these books. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Gradisil," by Adam Roberts | July 29, 2008
Today's book: Adam Roberts' astounding fake history of the coming private settlement of space, "Gradisil," the last of the eight award-nominated science-fiction novels I am taking a look at this month at CCLaP. | Read entire entry

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

Your micro-review roundup: 28 July 2008 | July 28, 2008
Small little micro-reviews of some recent projects, including the books "1421" and "1434" by Gavin Menzies, "The Great Neighborhood Book" by Jay Walljasper, "Liverpool 800" edited by John Belchem, and the 1954 movie "The Caine Mutiny." | Read entire entry

Personal essay: The Great iPod Challenge of 2008 -- a mid-year report | July 27, 2008
Regular readers will remember the challenge I issued myself at the beginning of the year -- to replace the 150 sad old '80s and '90s songs on my 1-gig iPod Shuffle as quickly as possible with brand-new music from contemporary indie-rock bands. And how goes it, halfway through the challenge? Click through to find out. | Read entire entry

Yeehaw! CCLaP is finally reviewing DVDs again! | July 25, 2008
Good news; I finally have a DVD player in my apartment again, which means that CCLaP can start publishing movie reviews again! Today, more details, as well as my newest "queue list," showing off the next 25 films I'll be reviewing. | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Resurrectionist," by Jack O'Connell | July 25, 2008
Today's book: The 2008 cult hit and "Hollywood Surrealist" tale "The Resurrectionist," by Jack O'Connell...and I don't mean anything good by that term, either. Click through for more. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: EveryBlock at the Chicago Tribune | July 24, 2008
The city-data smart-aggregation service EveryBlock.com is at it again; they just announced this week, in fact, a new experimental gadget at the Chicago Tribune website, which tracks all the articles there in the last 48 hours and plots them on a map. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Rollback," by Robert J Sawyer | July 21, 2008
Today's book: The Hugo-nominated 2007 near-future tale "Rollback," by industry veteran Robert J Sawyer. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "BEYOND THE LIGHT," by "Treforlutions" | July 21, 2008
Today's photo: "BEYOND THE LIGHT," by Canadian visual artist "Treforlutions." | Read entire entry

Book review: "Born Standing Up," by Steve Martin | July 18, 2008
Today's book: "Born Standing Up," Steve Martin's memoirs of his old '70s stand-up comedian years, a time in his life he barely ever discusses in public anymore. It's FASCINATING. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Candida," by George Bernard Shaw | July 17, 2008
Today's book: the 1898 stage-play and comedy of manners "Candida," by astute social observer George Bernard Shaw. Is it a classic? Click through for my thoughts and opinion on the matter. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Follinger Night Time," by Cynthia Lou | July 17, 2008
Today's photo: "Follinger Night Time," by University of Illinois Flickr member Cynthia Lou. | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Last Colony," by John Scalzi | July 15, 2008
Today's book: The latest 2008 Hugo nominee to be reviewed here, the old-skool grand space opera "The Last Colony" by John Scalzi. How does it compare to the other nominees? Click through for my thoughts. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Nuvole rapide 2," by Benedetto Tarantino | July 15, 2008
Today's photo: "Nuvole rapide 2," by professional Italian photographer Benedetto Tarantino. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Hats & Eyeglasses," by Martha Frankel | July 14, 2008
Today: The so-so personal memoir "Hats & Eyeglasses," by former "Details" columnist and entertainment journalist Martha Frankel, which is supposedly about gambling addiction but isn't really about gambling addiction. Click through for more on what I mean. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Starwars FTW!," by Kate Namestnik | July 14, 2008
Today's photo: "Starwars FTW!," by Australian photographer Kate Namestnik. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "The Left Hand of Darkness," by Ursula K Le Guin | July 13, 2008
Today's book: Ursula K Le Guin's 1969 "The Left Hand of Darkness," as important to the history of science-fiction as it is to feminist literature, coming in the middle of the youthful countercultural movement. Is it a classic? Click through for my thoughts and opinions. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 12 July 2008 | July 12, 2008
Tiny little reviews of four books and movies, being posted on a weekend, including Patricia Wood's "Lottery," Anthony Lappe and Dan Goldman's "Shooting War," Marvel Comics' "The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born," and the truly awful 1997 TV-movie version of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." | Read entire entry

A frustrating week, but here's the good news | July 11, 2008
Sorry you haven't heard from me in a week! Here, read why, and also see the schedule of the next ten books to be reviewed here (all of them finished, just waiting for the reviews to actually be posted). | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by "G" | July 11, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by the Spanish-writing Chinese Flickr member "G." | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 7 July 2008 | July 7, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for July 7th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Luis Angel Molina Quiñones | July 7, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Puerto Rican college student Luis Angel Molina Quiñones. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "New Monasticism," by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove | July 3, 2008
Today's review: The misleadingly-titled "New Monasticism" by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, a guide not really to modern monk-like behavior but rather traditional liberal activism. | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "qui a pissé dans les poissons rouges?," by Frederic schizoo | July 3, 2008
Today's photo: "qui a pissé dans les poissons rouges?," by French photographer Frederic schizoo. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Nova Swing," by M John Harrison | July 2, 2008
Today's book: "Nova Swing" by M John Harrison, the trippy and cutting-edge science-fiction novel that won the 2008 Philip K Dick Award, precisely honoring trippy and cutting-edge science-fiction. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Albuquerque, NM," by Monika M | July 2, 2008
Today's photo: "Albuquerque, NM," by German Flickr member Monika M. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 1 July 2008 | July 1, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for July 1st, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "the colours in Rome," by Michele Castellano | July 1, 2008
Today's photo: "the colours of Rome," by highly popular Italian photographer Michele Castellano. | Read entire entry