Archives: August 2008

This is the archive page for [August 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: 29 August 2008 | August 29, 2008
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for August 29th, 2008. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Simmons Hall, MIT," by Ed Brodzinsky | August 29, 2008
Today's photo: "Simmons Hall, MIT," by retired architect and New Yorker Ed Brodzinsky. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 27 August 2008 | August 27, 2008
Today, extra-small reviews of four DVDs I recently watched: "The Animatrix," Sci-Fi Channel's "Riverworld," "Eragon," and "What The Bleep Do We Know?" | Read entire entry

Book review: "Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster," by Dana Thomas | August 25, 2008
Today's book: "Deluxe," by veteran fashion journalist Dana Thomas, showing exactly how the so-called "luxury industry" changed from a handcrafted, elitist service into a mass-produced, overmarketed commodity during the '80s, '90s and '00s. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "The Sound and the Fury," by William Faulkner | August 22, 2008
Today's book: The 1929 Modernist classic "The Sound and the Fury" by William Faulkner, also one of the first novels to establish the subgenre "Southern Gothic." is it a classic? Click through for my opinion. | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by David O'Brien | August 22, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by the mysterious Flickr member David O'Brien. | Read entire entry

Let's Talk About Them Again: "Radiant Days," by Michael FitzGerald | August 20, 2008
Today, the start of a new essay series here at CCLaP, where I occasionally look back at great books already reviewed here that still deserve your attention. Today's pick, the phenomenal 2007 Graham-Greene-like expat novel "Radiant Days," by Michael FitzGerald. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 20 August 2008 | August 20, 2008
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Photo of the day: "Túnel," by Gustavo Gomes | August 20, 2008
Today's photo: "Túnel," by Brazilian photographer Gustavo Gomes. | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Lost Episodes of Beatie Scareli," by Ginnetta Correli | August 19, 2008
Today's book: The darkly comic, slightly surrealist coming-of-age tale "The Lost Episodes of Beatie Scareli," by self-published first-time novelist Ginnetta Correli. | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "1950's," by Alba RM | August 19, 2008
Today's photo: "1950's," by Spanish Flickr member "Alba RM." | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Gulliver's Travels," by Jonathan Swift | August 18, 2008
Today's book: The 1726 English political satire "Gulliver's Travels," by part-time politician and smartypants author Jonathan Swift. Is it a classic? Click through for my opinion on the matter. | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "Salk Institute for Biological Studies @ La Jolla, CA," by "mad-za" | August 18, 2008
Today's photo: "Salk Institute for Biological Studies @ La Jolla, CA," by Italian Flickr member "mad-za." | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 15 August 2008 | August 15, 2008
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Photos of the day: 2008 Olympic coverage by Kris Krüg | August 15, 2008
Today, a special look at a whole set of photos: Editorial photographer Kris Krüg's stunning candid look at the backstreets of Beijing and obscure events of the 2008 Olympics. Highly, highly recommended. | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Pisstown Chaos," by David Ohle | August 14, 2008
Today's book: The wry, post-apocalyptic black comedy (what, ANOTHER one?) "The Pisstown Chaos," by post-apocalyptic black-comedy veteran David Ohle. It's...eh, it's okay; click through for more. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Running with Scissors" and "A Wolf at the Table," by Augusten Burroughs | August 12, 2008
Today's book(s): Both the oldest and newest "nonfiction memoirs" by gay Generation X new-wave journalist Augusten Burroughs, 2002's "Running with Scissors" and 2008's "A Wolf at the Table." Click through for my extended thoughts. | Read entire entry

Thanks for the free book, LibraryThing! | August 12, 2008
Cool news in the mail today: After months and months of applying, I finally hit the jackpot over in the "Early Reviewers" (i.e. free books) section of literary social network LibraryThing.com. Click through for the details, as well as to see which book I got. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Sean Hapce | August 12, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by French photographer and part-time Surrealist San Hapce. | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Faith Between Us," by Peter Bebergal and Scott Korb | August 11, 2008
Today's book: The 2007 nonfictional "The Faith Between Us" by Peter Bebergal and Scott Korb, in which a pair of hipster doofuses and already-published authors with hidden traditional religious beliefs (one Catholic, one Jewish) discuss the daily struggles of such a life. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 11 August 2008 | August 11, 2008
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Photo of the day: "tate modern 1," by Robert Götzfried | August 11, 2008
Today's photo: "tate modern 1," by German designer and photographer Robert Götzfried. | Read entire entry

In which I respond to the reader question, "What do you think of 9/11 Fiction?" | August 10, 2008
I've been adding a lot of simple scores to books over at Goodreads.com recently; and that inspired someone to ask me what I think of Don DeLillo's September-11th novel "Underworld." Today, my surprisingly complicated answer. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: Gadzooks! I added 600 new book ratings at Goodreads this weekend! | August 10, 2008
Some interesting news for my fellow book nerds: I've decided to start profoundly expanding my personal library listed at social network Goodreads, and started by rating 600 old books this weekend while watching the Olympics. Click through for the reasons why. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Nazi Literature in the Americas," by Roberto Bolaño | August 8, 2008
Today's book: "Nazi Literature in the Americans," by late Chilean author and smartypants Roberto Bolaño, originally published in Spanish in 1996 but in English just this year (2008). | Read entire entry

Ben Tanzer's new book is out! All right! | August 8, 2008
Good news from the Chicago arts: CCLaP friend Ben Tanzer's new novel is out, and another friend of CCLaP published it! Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

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

Book review: "Snuff," by Chuck Palahniuk | August 6, 2008
Today's book: The filthy, filthy, filthy, filthy, filthy, filthy, filthy, filthy 2008 novel "Snuff," by Chuck Palahniuk. Don't say I didn't warn you! | Read entire entry

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

The CCLaP 100: "Tropic of Cancer," by Henry Miller | August 4, 2008
Today's book: Henry Miller's drunken, filthy examination of Paris' post-WWI bohemian community, 1934's "Tropic of Cancer." Is it a classic? Click through for my thoughts on the matter. | Read entire entry

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

Mini-review: "The Execution of Sherlock Holmes," by Donald Thomas | August 1, 2008
Today's review: The 2007 "comfort-food" project "The Execution of Sherlock Holmes," a brand-new collection of five stories that are specifically meant to read exactly like Arthur Conan Doyle's original ones from a century ago. | Read entire entry