Archives: February 2009

This is the archive page for [February 2009]; 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.

It's day thirteen of the Ben Tanzer virtual book tour | February 28, 2009
It's day thirteen of CCLaP's latest artistic experiment, a two-week "virtual book tour" being conducted by Chicago author Ben Tanzer. Here, Ben officially ends the tour at the blog of JA Tyler, author and founder of lit organization "mud luscious." | Read entire entry

It's day twelve of the Ben Tanzer virtual book tour | February 27, 2009
It's day twelve of CCLaP's latest artistic experiment, a two-week "virtual book tour" being conducted by Chicago author Ben Tanzer. Today, Ben stops by the blog of fellow author and CCLaP friend S. Craig Runfroe, for a guest essay regarding the topic of self-marketing. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 27 February 2009 | February 27, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for February 27th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Lake Shore Drive," by Marc McGowan | February 27, 2009
Today's photo: "Lake Shore Drive," by Chicago/Japan Flickr member Marc McGowan. | Read entire entry

It's another internet postcard from the virtual-touring Ben Tanzer! | February 26, 2009
Hey hey, it's another internet postcard from the virtual book-touring Ben Tanzer! Seems that Ben had an electronic run-in with Perez Hilton lately, was given a personal assistant over at Orange Alert, and is still whining about a lack of per diem. Whine whine whine, you writers, that's all you ever do! | Read entire entry

Book review: "Taj Mahal," by Diana and Michael Preston | February 26, 2009
Today's book: The nicely done NPR-style general overview of India's late Moghul Empire and its greatest remnant, Diana and Michael Prestons' "Taj Mahal: Passion and Genius at the Heart of the Moghul Empire." | Read entire entry

It's day eleven of the Ben Tanzer virtual book tour | February 26, 2009
It's day eleven of CCLaP's newest artistic experiment, a two-week "virtual book tour" by Chicago author Ben Tanzer. Today, Ben stops by the blog of fellow Chicago author and former RAGAD runner Nick Ostdick. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 26 February 2009 | February 26, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for February 26th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo: "Choose the best Exit," by ricardo | February 26, 2009
Today's photo: "Choose the best Exit," by Portuguese Flickr member ricardo. | Read entire entry

It's day ten of the Ben Tanzer virtual book tour | February 25, 2009
It's day ten of CCLaP's latest artistic experiment, a two-week "virtual book tour" being conducted by Chicago author Ben Tanzer. Today Ben sits down for a chat with California writer Jason Riley, author of "Until the Clouds Are Empty." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Invisible People," by Aditi | February 25, 2009
Today's photo: "Invisible People," by India/US photographer "Aditi." | Read entire entry

"Repetition Patterns" now available for iPhones and Kindles | February 24, 2009
Great news to announce today: Ben Tanzer's "Repetition Patterns," the first original book by CCLaP Publishing, is now available not only for the Amazon Kindle 2 but in two different versions for Apple iPhones. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

It's day nine of the Ben Tanzer virtual book tour | February 24, 2009
It's day nine of CCLaP's newest experiment, a two-week "virtual book tour" being conducted by Chicago author Ben Tanzer. Today, Ben lands at the offices of one of the only legitimate journalism outlets of the tour, the Chicago Literary Examiner. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 33b: Author John Domini | February 24, 2009
Today on the podcast: It's part two of my recent talk with American author and Pulitzer nominee John Domini. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "RDV.02," by Priscila Frossard | February 24, 2009
Today's photo: "RDV.02," by Brazilian photographer Priscila Frossard. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 33a: Author John Domini | February 23, 2009
Today on the podcast: It's part one of my recent talk with American author and Pulitzer nominee John Domini. | Read entire entry

It's day eight of the Ben Tanzer virtual book tour | February 23, 2009
It's day eight of CCLaP's latest artistic experiment, a two-week "virtual book tour" being conducted by Chicago author Ben Tanzer. Today, Ben stops by the blog of fellow Chicago author Amy Guth, where the two create the very first video interview of the entire tour. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "poppy panorama," by Paul Wass | February 23, 2009
Today's photo: "poppy panorama," by mysterious Flickr member Paul Wass. | Read entire entry

New to the CCLAPocracy: Now comment here through your Facebook account | February 22, 2009
Big day for the burgeoning CCLAPocracy community! You can now leave comments at the CCLaP website in a traditional (end of entry) way, through your existing Facebook account, and even have the comment show up in your profile's "Wall" if you want as well. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

It's day six of the Ben Tanzer virtual book tour | February 21, 2009
Huzzah! It's day six of CCLaP's newest experiment, a two-week virtual book tour being conducted by Chicago author Ben Tanzer. Today Ben visits Montana author Michael FitzGerald (Radiant Days), where the two discuss marathons, kids, the difference between a 'writer' and an 'author,' and a lot more. | Read entire entry

Virtual postcard! Ben Tanzer visits the "Land of the LOLCats" | February 20, 2009
We're just wrapping up week one of Ben Tanzer's virtual book tour; and what do you know, we finally received his first virtual postcard from the road! Here, Ben tells us about his various travails across the information superhighway, and lets us know that the Land of LOLCats didn't have him laughing at all. | Read entire entry

It's day five of the Ben Tanzer virtual book tour | February 20, 2009
It's day five of CCLaP's latest artistic experiment, a two-week "virtual book tour" being conducted by Chicago author Ben Tanzer. Today, Ben lands at the blog of fellow Chicago writer Tim Hall, where he offers all of us a brand-new exclusive MP3 recording of him reading the story "The Babysitter." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "19 Januari 2009 15.30," by Hjalmar | February 20, 2009
Today's photo: "19 Januari 2009 15.30," by Dutch Flickr member "Hjalmar." | Read entire entry

Personal essay: First thoughts on CCLaP's coming "wikicloud" experiment | February 19, 2009
Today, I present my first thoughts on CCLaP's newest bizarre weekend creative project idea for smartypants middle-agers; I'm reading a thousand Wikipedia entries on the subject of the 19th Century, and tracking the results in a dynamic "mind-map" graphic format. Here, an essay on why that is, and what I've already learned just a few weeks into the process. | Read entire entry

It's day four of the Ben Tanzer virtual book tour | February 19, 2009
It's day four of CCLaP's latest experiment, a two-week virtual book tour by Chicago author Ben Tanzer. Today, Ben lands at the pop-culture journal "What To Wear During An Orange Alert," where he's interviewed by fellow author Pete Anderson (PeteLit.com). | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 19 February 2009 | February 19, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for February 19th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "L Station 1018," by Vinnie Cozzi | February 19, 2009
Today's photo: "L Station 1018," by Chicago photographer and HDR enthusiast Vinnie Cozzi. | Read entire entry

Book review: "A Tomb on the Periphery," by John Domini | February 18, 2009
Today's book: The dense and appealing crime thriller "A Tomb on the Periphery," book 2 of award-winning novelist John Domini's ideologically-linked "Naples Trilogy." | Read entire entry

It's day three of the Ben Tanzer virtual book tour | February 18, 2009
It's day three of CCLaP's latest artistic experiment, a two-week "virtual book tour" by Chicago author Ben Tanzer, in support of his CCLaP original book "Repetition Patterns." Today, Ben stops by the blog of author and "decomP" editor-in-chief Jason Jordan. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "I definitely see a shadow. Happy Groundhog Day!," by S. Gearhart | February 18, 2009
Today's photo: "I definitely see a shadow. Happy Groundhog Day!," by Chicago Flickr member S. Gearhart. | Read entire entry

It's day two of the Ben Tanzer virtual book tour | February 17, 2009
It's day two of CCLaP's newest experiment, a two-week "virtual book tour" by Chicago author Ben Tanzer. Today he's over at the blog of fellow Chicago author Elizabeth Crane, being interviewed on a variety of funny subjects; click through for the direct link to the finished entry. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "filey24 18.01.09," by Paul Wass | February 17, 2009
Today's photo: "filey24 18.01.09," by British photographer and HDR enthusiast Paul Wass. | Read entire entry

It's day one of the Ben Tanzer virtual book tour! | February 16, 2009
It's the official kickoff today of Ben Tanzer's virtual book tour, in support of the CCLaP original book "Repetition Patterns." Today, Ben finds himself at Chicago literary website PeteLit.com, where he turns in a guest essay that's "pure prose gold." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 32: Monthly Music Special | February 16, 2009
On today's podcast: It's another monthly music special, wherein I feature 14 great free songs that have all been released legally online in the last month. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 16 February 2009 | February 16, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for February 16th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "chicago at night.," by Danielle | February 16, 2009
Today's photo: "chicago at night.," by Michigan Flickr member "Danielle." | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Tarzan of the Apes," by Edgar Rice Burroughs | February 12, 2009
Today's book: The Edwardian-Age genre-actioner "Tarzan of the Apes," by laborer-turned-author Edgar Rice Burroughs. Is it still a literary classic? Click through for my opinion on the subject, and the reasons why I came to that decision. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: How Ready Is Ready? | February 11, 2009
Today, it's another in a series of regular guest essays I do for the HarperCollinsUK website Authonomy.com, on various aspects of the writing and selling process. Here -- just when do you know that a book is "finished" and ready to be shopped around to begin with? | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "??????," by ???? | February 11, 2009
Today's photo: "??????," by Moscow-based photographer ????. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Commonwealth," by Joey Goebel | February 10, 2009
Today's book: The surprisingly awful political satire "Commonwealth," by the otherwise highly regarded Joey Goebel. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 10 February 2009 | February 10, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for February 10th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Alexander Rempt | February 10, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chilean photographer Alexander Rempt. | Read entire entry

Announcing the CCLaP "Repetition Patterns" 2009 virtual book tour | February 9, 2009
Happy day! CCLaP announces its next weirdo fun project, a 12-day "virtual book tour" supporting the original book "Repetition Patterns," by local author Ben Tanzer. So what's a virtual book tour? And how can you become a virtual groupie? Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Contract: A Life for a Life," by Joseph Kutrzeba | February 9, 2009
Today's book: The surprisingly great Holocaust memoir "The Contract: A Life for a Life," by Jew-turned-Catholic Joseph Kutrzeba, setting itself off from so many other similar books by its willingness to embrace the now-forgotten moral ambiguity of those times. | Read entire entry

Movies for Grown-Ups: Coyote County Loser | February 6, 2009
Today's movie: The no-budget indie romantic comedy "Coyote County Loser," a surprisingly great-looking film featuring a surprisingly terrible script. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 6 February 2009 | February 6, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for February 6th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Mønster - Pattern on oil drum," by Erling Sivertsen | February 6, 2009
Today's photo: "Mønster - Pattern on oil drum," by Norwegian photographer Erling Sivertsen. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 4 February 2009 | February 4, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for February 4th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "chicago," by Gustavo Barreto | February 4, 2009
Today's photo: "chicago," by Brazillian photographer Gustavo Barreto. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Köln," by Arne Böll | February 2, 2009
Today's photo: "Köln," by German photographer Arne Böll. | Read entire entry