Archives: May 2009

This is the archive page for [May 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.

The Best of CCLaP: "Shining at the Bottom of the Sea," by Stephen Marche | May 29, 2009
This week I'm finally reading Neal Stephenson's massive new "Anathem," but that means no new book reviews for awhile; instead I'm reprinting older reviews this week of books I love, for those who may have originally missed them. Today: "Shining at the Bottom of the Sea," Stephen Marche's endlessly clever fake history of a former British island colony that never actually existed. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 29 May 2009 | May 29, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for May 29th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Life in the Fast Lane," by Jayanth Chennamangalam | May 29, 2009
Today's photo: "Life in the Fast Lane," by Indian photographer Jayanth Chennamangalam. | Read entire entry

The Best of CCLaP: "Jamestown," by Matthew Sharpe | May 28, 2009
I'm finally reading Neal Stephenson's massive new "Anathem" this week, but that means no new book reviews for awhile; instead, I'm reprinting a series of older reviews concerning books I love, for those who may have originally missed them. Today, Matthew Sharpe's endlessly witty postmodern take on the Jamestown legend from the early 1600s, simply entitled "Jamestown." | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 28 May 2009 | May 28, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for May 28th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Straight down aerial of car," by Rob Huntley | May 28, 2009
Today's photo: "Straight down aerial of car," by Canadian photographer and travel professional Rob Huntley. | Read entire entry

The Best of CCLaP: "The Possibility of an Island," by Michel Houellebecq | May 27, 2009
I'm making my way this week through Neal Stephenson's massive new "Anathem," so won't have new book reviews ready for awhile; I'm instead spending the week reprinting the best of CCLaP's older reviews, for new readers who might have originally missed them. Today: The brilliant but highly offensive "The Possibility of an Island," by celebrated French humanity-hater Michel Houellebecq. | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Etienne Mailhot | May 27, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Montreal photographer Etienne Mailhot. | Read entire entry

The Best of CCLaP: "World War Z," by Max Brooks | May 26, 2009
I'm reading the thousand-page "Anathem" by Neal Stephenson this week, so won't have new book reviews ready until next week: instead I'm presenting a series of older reviews new readers may have missed. Today: The mind-bogglingly great attack on George Bush and Hurricane Katrina, Max Brooks' "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Board of Trade," by Aaron Wolf | May 26, 2009
Today's photo: "Board of Trade," by Chicago-based globetrotting college student Aaron Wolf. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Hellboy II | May 21, 2009
Today's movie mini-review: The instant stoner midnight classic "Hellboy II," by genre master Guillermo del Toro and based on his much-loved original. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Time Machine (2002) | May 21, 2009
Today's movie mini-review: The truly awful 2002 remake of HG Wells' classic "The Time Machine." | Read entire entry

Jeremy Shipp is selling his new story collection as a subscription service | May 21, 2009
CCLaP friend and alt-horror veteran Jeremy Shipp wrote recently about his new story collection, "Bizarro Bytes," and its unique pricing scheme: It's sold as a subscription service instead of a bound book, where a dollar a month gets you an eBook story per month via email. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Abbie Bellino | May 21, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Florida photographer Abbie Bellino. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 40: Monthly Music Special | May 20, 2009
Today on the podcast: It's the May edition of CCLaP's monthly music special, where I look back at all the music I've been downloading free legally online in the last 30 days, and present around an hour's worth of the best of it to you "college radio style." | Read entire entry

Book(s) review: The "Quantum Gravity" series, by Justina Robson | May 19, 2009
Today's review: The three-book ribald "urban fantasy" series "Quantum Gravity," the latest titles by British New Wave pioneer Justina Robson. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 18 May 2009 | May 18, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for May 18th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Phonaroid-East 290," by Aaron TenHarmsel | May 18, 2009
Today's photo: The fake-retro "Phonaroid-East 290," by Chicago photographer Aaron TenHarmsel. | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Great Perhaps," by Joe Meno | May 15, 2009
Today's book: "The Great Perhaps," the highly anticipated major-press debut of Chicago literary wunderkind Joe Meno. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 15 May 2009 | May 15, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for May 15th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Garbage cans are ready for some football," by "Ralexman" | May 15, 2009
Today's photo: "Garbage cans are ready for some football," by Chicago Flickr member "Ralexman." | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Hitler's Lost Plan | May 13, 2009
Today's mini-review: "Hitler's Lost Plan," a 2004 documentary from the History Channel concerning an unpublished sequel to his "Mein Kampf," discovered in the '90s in East Germany's now-open historical archives. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Television Under the Swastika | May 13, 2009
Today's mini-review: The 1999 documentary "Television Under the Swastika," covering the history of the early TV format under the Nazi regime. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 13 May 2009 | May 13, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for May 13th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Triptyque," by "mrs_collapse" | May 13, 2009
Today's photo: "Triptyque," by mysterious Flickr member "mrs_collapse." | Read entire entry

Book review: "Elk's Run," by Joshua Hale Fialkov | May 12, 2009
Today's book: The violent speculative 2007 graphic novel "Elk's Run," by Joshua Hale Fialkov. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Android | May 12, 2009
Today's movie mini-review: The no-budget 1982 Klaus-Kinski-slumming science-fiction thriller "Android." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "vegas02," by Purdey Daubertes | May 12, 2009
Today's photo: "vegas02," by French photographer Purdey Daubertes. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 39: Gapers Block's Andrew Huff | May 11, 2009
Today on the podcast: It's my talk with next-wave journalist and serial entrepreneur Andrew Huff, best known as the founder of popular local arts-and-entertainment website GapersBlock.com. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Ninth Configuration | May 11, 2009
Today's movie mini-review: William Peter Blatty's 1980 "forgotten cult classic" (read: unwatchable trainwreck) "The Ninth Configuration." | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 11 May 2009 | May 11, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for May 11th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "James Hate," by Bob Done | May 11, 2009
Today's photo: "James Hate," by British tattoo artist Bob Done. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Demonlover | May 8, 2009
Today's movie mini-review: The sex-and-violence-laced look at the global hipster-douchebag entertainment-startup industry, 2002's "Demonlover," part of the so-called "French New Extremity" wave of '00s cinema. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Perfect Blue | May 8, 2009
Today's movie mini-review: The 1997 darkly odd anime classic "Perfect Blue," by festival favorite Satoshi Kon ("Paprika"). | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 8 May 2009 | May 8, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for May 8th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo(s) of the day: Pinhole images by Darius Kuzmickas | May 8, 2009
Today, a special mini-feature: A series of pinhole photos from Lithuanian-in-Portland Darius Kuzmickas. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Nobody Move," by Denis Johnson | May 7, 2009
Today's book: The nearly perfect pulp-fiction exercise "Nobody Move," by 2007 National Book Award winner Denis Johnson ("Jesus' Son," "Tree of Smoke"). | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Chicag0.org | May 7, 2009
Today's obsession: The "games with teeth" organization Chicag0, which organizes ingenious city games combining foot races, strategy, scavenger hunts and local knowledge, done as cheaply as possible to make a political point. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Puerto Triste," by Debbie Martin | May 7, 2009
Today's photo of the day: "Puerto Triste," by Spaniard-in-Chicago Debbie Martin. | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "Santorini," by Renee Rendler-Kaplan | May 6, 2009
Today's photo: "Santorini," by Chicago photographer Renee Rendler-Kaplan. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Heart of Darkness," by Joseph Conrad | May 5, 2009
Today's book: The 1902 novella "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad, known mostly these days as the source material for Francis Ford Coppola's modern remake "Apocalypse Now." Is it a classic? Click through for my opinion. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Caprica | May 5, 2009
Today's mini-review: "Caprica," the new family-saga prequel to Ronald Moore's massively popular remake of "Battlestar Galactica," which in an ingenious move has been released on DVD months before it's to air on television. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by "kento_o" | May 5, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chinese Flickr member "kento_o." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 38: Monthly Music Special | May 4, 2009
Today on the podcast: It's the April edition of CCLaP's monthly music special, wherein I feature a dozen of the best indie-rock bands I myself have come across legally for free online in the last thirty days. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Kolchak: The Night Stalker | May 4, 2009
Today's mini-review: The once-daring 1970s innovative horror series "Kolchak: The Night Stalker," yet another old TV show now available at Netflix for digitized "instant viewing." | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "Amsterdam's steps," by Carlo | May 4, 2009
Today's photo: "Amsterdam's steps," by globetrotting Flickr member Carlo. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Blankety Blank," by D. Harlan Wilson | May 1, 2009
Today's book: The 2008 dark suburban bizarro comedy "Blankety Blank," by D. Harlan Wilson. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) | May 1, 2009
Today's movie mini-review: The 1938 surrealistically Technicolor classic, Errol Flynn's "The Adventures of Robin Hood," plus a mini-essay on the changing nature of arts consumption in the wake of Netflix's growing amount of digitized "instant movies." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Chicago - Skyline 3," by "Mr. BeBopp" | May 1, 2009
Today's photo: "Chicago - Skyline 3," by Flickr member "Mr. BeBopp." | Read entire entry