Archives: June 2009

This is the archive page for [June 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.

Book review: "Moral Clarity," by Susan Neiman | June 29, 2009
Today's book: The smart and sober primer on Enlightenment philosophy and where it all went wrong with the Bush administration, Susan Neiman's "Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-Up Idealists." | Read entire entry

Personal essay: The CCLaP music library reaches 500 songs. | June 29, 2009
Today, a special essay on the occasion of my 500th free legal song download since opening CCLaP, looking in detail about what this says about the arts in the early 2000s and what it says about culture in general. A companion piece to episode 42 of the CCLaP Podcast, also being posted today. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 42: Beat-Mix Electronica Special | June 29, 2009
Today on the podcast: It's a very special experiment, my first-ever beat-mix electronica music special since being a club DJ myself back in college, almost twenty years ago now. Done as a companion piece to an essay I posted on the same day, on the occasion of downloading my 500th free legal song online since opening the center. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Duchess of Duke Street | June 25, 2009
Today's mini-review: The 1976 BBC television series "The Duchess of Duke Street," an Edwardian period drama based on the true story of the Cockney maid who eventually became the owner of one of the most posh hotels in London. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Dune (1984) | June 25, 2009
Today's movie mini-review: The notorious 1984 science-fiction trainwreck "Dune," by celebrated Surrealist filmmaker David Lynch, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. | Read entire entry

Sorry for the scattered schedule; my internet is out yet again | June 24, 2009
Yes, it's true; my home internet connection is down yet again, a semi-regular occurrence in my life that always means a scattered posting schedule here at the CCLaP website. Click through for the details. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 41: Monthly Music Special | June 22, 2009
Today on the podcast: It's the June edition of CCLaP's monthly music special, wherein I share the best of the music I myself have been downloading legally for free online in the last thirty days. Today's episode features 13 bands and lasts a little under 50 minutes. | Read entire entry

Algren at 100: Somebody in Boots | June 18, 2009
Today, part 1 of the special 14-part essay series I'm doing this summer, looking in detail at nearly the entire ouevre of controversial Chicago author Nelson Algren, on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Here, a look at his very first book, the 1935 communist apologia "Somebody in Boots." | Read entire entry

Tales from the Completist: "The Ghost Writer," by Philip Roth | June 17, 2009
Today's book: 1979's "The Ghost Writer" by Philip Roth, part 1 of his remarkable 9-book autobiographical "Zuckerman" series over the decades, examining not just this Jewish-American's life but the history of postmodernism as well. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 15 June 2009 | June 15, 2009
Today, a roundup of four recent books I didn't have much to say about: Kelly Simmons' "Standing Still," Gilbert Hernandez's "Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories," Thomas Foster's "How to Read Novels Like a Professor," and Alvin Granowsky's "Teacher Accused." | Read entire entry

Tales from the Completist: "The Man Who Melted," by Jack Dann | June 12, 2009
Today, a look back at Jack Dann's 1984 trippy sci-fi classic "The Man Who Melted," reissued recently by Pyr in honor of its 25th anniversary. | Read entire entry

Algren at 100: An introduction | June 10, 2009
Announcing CCLaP's summer reading project for 2009, "Algren at 100," whereby I read for the first time nearly the entire ouevre of this controversial 20th-century Chicago author, on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Today, an introduction to Algren and the series. | Read entire entry

Book review: "The President's Pianist," by George Manos | June 9, 2009
Today's book: The great little memoir "The President's Pianist" by George Manos, an overview of this Washington musician's entire career but with an emphasis on the years he played for President Harry Truman in the 1940s and '50s. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Perforated Heart," by Eric Bogosian | June 8, 2009
Today's book: Eric Bogosian's look at a bitter has-been fiftyish writer, and the crazy punk rocker he used to be in 1970s New York, the brilliant new novel "Perforated Heart." | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 4 June 2009 | June 4, 2009
A roundup of my latest "micro-reviews," concerning books that I didn't have full-length essays for, including Eddie Campbell's "The Black Diamond Detective Agency," David Carr's "The Night of the Gun," Dr. Cornelia Franz's "Common Sense Pediatrics," and Ron Riales' "Red Moon: Looming of the New World Order." | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "Beach Huts," by Paddy | June 4, 2009
Today's photo: "Beach Huts," by British Flickr member Paddy. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 3 June 2009 | June 3, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for June 3rd, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Oak Park, Illinois," by "metaincognita" | June 3, 2009
Today's photo: "Oak Park, Illinois," by mysterious Flickr member "metaincognita." | Read entire entry

Book review (part 2): "Anathem," by Neal Stephenson | June 2, 2009
Today, it's the second half of my special two-part look at Neal Stephenson's massive, intellectually dense new novel, the science-meets-religion saga "Anathem." In this half, a look at the ultra-complex plotline that makes up the book's actual manuscript. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 2 June 2009 | June 2, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for June 2nd, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "1/365," by Suzy Wimbourne | June 2, 2009
Today's photo: "1/365," by British arts student Suzy Wimbourne. | Read entire entry

Book review (part 1): "Anathem," by Neal Stephenson | June 1, 2009
Today, part 1 of my special two-part look at Neal Stephenson's massive and intellectually dense new "Anathem," which attempts no less than to completely redefine the very relationship between religion and science. Today, a detailed look at the thousand-page novel's ultra-complicated backstory and mythology. | Read entire entry