Archives: September 2009

This is the archive page for [September 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.

Justify My Netflix: The IT Crowd, Season 3 | September 30, 2009
Today's DVD: The truly spectacular third season of the truly hilarious absurdist British sitcom "The IT Crowd," just now out on American DVD. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "SkyScape," by Darwensi Majette | September 30, 2009
Today's photo: "SkyScape," by Chicago photographer Darwensi Majette. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 30 September 2009 | September 30, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for September 30th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Babylonian Trilogy," by Sebastien Doubinsky | September 29, 2009
Today's book: The European New Weird tale "The Babylonian Trilogy" by Sebastien Doubinsky, three connected noir novellas set in an alternate-Earth version of New York. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Steps," by Jef Vandenhoute | September 29, 2009
Today's photo: "Steps," by German photographer Jef Vandenhoute. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 29 September 2009 | September 29, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for September 29th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Huzzah! "Asleep" now has a Facebook group! | September 28, 2009
Happy day: As of two weeks since its release, CCLaP's latest book, the youth/war novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep" by Sally Weigel, has been downloaded 300 times! To celebrate, Sally has started up an official Facebook group for the book; click through for all the details and to join the group yourself. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Secondhand Book Shop," by "x GONZO x" | September 28, 2009
Today's photo: "Secondhand Book Shop," by British Flickr member "x GONZO x." | Read entire entry

Book review: "Blue," by JD Riso | September 25, 2009
Today's book: JD Riso's remarkably great dark-erotic tale "Blue," masterfully combining both the enticing and horrific aspects of the stripping industry into a complex and gripping whole. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Swimming Inside the Sun," by David Zweig | September 24, 2009
Today's book: Musician David Zweig's literary debut "Swimming Inside the Sun," a novel so ridiculously bad that it actually become offensive by the end. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Gele Muur," by Xavier Peg | September 24, 2009
Today's photo: "Gele Muur," by Asia-based photographer Xavier Peg. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Brothers Grimm | September 23, 2009
Today's movie mini-review: Terry Gilliam's 2005 "The Brothers Grimm," delightfully similar in tone to such earlier films as "Time Bandits," and better than its reputation makes it seem. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Elwyn Nekolas | September 23, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Japan-based photographer Elwyn Nekolas. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 23 September 2009 | September 23, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for September 23rd, 2009. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "The Call of the Wild," by Jack London | September 22, 2009
Today in the CCLaP 100: The 1903 children's tale "The Call of the Wild," by Jack London. Is it a classic or not? Click through for my opinion and the reasons why. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "St Malo," by Jerome Leoni | September 22, 2009
Today's photo: "St Malo," by French photographer Jerome Leoni. | Read entire entry

Yowza! 180 "Asleep" downloads in its first week! | September 21, 2009
It's been a week since the release of CCLaP's latest original book, Sally Weigel's "Too Young to Fall Asleep," and I have a surprise to report -- it's been downloaded over 180 times now, almost twice as much as the center's previous book has been downloaded in an entire year. Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes | September 21, 2009
Today's review: The fantastic '70s British television anthology "The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes," dramatizing the adventures of thirteen other Victorian detectives being published at the same time as Arthur Conan Doyle's creation. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Blue Yacht," by Buck | September 21, 2009
Today's photo: "Blue Yacht," by French Flickr member Buck. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 21 September 2009 | September 21, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for September 21st, 2009. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 18 September 2009 | September 18, 2009
Today, three small reviews of recently read books I found only so-so: Ron Malfi's crime drama "Shamrock Alley," Paul Bens' magical-realist "Kelland," and Ben Bova's science-fiction story collection "The Sam Gunn Omnibus." | Read entire entry

Naughty Netflix: I Am Curious | September 16, 2009
Today in "Naughty Netflix," my look at 30 mainstream films containing explicit sex scenes: 1967's "I Am Curious," one of the movies to help change US obscenity laws and bring about our modern ratings system, more important anymore as a historical record of Sweden's countercultural movement. | Read entire entry

Naughty Netflix: An introduction | September 16, 2009
Today I announce a new essay series here at CCLaP: "Naughty Netflix," a look at thirty mainstream movies that nonetheless contain scenes of graphic, explicit sexuality. Click through for the details, as well as the main list of all movies being reviewed. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "*," by *toki | September 16, 2009
Today's photo: "*," by Japanese Flickr member "*toki." | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 16 September 2009 | September 16, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for September 16th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Why I signed "Too Young to Fall Asleep:" An Apologia. | September 15, 2009
It's Sally Weigel Day at the CCLaP website! In this entry, I write an "Apologia" (a purposely all-positive critical essay) on the reasons I ended up signing Sally's novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep" in the first place, and why I'm positive that she is destined to become a major force in the American arts. | Read entire entry

It's Sally Weigel Day at the CCLaP website! | September 14, 2009
It's Sally Weigel Day at the CCLaP website! And that of course means only one thing -- that Sally's new novella, "Too Young to Fall Asleep," is finally available to the public. Click through for a lot more, including links to the book itself and all the supplemental information about it being published online today. | Read entire entry

Sally Weigel: The CCLaP Interview | September 14, 2009
It's Sally Weigel Day at the CCLaP website! And as part of promoting her new novella, "Too Young to Fall Asleep," I recently 'sat down' with Sally virtually over Google Chat, for a lengthy interview regarding writing, this book and more. Click through for the entire thing. | Read entire entry

Passing the torch: Ben Tanzer on Sally Weigel | September 14, 2009
It's Sally Weigel Day at the CCLaP website! In this entry, I asked Ben Tanzer (author of CCLaP's previous original book) to weigh in with a few words about Weigel and her new novella, "Too Young to Fall Asleep." Click through to see what he had to say. | Read entire entry

Too Young to Fall Asleep: Your comments wanted! | September 14, 2009
It's Sally Weigel Day at the CCLaP website! And as part of releasing her new novella, "Too Young to Fall Asleep," I'm of course interested in hearing your own opinion of the book. Click through to leave a comment, as well as for the link to the book's listing at popular social network Goodreads.com. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Art School Confidential | September 11, 2009
Today's movie: The schizophrenic comedy/thriller/love-story disaster "Art School Confidential," based on a comic by Daniel Clowes and a true waste of his talents. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Waiting in Wicker Park," by Cody Stonerock | September 11, 2009
Today's photo: "Waiting in Wicker Park," by Chicago photographer Cody Stonerock. | Read entire entry

Why yes, I'd be happy to read your f-cking manuscript | September 11, 2009
A new article in the Village Voice has been causing quite a stir this week, arguing how unfair it is to ask a professional writer to review your unpublished manuscript; but don't forget, as an arts administrator, I actually love receiving spec stories out of the blue. Click through for more. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Ruins," by Achy Obejas | September 10, 2009
Today's book: Achy Obejas' fantastic but surprisingly dark "Ruins," which takes an unflinching look at the downfall of Cuba in the wake of the Soviet Union's collapse. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: Where do litbloggers find their books? | September 9, 2009
A question recently left in a comment by a reader inspired me to write a whole essay today: Just how do litbloggers obtain the books they review, anyway? Click through for my own answer, as well as my advice to other aspiring bloggers. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit," by Christopher Brown | September 9, 2009
Today's photo: "Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit," by Flickr member Christopher Brown. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Finding Neverland | September 8, 2009
Today's movie: The treacly yet awfully good 2004 Oscar-bait picture "Finding Neverland," telling the VERY loosely-based story of how JM Barrie came up with the ideas for his play "Peter Pan." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Stairway to Heaven?," by Steve Whiston | September 8, 2009
Today's photo: "Stairway to Heaven?," by American photographer Steve Whiston. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Mind Gone Astray," by Wayne Kallio | September 7, 2009
Today's book: The only so-so schizophrenia memoir "Mind Gone Astray," by Wayne Kallio. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Tree Ghost," by Stan | September 7, 2009
Today's photo: "Tree Ghost," by New York Flickr member Stan. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 7 September 2009 | September 7, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for September 7th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Max | September 4, 2009
Today's movie: The surprisingly great "Max," which takes what could've been a bad joke (Hitler's youth as a frustrated art student) to instead deliver a sophisticated look at Weimer-Era Germany, as well as the factors that led to the rise of Nazism in the first place. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Selling sucker," by Marcel Schmitz | September 4, 2009
Today's photo: "Selling sucker," by Portuguese photographer Marcel Schmitz. | Read entire entry

Will you be going to the big Gapers Block anniversary party tonight? | September 4, 2009
Will you be going to the big sixth anniversary party tonight for Chicago arts-and-entertainment guide GapersBlock.com? Click through for all the details, if you don't know them yet! | Read entire entry

Book review: "River of Gods" and "Cyberabad Days," by Ian McDonald | September 3, 2009
Today's review: The groundbreaking India-set 2004 science-fiction saga "River of Gods" by Ian McDonald, plus the 2009 companion volume "Cyberabad Days." | Read entire entry