Archives: October 2009

This is the archive page for [October 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.

Don't forget CCLaP's Facebook group! | October 30, 2009
Did you know that CCLaP has its own Facebook group? It does! Click through for more info on how to sign up, now that Facebook is starting to post group updates there on individual members' live-feed Walls. | Read entire entry

Tales From the Completist: "Desolation Road," by Ian McDonald | October 30, 2009
Today's book: The 1988 science-fiction classic "Desolation Road" by Ian McDonald, equally combining elements of "The Martian Chronicles" with "One Hundred Years of Solitude." | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Treasure Island," by Robert Louis Stevenson | October 29, 2009
Today in the "CCLaP 100" series of classics essays: Robert Louis Stevenson's 1883 ultimate pirate tale, "Treasure Island." Is it a timeless literary classic or not? Click through for my opinion. | Read entire entry

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

Photo of the day: "Penpont Church Infrared 02," by Keith Higham | October 29, 2009
Today's photo: "Penpont Church Infrared 02," by Scottish photographer Keith Higham. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Conquering Venus," by Collin Kelley | October 28, 2009
Today's book: Celebrated gay poet Collin Kelley's debut novel "Conquering Venus," strong on plot (a magical realism tale about lost loves and new connections during a random trip to Paris), but unfortunately weak on characterization. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "DINOSAUR LANDS," by "thisanjali" | October 28, 2009
Today's photo: "DINOSAUR LANDS," by Flickr member "thisanjali." | Read entire entry

Naughty Netflix: Porn Theatre | October 27, 2009
Today in "Naughty Netflix," CCLaP's look at 30 mainstream films featuring unsimulated sex: 2002 Cannes notable "Porn Theatre," a plotless yet highly realistic look at a sketchy Paris adult theatre and the gay "cruising" that takes place within it. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "decrepitude," by "Grape Cranberry" | October 27, 2009
Today's photo: "decrepitude," by Canadian Flickr member "Grape Cranberry." | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Hearts of Darkness | October 26, 2009
Today's movie: The 1991 documentary "Hearts of Darkness," using behind-the-scenes footage by Francis Ford Coppola's wife to show exactly what kind of freaking nightmare the production of his movie "Apocalypse Now" actually was. | Read entire entry

Photo feature: Andrew Pielage's "Fleeting Moments" | October 26, 2009
Today, a special photo feature -- a selection of images from Tempe photographer Andrew Pielage's newest series, "Fleeting Moments," shot during his recent trip to Yellowstone National Park. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 26 October 2009 | October 26, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for October 26th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Personal Best | October 23, 2009
Today's movie: 1982's track-and-field homage "Personal Best," known anymore for its leering lesbianism and gratuitous nudity, but in actuality a complex character drama well worth your time. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Morningside Park @ Sunset," by Patrick Stahl | October 23, 2009
Today's photo: "Morningside Park @ Sunset," by New York photographer Patrick Stahl. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: David Eric Tomlinson | October 23, 2009
Today's obsession: Dallas author David Eric Tomlinson, whose clean yet text-heavy website is worth studying by all those other blogging, Twittering, self-publishing writers out there. | Read entire entry

Your microreview roundup: 22 October 2009 | October 22, 2009
Today, short reviews of two recent books: the nonfiction guide "Classics for Pleasure" by Pulitzer winner Michael Dirda, and ho-hum horror novella "R.I.P." by Terry Lamsley. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Return of the Photokids," by Matt Bell | October 22, 2009
Today's photo: "Return of the Photokids," by professional North Carolina photographer Matt Bell. | Read entire entry

Tales from the Completist: "The Yiddish Policemen's Union," by Michael Chabon | October 21, 2009
Today's book: The endlessly inventive 2006 alternate history tale "The Yiddish Policemen's Union" by Michael Chabon, imagining what the world would be like if the world's Jews ended up settling in Alaska after WW2 instead of Israel. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "estando en la estancia," by "carles.careless" | October 21, 2009
Today's photo: "estando en la estancia," by Spanish Flickr member "carles.careless." | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Twin Peaks | October 20, 2009
Today's DVD: David Lynch's gloriously weird "Twin Peaks," the "surrealist soap opera" from 1989 that still remains the second greatest television show of all time. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Under the Pier," by Martin Finlayson | October 20, 2009
Today's photo: "Under the Pier," by British photographer and HDR enthusiast Martin Finlayson. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 20 October 2009 | October 20, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for October 20th, 2009. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Sister Carrie," by Theodore Dreiser | October 19, 2009
Today in the "CCLaP 100" series of classics essays: the controversial 1900 Modernist harbinger "Sister Carrie," by Chicagoan Theodore Dreiser. Is it a timeless classic or not? Click through for my opinion. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "pink wall," by "osanpo_traveller" | October 19, 2009
Today's photo: "pink wall," by Japanese Flickr member "osanpo_traveller." | Read entire entry

Naughty Netflix: Spetters | October 16, 2009
Today in "Naughty Netflix," CCLaP's look at 30 films featuring unsimulated sex: The surprisingly great '80s coming-of-age tale "Spetters," one of the first big hits by controversial Dutch director Paul Verhoeven. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Vessel in a bottle," by "fdecomite" | October 16, 2009
Today's photo: "Vessel in a bottle," by Flickr member "fdecomite." | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Adaptation. | October 15, 2009
Today's movie: The gloriously strange metafilm "Adaptation.," a loosely autobiographical, comically absurdist look at screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's difficulties adapting the dry journalistic book "The Orchid Thief" into a Hollywood actioner. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Phare du Paon," by Marc | October 15, 2009
Today's photo: "Phare du Paon," by French Flickr member Marc. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Alice Fantastic," by Maggie Estep | October 14, 2009
Today's review: "Alice Fantastic" by Maggie Estep, not her usual ironic tale of hipsters but rather a sincere look what happens to them when they become washed-up middle-agers. | Read entire entry

Guess who just got his invite to Google Wave? | October 14, 2009
That's right, it's me! But I'm having trouble finding other members who are actually creative and want to try out artistic experiments with the new interactive service, which is why I'm posting this open call for new "friends" there. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 14 October 2009 | October 14, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for October 14th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Eddie Breidenbach | October 14, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Denver photographer Eddie Breidenbach. | Read entire entry

"Too Young to Fall Asleep" reaches 500 downloads | October 13, 2009
Huzzah! CCLaP's newest original book, Sally Weigel's "Too Young to Fall Asleep," had its 500th download yesterday! Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 13 October 2009 | October 13, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for October 13th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Not The CNW Way," by Matt Lastovich | October 13, 2009
Today's photo: "Not The CNW Way," by Chicago-area photographer Matt Lastovich. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Brothers Bloom | October 12, 2009
Today's movie: Rian Johnson's disappointing comedic heist film "The Brothers Bloom," smart and funny to be sure but with an artsy weirdness that feels much too forced most of the time. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Antikörper / Antibodies | October 12, 2009
One of my friends in Germany, experimental poet Dirk Huelstrunk, has a new book out, in preparation for his second US tour coming this fall. Click through for a lot more about both. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "The Girl I Almost Was," by Tanya Simpson | October 12, 2009
Today's photo: "The Girl I Almost Was," by commercial Scottish photographer Tanya Simpson. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Fog - Clifton Suspension Bridge," by Sean Hickin | October 9, 2009
Today's photo: "Fog - Clifton Suspension Bridge," by British photographer Sean Hickin. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 9 October 2009 | October 9, 2009
Today, mini-reviews of three books recently sent to the center: The contemporary fiction collection "Bad Monkey" by Curtis Smith, the fantasy collection "Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight" by Cat Rambo, and funny/dark erotic memoir "Neurotica" by Elva Maxine Beach. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Gods and Monsters | October 8, 2009
Today's movie: 1998 Oscar winner and sleeper hit "Gods and Monsters," using the basics of the real life of '30s horror director James Whale ("Frankenstein") to take a sophisticated look at openly gay life in pre-Stonewall America. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "424," by "Kaometet" | October 8, 2009
Today's photo: "424," by Amsterdam Flickr member (and Chaika camera owner) "Kaometet." | Read entire entry

Book review: "Prince of Storms" by Kay Kenyon and "Starship: Flagship" by Mike Resnick | October 7, 2009
Today, a special double review of two science-fiction novels -- Kay Kenyon's "Prince of Storms" and Mike Resnick's "Starship: Flagship" -- along with general thoughts about the challenges inherent in starting a genre series halfway through. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "*," by "*toki" | October 7, 2009
Today's photo: "*," by Japanese Flickr member "*toki." | Read entire entry

CCLaP's FTC compliance statement | October 7, 2009
The Federal Trade Commission here in the US recently updated their guidelines for bloggers, and now require websites to fully disclose any and all forms of compensation they may receive while in the course of reviewing products. Here, CCLaP's official compliance statement. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "?eský Šternberk castle," by Stanislav Sedlák | October 6, 2009
Today's photo: "?eský Šternberk castle," by Czech photographer Stanislav Sedlák. | Read entire entry

Farewell, Uptown Writers Space | October 6, 2009
Sad news in the Chicago literary community this week: Uptown Writers Space, an experiment in providing a "home away from home" for local authors, has sadly closed its doors. Click through for more details. | Read entire entry

Guess who received a free copy of Bolano's "2666?" | October 6, 2009
That's right, it's me! Click through for why I'm so excited by this, who ended up giving it to me, and why it's going to take me two months to make it through this 900-page freaking saga. | Read entire entry

Naughty Netflix: 9 Songs | October 5, 2009
Today's movie: "9 Songs," Michael Winterbottom's brilliant, nearly wordless look at the rise and fall of a sexually adventurous indie-rock couple. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: TheMobileGarden.org | October 5, 2009
Today's obsession: "The Mobile Garden," an attempt to convert the back car of a Chicago "el" train into a flatbed full of local plants, chugging along throughout the city and reminding citizens of local green issues. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "reflections," by Andrea Mucelli | October 5, 2009
Today's photo: "reflections," by Italian-in-Scotland Andrea Mucelli. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: In praise of Ken Burns' "National Parks." | October 2, 2009
Today, a special personal essay, in praise of documentarian Ken Burns' latest mini-series on the national park system, just finishing up its six-part run on PBS tonight. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Foggy Morning Arch," by Viqi French | October 2, 2009
Today's photo: "Foggy Morning Arch," by St. Louis photographer Viqi French. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 2 October 2009 | October 2, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for October 2nd, 2009. | Read entire entry