Archives: November 2009

This is the archive page for [November 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.

CCLaP's throwing a party, and you're invited! | November 30, 2009
CCLaP's throwing a party! It's this Saturday! In Chicago! Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Star Trek (2009) | November 30, 2009
Today's movie: JJ Abrams' explosive 2009 "Star Trek" reboot, hitting nearly every note right and getting nearly every detail perfect to create one of the most exciting sci-fi thrillers in decades. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "that ever elusive kudo (two)," by Andrew Pielage | November 30, 2009
Today's photo: "that ever elusive kudo," by Tempe photographer and past CCLaP feature Andrew Pielage. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Watch yourself..." by Tripp | November 25, 2009
Today's photo: "Watch yourself..." by Chicago Flickr member Tripp. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Last Tango in Paris | November 24, 2009
Today's movie: The infamous supposed countercultural erotic classic "Last Tango in Paris," which turns out on modern viewing to actually be a badly dated relic of the sexist machismo intellectual Norman Mailer Roman Polanski days, and ironically not erotic at all. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Beverly Birds," by Amy de Souza | November 24, 2009
Today's photo: "Beverly Birds," by Los Angeles photographer Amy de Souza. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 23 November 2009 | November 23, 2009
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for November 23rd, 2009. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "pumphouse," by Rudy | November 23, 2009
Today's photo: "pumphouse," by Californian in Ireland Rudy. | Read entire entry

Book review: "From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain," by Minister Faust | November 19, 2009
Today's book: The disappointing postmodernist superhero comedy "From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain," by Minister Faust. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Beyond the Shadows," by halgil | November 19, 2009
Today's photo: "Beyond the Shadows," by New York Flickr member "halgil." | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Jane Eyre," by Charlotte Bronte | November 18, 2009
Today in the "CCLaP 100" series of classics essays: Charlotte Bronte's 1847 "Jane Eyre," considered by many to be not only the prototypical Victorian novel but also the greatest love story of all time. Is it a classic or not? Click through for my opinion. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "There u go," by barack26 | November 18, 2009
Today's photo: "There u go," by Hungarian Flickr member "barack26." | Read entire entry

Naughty Netflix: Fiona | November 17, 2009
Today in "Naughty Netflix," CCLaP's essay series about mainstream films which feature unsimulated sex: 1998's experimental "Fiona," a fictional tale about crack-addicted prostitutes actually shot in real NYC crackhouses with actual addict prostitutes. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Flatiron," by Laura Huben | November 17, 2009
Today's photo: "Flatiron," by New York photographer Laura Huben. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Boneshaker," by Cherie Priest | November 16, 2009
Today's book: Cherie Priest's glorious new "Boneshaker," the Victoriana-meets-zombie tale which might possibly be the best steampunk novel ever written. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "dixi," by klaus | November 16, 2009
Today's photo: "dixi," by German Flickr member klaus. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Monty Python: Almost the Truth | November 13, 2009
Today's DVD: The new six-part "Monty Python: Almost the Truth," the most comprehensive documentary ever made about the greatest comedy troupe in history. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Allan Barnes | November 13, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Detroit Collodion Ambrotype enthusiast Allan Barnes. | Read entire entry

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

Book review: The "Forever Twilight" series, by Peter Crowther | November 12, 2009
Today's books: The first two volumes of the "Forever Twilight" series by Peter Crowther, owner of horror press PS Publishing, which unfortunately prove that the skills that make one a great book editor do not necessarily automatically make them a great author too. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "last one standing," by Manveen Anand | November 12, 2009
Today's photo: "last one standing," by Indian photographer Manveen Anand. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Perestroika | November 11, 2009
Today's movie: Cult director Slava Tsukerman's fantastic "Perestroika," a complex character drama weaving together a Russian-American intellectual's mid-life crisis with his long-awaited homecoming with his beloved Moscow, during the kinder, gentler days of Gorbachev's post-Soviet 1990s. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "The Mask," by Alexey Alexeev | November 11, 2009
Today's photo: "The Mask," by Russian large-format photographer Alexey Alexeev. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 11 November 2009 | November 11, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for November 11th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Israel vs. Utopia," by Joel Schalit | November 9, 2009
Today's book: The brilliant essay collection "Israel vs. Utopia," in which Middle East journalist Joel Schalit attempts to explain the many complex political issues regarding Israel and Judaism to us clueless "Seinfeld" watching Americans. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Brian Sparks | November 9, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Irish-Swedish photographer Brian Sparks. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 9 November 2009 | November 9, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for November 9th, 2009. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Queen | November 6, 2009
Today's movie: Stephen Frears' "The Queen," a talky yet fascinating "All the President's Men" style look at what happened behind the scenes among the British royal family after the unexpected 1997 death of Princess Diana. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Steffen Tuck | November 6, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Australian-in-Italy Steffen Tuck. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Chicago," by Paolo Cordone | November 5, 2009
Today's photo: "Chicago," by Italian-in-New-York photographer Paolo Cordone. | Read entire entry

Sally Weigel interviewed at Orange Alert; and did I mention CCLaP's next party? | November 5, 2009
CCLaP author Sally Weigel was recently interviewed over at "What to Wear During an Orange Alert," which I wanted to mention; and while I was on the subject, I thought I'd mention as well CCLaP's next party, a "royalty payout" party doubling as my Chicago homecoming. Click through for more on both subjects. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 4 November 2009 | November 4, 2009
Today, short reviews of three recently read books: The fantastic "After the Prophet" by Lesley Hazleton, the so-so "The Black Heart" by Patrick O'Leary, and the unreadable trainwreck "The Fortress of Solitude" by Jonathan Lethem. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Jorgen Karlsson | November 4, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Swedish photographer Jorgen Karlsson. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Girlfriend Experience | November 3, 2009
Today's movie: "The Girlfriend Experience," Steven Soderbergh's experimental look at the 2008 financial meltdown and the coke-snorting frat boys who caused it, which will probably be brilliant in another decade but watched this week simply got me f-cking p-ssed off at these people all over again. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Juan de la Mora Monsivais | November 3, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chicago photographer Juan de la Mora Monsivais. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 3 November 2009 | November 3, 2009
Links to yet more interesting things recently found around the web, for November 3rd, 2009. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: Guess what? I'm writing a new novel. | November 2, 2009
Guess what? I've decided to participate in Nanowrimo ("National Novel Writing Month") this year, not for commercial reasons but to keep myself humble as a book critic instead. Click through for a personal essay explaining much more on the subject. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's newest book is here! | November 2, 2009
Happy day! CCLaP's newest original book is available for download! It's none other, in fact, than the first bound volume of the popular "CCLaP 100" series of classics essays; click through for more details, and instructions on how to download this free book yourself. | Read entire entry