Archives: December 2009

This is the archive page for [December 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.

Your micro-review roundup: 31 December 2009 | December 31, 2009
CCLaP's last four book reviews of 2009, including Erik Larson's "The Devil in the White City," Chuck Palahniuk's "Pygmy," the general-interest nonfiction guide "The Joy of Chemistry," and Jon Clinch's brilliant Sam Shepardization of Mark Twain, "Finn." | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Democracy in America," by Alexis de Tocqueville | December 29, 2009
Today in the "CCLaP 100" classics essay series: Alexis de Tocqueville's 1831 "Democracy in America," the first modern sophisticated analysis of the US government's structure ever written. Is it a classic or not? Click through for my opinion. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Tyson (2009) | December 29, 2009
Today's movie: "Tyson," James Toback's riveting 2009 documentary about the surprisingly complex and haunted controversial boxer. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "engine room elevator," by Baldo | December 29, 2009
Today's photo: "engine room elevator," by Italian Flickr member Baldo. | Read entire entry

Naughty Netflix: Exterminating Angels | December 28, 2009
Today in "Naughty Netflix," my look at 30 mainstream films containing unsimulated sex: The surprisingly great 2006 metafilm "Exterminating Angels," as much a wry comment on the making of European erotic thrillers as it is an actual European erotic thriller. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "150 of 365," by Ian | December 28, 2009
Today's photo: "150 of 365," by Mexican Flickr member Ian. | Read entire entry

Field report: Chicago Public Library mini-branch at Water Tower | December 28, 2009
Today, a field report with photos from the Chicago Public Library's new "mini-branch," inside the Chicago Visitor Center at the tourist-friendly Water Tower, carrying around 300 bestsellers and designed to boost awareness of the entire CPL system. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 22 December 2009 | December 22, 2009
Today, small review of four recently read books, including Mark Gluth's "The Late Work of Margaret Kroftis," Marian Kampinski's "Remember Me," Jan Rehacek's "The Long Escape" and Patrick Somerville's "The Cradle." | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Madness of King George | December 10, 2009
Today's movie: The 1994 lush historical costume drama "The Madness of King George," pretty good for what it is but only if you're an existing fan already of lush historical costume dramas. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "U k?ivého psa, Frýdek," by Rob | December 10, 2009
Today's photo: "U k?ivého psa, Frýdek," by Czech Flickr member Rob. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 44: Monthly music special (Sept) | December 9, 2009
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the second of four special music episodes coming weekly from now until Christmas, featuring the best free online music I was downloading in the four months I was in St. Louis, recovering from a bad bicycle accident. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "chatuge," by Daniel O | December 9, 2009
Today's photo: "chatuge," by St. Louis photographer Daniel O. | Read entire entry

Book review: "A Naked Singularity," by Sergio De La Pava | December 8, 2009
Today's book: The self-published yet deceptively brilliant Pynchon-meets-Richard-Price crime noir "A Naked Singularity" by Sergio De La Pava, the very definition of an overlooked literary gem. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "you are..." by Nydia Lilian | December 8, 2009
Today's photo: "you are..." by Mexican photographer Nydia Lilian. | Read entire entry

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

Justify My Netflix: Kundun | December 7, 2009
Today's movie: Martin Scorsese's 1997 biopic of the Dalai Lama, "Kundun," a lush but by-the-numbers production that's not too terrible but not too memorable either. | Read entire entry

Field report: CCLaP 2009 royalty payout party | December 7, 2009
The center's social gathering last weekend, to celebrate CCLaP's first two published authors receiving their first $100 in royalties, ended up going well. Click through for the details and lots of photos. | Read entire entry

New Chicago lit journal's first release party is tomorrow | December 7, 2009
The first release party of a new Chicago literary journal, "Two With Water," is tomorrow at indie-rock hangout the Empty Bottle. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "O.o°•," by Mirko Garufi Scornaienchi | December 7, 2009
Today's photo: "O.o°•," by Italian photographer Mirko Garufi Scornaienchi. | Read entire entry

Don't forget tomorrow's party! | December 4, 2009
Don't forget, Chicagoans, CCLaP's latest social event is tomorrow night! Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: "Genteel literature and the tricky nature of artistic movements." | December 4, 2009
A recent mention during some research to an entire artistic movement I had never heard of before -- the supposedly popular "Genteel" writers of the early 20th century -- has had me doing a lot of reading and serious thinking this week. Here, a write-up of those thoughts. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Prisoner (2009) | December 3, 2009
Today's movie: AMC's brand-new six-part modern "rethinking" of the classic '60s British trippy sci-fi TV show, which got dumped on by a lot of critics but I thought was a wonderfully trippy mess worth any fangirl's time. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Going up," by miquito | December 3, 2009
Today's photo: "Going up," By Swedish Flickr member "miquito." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 43: Monthly music special (August) | December 2, 2009
Today on the podcast, it's the first of four new music specials from now until Christmas, highlighting all the great music I found for free online in the last four months that I've been in St. Louis, recovering from a bad bicycle accident. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Garden Park," by Zak Rose | December 2, 2009
Today's photo: "Garden Park," by Connecticut photographer Zak Rose. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Winesburg, Ohio," by Sherwood Anderson | December 1, 2009
Today in the "CCLaP 100" series of classics essays: Sherwood Anderson's 1919 "Winesburg, Ohio," the first-ever modern "story cycle" which influenced everyone from Steinbeck to Sam Shepard. Classic or not? Click through for my conclusion. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Utah Aspen," by "t knouff" | December 1, 2009
Today's photo: "Utah Aspen," by California Flickr member "t knouff." | Read entire entry