Archives: January 2010

This is the archive page for [January 2010]; 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: "Cursed," by Jeremy Shipp | January 29, 2010
Today's book, the inventive and witty alt-horror tale "Cursed," by genre veteran and Stoker Award nominee Jeremy Shipp. | Read entire entry

And did I mention that I'm reviewing children's literature now too? | January 28, 2010
Yes, the wild rumors are true -- I have recently started up a new blog just for reviews of children's literature (anywhere from third-grade to high-school level), essentially my research into trying to become a kid-lit author myself. Click through for much more. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 48: Electronic Beat-Mix Special | January 28, 2010
Today on the podcast: It's my second-ever all-electronica beat-mix special, using my dusty old DJ skills from college and way too much time this week in front of Garage Band. Today's episode lasts an hour and features a whopping 19 songs. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Jérôme M | January 28, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by French photographer Jérôme M. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Night Walk Oct 2009," by "pony.rojo" | January 27, 2010
Today's photo: "Night Walk Oct 2009," by Las Vegas Flickr member "pony.rojo." | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Che | January 26, 2010
Today's movie: "Che," Stephen Soderbergh's lush biopic of the Latin American revolutionary, ignored by US audiences and utterly snubbed by the Oscars for daring to portray a traditional enemy of America as a godlike hero. Warning: Not for teabaggers! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "~ Bulrushers & Cheese-Makers (A Man Hears What He Wants to Hear & Disregards the Rest)," by Wayne Mackeson | January 26, 2010
Today's photo: "~ Bulrushers & Cheese-Makers (A Man Hears What He Wants to Hear & Disregards the Rest)," by Portland photographer Wayne Mackeson. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 25 January 2010 | January 25, 2010
Small reviews of four books recently received here at CCLaP, including Lance Carbuncle's gonzo actioner "Grundish & Askew," Kathleen Norris' "Acedia and Me," Len Belter's "Is Being Pro-Choice a Sin?," and crazy airport tract "The Christ is NOT a Person," by JC Tefft. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "st. andrews children's choir.," by Catalina Damian | January 25, 2010
Today's photo: "st. andrews children's choir.," by Chicago photographer Catalina Damian. | Read entire entry

Product review: BookSwim.com | January 22, 2010
Today, a critical review of the "Netflix for books" service BookSwim.com, of which I tried out a guest membership last autumn. Verdict: meh. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Joshua Trees #2," by Blurrylens | January 22, 2010
Today's photo: "Joshua Trees #2," by California Flickr member "Blurrylens." | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 22 January 2010 | January 22, 2010
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for January 22nd, 2010. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 47: December Music Special | January 21, 2010
Today on the podcast, it's the December edition of CCLaP's monthly music special, in which I share my favorites of the free legal online music I've been finding in the last month. Today's episode features 14 bands and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "My Motel Series Part II," by Michael Cole | January 21, 2010
Today's photo: "My Motel Series Part II," by New York photographer Michael Cole. | Read entire entry

Tales from the Completist: The "Oz" books, by L. Frank Baum | January 20, 2010
Today, a special look at all 14 "Oz" books written by series creator L. Frank Baum (all published between 1900 and 1919), not just a critical look at the books' quality but also a Wikipedia-style guide to his life and how it influenced the titles. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Big Fan | January 19, 2010
Today's movie: 2009's "Big Fan," an ultra-dark comedy about obsessed sports fans from the former editor-in-chief of "The Onion" (and screenwriter of "The Wrestler"), starring Patton Oswalt in a revelatory, pathos-infused performance. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "[Industry at waterside I]," by PK | January 19, 2010
Today's photo: "[Industrial at waterside I]," by Dutch Flickr member PK. | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Year of the Flood," by Margaret Atwood | January 18, 2010
Today's book: Margaret Atwood's "The Year of the Flood," a post-apocalyptic feminist thriller which doubles as a pointed criticism of the Bush years, and which also serves as a sequel of sorts to her 2003 "Oryx and Crake." | Read entire entry

Field report: Chicago Tribune's Algren cocktail party | January 18, 2010
Today, photos and a report from a recent cocktail party thrown by the Chicago Tribune, unofficially celebrating their annual Nelson Algren Award but not having anything officially to do with it. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "And yet another study of lines (infrared).," by Gabe | January 18, 2010
Today's photo: "And yet another study of lines (infrared).," by Flickr member Gabe. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Xanadu | January 15, 2010
Today's movie: The 1976 rollerdisco musical "Xanadu." Shut up. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 15 January 2010 | January 15, 2010
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for January 15th, 2010. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Bryggen (Tilt-Shift)," by Chris-Havard Berge | January 15, 2010
Today's photo: "Bryggen (Tilt-Shift)," by Norwegian photographer Chris-Havard Berge. | Read entire entry

Naughty Netflix: A Real Young Girl | January 14, 2010
Today in "Naughty Netflix," a look at 30 mainstream films containing graphic sexuality: 1976's bizarre and transgressive coming-of-age tale "A Real Young Girl," the debut of the now famous but still controversial writer/director Catherine Breillat. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "the gang," by "field_manual" | January 14, 2010
Today's photo: "the gang," by German Flickr member "field_manual." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 46: November Music Special | January 13, 2010
Today on the podcast, it's the fourth of four recent music specials, looking back at my favorite free online music of last autumn, from when I was in St. Louis with family recovering from a bicycle accident. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: (500) Days of Summer | January 13, 2010
Today's movie: "(500) Days of Summer," perhaps the greatest (and definitely the quirkiest) romantic comedy in history. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "hello ;]," by Amanda | January 13, 2010
Today's photo: "hello ;]," by Brazilian Flickr member Amanda. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Cthulhu (2007) | January 12, 2010
Today's movie: The 2007 indie DV feature "Cthulhu," which inventively combines the mythology of HP Lovecraft with a metaphorical story about homophobia in small-town America. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "church in the fog," by Ian McNaught | January 12, 2010
Today's photo: "church in the fog," by British photographer Ian McNaught. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Up | January 11, 2010
Today's movie: Pixar's latest, "Up," the most emotionally satisfying film in that company's history but also one of its darkest. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Empire State Building," by Sir Leif | January 11, 2010
Today's photo: "Empire State Building," by Flickr member "Sir Leif." | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 11 January 2010 | January 11, 2010
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for January 11th, 2010. | Read entire entry

"The Year In Books 2009" eBook is now available! | January 8, 2010
Happy day! The free downloadable eBook version of CCLaP's "Year In Books 2009" report is here! Available for laserprinters, Kindles, Sony Readers, iPhones and more! Click through for the direct download links! | Read entire entry

New! Leave an audio comment for the CCLaP Podcast! | January 7, 2010
Happy day! You can now call CCLaP's voicemail anonymously and leave audio comments for the center's podcast! Click through for all the details, and a chance to try it out right this second. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2009: The CCLaP Guilty Pleasure Awards | January 7, 2010
It's the final part of CCLaP's week-long look back at the best books reviewed in 2009; today is the much anticipated CCLaP Guilty Pleasure Awards, or a look at my seven favorite genre novels and comic books of last year. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Central Administration of Autonomous SSR Crimea," by Patrick | January 7, 2010
Today's photo: "Central Administration of Autonomous SSR Crimea," by German Flickr member Patrick. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 45: October Music Special | January 6, 2010
Today on the podcast, it's the third of four recent music specials, looking back at my favorite free legal online music from fall of 2009, when I was laid up in St. Louis recovering from a bike accident and away from my podcasting equipment. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2009: Best Experimental Novels | January 6, 2010
Today, it's part 3 of CCLaP's week-long look at the best books of 2009, this time concentrating on my eight favorite experimental novels of last year. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Emily," by Demi-Brooke Jennings | January 6, 2010
Today's photo: "Emily," by Christian portrait photographer Demi-Brooke Jennings. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2009: Worth a Second Look | January 5, 2010
Today, part 2 of CCLaP's week-long look back at the books of 2009, this time highlighting nine titles that may have not been the highest scorers of the year, but are well worth taking a look at again anyway. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Battlestar Galactica: The Plan | January 5, 2010
Today's DVD: The fluffy, pointless after-series TV movie "Battlestar Galactica: The Plan," which feels from start to finish like an excuse for everyone involved to get one more paycheck before the sets were torn down. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Selfie," by Daisy | January 5, 2010
Today's photo: "Selfie," by Dutch Flickr member Daisy. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 5 January 2010 | January 5, 2010
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for January 5th, 2010. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2009: Best of the Best | January 4, 2010
Today, part 1 of CCLaP's look back at the 90 books reviewed here in 2009, this time concentrating on the nine titles with the highest scores out of them all. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Son of Rambow | January 4, 2010
Today's movie review: 2007's "Son of Rambow," which begs the question, "Doesn't the world have enough feel-good dramadies concerning delightfully quirky events within otherwise depressing British small industrial towns in the 1980s?" | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "[Fall To Fragments]," by Dan Scar | January 4, 2010
Today's photo: "[Fall To Fragments]," by Welsh photographer Dan Scar. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2009: An introduction | January 1, 2010
It's time for CCLaP's annual best-of essay series, "The Year in Books 2009!" Today, an introduction and sneak preview to the four-part report. | Read entire entry

Product review: Sony Reader PRS-600 "Touch Edition" | January 1, 2010
Today, my review of the Sony PRS-600 eBook reader, which I recently received for Christmas, including lots and lots of photos of the device in action. | Read entire entry