Archives: February 2010

This is the archive page for [February 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.

Josh Spilker's TwitLit poster is now available | February 26, 2010
Thanks for following along this week with CCLaP's latest "TwitLit" story, "Angels" by Josh Spilker! For those who didn't get a chance to check it out through Twitter, here as promised is a free high-quality PDF poster version for your downloading pleasure. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 26 February 2010 | February 26, 2010
Today, small reviews of four recent books: Charles Schulz's "The Complete Peanuts: 1965-1966," Patrick Wensink's bizarro story collection "Sex Dungeon for Sale!," Nick Harkaway's disappointing "The Gone-Away World," and Philip Roth's latest, "The Humbling." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "driving home..." by Suzie Chaney | February 26, 2010
Today's photo: "driving home..." by French artist Suzie Chaney. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Under the Dome," by Stephen King | February 25, 2010
Today's book: Stephen King's 2009 psychological thriller and Bush critique "Under the Dome," being called by many the best novel of his entire 40-year career. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "greenlights," by Evelien Berger | February 25, 2010
Today's photo: "greenlights," by Dutch photographer Evelien Berger. | Read entire entry

Naughty Netflix: Rendez-vous | February 24, 2010
Today in "Naughty Netflix," CCLaP's look at 30 mainstream films containing graphic sexuality: The 1985 French character drama "Rendez-vous," one of the first starring roles of Juliette Binoche. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Mario Izquierdo | February 24, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Spanish photographer Mario Izquierdo. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Some Things That Meant the World to Me," by Joshua Mohr | February 23, 2010
Today's book: Joshua Mohr's brilliantly dark literary debut "Some Things That Meant the World to Me," perhaps best described as "Charles Bukowski meets Haruki Murakami." | Read entire entry

The new TwitLit story starts today! | February 23, 2010
Happy day! The latest story in the new CCLaP series "TwitLit," Josh Spilker's "Angels," starts over at Twitter in just a few minutes. Click through for all the details, or simply visit twitter.com/cclapcenter to start reading it right now. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Pom² | February 23, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by French Flickr member Pom². | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 50: Author Kyle Beachy | February 22, 2010
Today on the podcast: It's my recent 45-minute talk with local writer Kyle Beachy, author of the 2009 national sleeper hit "The Slide." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Backstage in Ahlen," by SHORTY | February 22, 2010
Today's photo: "Backstage in Ahlen," by German Flickr member SHORTY. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Parasite Dolls | February 19, 2010
Today's movie: The so-so 2002 anime project "Parasite Dolls," itself a spinoff of the legendary '80s futuristic series "Bubblegum Crisis," one of the first anime shows ever available to American audiences. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Jane Eyre (1934) | February 18, 2010
Today's movie: Monogram Pictures' 1934 adaptation of the Victorian classic "Jane Eyre" (the first talkie version ever made), the start of my look at seven different adaptations that have been made of this novel over the decades. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Place Dauphine without trees, Paris.," by avalonux | February 18, 2010
Today's photo: "Place Dauphine without trees, Paris.," by globetrotting Flickr member "avalonux." | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: A Simple Plan | February 17, 2010
Today's movie: The wonderfully convoluted yet always logical 1998 Oscar-nominated noirish caper film "A Simple Plan," so far the only non-FX film in the entire career of Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man). | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Gebouw Handelskamer Rotterdam," by "jan 1968" | February 17, 2010
Today's photo: "Gebouw Handelskamer Rotterdam," by Dutch Flickr member "jan 1968." | Read entire entry

Book review: "How I Became a Famous Novelist," by Steve Hely | February 16, 2010
Today's book: The truly brilliant metafictional comedy "How I Became a Famous Novelist," by former Letterman writer and Emmy nominee Steve Hely. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "#1," by Ezerve | February 16, 2010
Today's photo: "#1," by Hungarian photographer Ezerve. | Read entire entry

Movies for Grown-Ups: Murder on the Orient Express (1974) | February 15, 2010
Today's movie: 1974's Oscar-winning "Murder on the Orient Express," the first of a series of all-star Agatha Christie adaptations made in those years. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "untitled-23," by Olga Secerov | February 15, 2010
Today's photo: "untitled-23," by British photographer Olga Secerov. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Frankenstein," by Mary Shelley | February 12, 2010
Today in the "CCLaP 100" series of classics essays: Mary Shelley's 1818 "Frankenstein," not only the first mad-scientist novel in history but a harbinger of the Romantic Age just around the corner. Classic or not? Click through for my opinion. | Read entire entry

Poster version of "Jack & Jill" now available | February 12, 2010
Thanks to everyone who followed along live this week with CCLaP's first serial publishing project, JA Tyler's "Jack & Jill;" and for those who didn't get a chance to do so, a downloadable poster version of the entire story is now available. Click through for more. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Anthony Shea | February 12, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Boston photographer Anthony Shea. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 11 February 2010 | February 11, 2010
Today, short reviews of three books recently read here: Jack Ortved's "The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History," Andrew Zornoza's fantastic little art book "Where I Stay," and Sandy Prindle's so-so legal thriller, "The Sins of Tarrant County." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 49: January Music Special | February 10, 2010
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the January edition of CCLaP's monthly music special, wherein I share my favorites of the free legal online music I've been coming across the last thirty days. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's first TwitLit story starts today! | February 10, 2010
All right! CCLaP's new story series, the Twitter-based "TwitLit," starts later this morning with JA Tyler's "Jack & Jill." Click through for the details, as well as instructions on how you too can follow along in real time. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "57/365 (1)," by Angélica Vis | February 10, 2010
Today's photo: "57/365 (1)," by Dutch photographer Angélica Vis. | Read entire entry

Naughty Netflix: I Love You Too | February 9, 2010
Today in "Naughty Netflix," CCLaP's look at thirty mainstream films featuring unsimulated sex: the 2001 European erotic thriller "I Love You Too," which unfortunately is more like Cinemax at two in the morning than its producers and fans want to admit. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Higashi-ginza Sta.," by Hidehiro Kigawa | February 9, 2010
Today's photo: "Higashi-ginza Sta.," by Japanese photographer Hidehiro Kigawa. | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Quiet War," by Paul McAuley | February 8, 2010
Today's book: Paul McAuley's 2008 space opera "The Quiet War," a perfect example of how genre pastiches are simultaneously delightful to fans of that genre and infuriating to those who aren't. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Railway station, Debrecen" by Attila Hupjan | February 8, 2010
Today's photo: "Railway station, Debrecen," by Hungarian photographer Attila Hupjan. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "de noite.," by Débora Paghi | February 5, 2010
Today's photo: "de noite.," by Brazilian photographer Débora Paghi. | Read entire entry

Today at the kid-lit blog: A little Judy Blume, anyone? | February 4, 2010
I now run another blog just for kid-lit reviews, which I mention only occasionally at CCLaP whenever there's a title that might be of interest to grown-ups; today, for example, it's a look at my adult re-reading of 1971's "Then Again, Maybe I Won't," by Gen-X hero Judy Blume. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "light in a dark world," by Dave | February 4, 2010
Today's photo: "light in a dark world," by Northern Ireland Flickr member Dave. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 4 February 2010 | February 4, 2010
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for February 4th, 2010. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince | February 3, 2010
Today's movie: "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth installment of The Most Lucrative Franchise In Human History. Eat it up, sheep! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Sunset," by "nautiljon" | February 3, 2010
Today's photo: "Sunset," by French Flickr member "nautiljon." | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 2 February 2010 | February 2, 2010
Today, small reviews of three recent nonfiction titles: Doug Taylor's "There Never Was a Better Time: Toronto's Yesterdays," Robert Ferguson's "The Vikings: A History," and the art book "Animals and Objects In and Out of Water: Posters by Jay Ryan." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Friched boat...," by ".MISTER T." | February 2, 2010
Today's photo: "Friched boat...," by Fiji Flickr member ".MISTER T." | Read entire entry

Announcing "TwitLit," CCLaP's new story series | February 1, 2010
Happy day! CCLaP has started a new project! It's the center's first-ever story series, in fact, originally published serially at Twitter and then as printable posters at the site. Click through for a lot more. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Brood | February 1, 2010
Today's movie: The 1979 fantastically disgusting horror film and sneakily misogynist divorce comment "The Brood," the first non-underground hit of David Cronenberg's career. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Museum Guard," by Mike Watson | February 1, 2010
Today's photo: "Museum Guard," by New York photographer Mike Watson. | Read entire entry