Archives: March 2010

This is the archive page for [March 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.

Sally Weigel virtual book tour: Day Three | March 31, 2010
It's day three of Sally Weigel's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep!" Today Sally is at Impose Magazine, talking with Josh Spilker about the five best books she's recently read. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Borodin | March 31, 2010
Today's obsession: Chicago musician Patrick Spiroff, otherwise known as the one-man band Borodin. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by ramses1421 | March 31, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by mysterious Flickr member ramses1421. | Read entire entry

Book review: "ETA," by Delphine Pontvieux | March 30, 2010
Today's book: The surprisingly great political thriller "ETA" by Delphine Pontvieux, taking a complex Tom-Clancy-style look at the Basque separatist movement of southern France and northern Spain. | Read entire entry

Sally Weigel virtual book tour: Day Two | March 30, 2010
It's day two of Sally Weigel's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep!" Today, Sally joins Lori Hettler at the Next Best Book Blog, a side project from the single largest discussion club at Goodreads.com. Click through for the link. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by {*L*} | March 30, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by New York Flickr member {*L*}. | Read entire entry

Sally Weigel's virtual book tour begins! | March 29, 2010
Excelsior! Sally Weigel's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep," begins today! Click here for the full revised schedule (plus links to tour stops), as well as info on the book's new listing at the Amazon Kindle store. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 52: Author Sally Weigel | March 29, 2010
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: Chicago author Sally Weigel, whose debut novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep" was published by the center last fall, today kicking off a two-week virtual book tour that will take her all over the web. | Read entire entry

Paul Bens announces support drive for priest-abuse victims | March 29, 2010
Author Paul Bens, whose priest-abuse novel "Kelland" was reviewed here last fall, has made a remarkable announcement - he's donating all the book's profits for three months to a priest-molestation support group. Click through for more. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Uncle Tom's Cabin," by Harriet Beecher Stowe | March 26, 2010
Today in the "CCLaP 100" classics essay series: Harriet Beecher Stowe's 1852 anti-slavery tale "Uncle Tom's Cabin," nearly single-handedly responsible for the Civil War but that also accidentally created a whole new class of post-war racial stereotypes. Classic or not? Click through for my opinion. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "la nebbia si dirada," by Claudio Scarponi | March 26, 2010
Today's photo: "la nebbia si dirada," by Italian photographer Claudio Scarponi. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Return to Narnia crunch-crunch," by Simon Gardiner | March 25, 2010
Today's photo: "Return to Narnia crunch-crunch," by English photographer Simon Gardiner. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 25 March 2010 | March 25, 2010
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for March 25th, 2010. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 24 March 2010 | March 24, 2010
Today, short reviews of four books recently read: Pauline Kael's '80s film criticism book "Hooked;" Marc Nash's prose poem "A, B & E;" the obscure 1897 Victorian detective novel "The Dorrington Deed-Box;" and the profoundly disappointing "The Magicians" by Lev Grossman. | Read entire entry

Sally Weigel's virtual book tour starts next week! | March 23, 2010
Happy day! We're a week away from the start of author Sally Weigel's virtual book tour, being sponsored by CCLaP in support of her novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep." Click through for all the details, as well as a full list of tour stops. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Best In Show | March 23, 2010
Today's movie: The 2000 comedy classic "Best In Show," a fake documentary about dog shows from the same team largely responsible for "This Is Spinal Tap." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "NYC from Rockefeller center," by Kiko Yera | March 23, 2010
Today's photo: "NYC from Rockefeller center," by Flickr member Kiko Yera. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Gamers: Dorkness Rising | March 22, 2010
Today's movie: 2008's loving and funny ode to Dungeons & Dragons and the antisocial nerds who play it, "The Gamers: Dorkness Rising," one of the smartest and most touching fan-produced films I've ever had the pleasure of seeing. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by David Arvidsson | March 22, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Swedish photographer David Arvidsson. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Humboldt's Gift," by Saul Bellow | March 19, 2010
Today in the "CCLaP 100" essay series on literary classics: 1975's Pulitzer-winning "Humboldt's Gift," by Nobel winner and postmodernist master Saul Bellow. A classic or not? Click through for my opinion. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by JL | March 19, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by French Flickr member JL. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Cannibal Holocaust | March 18, 2010
Today's movie: The 1980 seminal horror film "Cannibal Holocaust," recently restored and lavishly released on a two-disc DVD set, so brutally realistic that the director actually got arrested on murder charges, until he could prove that his cast was still happily alive. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Bill Hillmann | March 18, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chicago writer and event host Bill Hillmann. | Read entire entry

Tales from the Completist: "Push," by Sapphire | March 17, 2010
Today, a look at the remarkable 1996 novel "Push" by Sapphire (recently adapted into the Oscar-nominated "Precious"), less the weepy tearjerker you're expecting and more like the ghetto version of the science-fiction story "Flowers For Algernon." | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 16 March 2010 | March 16, 2010
Today, short reviews of three books recently read: the South Pacific speculative novel "Stan's Leap" by Tom Duerig; Jim Ruland's story collection "Big Lonesome;" and overwritten Southern Gothic tale "She-Rain" by Michael Cogdill. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Burçak Pekin | March 16, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Turkish photographer Burçak Pekin. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 51: March Music Special | March 15, 2010
Today on the podcast: It's the March edition of CCLaP's monthly music special, wherein I share college-radio-style my favorites of all the free legal music I myself have been downloading the last 30 days. Today's episode features 15 musicians and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "begegnungen," by Manfred Huszar | March 15, 2010
Today's photo: "begegnungen" ("encounters"), by Austrian photographer Manfred Huszar. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "The Three Musketeers," by Alexandre Dumas | March 12, 2010
Today in the "CCLaP 100" series of classics essays: Alexandre Dumas' 1844 "The Three Musketeers," the very definition of a swashbuckling adventure. Classic or not? Click through for my opinion. | Read entire entry

Gwendolyn Glover's "TwitLit" poster is now available | March 12, 2010
Thanks again to everyone at Twitter this week who got to follow along in real time with CCLaP's latest "TwitLit" story, "Cat" by Gwendolyn Glover; here as promised is the downloadable PDF poster version for those who didn't get to do so. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Pigeons," by J. Knecht | March 12, 2010
Today's photo: "Pigeons," by Chicago photographer J. Knecht. | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Big Rewind," by Nathan Rabin | March 11, 2010
Today's book: The personal memoir "The Big Rewind" by "AV Club" head writer Nathan Rabin, a book with all the dysfunction of an Augusten Burroughs story, but all the humor you'd expect from an employee of The Onion. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Julia (2008) | March 10, 2010
Today's movie: The brilliant contemporary noir "Julia" starring Tilda Swinton, essentially a two-hour character study of pure evil, hiding behind a falsely sentimental tale of an out-of-control alcoholic and the desperate kidnapping scheme she gets involved with. | Read entire entry

Gwendolyn Glover's "TwitLit" story starts today! | March 10, 2010
All right! The latest project in CCLaP's experimental story series, "TwitLit," starts later this morning; it's the 20-part "Cat" by local author Gwendolyn Glover. Click through for the details and direct links. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "X-Press," by Koen Colpaert | March 10, 2010
Today's photo: "X-Press," by Belgian photographer Koen Colpaert. | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Ayatollah Begs to Differ," by Hooman Majd | March 9, 2010
Today's book: Hooman Majd's "The Ayatollah Begs to Differ," not just a fantastic guide to the old Persian Empire and the modern Iran it became, but also a funny and insightful travelogue about a clueless Westerner getting convinced to do outrageous things. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Restos," by Ibán Ramón | March 9, 2010
Today's photo: "Restos," by Spanish photographer Ibán Ramón. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Criminal Class Press | March 8, 2010
Today's obsession: The new Chicago dark-lit small publisher Criminal Class Press. Click through for more. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Summer time," by David Croft | March 8, 2010
Today's photo: "Summer time," by Welsh photographer David Croft. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Watcher in the Woods | March 4, 2010
Today's movie: The dark forgotten gem "The Watcher in the Woods," one of a trio of '80s films (with "The Black Hole" and "Tron") that marked Disney's first foray into the world of PG films. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "365 aztarna | 190.365," by Ion Markel | March 4, 2010
Today's photo: "365 aztarna | 190.365," by Basque photographer Ion Markel. | Read entire entry

Today at the kid-lit blog: Twilight! Twilight! Freakin' Twilight! | March 3, 2010
Today I posted another of my occasional kid-lit reviews that I thought CCLaP's adult audience might find interesting too; in this case, that freaking "Twilight" book by that Stephanie Freaking Meyer. Guess what? I didn't think it was that bad! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Windmill Farm," by Christopher Fecio | March 3, 2010
Today's photo: "Windmill Farm," by New York photographer and cyanotype fan Christopher Fecio. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Deception (2008) | March 2, 2010
Today's movie: The ridiculously bad erotic thriller "Deception," starring a thoroughly slumming Hugh Jackman, Ewan McGregor, Charlotte Rampling and Michelle Williams. Avoid like the plague. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "chester at night," by Paul Watson | March 2, 2010
Today's photo: "chester at night," by Australian in England Paul Watson. | Read entire entry

Breaking news: Ben Tanzer's book no longer sucks! | March 1, 2010
Good news! The EPUB version of Ben Tanzer's story collection for CCLaP, "Repetition Patterns," has been enhanced for better reading on e-ink devices! And better news -- it's available for purchase at Amazon too! Click through for the details and links! | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Public Enemies | March 1, 2010
Today's movie: The 2009 Dillinger biopic "Public Enemies," directed by Michael Mann and starring Johnny Depp, with a surprisingly vicious and modern anti-cop message that is surely what made it originally bomb at the box office. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Grazing Grey," by Menno de Ruiter | March 1, 2010
Today's photo: "Grazing Grey," by Dutch photographer Menno de Ruiter. | Read entire entry