Archives: April 2010

This is the archive page for [April 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.

Justify My Netflix: The Box | April 30, 2010
Today's movie: Richard Kelly's under-appreciated and badly advertised 2009 science-fiction thriller "The Box," just as obtuse and thought-provoking as his previous "Donnie Darko" and "Southland Tales," but not nearly as head-scratching. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "After The Gold Rush," by Andy Foster | April 30, 2010
Today's photo: "After The Gold Rush," by Ohio photographer Andy Foster. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Geosynchron," by David Louis Edelman | April 29, 2010
Today's book: David Louis Edelman's "Geosynchron," the concluding volume in his expansive "Jump 225" science-fiction trilogy, an unusual book three in that it's easily the best of them all, which is not how things usually work with science-fiction trilogies. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Morse -- Red Line," by Liz A | April 29, 2010
Today's photo: "Morse -- Red Line," by Chicago photographer Liz A. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans | April 28, 2010
Today's movie: Legendary director Werner Herzog's latest headscratcher, the Nicolas Cage comeback vehicle "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans," which once again proves that Germans' idea of wacky comedy is profoundly different than ours. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Looking up, instead of looking at the drunks in the crosswalk.," by Todd Davis | April 28, 2010
Today's photo: "Looking up, instead of looking at the drunks in the crosswalk.," by Chicago photographer Todd Davis. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Informant! | April 27, 2010
Today's movie: 2009's "The Informant!," billed as a goofy comedy about corporate whistleblowing but also a heartbreaking drama about mental illness, and what I now consider one of the top five films of Steven Soderbergh's entire career. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "St. Petersburg - 24 hours of flickr," by Tashi Delek | April 27, 2010
Today's photo: "St. Petersburg - 24 hours of Flickr," by Icelandic/Tibetan photographer Tashi Delek. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 53: April Music Special | April 26, 2010
Today on the podcast: It's the April edition of the center's monthly music special, where I feature the best of the free legal online music I myself have been downloading in the last month. Today's episode features 14 songs and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Thilak Raj | April 26, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Indian photographer Thilak Raj. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Tamara Drewe," by Posy Simmonds | April 23, 2010
Today's book: "Tamara Drewe," graphic novelist Posy Simmonds' witty contemporary adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Far From the Madding Crowd," first published serially in the UK's Guardian newspaper in 2005 and '06 and just now available in America. | Read entire entry

Tales from the Completist: "In The First Circle," by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn | April 22, 2010
Today, a look at the 2009 "uncensored" version of Soviet dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's classic 1968 "The First Circle" (now called "In The First Circle"), one of the first projects to show the West exactly what Stalin's labor camps of the 1940s were actually like. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 20 April 2010 | April 20, 2010
Today, short reviews of five recently read books, including Mark Frost's '90s steampunk novels "The List of 7" and "The 6 Messiahs," James Greer's inventive noir "The Failure," Peter Ackroyd's historical novel "The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein," and the disappointing biography of L. Frank Baum, "The Real Wizard of Oz." | Read entire entry

Ben Tanzer's TwitLit story is now available in poster form! | April 20, 2010
There's been some delays because of site upgrade issues, but I'm happy to announce that the poster version of CCLaP's latest TwitLit story, Ben Tanzer's "I Loved Gunther Gebel," is now available for your downloading pleasure. Click through for the direct links. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Wojciech Zielinski | April 20, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Polish photographer Wojciech Zielinski. | Read entire entry

Metapost: Still having big site problems | April 19, 2010
My apologies for the continued delays and brownouts with the CCLaP website; my site host recently installed Movable Type 5, and we're having a lot of problems getting it to work right. Click through for the details if you're interested. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: I'm Not There | April 19, 2010
Today's movie: The truly unwatchable experimental Bob Dylan biopic / meditation on persona "I'm Not There," by the usually fantastic Todd Haynes. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "soul of a ...#2," by Alex Taran | April 19, 2010
Today's photo: "soul of a ...#2," by Ukrainian photographer Alex Taran. | Read entire entry

Ben Tanzer's TwitLit story starts today! | April 14, 2010
Happy day! Today starts the latest in CCLaP's "TwitLit" story series, "I Loved Gunther Gebel" by Chicago author Ben Tanzer. Click through for more, as well as a direct link to the Twitter-fueled serial story itself. | Read entire entry

Metapost: Commenting down for next 24 hours | April 13, 2010
Just a short note, to let people know that I've been going through a massive spam attack today, so unfortunately had to take the commenting system here offline temporarily. I'm hoping to have things fixed by tomorrow - thanks for your patience! | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Limey | April 12, 2010
Today's movie: Steven Soderbergh's entertaining but artsy 1999 noir film "The Limey," one of many genre exercises from his '90s "lost years" when no one was paying attention to him. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Attimi rubati... - Stolen moments...," by Alessio B. | April 12, 2010
Today's photo: "Attimi rubati... - Stolen moments...," by Italian photographer Alessio B. | Read entire entry

Sally Weigel's virtual book tour comes to an end! | April 12, 2010
This weekend finally saw the end of author Sally Weigel's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep." Click through for links to the last two stops of the tour, Jason Jordan's "dcomP" and Kevin Neilson's "Between The Lines." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Oh, I don't know what love is.," by Bob Prosser | April 8, 2010
Today's photo: "Oh, I don't know what love is.," by English photographer Bob Prosser. | Read entire entry

Sally Weigel virtual book tour: Day Eleven | April 8, 2010
It's day eleven of local author Sally Weigel's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep!" Today Sally stops by the blog of author Jason Riley, for a long talk about all kinds of issues; and don't forget that last night, she stopped by The Teenage Head as well, to offer up a playlist of music related in one way or another to the book. | Read entire entry

Tales from the Completist: "Zuckerman Unbound," by Philip Roth | April 7, 2010
Today, I continue my look at Postmodernism as filtered through the nine autobiographical "Zuckerman" novels by Philip Roth, this time examining in detail book two in the series, 1981's "Zuckerman Unbound." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "place #027," by Mike | April 7, 2010
Today's photo: "place #027," by Polish Flickr member Mike. | Read entire entry

Beachy announces cancer fundraiser for Dave Thomas | April 7, 2010
I heard from author Kyle Beachy today, letting me know about a cancer fundraiser being held for local artist and scene supporter Dave Thomas. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Sally Weigel virtual book tour: Week Two | April 7, 2010
It's week two of Sally Weigel's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep!" Yesterday Sally was at JA Tyler's Mud Luscious Press; click through for the link, and to see the revised schedule for the rest of the week. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Jude the Obscure," by Thomas Hardy | April 6, 2010
Today in the "CCLaP 100" series of classics essays: Thomas Hardy's 1895 "Jude the Obscure," a surprisingly prescient look at Victorian morality that became the first widely banned book of the 20th century. Classic or not? Click through for my opinion. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Figure in the Mist," by Richard Moore | April 6, 2010
Today's photo: "Figure in the Mist," by Northern Irish photographer Richard Moore. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 5 April 2010 | April 5, 2010
Today, short reviews of four books recently read at CCLaP: Alan Moore's new comic "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century;" the genre compilations "Thank You, Death Robot" and "Black Wings: New Tales of Lovecraftian Horror;" and Sarah Pickering's photography book "Explosions, Fires, and Public Order." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Luka Knezevic-Strika | April 5, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Serbian photographer Luka Knezevic-Strika. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Bad Lieutenant | April 2, 2010
Today's movie review: Abel Ferrara's brilliantly dark 1992 "Bad Lieutenant," a character study of a dirty cop and the depths of his depravity, unforgettable in that you will literally never be able to forget some of the dozens of outrageously controversial scenes found within. | Read entire entry

Sally Weigel virtual book tour: Day Five | April 2, 2010
It's day five of Sally Weigel's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep!" Today, Sally reads a bit from her book for the new podcast from pop-culture guide "What to Wear During an Orange Alert," produced by CCLaP friend Jason Behrends. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Les enfants ratés," by André Fromont | April 2, 2010
Today's photo: "Les enfants ratés," by Belgian photographer André Fromont. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The King of Kong | April 1, 2010
Today's movie: The fascinating 2007 documentary "The King of Kong," which follows a group of middle-aged "Balloon Boy" fame-addict losers as they fight over the world's record of thirty-year-old videogame Donkey Kong. Riveting like a trainwreck. | Read entire entry

Sally Weigel virtual book tour: Day Four | April 1, 2010
It's day four of Sally Weigel's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep!" Today Sally is at the blog of our old pal Ben Tanzer, who does a Mel-Bosworth-type two-minute video reading from her book. Click through to see it yourself. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Black As The Devil Painteth," by Wojciech Zieli?ski | April 1, 2010
Today's photo: "Black As The Devil Painteth," by Polish photographer Wojciech Zieli?ski. | Read entire entry