Archives: May 2010

This is the archive page for [May 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.

CCLaP Podcast 56: Urban Decay/Urban Renewal | May 31, 2010
Today on the podcast: A recording of CCLaP's first-ever live literary event, held last weekend at the Hyde Park cultural center The Op Shop, featuring brand-new pieces by Sally Weigel, Ben Tanzer, Jason Fisk, Mark Brand and Katherine Hodges. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's first literary event: Success! | May 31, 2010
CCLaP's first live literary event, held this weekend in Hyde Park, was a big success, with more people there than I expected and a fun, slightly drunken time had by all. Click through for a wrap-up, as well as to see some photos from the evening. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Vers l'océan by Guizmo," by Thibaut Mittelstaedt | May 31, 2010
Today's photo: "Vers l'océan by Guizmo," by French Flickr member Thibaut Mittelstaedt. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's first live literary event is tonight! | May 28, 2010
It's here! It's here! CCLaP's first-ever live literary event is finally taking place tonight, down in Hyde Park. Admission is free! Bring your own spirits! Kick off Memorial Day weekend right! Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 28 May 2010 | May 28, 2010
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for May 28th, 2010. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "esp5," by Patty M | May 28, 2010
Today's photo: "esp5," by New York Flickr member Patty M. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 27 May 2010 | May 27, 2010
Today, short reviews of three books recently read, including Sally Sexton Kalmach's Chicago walking-tour guide "The Jewel of the Gold Coast," the speculative comics miniseries "The Surrogates" by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele, and the initially great but ultimately disappointing New Weird thriller "Castle," by J. Robert Lennon. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Windows," by Michael Summers | May 27, 2010
Today's photo: "Windows," by Brit-in-Israel Michael Summers. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Dark Crystal | May 26, 2010
Today's movie: 1982's infamous all-puppet fantasy-film cult hit "The Dark Crystal," the first-ever attempt by Muppets creator Jim Henson to appeal to a slightly older crowd. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "sure," by Michelle Wotkun | May 26, 2010
Today's photo: "sure," by Chicago photographer Michelle Wotkun. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Jesus Boy," by Preston L. Allen | May 25, 2010
Today's book: Preston L. Allen's slyly funny but ultimately loving look at black evangelism in south Florida, "Jesus Boy," an almost textbook example of how to construct a character-heavy yet lively novel. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Macro: Flowers & loud hailer," by Joel de Courcy Browne | May 25, 2010
Today's photo: "Macro: Flowers & loud hailer," by Australian-in-Japan Joel de Courcy Browne. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Sherlock Holmes (2009) | May 24, 2010
Today's movie: Guy Ritchie's 2009 extreeeeme!!! version of the Victorian classic "Sherlock Holmes," the most steampunky steampunk actioner in the history of steampunky steampunk actioners. | Read entire entry

Only five days until CCLaP's first live literary event! | May 24, 2010
Don't forget that we're less than a week away from CCLaP's first-ever live literary event, being held this Friday down in the Hyde Park neighborhood, and featuring brand-new pieces by Sally Weigel, Ben Tanzer, Mark Brand, Jason Fisk and Katherine Hodges. Click through for all the details, if you missed them the first time. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Old Wyoming School," by Travis Dewitz | May 24, 2010
Today's photo: "Old Wyoming School," by Wisconsin photographer Travis Dewitz. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "The Plague," by Albert Camus | May 21, 2010
Today in the "CCLaP 100" essay series on literary classics: 1948's surprisingly mindblowing "The Plague" by Albert Camus, not just an ahead-of-its-time post-apocalyptic tale and a treatise on existentialism, but one of the most astute examinations of the Nazi years ever written. | Read entire entry

Book review: "The History of the Medieval World," by Susan Wise Bauer | May 20, 2010
Today's review: Susan Wise Bauer's informative and lively "The History of the Medieval World," presenting in a tight 650 pages a truly planet-wide look at the years 500 to 1000 AD, and which today becomes the first book at CCLaP this year to receive a perfect score of ten. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by pineapple palace | May 20, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Philadelphia Flickr member "pineapple palace." | Read entire entry

Naughty Netflix: Sex and Lucia | May 19, 2010
Today in the "Naughty Netflix" essay series: 2001's award-winning "Sex and Lucia," partly a complex "Memento" style metafictional look at the blurry line between reality and art, partly a VERY dirty European erotic thriller. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 19 May 2010 | May 19, 2010
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for May 19th, 2010. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "16-02-10 Lift - 5/365," by .Ness | May 19, 2010
Today's photo: "16-02-10 Lift - 5/365," by French Flickr member ".Ness." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 55: May Music Special | May 17, 2010
Today on the podcast: It's the May edition of CCLaP's monthly music special, where I feature the best of the music I've been downloading legally online in the last thirty days. Today's special features 15 musicians and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "autoritratto 41," by skarabokki | May 17, 2010
Today's photo: "autoritratto 41," by mysterious Flickr member "skarabokki." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: The Dinner Party Download | May 14, 2010
Today's obsession: The wonderfully entertaining weekly recap podcast "The Dinner Party Download," produced by KPCC in southern California and distributed by American Public Media. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 14 May 2010 | May 14, 2010
Links to yet more interesting stuff I've recently come across online, for May 14th, 2010. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "thirty one | 365 - hooligans," by Julie C | May 14, 2010
Today's photo: "thirty one | 365 - hooligans," by Latvian in Detroit Julie C. | Read entire entry

Announcing CCLaP's first literary event! | May 13, 2010
Happy day! CCLaP's first-ever live literary event is finally upon us! Click through for all the details of the May 28th event, including links to iCal and Facebook, as well as an embeddable map of the venue. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "B is for Blue (Blue Pigment I)," by Dario Fuchs | May 13, 2010
Today's photo: "B is for Blue (Blue Pigment I)," by Swiss photographer Dario Fuchs. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Phantom of the Opera (1925) | May 12, 2010
Today's review: The classic silent 1925 version of "The Phantom of the Opera," featuring Lon Chaney and his horrific homemade makeup. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "steeple chase," by digital_grid | May 12, 2010
Today's photo: "steeple chase," by Chicago Flickr member "digital_grid." | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," by Stieg Larsson | May 11, 2010
Today's review: Stieg Larsson's 2005 Swedish crime novel and international sensation "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (first published in the US in 2008), an unusually great genre exercise with a complexity and subtlety that belies the usual tawdry nature of serial-killer fiction. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-profile: Kim Martin | May 11, 2010
Today, a special mini-profile of British teen photographer Kim Martin. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 7 May 2010 | May 7, 2010
Today, short reviews of four recently read books: The disappointing Nazi novel "The Kindly Ones" by Jonathan Littell; the even more disappointing zombie story collection "What Will Come After" by Scott Edelman; the profoundly disappointing "At a Crossroads" by Kate Williamson; and the horribly disappointing "Antwerp" by Roberto Bolano. That's a lot of disappointment! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "191," by Cedrik Jaroslasson | May 7, 2010
Today's photo: "191," by Polish photographer Cedrik Jaroslasson. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Men Who Stare at Goats | May 6, 2010
Today's movie: 2009's surprisingly fantastic "The Men Who Stare at Goats," partly a goofy comedy about Reagan's attempts to build an army of psychic "super soldiers," partly a chilling drama about how this group morphed into the psychological torturers of the Bush years. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Adventures of Twm," by Claire Sambrook | May 6, 2010
Today's photo: "Adventures of Twm," by Welsh photographer Claire Sambrook. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Zuleika Dobson," by Max Beerbohm | May 5, 2010
Today in the "CCLaP 100" essay series on literary classics: the 1911 Oxford magical-realism satire "Zuleika Dobson," by the once highly popular humorist and theatre critic Max Beerbohm. Classic or not? Click through for my opinion. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 54: Author Delphine Pontvieux | May 4, 2010
Today on the podcast, it's my interview with local writer and French transplant Delphine Pontvieux, author of the Basque political thriller "ETA." Also featuring the music of Edu K and Most Valuable Players. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Many secrets are shown here," by Michelle | May 4, 2010
Today's photo: "Many secrets are shown here," by Boston Flickr member Michelle. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Jonathan Seidman | May 3, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Pennsylvanian photographer Jonathan Seidman. | Read entire entry