Archives: June 2010

This is the archive page for [June 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.

Your micro-review roundup: 30 June 2010 | June 30, 2010
Today, short reviews of three books recently read: The poetically delightful "Water Ghosts" by Shawna Yang Ryan, the unfortunately unreadable "Pen of Iniquity" by Deno Sandz, and the surprisingly good but still pretty silly "World Made by Hand" by "peak oil" doom-n-gloomer James Howard Kunstler. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "IR + BW - Early Morning..." by Alfian Hashim | June 30, 2010
Today's photo: "IR + BW - Early Morning...," by Malaysian photographer Alfian Hashim. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Surrogates | June 29, 2010
Today's movie: 2009's "Surrogates," based on the 2006 graphic novel I've also reviewed in the past, which is the second sci-fi actioner I've seen this month to feature a surprisingly smart script and extra-subtle and hence extra-powerful special effects. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Armitage," by Dale Winling | June 29, 2010
Today's photo: "Armitage," by Evanston photographer Dale Winling. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Avatar | June 28, 2010
Today's movie: James Cameron's "Avatar," which now upon my second viewing (I also saw it in the theatre) makes its plodding, insultingly simple storyline just that much more nakedly obvious, not to mention its Rudyard-Kipling-style accidental backwards "noble savage" racism. We should all be ashamed of ourselves. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "?," by Patrick Joust | June 28, 2010
Today's photo: "?," by Baltimore photographer Patrick Joust. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 57: June Music Special | June 25, 2010
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the June edition of the center's monthly music special, where I feature college-radio-style the best of the music I myself have been finding free legally online in the last thirty days. Today's episode features 15 songs and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "palau nacional," by Kirsten Thormann | June 25, 2010
Today's photo: "palau nacional," by German in Barcelona Kirsten Thormann. | Read entire entry

Naughty Netflix: Emmanuelle | June 24, 2010
Today in CCLaP's "Naughty Netflix" series on explicit mainstream films: It's the surprisingly complex 1974 countercultural classic "Emmanuelle," which not only spawned dozens of sequels but virtually kickstarted the entire "softcore" adult industry as we now know it. You're welcome, late-night cable! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "let me move my arms," by senorita m | June 24, 2010
Today's photo: "let me move my arms," by mysterious Flickr member "senorita m." | Read entire entry

Book review: "The People Who Watched Her Pass By," by Scott Bradfield | June 23, 2010
Today's book: Lit veteran Scott Bradfield's remarkable new novel, "The People Who Watched Her Pass By," which takes a normally abhorrent subject (child kidnapping) to instead turn in a lyrical, surreal look at small-town America. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Daybreakers | June 21, 2010
Today's movie: The 2010 speculative sleeper hit "Daybreakers," much smarter and more inventive than a low-budget vampire action flick has any right to be. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Path to Hell," by Gaylord Boussaud | June 21, 2010
Today's photo: "Path to Hell," by French photographer Gaylord Boussaud. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Vanity Fair," by William Makepeace Thackeray | June 18, 2010
Today in the "CCLaP 100" essay series on literary classics: William Makepeace Thackeray's darkly comic saga of human folly, 1848's "Vanity Fair," considered by many to be one of the best novels of the entire Victorian Age. Classic or not? Click through for my opinion! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by |\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ | June 18, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by mysterious Flickr member "|\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\." | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus | June 17, 2010
Today's movie: Terry Gilliam's latest, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Panassus" (also notoriously known as Heath Ledger's last film), which like many Gilliam projects features visuals so stunning as to be nearly unbelievable, but which like many Gilliam projects still ends up feeling flat and boring by the end. Sigh. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Crystal Pier II," by Marcus Carvajal | June 17, 2010
Today's photo: "Crystal Pier II," by North Carolina photographer Marcus Carvajal. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Tinkers," by Paul Harding | June 16, 2010
Today's book: Paul Harding's "Tinkers," the obscure character study from a tiny basement press which controversially won this year's Pulitzer Prize, and pretty much a textbook example of everything people complain about regarding so-called "academic fiction." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "pola," by Garrett Faber | June 16, 2010
Today's photo: "pola," by Pennsylvania photographer Garrett Faber. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Lovely Bones | June 15, 2010
Today's movie: Peter "Lord of the Rings" Jackson's much-ballyhooed and much-hated adaptation of Alice Sebold's intensely loved novel "The Lovely Bones," which unfortunately skips almost all of the book's intense characterization to instead deliver an endless series of pretty but empty visual images. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Petrified," by Sascha Unger | June 15, 2010
Today's photo: "Petrified," by German photographer Sascha Unger. | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Dream of Perpetual Motion," by Dexter Palmer | June 14, 2010
Today's book: Dexter Palmer's stunning New Weird literary debut, "The Dream of Perpetual Motion," a novel that combines steampunk, contemporary alt-history, Willy Wonka, Frankenstein, Shakespeare and Thomas Pynchon to deliver one hell of a speculative fever dream. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Southside Images | June 14, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Scottish Flickr member "Southside Images." | Read entire entry

Metapost: CCLaP's reader meetup cancelled | June 12, 2010
Just a short note, to inform people that inclement weather has convinced me to cancel CCLaP's Printers Row reader meetup, which had been scheduled for later today. Sorry! | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Defendor | June 11, 2010
Today's movie: Last year's Toronto Film Festival hit "Defendor," a surprisingly tragic character drama about a mentally-challenged man off his meds who believes he's a superhero, not nearly the goofy comedy about actual superheroes that the trailer and poster make it seem. | Read entire entry

Hope to see you at CCLaP's Printers Row reader meetup tomorrow! | June 11, 2010
Just a reminder that CCLaP is holding an extremely informal pub-based reader meetup tomorrow in the late afternoon down at the Printers Row Book Fair -- we're meeting up in the back of Kasey's Tavern, located at 701 South Dearborn. Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "building by Whole Foods," by Karen Christine Hibbard | June 11, 2010
Today's photo: "building by Whole Foods," by Philadelphia photographer Karen Christine Hibbard. | Read entire entry

Book review: "600 Hours of Edward," by Craig Lancaster | June 10, 2010
Today's book: Craig Lancaster's remarkable tragicomic look at Asperger's Syndrome, "600 Hours of Edward," its near-perfection even more astounding for it being a Nanowrimo experiment published by an obscure basement press. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Kwun Tong. Hong Kong," by HL Tam | June 10, 2010
Today's photo: "Kwun Tong. Hong Kong," by Hong Kong photographer HL Tam. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 9 June 2010 | June 9, 2010
Today, short reviews of three recently-read books: The space opera "Gardens of the Sun" by Paul McAuley, the "sequel prequel" graphic novel "The Surrogate: Flesh and Bone" by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele, and the disappointing Modernist noir adaptation "Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter," by Darwyn Cooke. | Read entire entry

Won't you join us at CCLaP's Printers Row reader meetup? | June 9, 2010
It's official: CCLaP's pub-based reader meetup at this years Printers Row Book Fair will be taking place this Saturday, 4:30 to 6:30 pm, in the back of Kasey's Tavern at 701 South Dearborn, right in the heart of the fairground itself. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "back home," by Andre Fromont | June 9, 2010
Today's photo: "back home," by Belgian photographer Andre Fromont. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Andromeda Strain (1971) | June 8, 2010
Today's movie: 1971's silly but enjoyable "The Andromeda Strain," one of the first big hits of genre author Michael Crichton, with gorgeous-looking sets but chock-full of cheesy '70s film gimmicks, and much more slowly-paced than you'd expect from a summer genre actioner. | Read entire entry

Photo(s) of the day: Various images by Carol Stiler | June 8, 2010
Today: A series of three images by Brazilian photographer Carol Stiler. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Generation A," by Douglas Coupland | June 7, 2010
Today's book: Douglas Coupland's head-scratching latest, "Generation A," a metaphorical fairytale of sorts which I think is perhaps about the 9/11-caused death of Postmodernism and what comes after. Er, perhaps. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "afternoon stillness," by lanecia | June 7, 2010
Today's photo: "afternoon stillness," by Nashville Flickr member lanecia. | Read entire entry

Poster version of John Reed's TwitLit story now available! | June 4, 2010
It's Friday, which means that the poster version of John Reed's contribution to CCLaP's "TwitLit" story series, "A Cold-Served Dish of Unjust Desserts" (adapted from his forthcoming book "Tales of Woe" from MTV Press), is now available for free download. Click through to get a copy for yourself right now. | Read entire entry

Tales from the Completist: "It Can't Happen Here," by Sinclair Lewis | June 4, 2010
Today's book: Sinclair Lewis' now largely forgotten 1935 speculative novel "It Can't Happen Here," which takes a look at what a possible fascist takeover of the United States might look like, surprisingly enough almost identical in plot to the real events of the Bush administration 75 years later. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Sears Tower struck by lightning, July 2009," by JesterVora21 | June 4, 2010
Today's photo: "Sears Tower struck by lightning, July 2009," by mysterious Flickr member "JesterVora21." | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Young Victoria | June 1, 2010
Today's movie: 2009's "The Young Victoria," a silly reductionist piece of chick-lit bonnet-porn about the start of the Victorian Age, much more eye-rolling than entertaining to fans of legitimate Victoriana. | Read entire entry

John Reed's "TwitLit" story starts today! | June 1, 2010
All right! The latest story in CCLaP's Twitter-based serial publishing project "TwitLit" starts today, "A Cold Served Dish" by Californian John Reed, adapted from his forthcoming book "Tales of Woe." Click through for all the details, or simply visit twitter.com/cclapcenter for the actual story. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "morning," by Laura Schmitt | June 1, 2010
Today's photo: "morning," by Wisconsin photojournalist Laura Schmitt. | Read entire entry