Archives: September 2010

This is the archive page for [September 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: Let the Right One In | September 30, 2010
Today's movie: The crowd-pleasing but disappointingly simplistic 2008 Swedish little-girl-vampire movie "Let the Right One In," just about to be released in the US as a high-budget Hollywood remake. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Limerick at night," by Lena Culhane | September 30, 2010
Today's photo: "Limerick at night," by Irish photographer and folk musician Lena Culhane. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) | September 29, 2010
Today's movie: The 2009 Swedish adaptation of Stieg Larsson's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," which if you can stand subtitles is a nearly perfect adaptation of the insanely popular moody crime thriller. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Maria Kazvan | September 29, 2010
Today, a special mini-feature showcasing the work of Ukrainian photographer Maria Kazvan. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 28 September 2010 | September 28, 2010
Today, short reviews of three recently read books: The slyly fascinating melodrama "A Friend of the Family" by Lauren Grodstein, the disappointing graphic novel "Area 10" by Christos Gage, and James Howard Kunstler's so-bad-it's-brilliant "The Witch of Hebron," the sex-heavy sequel to "World Made by Hand." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Solitude," by David Boynton | September 28, 2010
Today's photo: "Solitude," by Floridian-in-Hong-Kong photographer David Boynton. | Read entire entry

CCLaP reader makes "Month at the Museum" finals! | September 27, 2010
Holy crap! One of CCLaP's readers, fascinating local artist Felix Jung, has made the finals of the much-publicized "Month at the Museum" contest being sponsored by the Museum of Science and Industry! Click through for the details and to go vote for him now! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast Extra: Ben Tanzer reads "After Dark" | September 27, 2010
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, a special extra -- local author Ben Tanzer doing a ten-minute audiobook-style reading of his story "After Dark," from the center's essay collection "99 Problems." Recorded in Chicago's Millennium Park, September 2010. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Bogdan Seredyak | September 27, 2010
Today, a special mini-feature of photographer Bogdan Seredyak, raised in the Ukraine and now living the US. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Rabbit, Run," by John Updike | September 24, 2010
Today in the "CCLaP 100" essay series on literary classics: It's John Updike's 1960 "Rabbit, Run," hailed by many as the glorious start of Postmodernism and cursed by others for the exact same reason. Classic or not? Click through for my opinion! | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Marie Antoinette (2006) | September 23, 2010
Today's movie: Sofia Coppola's fascinating yet ultimately failed 2006 experiment "Marie Antoinette," which attempts to tie together the lives of the infamous French queen with contemporary media star Paris Hilton. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Urban Fences," by Camille Lacroix | September 23, 2010
Today's photo: "Urban Fences," by Parisian-in-New-York engineering student Camille Lacroix. | Read entire entry

Story review: "Iceland Today," by Joe Meno | September 21, 2010
Today, a special review of an individual short story, Joe Meno's "Iceland Today," part of a promotional project from Akashic Books for their new paperback edition of his 2008 story collection "Demons in the Spring." | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 21 September 2010 | September 21, 2010
Today, short reviews of three recently read books: The disappointing Booker nominee "The Children's Book" by A.S. Byatt, the so-so "Art Deco steampunk" tale "Ghosts of Manhattan" by George Mann, and the fascinating "NPR-worthy" history/anthropology book "Life in Year One" by Scott Korb. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "R S," by Brian Sutton | September 21, 2010
Today's photo: "R S," by Chicago-area photographer Brian Sutton. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 62: September Music Special | September 20, 2010
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the September edition of the center's monthly music special, where I share the best of the free legal online music I myself have been downloading in the last 30 days. Today's episode features a whopping 16 musicians and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

How to know you've made it: Goofy parodies of your books | September 20, 2010
How do you know when you've really made it as a small publisher? Why, when others start doing goofy parodies of your latest book cover. Thanks, Caleb J. Ross! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "End of the Ride," by Mike Travis | September 20, 2010
Today's photo: "End of the Ride," by Chicago photographer, drummer and bicyclist Mike Travis. | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Windup Girl," by Paolo Bacigalupi | September 17, 2010
Today's book: The truly amazing "third-world cyberpunk" adventure "The Windup Girl" by Paolo Bacigalupi, winner of this year's Hugo, Nebula and Campbell Awards, and whose mainstream embrace marks an important turning point in science-fiction history. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Skyscraping," by Sascha Unger | September 17, 2010
Today's photo: "Skyscraping," by German media designer Sascha Unger. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Youth in Revolt | September 16, 2010
Today's movie: The hilarious, intelligent, surprisingly transgressive coming-of-age tale "Youth in Revolt," starring Michael Cera as both the put-upon nerdy teen hero and the suave, crime-committing French alter-ego he invents in his head. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Alessandro Potter | September 16, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Brazilian photographer Alessandro Potter. | Read entire entry

Tales from the Completist: "Lives of the Monster Dogs," by Kirsten Bakis | September 15, 2010
Today, a look back at the astounding 1997 modern gothic proto-steampunk fever-dream "Lives of the Monster Dogs," by celebrated first-time author Kirsten Bakis. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Lauryn Holmquist | September 15, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Texas photographer Lauryn Holmquist. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: How do I create CCLaP's ebooks? | September 14, 2010
Today, a special personal essay, addressing a question I'm getting asked more and more often these days, of what exact software I use to create the center's electronic books, and how exactly I go about making them in the first place. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Rock Camp Road," by Andy Foster | September 14, 2010
Today's photo: "Rock Camp Road," by Ohio college student and indie-rock drummer Andy Foster. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 61: August Music Special | September 13, 2010
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the August edition of the center's monthly music special, where I present the best of the music I myself have been finding free legally online in the last 30 days, a little late this time because of a broken computer this summer. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Wald," by Stefan Dieterich | September 13, 2010
Today's photo: "Wald," by German photographer Stefan Dieterich. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Alice in Wonderland (2010) | September 10, 2010
Today's movie: Tim Burton's disappointing remake of "Alice in Wonderland," which much like his "Willy Wonka" manages almost by magic to be both overly manic and lifeless at the same exact time, essentially history's most expensive puppet show and with all the lack of emotional resonance that implies. | Read entire entry

And now, Ben Tanzer being interviewed by an eight-year-old | September 10, 2010
And now for your Friday afternoon pleasure: Chicago author Ben Tanzer being interviewed by his eight-year-old son regarding his latest original book for CCLaP, the running/writing essay collection "99 Problems." YOU'RE WELCOME. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Hanging out," by Michael Dalby | September 10, 2010
Today's photo: "Hanging out," by Cleveland librarian and musician Michael Dalby. | Read entire entry

Book review: "36 Arguments for the Existence of God," by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein | September 8, 2010
Today's book: The lively relationship novel about academic intellectuals, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein's surprise bestseller "36 Arguments for the Existence of God," much closer to Michael Chabon in tone than the usual ivory-tower dreck. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Turner Brown | September 8, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chicagoland photographer Turner Brown. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: North By Northwest | September 7, 2010
Today's movie: The 1959 Alfred Hitchcock classic and surprisingly funny Cold War satire "North By Northwest," in which charming ad man Cary Grant is mistaken for a secret agent and chased all the way across the country by both foreign agents and the CIA. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Corridor 6.," by Simon Hadleigh-Sparks | September 7, 2010
Today's photo: "Corridor 6.," by British horticulturist Simon Hadleigh-Sparks. | Read entire entry

Zavisa Bjelogrlic has a new photography website | September 7, 2010
I received some news this week regarding European photographer Zavisa Bjelogrlic, who I featured at the CCLaP website last year, and his new minimalist photo site at Binzac.com. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 60: July Music Special | September 6, 2010
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's time for the center's July music special (a little late this time because of a broken computer this summer), in which I present the best of all the music I've been downloading free legally online in the last thirty days. Today's special features 16 bands and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Rock Copeland | September 6, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chicago photographer Rock Copeland. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 3 September 2010 | September 3, 2010
Today, short reviews of three recently read books: The lovely little novella "Walks With Men" by Ann Beattie, the silly but fun caper tale "Mesopotamia" by Arthur Nersesian, and the highly entertaining "NPR-worthy" look at the history of standard English, "Righting the Mother Tongue" by David Wolman. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "You don't want to throw it all away," by Jules Andre Brown | September 3, 2010
Today's photo: "You don't want to throw it all away," by Canadian photographer Jules Andre Brown. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: A Prophet | September 2, 2010
Today's movie: 2009's phenomenal French film "A Prophet," not just a prison drama but a caper film and a deep character study, which either won or got nominated for an Oscar, BAFTA, Cesar, and the Grand Prix of last year's Cannes Film Festival. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Sky," by Fredrik Vee | September 2, 2010
Today's photo: "Sky," by Norwegian Flickr member Fredrik Vee. | Read entire entry