Archives: October 2010

This is the archive page for [October 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: 29 October 2010 | October 29, 2010
Today at CCLaP, short reviews of three recently read books: The surprisingly good Irish character dramedy "Ghosts & Lightning" by Trevor Byrne; the disappointing New-Age-friendly parable "Hector and the Search for Happiness" by Francois Lelord; and the decent but dated 1996 novel "Neverwhere" by Neil Gaiman. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Neurastenia at night," by Stanislas Coppin | October 29, 2010
Today's photo: "Neurastenia at night," by Parisian student Stanislas Coppin. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Night Listener | October 28, 2010
Today's movie: The surprisingly great "The Night Listener," which when I caught on television didn't realize was an adaptation of a brilliantly creepy novel by the revered Amistead Maupin, about a "JT LeRoy"-style literary hoax that he fell for in real life in the early 1990s. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "nighttime playground," by oceandesetoiles | October 28, 2010
Today's photo: "nighttime playground," by Evanston Flickr member "oceandesetoiles." | Read entire entry

Book reviews: "The Stories of John Cheever" and "Cheever: A Life," by Blake Bailey | October 27, 2010
Today, a special double book review: "The Stories of John Cheever," the famed '70s collection of this Postmodernist pioneer's brilliant tales of '50s suburban ennui; and the brand-new biography "Cheever: A Life" by Blake Bailey, which reveals what a miserable life the closeted, alcoholic Cheever was living while writing these stories. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Radisson," by Yanick Sasseville | October 27, 2010
Today's photo: "Radisson," by Montreal fine-artist Yanick Sasseville. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Dog Eat Dog (2008) | October 26, 2010
Today's movie: The fairly simplistic but stylistically shot Latino noir "Dog Eat Dog," one of the biggest successes in the history of the Colombia film industry despite it being not much more than a typical Hollywood B-flick. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Blue Line," by Randy P | October 26, 2010
Today's photo: "Blue Line," by New-Yorker-in-Chicago Randy P. | Read entire entry

Metapost: WHY HAVEN'T YOU JOINED CCLAP'S FACEBOOK GROUP YET? | October 25, 2010
Have you joined CCLaP's Facebook group yet? Why the frak not? After all, almost a dozen industry professionals and over 35 published authors are there, and it's a great place to directly communicate with them all. Click through for details and links! | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: A mid-project report | October 25, 2010
Today at CCLaP, a special extra-long essay, examining all the surprises and things I've learned so far after recently completing the first half of the center's "CCLaP 100" essay series on so-called literary classics. Plus best-of lists! Lots and lots of best-of lists! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Ramp to the Clouds," by Jill of Blue MoonBeam Studio | October 25, 2010
Today's photo: "Ramp to the Clouds," by Philadelphian-in-Puerto-Rico Jill of Blue MoonBeam Studio. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Knightriders | October 22, 2010
Today's movie: The surprisingly fantastic 1981 George Romero film "Knightriders," in which a bunch of good-ol'-boy Vietnam vets become motorcycle-riding "knights" in a touring Renaissance fair, adopting a conservative code of moral absolutes that foretells the Reagan years just around the corner. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "When It's Dark," by Cesar Gutierrez | October 22, 2010
Today's photo: "When It's Dark," by Venezuelan photographer Cesar Gutierrez. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Laura Findlay | October 21, 2010
Today, a special photography mini-feature, profiling the work of Canadian college student Laura Findlay. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Walden," by Henry David Thoreau | October 20, 2010
Today in the "CCLaP 100" series on literary classics: It's the 1854 Transcendentalism primer "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau, in which the environmentalism pioneer lives in the woods for two years and tells us what he found, embraced by some and ridiculed by others for well over a century now. Classic or not? Click through for my opinion! | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Killer Inside Me (2010) | October 19, 2010
Today's movie: Michael Winterbottom's brilliant latest, the remorselessly violent noir and Oscar-buzzy "The Killer Inside Me," based on the 1952 novel by Jim Thompson and featuring a career-defining performance from Casey Affleck. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "• • •," by awnoom | October 19, 2010
Today's photo: "• • •," by Thai Flickr member "awnoom." | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Leaves of Grass | October 18, 2010
Today's movie: The phenomenally good "Leaves of Grass," inventively being released this month simultaneously in theatres and on DVD, a comedy and deep character study in which Edward Norton plays prodigiously intelligent twin brothers from rural Oklahoma, one of whom becomes an Ivy League philosophy professor and the other a pot kingpin. One of my favorite films of the year! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Every Place is A House," by Andy Foster | October 18, 2010
Today's photo: "Every Place is A House," by Ohio college student and indie-rock drummer Andy Foster. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 15 October 2010 | October 15, 2010
Today, short reviews of three recently read books: The pretty okay rural noir "Empty Mile" by Matthew Stokoe; the so-so gonzo memoir "From Acid to the Body of Christ" by Adrian Dodson (writing under the pen-name "Daxx Danzig"); and the truly awful "Tell-All," the latest from Chuck Palahniuk. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Rasputin Goes To The Fair," by Bob Pagani | October 15, 2010
Today's photo: "Rasputin Goes To The Fair," by Oregonian photographer Bob Pagani. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done | October 14, 2010
Today's movie: The latest by German New Wave pioneer Werner Herzog, the deeply weird and dark "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done" (produced by the even weirder David Lynch), a look at the psychotic breakdown of a schizophrenic which completely makes up for last year's ridiculously silly "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans." | Read entire entry

Ben Tanzer's "The Gift" now available in Polish! | October 14, 2010
Attention, Polish readers -- the CCLaP story "The Gift" by Ben Tanzer is now available in your native language, thanks to European literary journal "minimalbooks." Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Pánico en el túnel," by Robert Martin | October 14, 2010
Today's photo: "Pánico en el túnel," by Spanish photographer Robert Martin. | Read entire entry

Book review: "A Visit from the Goon Squad," by Jennifer Egan | October 13, 2010
Today's book: The hotly anticipated "A Visit from the Goon Squad" by Jennifer Egan, aka "the female Jonathan Franzen," a decent-enough little charmer but a bad example of just how out of control the corporate-publisher hype machine has gotten here in the 2010s. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "On a warm night by the pier," by squirreldelaplaya | October 13, 2010
Today's photo: "On a warm night by the pier," by Chicago Flickr member "squirreldelaplaya." | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Women," by T.C. Boyle | October 12, 2010
Today's book: The 2009 seriocomic novel "The Women" by the always great T.C. Boyle, a semi-biographical look at the real life of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, as seen through the eyes of his four adult lovers, three of whom eventually became his wives. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "lost," by "freetrader57" | October 12, 2010
Today's photo: "lost," by Dutch Flickr member "freetrader57." | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Anna Karenina," by Leo Tolstoy | October 8, 2010
Today in the "CCLaP 100" essay series on literary classics: It's Leo Tolstoy's epic 1877 family drama "Anna Karenina," a sweeping look at upper-class intellectual liberals in 19th-century Russia and the sometimes smart, sometimes stupid life decisions they made. Classic or not? Click through for my opinion! | Read entire entry

Naughty Netflix: Quiet Days in Clichy | October 7, 2010
Today in CCLaP's "Naughty Netflix" essay series concerning sexually explicit mainstream movies: It's 1970's obscenity-law-challenging "Quiet Days in Clichy," less a faithful adaptation of the minor Henry Miller novel and more an excuse to film two hours of prancing naked French hippie girls. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Jerome Arfouche | October 7, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by French photographer Jerome Arfouche. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Greenberg | October 6, 2010
Today's movie: Noah Baumbach's latest uncomfortable dramedy about insufferable hipster Gen-X douchebags confronting their weaknesses, the Ben Stiller showcase "Greenberg," which I personally loved but others might hate for the exact same reasons. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Mazeophobia.," by Jaz March | October 6, 2010
Today's photo: "Mazeophobia.," by teen British photographer Jaz March. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Almaty-Transit," by Dana Mazur | October 5, 2010
Today's book: The astoundingly good self-published New Weird novel "Almaty-Transit," the genre-hopping literary debut of Khazkhstan theatre veteran and filmmaker Dana Mazur. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Dark Passage," by Edward Smith | October 5, 2010
Today's photo: "Dark Passage," by Seattle photographer Edward Smith. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Hulk (2003) | October 4, 2010
Today's movie: The justifiably hated Ang Lee 2003 indie-art-house adaptation of the comic-book character the Hulk, a laughably bad film that Marvel completely remade just five years later. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Jules Andre Brown | October 4, 2010
Today, a special mini-profile of Vancouver photographer Jules Andre Brown. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: A Boy and His Dog | October 1, 2010
Today's movie: The supposed lost 1974 countercultural sci-fi cult classic "A Boy and His Dog" (written by Harlan Ellison from his own story), which instead turns out to be so badly underground as to be virtually unwatchable. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "No Sign of Life," by Mark | October 1, 2010
Today's photo: "No Sign of Life," by North Carolina Flickr member Mark. | Read entire entry