Archives: March 2011

This is the archive page for [March 2011]; 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.

Metapost: Now post Facebook comments directly at the CCLaP website! | March 31, 2011
Yippee! Facebook recently made it a lot easier to do so, so this week I put the steps into place so that you can now post comments about CCLaP reviews directly at the website, with both your thoughts and other's replies appearing simultaneously at the blog and in your Wall feed. Click through for more! | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 31 March 2011 | March 31, 2011
Today, short reviews of three recently read books: the so-so Irish schooling tale "The Brothers' Lot" by Kevin Holohan; the pretty silly bizarro novella "Felix and the Sacred Thor" by James Steele; and the creepy and great "The Incident Report" by Martha Baillie, the latest from our friends at Pedlar Press. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: Corner Building," by duncluk | March 31, 2011
Today's photo: Corner Building," by Hong Kong Flickr member duncluk. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Lorena Travassos | March 30, 2011
Today, a special photography mini-feature, showing off the work of Brazilian artist Lorena Travassos. | Read entire entry

Jugs & Capes: "Preacher," volumes 1 and 2, by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon | March 30, 2011
Today's title in Oriana Leckert's CCLaP essay series "Jugs & Capes," her look at classic comics from a woman's perspective: Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's violent, racist "Preacher," which she did not find very good at all. Click through for a lot more. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Warriors | March 29, 2011
Today's movie: Walter Hill's 1979 "The Warriors," a comic-book-style adaptation of an ancient Greek myth told through cartoonish street gangs amid crumbling '70s New York, a premise that sounds ridiculous but that still holds up surprisingly well as a mature, smart film even thirty years later. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Run," by Miquel | March 29, 2011
Today's photo: "Run," by Spanish Flickr member Miquel. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer," by Wesley Stace | March 28, 2011
Today's book: The inventive and entertaining "Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer," simultaneously a genre thriller, meditation on truth and identity, and history of 20th-century British chamber music, the latest dense charmer from Wesley Stace, known in his day job as indie-rocker John Wesley Harding. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Hold Your Breath 13/30," by Meechieze | March 28, 2011
Today's photo: "Hold Your Breath 13/30," by Flickr member Meechieze. | Read entire entry

New to the Reading List: 25 March 2011 | March 25, 2011
Today, a look at the latest four books to be added to CCLaP's never-ending to-read list, including a collection of images from Victorian illustrator John Everett Millais, a history of the modern museum concept, a comedic thriller about death-obsessed teens from MTV Books, and the latest steampunk actioner from our friends at Pyr. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "PRINT van dyke 003," by Charles Guerin | March 25, 2011
Today's photo: "PRINT van dyke 003," by Flickr member Charles Guerin. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Social Network | March 24, 2011
Today's movie: 2010's Facebook biopic and Oscar darling "The Social Network" by the usually excellent David Fincher, but this time with a script by the ever-more-tiresome Aaron Sorkin so laughably bad, I ended up turning off the DVD after just twenty minutes. Ugh! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Phillip Cope | March 24, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by New York photographer Phillip Cope. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Wire, Season 1 | March 23, 2011
Today's DVD: Season 1 of HBO's gritty 2000s crime drama "The Wire," a 'novel for television' as grand, sweeping and complicated as anything Tolstoy ever wrote, and that many have proclaimed as literally the greatest TV show in the medium's history. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Twilight Vertigo," by Gerald Figal | March 23, 2011
Today's photo: "Twilight Vertigo," by Nashville photographer Gerald Figal. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Freedom," by Jonathan Franzen | March 22, 2011
Today's book: Jonathan Franzen's phenomenal dysfunctional-liberal saga "Freedom," the most hotly anticipated novel of the last year, and which today becomes the second book in just two weeks to receive a perfect score of 10. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "starBasilicaDome," by David Clifford | March 22, 2011
Today's photo: "starBasilicaDome," by Canadian in Portugal David Clifford. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Spaced | March 21, 2011
Today's DVD: The long-awaited American release of the classic '90s British television series and slacker comedy "Spaced," whose creative team (including Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright) would go on to helm such film hits as "Shaun of the Dead" and "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Comme une éclaircie," by Jean-François Cossette | March 21, 2011
Today's photo: "Comme une éclaircie," by Flickr member Jean-François Cossette. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 17 March 2011 | March 17, 2011
Today, short reviews of three recently read books: The nicely maturing but still filthy "Drinking at the Movies," based on Julia Wertz's web comic "Fart Party;" the well-done but entirely trope-defined noir tale "Beautiful Piece" by Joseph G. Peterson; and the promising but also trope-filled New Weird bizarro crime tale "Bucket of Face," by Eric Hendrixson. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "+," by Sabina | March 17, 2011
Today's photo: "+," by mysterious Flickr member Sabina. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "The long path," by Alex | March 16, 2011
Today's photo: "The long path," by Scottish Flickr member Alex. | Read entire entry

Book review: "And the Heart Says Whatever" by Emily Gould | March 16, 2011
Today's book: The essay collection "And the Heart Says Whatever" by infamous Gawker writer Emily Gould; reviewer Oriana Leckert finds her to have 'a terrific voice,' and although 'arch and slightly cruel at times, but she is just as often honest and impressively raw.' | Read entire entry

Naughty Netflix: The Wayward Cloud | March 15, 2011
Today in CCLaP's "Naughty Netflix" essay series on sexually explicit mainstream movies: It's 2005's dirty and surrealistic "The Wayward Cloud," one of the biggest hits in the history of the Taiwan film industry and that country's entry that year into the international Oscars. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Städte für das Leben," by Matt Keyworth | March 15, 2011
Today's photo: "Städte für das Leben," by Englishman in Germany Matt Keyworth. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Belle de Jour | March 14, 2011
Today's movie: The 1967 French New Wave classic "Belle de Jour," the film that first established Catherine Deneuve's longstanding reputation as a sexy European ingenue, all the more interesting when you realize it comes from '20s Spanish Surrealism master Luis Brunel. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "NYC Subway," by Marcel Haas | March 14, 2011
Today's photo: "NYC Subway," by Dutch photographer in America Marcel Haas. | Read entire entry

Book review: "West of Here," by Jonathan Evison | March 11, 2011
Today's book: Jonathan Evison's epic new TC-Boylean saga about a century of sad, funny history among the slightly pathetic residents of a small Pacific Northwest community, which today becomes the first book so far of 2011 to receive a perfect score of ten. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Guild | March 10, 2011
Today's DVD: "The Guild," nerd queen Felicia Day's hilariously exact web series about the kinds of lovable losers who haunt the edges of massive online games like "World of Warcraft," running for four years now and seen by over 45 million people, and which was the inspiration for Joss Whedon's "Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog." | Read entire entry

It's Mark Brand Day at CCLaP! | March 7, 2011
It's Mark Brand Day at CCLaP! We're celebrating the release of his newest book for the center, the day-after-tomorrow tale "Life After Sleep," with a whole plethora of supplemental material like interviews and essays; click here for a round-up of links to everything now available. The book is free, so I hope you'll have a chance to check it out! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 68: Author Mark R. Brand | March 7, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's my talk with Chicago sci-fi veteran Mark R. Brand, detailing everything you ever wanted to know about his new book with the center, the day-after-tomorrow tale "Life After Sleep" which not coincidentally is also being released today. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: "Why I Signed 'Life After Sleep:' An Apologia." | March 7, 2011
It's Mark Brand Day at CCLaP! And as part of the celebrations over Mark's new book with the center, the day-after-tomorrow tale "Life After Sleep," here is a biased, deliberately all-positive analytical essay I wrote about the book, known in literary circles as an "Apologia." | Read entire entry

Passing the Torch: Ben Tanzer on Mark Brand | March 7, 2011
It's Mark Brand Day at CCLaP! And as part of the celebrations over the release of his new book with the center, the day-after-tomorrow tale "Life After Sleep," here is his fellow author (and previous CCLaP writer) Ben Tanzer, on the things he himself likes about this new novella. | Read entire entry

Curbside Splendor will be at the Logan Square Farmers Market this weekend | March 4, 2011
I heard from Victor David Giron of small press Curbside Splendor recently, with some interesting news; they're setting up a booth this weekend at Chicago's Logan Square Farmers Market, and will be hawking their wares to the organic-food crowd. Smart! Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

New to the Reading List: 4 March 2011 | March 4, 2011
Today, the latest five books to be added to CCLaP's never-ending "to read" list, including a new glossy coffeetable book on the history of world's fairs, a new biography of GK Chesterton, and yes! Finally! Franzen! Here! Finally! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Ivan Todorovski | March 4, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member Ivan Todorovski. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 3 March 2011 | March 3, 2011
Today, short reviews of three recently read books: The immensely entertaining 'ultimate conspiracy' comedy known as China Mieville's "Kraken;" Paul McAuley's decent but slightly disappointing alternative-Earths thriller "Cowboy Angels;" and the sneakily brilliant latest by the Pulitzer-winning Michael Cunningham, the gay Freudian psychodrama "By Nightfall." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Circles," by Eli of Wiretap Studios | March 3, 2011
Today's photo: "Circles," by Virginian Flickr member Eli (owner of Wiretap Studios). | Read entire entry

Jugs & Capes: "A Contract with God," by Will Eisner | March 2, 2011
Today in "Jugs & Capes," Oriana's year-long look at classic graphic novels from a female perspective: It's Will Eisner's 1978 memoir of his Jewish Bronx upbringing, "A Contract with God," which Oriana calls upsetting yet riveting, and not even the least bit dated. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "speicherstadt," by Bernhard S. | March 2, 2011
Today's photo: "speicherstadt," by German Flickr member Bernhard S. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Floating Staircase," by Ronald Malfi | March 1, 2011
Today's book: The new genre novel "Floating Staircase" by alt-horror veteran Ronald Malfi, which this time skips the "alt" part to instead deliver a solid and atmospheric tale almost Victorian in its rural-New-England, creepy-house nature. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Massey Hall," by Mandeep Flora | March 1, 2011
Today's photo: "Massey Hall," by Canadian photographer Mandeep Flora. | Read entire entry