Archives: July 2011

This is the archive page for [July 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.

Justify My Netflix: The Adjustment Bureau | July 29, 2011
Today's movie: The sorta silly Matt Damon sci-fi thriller "The Adjustment Bureau," about the most pure example you can get of a classic problem-filled but fanboy-loved quickie genre B-flick, and all the good and bad things that implies. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Once Upon a River," by Bonnie Jo Campbell | July 28, 2011
Today's book: Bonnie Jo Campbell's Pulitzer frontrunner and haunting look at the complexities of Medieval societies by way of 1970s hillbilly-trash Michigan, "Once Upon a River," the first book this year at the center to receive a perfect 10. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Barney's Version | July 26, 2011
Today's movie: The surprisingly dark "Barney's Version," a sleeper favorite in last year's awards season based on the well-loved 1997 novel by Mordecai Richler, which can essentially be described as "Forrest Gump" but with a slovenly Canadian Jewish unprincipled television producer in the lead. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 75: June/July Music Special | July 25, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the June/July edition of the center's monthly music special, in which I look back at all the music I myself have been finding free legally online in the last month, and present the best back to you college-radio style. Today's special features twelve songs and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 22 July 2011 | July 22, 2011
Today, a special quick micro-review roundup, looking at two books I recently had a chance to read: Patrick Wensink's masterfully funny 'Raising Arizona Meets Quantum Physics' bizarro novel "Black Hole Blues;" and John H. Sibley's truly fascinating sci-fi-meets-blaxploitation urban thriller "Bodyslick," which I believe will be winning a coveted CCLaP Guilty Pleasure Award at the end of the year. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Somewhere | July 21, 2011
Today's movie: Sofia Coppola's quietly brilliant and emotionally moving latest, "Somewhere," which is really about middle-aged divorced dads and what it means to have preteen children in their lives, even though this one in particular is a famous but aimless Hollywood star living at the Chateau Marmont while between homes. Highly recommended! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Brandon Tietz | July 21, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Kansas City author Brandon Tietz. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 20 July 2011 | July 20, 2011
Today, short reviews of three recently read books: William Trent Pancoast's fictionalized account of the troubled auto industry of the 1970s, "Wildcat;" the experimental prose/poetry project "Wore Down Trust" by Michael Blouin; and Kim Wright's utterly delightful "Love in Mid Air," a chick-lit novel which turned out to be one of my favorite reads of the year. No, seriously! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Spidermen," by Dave Weekes | July 20, 2011
Today's photo: "Spidermen," by the Japan-residing Dave Weekes. | Read entire entry

The paper version of "Too Young to Fall Asleep" is here! | July 18, 2011
Happy day! The latest of CCLaP's special new "Hypermoden Editions," a series of high-quality, paper editions of all our electronic books, is now available; in this case it's Sally Weigel's youth/war novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep," originally published electronically in 2009. Click through for lots of photos and to order a copy right this moment! | Read entire entry

A chat with Sally Weigel | July 18, 2011
It's release day for CCLaP's latest "Hypermodern" paper book, in this case Sally Weigel's youth/war novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep," originally published electronically in 2009. Here I sit and talk with Sally via text chat about all the things that have been going on with her in the two years since the book first came out. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Niccolò Barone | July 18, 2011
Today, a special extended mini-feature of Italian photographer Niccolò Barone. | Read entire entry

Tales from the Completist: "A Game of Thrones," by George R.R. Martin | July 15, 2011
Today at CCLaP, it's my long-awaited look at George R.R. Martin's "A Game of Thrones," volume one of a massive and especially gritty Medieval saga called "A Song of Ice and Fire" that is rapidly becoming known as the most important fantasy epic since "Lord of the Rings." Click through now for my extra-long write-up, because winter is soon coming! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Jo | July 15, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Alabama photographer Jo. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: 13 Assassins | July 13, 2011
Today's movie: "13 Assassins," the visually interesting but intellectually empty latest by gonzo horror pioneer Takashi Miike, which takes the usual tropes of torture porn and wraps them in the expensive respectability of Oscar-friendly historical costume drama. WHAT HATH QUENTIN TARANTINO WROUGHT ON OUR WORLD?! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Marie Noelle Taine | July 13, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by French photographer Marie Noelle Taine. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Embassytown," by China Mieville | July 12, 2011
Today's book: It's the latest by China Mieville, the deeply strange science-fiction tale and meditation on language "Embassytown," which sees the New Weird veteran and recent mainstream success returning to the "seriously, what the hell are you talking about" roots of his early career. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Patrick Joust | July 12, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Baltimore photographer Patrick Joust. | Read entire entry

Announcing the CCLaP Quadruple Book Release Party! | July 11, 2011
It's official -- CCLaP is throwing its next big live event on Wednesday, August 10th, a special group party celebrating all four paper books the center will have out by then, from local authors Ben Tanzer, Sally Weigel, Mark R. Brand and Jason Fisk. It's at Beauty Bar in the Noble Square neighborhood and will feature free food and performances; click through for all the details, including links to its Facebook page and iCal file. | Read entire entry

Today's photo: "Into the darkness.," by Roy | July 11, 2011
Today's photo: "Into the darkness.," by Polish Flickr member Roy. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: True Grit (2010) | July 8, 2011
Today's movie: The award-winning 2010 adaptation of "True Grit" by the Coen Brothers, which sees these longstanding indie veterans ("Raising Arizona," "Barton Fink," "The Big Lewbowski") absolutely on top of their mainstream form, delivering the smart, violent but crowd-pleasing masterpiece that has rightly become the highest grossing film of their career. | Read entire entry

Jugs & Capes: "Collected Essex County" by Jeff Lemire | July 6, 2011
Today in CCLaP's "Jugs & Capes," Oriana Leckert's monthly series about classic comics from a female perspective: It's the collected "Essex County" stories of Jeff Lemire, hugely popular in Canada and that Oriana found well-written, but way, WAY too bleak for her particular tastes. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 74: Author Jason Fisk | July 5, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's my half-hour talk with Chicago author Jason Fisk, telling us everything we ever wanted to know about his new book with the center, the "micro-story" collection "Salt Creek Anthology" which came out right before the July 4th weekend. Click through to download or stream in real time. | Read entire entry