Archives: October 2011

This is the archive page for [October 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.

Personal essay: Is Hipstamatic changing the very way we think about the arts? | October 31, 2011
Today, a personal essay which posits an intriguing question: Is the one-dollar retro-camera iPhone app "Hipstamatic" the most significant thing to happen to society's relationship to the arts since literally the Industrial Revolution of the early 1800s? Click through for a compelling argument on why this may indeed be so. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Shower," by Jonny Sage | October 31, 2011
Today's photo: "Shower," by Londoner in Germany Jonny Sage. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Red State | October 28, 2011
Today's movie: Kevin Smith's latest, the conservative-church-meets-horror flick "Red State." What, a Kevin Smith film that's commendable and often fascinating, but ultimately is frustratingly talky and disappointing? THAT CAN'T BE! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Digital Liege," by Fred Gilderic | October 28, 2011
Today's photo: "Digital Liege," by Belgian photographer Fred Gilderic. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "A Journal of the Plague Year," by Daniel Defoe | October 27, 2011
Today in the "CCLaP 100" essay series on literary classics: It's Daniel Defoe's "A Journal of the Plague Year," written in 1722 but set in 1665, considered by many to be the very first "historical novel" in human history. Classic or not? Click through for my opinion! | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Jennifer Tomaloff | October 27, 2011
Today's photography mini-feature: Wisconsin artist Jennifer Tomaloff. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Night Ridin," by Drew Baker | October 25, 2011
Today's photo: "Night Ridin," by Chicago photographer Drew Baker. | Read entire entry

Jason Jordan has a new book coming out! Go order a copy, won't you? | October 25, 2011
CCLaP friend and Ohio bizarro author Jason Jordan, editor of the great lit mag "decomP," has a new novella coming out with Main Street Rag! It's a bizarro black comedy about the apocalypse! HOW CAN YOU RESIST!? Click through for more details and to pre-order a copy right now! | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Submarine | October 24, 2011
Today's movie: The disappointingly by-the-numbers "Submarine," from the usually brilliantly surreal Richard Ayoade ("The IT Crowd"). To paraphrase The Simpsons: "Who knew that an indie British coming-of-age comedy would be so treacly quirky?" | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Pilsen," by matthilvers | October 24, 2011
Today's photo: "Pilsen," by Chicago Flickr member 'matthilvers.' | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 20 October 2011 | October 20, 2011
Today, short reviews of three recently read books: The unfortunately almost unreadable political thriller "Discontents" by James Wallace Birch; the "Art Deco Steampunk" sequel "Ghosts of War" by George Mann; and "Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid" by Lawrence Fisher, the true story of one of those kidnapped girls locked up for years in a suburban dungeon, written by her former attorney. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Monochrome Cloud Study, Cumulus Congestus," by Ame Inu | October 20, 2011
Today's photo: "Monochrome Cloud Study, Cumulus Congestus," by Virginia photographer Ame Inu. | Read entire entry

Stickers! Get yer sexy new hipster CCLaP stickers! | October 19, 2011
Stickers! Get yer sexy new hipster CCLaP stickers! Designed by Laura Szumowski! Available for just two bucks! Click through to order one right now! | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Passion Play | October 19, 2011
Today's movie: "Passion Play," the twenty-year pet project of producer Mitch Glazer ("Lost in Translation") that unfortunately plays like the worst undergraduate film-school thesis ever committed to celluloid, thus ironically making it one of the most delightful charming/awful midnight cult films I've seen in years. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Epic Win for Anonymous" by Cole Stryker | October 19, 2011
Stryker is an unabashed fan of 4chan, of /b/, of Anonymous, and of our crazy internet world, and it shows. He loves his subject in all its weird, frightening, and unexplainable glory. He wants to show us how amazing and filled with potential this all is. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "New York By pinhole," by Neill Cockwill | October 19, 2011
Today's photo: "New York By pinhole," by British photographer Neill Cockwill. | Read entire entry

Why I Signed 'Have You Seen Me' - An Apologia. | October 18, 2011
It's Katherine Scott Nelson Day at CCLaP! And in celebration of her new book with the center, the runaway coming-of-age novella "Have You Seen Me," here is an 'apologia' from me (or that is, a deliberately all-positive critical essay), on why I liked this manuscript enough to sign it in the first place. | Read entire entry

It's Katherine Scott Nelson Day at CCLaP! | October 18, 2011
It's Katherine Scott Nelson Day at CCLaP! And that's in honor of her new book with the center coming out today, the runaway coming-of-age tale "Have You Seen Me." Click through for a wealth of links, including to the book itself, a recent interview, its Goodreads listing, critical essays, a spoken-word MP3, info about the release party, and more! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 79: Author Katherine Scott Nelson | October 18, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's my twenty-minute talk with local author Katherine Scott Nelson, in celebration of her new book with the center, the runaway coming-of-age tale "Have You Seen Me." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast Extra: Audio excerpt from 'Have You Seen Me' | October 18, 2011
Today, a special CCLaP Podcast extra: A twelve-minute spoken-word excerpt from the center's new book, Katherine Scott Nelson's runaway coming-of-age novella "Have You Seen Me," performed by professional voice artist Christopher Sullivan. | Read entire entry

Passing the Torch: Jason Fisk on Katherine Scott Nelson | October 18, 2011
It's Katherine Scott Nelson Day at CCLaP! And in celebration of her new book with the center, the runaway coming-of-age novella "Have You Seen Me," here's a "passing the torch" style essay from CCLaP's last published author, Jason Fisk of "Salt Creek Anthology," on what he likes about this newest book. | Read entire entry

We're having a party for "Have You Seen Me!" | October 18, 2011
It's Katherine Scott Nelson Day at CCLaP! And in celebration of her new novella with the center, the runaway coming-of-age tale "Have You Seen Me," we'll be throwing a release party on November 10th at Women & Children First Bookstore in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Thor | October 12, 2011
Today's movie: Kenneth Branagh's superhero actioner "Thor," not merely awful but literally a hope-raping manifestation of America's entire downfall in the 21st century. OCCUPY HOLLYWOOD! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "On the internet, aiming at nothing," by Jacob Martin | October 12, 2011
Today's photo: "On the internet, aiming at nothing," by Australian photographer Jacob Martin. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 7 October 2011 | October 7, 2011
Today, short reviews of three recently read books: Scott McCloud's so-so '80s comic run "Zot! The Complete Black and White Collection;" the surprisingly great crime thriller set within a post-apocalyptic America "Ashes of the Earth" by Eliot Pattison; and Collin Kelley's "Remain in Light," the second volume in his Paris expat trilogy and the rare sequel that's much better than the original. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Sasha Kargaltsev | October 7, 2011
Today's photography mini-feature: Moscovian in New York Sasha Kargaltsev. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Kaboom | October 5, 2011
Today's movie: Gregg Araki's utterly mesmerizing, utterly unclassifiable latest, "Kaboom," a fascinating cross-genre experiment -- part '80s teen comedy, part "Shortbus" ode to pansexuality, part Bret Easton Ellis tale about jaded undergraduates, part "Donnie Darko" genre flick about the end of the world. One of my favorite movies of the year! | Read entire entry

Jugs & Capes: "A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge," by Josh Neufeld | October 3, 2011
It feels wrong to criticize such a worthwhile project, and I'm sorry. But while it was a great attempt, and must have taken an insane amount of work to do, it fell far short of its potential. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: John Kilar | October 3, 2011
Today's photography mini-feature: Venice, California photographer John Kilar. | Read entire entry