Archives: January 2012

This is the archive page for [January 2012]; 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.

It's Sally Weigel Day at CCLaP! | January 31, 2012
Yippie! It's release day for CCLaP's newest original book! In this case it's the story collection "Get Up Tim" by local author Sally Weigel, her second book for the center after 2009's youth/war/Radiohead novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep," available as always for free download if you want or as a special handmade paper edition. Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 82: Author Sally Weigel | January 31, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's my half-hour talk with Chicago author Sally Weigel, on the occasion of the release of her newest book with the center, the story collection "Get Up Tim." Also featuring the music of Coco Bryce and Earlimart. | Read entire entry

Passing the Torch: Katherine Scott Nelson on Sally Weigel | January 31, 2012
It's Sally Weigel Day at CCLaP! And in celebration of her new story collection, "Get Up Tim," I asked the author of the center's previous book, Katherine Scott Nelson of "Have You Seen Me," if ze might share some of hir own thoughts about the new book as well. Here's what ze had to say. | Read entire entry

Check out a comics version of Ben Tanzer's "The Gift!" | January 27, 2012
Just wanted to give CCLaP's readers a heads-up about this new comics adaptation of Ben Tanzer's "The Gift," which can be found in the center's 2008 story collection "Repetition Patterns." Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: 25th Hour | January 27, 2012
Today's movie: Spike Lee's supposed post-9/11 comeback movie which turned out to be a flop, 2002's philosophical drama masquerading as a crime tale "25th Hour," starring such stalwarts as Edward Norton and Philip Seymour Hoffman in a script that is unfortunately schizophrenic in its pacing and effects. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "sitting nicely for the camera!," by Haley Redshaw | January 27, 2012
Today's photo: "sitting nicely for the camera!," by Flickr member Haley Redshaw. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Whitechapel, Season 1 | January 25, 2012
Today's DVD: Season 1 of the quickie British crime drama "Whitechapel," which in this season uses a modern Jack The Ripper copycat killer to examine through extensive location shooting this once notorious Victorian slum area of London, now the city's latest trendy creative-class neighborhood. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by James Scott | January 25, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Londoner-in-Buenos-Aires James Scott. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 24 January 2012 | January 24, 2012
Today, short reviews of three recently read books: The filthy and funny Postmodernist classic "Portnoy's Complaint" by Philip Roth; the "Portlandia" style memoir about an indie rocker stuck in the eco-liberal world of north Seattle, Claire Dederer's "Poser: My Life in 23 Yoga Poses;" and Paul West's sweeping Terence-Malick-style sci-fi epic "First Cause," not very good but with a score boost for sheer earnestness. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Jon Hudak | January 24, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member Jon Hudak. | Read entire entry

Calling the CCLaP Army! Your proofreading help is once again needed! | January 23, 2012
It's time soon for another CCLaP original book -- in this case, the story collection "Get Up Tim" by local author Sally Weigel -- and you know what that means; that's right, I'm looking for blog readers who would be interested in doing some volunteer proofreading of the manuscript before it gets officially released next week, in that unlike a mainstream press, I can't afford to hire such people. Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Warrior (2011) | January 23, 2012
Today's movie: The Oscar-bait "ultimate fighting" family drama "Warrior," almost identical in tone and style to the Oscar winners "The Fighter" and "The Wrestler," but that unfortunately shows its emotional manipulation MUCH more plainly. Plus featuring the most shameless two-hour ad for a corporate sponsor since Fred Savage's "The Wizard!" | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Sarah Benkiran | January 23, 2012
Today's photography mini-profile: Italian Sarah Benkiran. | Read entire entry

For your consideration: "Life After Sleep" for the 2012 Hugo | January 18, 2012
It's a long shot, but I wanted to remind everyone that the 2011 CCLaP science-fiction novel "Life After Sleep" by Mark R. Brand is eligible for this year's Hugo Award, the biggest award in the entire industry. They're being given out this year in Chicago, and CCLaP will be attending, so this would be a great feather in our cap if you can help out! | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 18 January 2012 | January 18, 2012
Today, short reviews of three recently read books: Trippy sci-fi author Charles Stross's US literary debut, 2003's "Singularity Sky;" the hip, Graham-Greene-like day-after-tomorrow central-Asia fantastical tale "The Restoration Game" by Ken MacLeod; and the moving new literary anthology "Solace in So Many Words," edited by Ellen Wade Beals. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Tiphaine Vasse | January 18, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by French photographer Tiphaine Vasse. | Read entire entry

SHOP Podcast 04: All The Writers I Know | January 17, 2012
Today on the SHOP Podcast, produced by the Southside Hub of Production and with files hosted here at CCLaP: It's the December edition of queer lit showcase "All The Writers I Know," hosted by Patrick Gill. Recorded in the library of the historic Walter William Fenn House in Chicago's Hyde Park. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Tessa Beligue | January 17, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by New York photographer Tessa Beligue. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: Here's what no one seems to get about 'Fringe.' | January 13, 2012
Over the last four months, I have quickly gone through the entire first four seasons of the post-'Lost' genre show 'Fringe' on DVD, where I've discovered that despite its horrible first year, it has quickly expanded to become one of the most fascinating and satisfying sci-fi projects in TV history. Today, an extra-long essay on why this is, in expectation of new episodes starting tonight. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Amanda Jasnowski | January 13, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Ohio photographer Amanda Jasnowski. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Fright Night (2011) | January 12, 2012
Today's movie: The 2011 remake of the '80s horror comedy "Fright Night," which under the direction of indie darling Craig Gillespie ("Lars and the Real Girl") becomes not just another quickie Hollywood remake but an inventive, smartly done unique project on its own, featuring such inspired casting as Colin Farrell, David Tennant and Toni Collette. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Minimalism," by Alonso Reyes | January 12, 2012
Today's photo: "Minimalism," by Mexican photographer Alonso Reyes. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Alice Through the Lookingglass," by Lewis Carroll | January 11, 2012
Today in the "CCLaP 100" essay series on literary classics: It's Lewis Carroll's 1871 "Alice Through the Lookingglass," a sequel to his "Alice in Wonderland" filled with the same kinds of nonsensical adventures. Classic or not? Click through for my opinion! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Satu," by Yashar Mansoori | January 11, 2012
Today's photo: "Satu," by Swede-in-Finland Yashar Mansoori. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Bellflower | January 10, 2012
Today's movie: The unforgettable "mumblecore meets Mad Max" 2011 indie "Bellflower," a much more complex and moving film than any simple recap of its plot can convey. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Serengueti," by Hugo Bonnet | January 10, 2012
Today's photo: "Serengueti," by Flickr member Hugo Bonnet. | Read entire entry

Hey, Chicagoans! CCLaP's first major fundraiser is here! | January 9, 2012
Happy day! CCLaP is finally set to hold its first-ever major fundraiser on February 4th, in honor of the recent "New York Stories" deluxe illustrated book by Ben Tanzer with Laura Szumowski. $100 per couple gets you a copy of the book, free food and liquor, and a multimedia performance, all within the confines of a historic Victorian mansion in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. Click through for all the details, and to purchase tickets right this second! | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 9 January 2012 | January 9, 2012
Today, short reviews of three recently read books: The Dickensian post-apocalyptic thriller-comedy "Under the Harrow" by Mark Dunn; Josef Eisinger's interesting but dry "Einstein on the Road," based on the famed physicist's travel diaries; and Marion Stein's "Loisaida," a competent but cliched look at lower Manhattan in the "Rent" late-1980s. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Sean Crawford | January 9, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Englishman-in-Scotland Sean Crawford. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2011: The CCLaP Guilty Pleasure Awards | January 6, 2012
Today at CCLaP, part 5 of our week-long look at our favorite reads of 2011. Today, the annual Guilty Pleasure Awards, for the genre books I loved much more than I probably should have. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Pushing Up Daisies," by Gerald Figal | January 6, 2012
Today's photo: "Pushing Up Daisies," by Nashville photographer Gerald Figal. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2011: Best Experimental and Cutting-Edge | January 5, 2012
Today at CCLaP, it's part 4 of our week-long look at our favorite reads of 2011; today's list looks at my ten favorite experimental and cutting-edge titles from the last year. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Haystacks 2," by Joanna Epstein | January 5, 2012
Today's photo: "Haystacks 2," by Flickr member Joanna Epstein. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2011: Oriana Leckert's Favorites | January 4, 2012
Today at CCLaP, it's part 3 of our week-long look at our favorite reads of 2011. Today's list is by staff writer and New York publishing professional Oriana Leckert, and is a general look at just her ten favorite reads of the year overall, regardless of whether she specifically wrote a review of it for the blog. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2011: Also Worth a Second Look | January 4, 2012
Today at CCLaP, it's part 2 of our week-long look at our favorite reads of 2011. Today's list features ten titles that ranked near the top of the scores but didn't quite get there, although nonetheless are absolutely worth a second look. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "72 hours of solid rain," by Ellis Nadler | January 4, 2012
Today's photo: "72 hours of solid rain," by Londoner-in-Scotland Ellis Nadler. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2011: Best Of The Best | January 2, 2012
Today at CCLaP, part one of our annual best-of lists here at the end of every year; today's list covers the ten highest-scoring books at our blog in 2011. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2011 | January 2, 2012
It's finally here! CCLaP's look back at its favorite 40 reads in 2011, of the 120 books we ended up reviewing, starts today and lasts throughout the week, along with a special top-ten list from staff writer Oriana Leckert. Check this specific page throughout the week for all the latest! | Read entire entry

SHOP Podcast 03: Jumeck Raféal | January 2, 2012
Today on the SHOP Podcast, produced by the Southside Hub of Production but with files hosted here at CCLaP: It's a half-hour reading by local author Jumeck Rafeal from his novel "Calling Queens," in which a modern African-American high-school teacher is transported to the Middle Ages, and inhabits the bodies of the various wives of Henry VIII. Held at the historic William Wallace Fenn House in Chicago's Hyde Park. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "EDM #301 - Draw something cute.," by Marisol Covelo | January 2, 2012
Today's photo: "EDM #301 - Draw something cute.," by Spanish photographer Marisol Covelo. | Read entire entry