Archives: February 2012

This is the archive page for [February 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 day eight of Jason Fisk's virtual author tour! | February 29, 2012
Greetings from day eight of the Jason Fisk virtual author tour, in support of his "hyperfiction" story collection from last summer, "Salt Creek Anthology!" Today Jason is hanging out with our old pal Claire Stokes, editor of the marketing-for-creatives blog "Clarity Solutions." Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Anonymous | February 29, 2012
Today's movie: The surprisingly great "Shakespeare was a fraud!" genre thriller "Anonymous," deliberately silly and over the top at every single moment it can get away with it, which bombed not because of its quality but because of an inept marketing campaign that tried to present the film and its conspiracy theories as serious. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Petrol Station TS two2," by Andrew Pielage | February 29, 2012
Today's photo: "Petrol Station TS two2," by Arizona photographer Andrew Pielage. | Read entire entry

It's day seven of Jason Fisk's virtual author tour! | February 28, 2012
Greetings from day seven of the Jason Fisk virtual author tour, in support of his "hyperfiction" story collection from last summer, "Salt Creek Anthology!" Today Jason is hanging out with CCLaP pal and fellow local author Pete Anderson, editor of the great PeteLit.com. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 28 February 2012 | February 28, 2012
Today, short reviews of four recently read books: The short absurdist comedies "Spurious" and "Dogma" by philosopher Lars Iyer, two-thirds of a coming trilogy that pays ode to Samuel Beckett; the extremely disappointing "Historian" meets "Da Vinci Code" set within the Weimar film industry, Juergen Fauth's "Kino;" and Chicagoan Patrick Somerville's dark story collection "The Universe in Miniature in Miniature," profoundly more satisfying than his lackluster last, "The Cradle." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Berta Pfirsich | February 28, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Spanish photographer Berta Pfirsich. | Read entire entry

It's day six of Jason Fisk's virtual author tour! | February 27, 2012
Greetings from day six of the Jason Fisk virtual author tour, in support of his "hyperfiction" story collection from last summer, "Salt Creek Anthology!" Today we've got a very special treat to start week two of the tour; turns out that Jason recently did a reading from the book for Victor David Giron's Curbside Splendor, which got turned into a professional small film by Garett Holden for the Curbside website. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Drive | February 27, 2012
Today's movie: "Drive," which at first seems like just another cheesy retro-'80s genre flick by obscure Danish indie darling Nicolas Winding Refn, but which like the best of Michael Mann gets under your skin with its moody stylistic touches and inspired casting choices. For maximum enjoyment, keep your expectations low! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Disney World, Orlando 39/52," by Rachel Dowda | February 27, 2012
Today's photo: "Disney World, Orlando 39/52," by Florida photographer Rachel Dowda. | Read entire entry

It's day five of Jason Fisk's virtual author tour! | February 24, 2012
Greetings from day five of the Jason Fisk virtual author tour, in support of his "hyperfiction" story collection from last summer, "Salt Creek Anthology!" Today, a very special treat to wrap up week one of the tour -- an actual twenty-minute audio interview between Fisk and Jason Behrends over at his popular indie-rock/spoken-word "Orange Alert" podcast. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

Book review: "Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed," by Frederic Chaubin | February 24, 2012
Today at CCLaP, Karl Wolff reviews Taschen's acclaimed "Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed" by Frederic Chaubin. The book explores Soviet architecture from the late '60s to the early '90s, showing an uncharacteristic exuberance and ethnic individualism not usually associated with the stereotypical Soviet architecture. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Jimmy Wang | February 24, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chinese-in-San-Francisco photographer Jimmy Wang. | Read entire entry

It's day four of Jason Fisk's virtual author tour! | February 23, 2012
Greetings from day four of the Jason Fisk virtual author tour, in support of his "hyperfiction" story collection from last summer, "Salt Creek Anthology!" Today Jason is hanging out with fellow local author and community maven Amy Guth -- she of the Chicago Tribune, WGN Radio, the Pilcrow Lit Fest, Reading Under the Influence...oh yeah, and who has a new novel coming out with CCLaP in July! Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

Photo essay: The Making of "Get Up Tim." | February 23, 2012
Today, a special photo essay, detailing step by step all the work that goes into making the paper version of CCLaP's first 2012 "Hypermodern" handmade paper book, Sally Weigel's "Get Up Tim," as well as lots of digressive thoughts about bookmaking in general and why CCLaP sells these but never trade paperbacks. Click through for the extra-long report! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "One-A-Day, 8/31/11 First Day of the Fair," by Mat Marrash | February 23, 2012
Today's photo: "One-A-Day, 8/31/11 First Day of the Fair," by Ohio photographer Mat Marrash. | Read entire entry

It's day three of Jason Fisk's virtual author tour! | February 22, 2012
Greetings from day three of the Jason Fisk virtual author tour, in support of his "hyperfiction" story collection from last summer, "Salt Creek Anthology!" Today Jason is visiting with fellow Chicago writer Katherine Scott Nelson, author of the big CCLaP hit "Have You Seen Me" from last fall. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 22 February 2012 | February 22, 2012
Today, short review of three recently read books: The surprisingly great "Midnight Cowboy meets Bizarro" anti-commune novel "War of the Crazies" by John Oliver Hodges; the even more surprisingly great "Oprah Presents meets Virginia Woolf" family and race erotic drama "Cocoa Almond Darling" by Jeffra Hays; the unfortunately just-as-expected so-so "steampunk meets superheroes" genre quickie "Hearts of Smoke and Steam" by Andrew P. Mayer. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "essaouira," by Thomas Wyler | February 22, 2012
Today's photo: "essaouira," by Swiss-in-Morocco photographer Thomas Wyler. | Read entire entry

It's day two of Jason Fisk's virtual author tour! | February 21, 2012
Greetings from day two of the Jason Fisk virtual author tour, in support of his CCLaP hyperfiction story collection "Salt Creek Anthology!" Today Jason is hanging out with fellow Chicago author Delphine Pontvieux, who don't forget has short pieces of her own in both of CCLaP's anthologies from 2011, "American Wasteland" and "Amsterdamned If You Do." Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Bombay Beach | February 21, 2012
Today's movie: The affecting, surreal indie documentary "Bombay Beach," a stylish "Diane Arbus meets mumblecore" look at an abandoned seaside resort town in the middle of nowhere in far southern California, and the several hundred very scary Juggalo-loving trash who still live in this largely lawless, literally apocalyptic community. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "903," by Frank Machalowski | February 21, 2012
Today's photo: "903," by German photographer Frank Machalowski. | Read entire entry

Announcing the Jason Fisk virtual author tour! | February 20, 2012
Yippee! After a long hiatus, CCLaP's "virtual author tours" are back this year with a vengeance; starting today, it's the tour for Jason Fisk and his experimental "Salt Creek Anthology" from last summer. Click through for more, including the complete list of stops over the next two weeks, and a link to today's kickoff stop at Lori Hettler's "The Next Best Book Blog." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Stacey McCool | February 20, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Canadian photographer Stacey McCool. | Read entire entry

On Being Human: An Introduction | February 17, 2012
Today, the launching of a new essay series at CCLaP called "On Being Human," by new staff writer Karl Wolff, which over 2012 will examine a series of classic novels and movies to look at the question of what it really means to be human. Click through for a longer introduction by Karl on what he aims for the series to do. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "The Jungle," by Upton Sinclair | February 16, 2012
Today in the CCLaP 100 essay series about literary classics: It's Upton Sinclair's look at the inherent problems of a capitalist society, as seen through the horrors of an unregulated meatpacking industry, 1906's "The Jungle." Classic or not? Click through for my opinion! | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 15 February 2012 | February 15, 2012
Today, small reviews of three recently read books: The so-so science-fiction thriller "Mad Skills" by Walter Greatshell; the deliberately silly and gross bizarro novel "Party Wolves in My Skull" by Michael Allen Rose; and "India Rising" by NYT columnist and brilliant intellectual Anand Giridharadas, perhaps the best English-language book yet about what it's like to live in a rapidly changing India in the 21st century. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Tree of Life | February 14, 2012
Today's movie: Terrence Malick's challenging yet mesmerizing latest, Oscar frontrunner "The Tree of Life," telling no less than the story of the interconnectedness of the entire universe, from the Big Bang to the Earth's destruction hundreds of millions of years from now, as told through the causally connected reminiscences of an aging 2000s architect about his troubled childhood in 1950s Texas. Highly recommended! | Read entire entry

Meet Karl Wolff, CCLaP's newest staff writer! | February 10, 2012
Hooray! After two years of looking, CCLaP finally has its third staff writer! Meet Karl Wolff from Minnesota, head writer himself at "The Driftless Area Review" and "Coffee is for Closers," who will be adding both general book reviews here this year and a new themed essay series called "On Being Human." Click through for a lot more! | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Win Win | February 7, 2012
Today's movie: Last year's sleeper indie hit "Win Win," from Thomas McCarthy of the revered "The Station Agent," essentially a 21st-century "Say Anything" in which a cast of surprisingly likable characters all become better humans merely by being around each other, and external forces threaten to disrupt this happiness. Warning: a three-hanky tearjerker! | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 6 February 2012 | February 6, 2012
Today, short reviews of four recently read books: The silly theological primer "A Higher Court" and the military technothriller "The Covert Element," both by John L. Betcher; the highly entertaining journalism book on middle-aged brain activity, "The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain;" and the clever memoir "Escaping From Reality Without Really Trying" by Robert Jacoby, thoughts on forty years of being a sailor but written as a direct-voice transcript, Studs-Turkel-style. | Read entire entry

Why I Signed 'Get Up Tim' -- An Apologia. | February 2, 2012
Today, a special 'apologia' (or deliberately all-positive critical essay) on all the reasons I signed CCLaP's newest original book, the story collection "Get Up Tim" by Sally Weigel, along with the reasons for why you should be an obsessive fan of this intense young writer yourself. | Read entire entry

"Get Up Tim" now live at Amazon! | February 2, 2012
Hooray! CCLaP's newest original book, the story collection "Get Up Tim" by Sally Weigel, is now available at the Amazon Kindle Store! Plus new 'amzn.to' URL shortcuts for each and every book that CCLaP sells! Click through for it all! | Read entire entry