Archives: March 2012

This is the archive page for [March 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.

The CCLaP 100: "Stranger in a Strange Land," by Robert A. Heinlein | March 30, 2012
Today in the "CCLaP 100" essay series on literary classics: It's Robert A. Heinlein's 1961 "Stranger in a Strange Land," not just a groundbreaking landmark in science-fiction but an eerily prescient foreteller of the countercultural revolution just around the corner. Classic or not? Click through for my opinion! CAN YOU GROK IT, MAAAAAAAN? | Read entire entry

Hey you! Know of a cool local indie bookstore? | March 29, 2012
CCLaP finally has a growing stack of all our older handmade paper books, which means we're also finally getting them into more and more consignment-friendly indie bookstores across the United States. Know of one in your own city? Let us know! Click through for details, or just leave the information in the comments below! | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Today's Special | March 29, 2012
Today's movie: The surprisingly mainstream-friendly "Today's Special," a food-oriented immigrant family comedy from the usually subversive "Daily Show" writer Aasif Mandvi (based on his Obie-winning play from a few years ago), funny and touching but absolutely the kind of movie your suburban parents will enjoy, just to give you fair warning. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Efeitos - Effects," by 'Mr. Hyde' | March 29, 2012
Today's photo: "Efeitos - Effects," by Brazilian Flickr member 'Mr. Hyde.' | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: Whitney Museum 1961 Annual Exhibition catalog | March 27, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a new listing in the center's rare-book selling service: The official catalog from the 1961 Annual Exhibition of the Whitney Museum of American Art, featuring dozens of the leading lights of the Mid-Century Modernist scene. Click through for details, photos, and to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Lake Wanaka Tree," by Shailendra Dhanoa | March 27, 2012
Today's photo: "Lake Wanaka Tree," by New Zealand photographer Shailendra Dhanoa. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's first print-on-demand merchandise is now available! | March 26, 2012
It took a bit, but CCLaP's very first print-on-demand merchandise is now available - specifically, a poster version and a refrigerator magnet featuring the front cover of the paper edition of Sally Weigel's story collection "Get Up Tim," created and shipped by CafePress. Click through for more, and to order one for yourself right this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 84: Author Bonnie Jo Campbell | March 26, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a one-hour talk with Michigan author Bonnie Jo Campbell, a past National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist whose latest novel, "Once Upon a River," has a strong chance of being nominated for this year's Pulitzer. Click through to download or stream right this moment. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Loulou, Saint Hilaire de Riez, Vendee," by Etienne Auguste | March 26, 2012
Today's photo: "Loulou, Saint Hilaire de Riez, Vendee," by French photographer Etienne Auguste. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Isaac: a modern fable," by Ivan G. Goldman | March 23, 2012
Karl Wolff reviews "Isaac: a modern fable," by Ivan G. Goldman, in which Lenny, really the Isaac from the Bible, works security for a LA movie mogul and meets Ruth, a struggling academic with an equally troubled past. In this telling, the Biblical Isaac was granted eternal life and youth. He witnesses mankind's foibles across the centuries, so long as he doesn't fall in love or land in jail, because then they would discover he's not like other men. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 22 March 2012 | March 22, 2012
Today, short reviews of four recently read books: The older books "Q Road" and "American Salvage" by Bonnie Jo Campbell, in preparation for a podcast interview I recently did with her; the so-so horror collection "Eyeballs Growing All Over Me...Again," by Tony Rauch; and John H. Sibley's account of pursuing creative studies while homeless, "Being and Homelessness," intriguing but with an appeal limited to a select crowd. | Read entire entry

Holy crap! "Have You Seen Me" gets double Lambda Award nominations! | March 20, 2012
Holy crap! The nominations were just announced for the Lambda Awards, the most important LGBT literary award on the planet; and not only did the CCLaP novella "Have You Seen Me" by Katherine Scott Nelson get nominated, it's the only single book this year to get nods in two categories at once! Click through for the exciting details! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "In Someone's Shadow" (first edition), by Rod McKuen (UPDATE: SOLD) | March 20, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a new listing in the center's rare-book selling service: A first-edition, first-printing copy of the 1969 poetry collection "In Someone's Shadow" by writer and pop musician Rod McKuen, an artist much maligned in his time but also a Grammy winner, Pulitzer and Oscar nominee, and one of the biggest selling poets in all of human history. Click through for details, photos, and to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Around Lolla Day 3 21," by Brad Bretz | March 20, 2012
Today's photo: "Around Lolla Day 3 21," by Chicago photographer Brad Bretz. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Hugo | March 19, 2012
Today's movie: "Hugo," Martin Scorsese's cloyingly treacly, nearly unwatchable ode to Joy and Whimsy and Ridiculously Over The Top Acting and did I mention Joy and Whimsy? Now bask in the wonderfully magic magical wonder of it all! BASK IN IT, MOUTHBREATHER! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Sara Rojo | March 19, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Spanish photographer Sara Rojo. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Pictures of Fidelman" (first edition), by Bernard Malamud | March 16, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a new listing in the center's rare-book selling service: a first-edition, first-printing copy of Bernard Malamud's 1969 "Pictures of Fidelman," his first book after winning both the Pulitzer and the National Book Award for "The Fixer" two years previous, controversial at the time for its playful, sexy, countercultural tone and subject. Click through for details, lots of photos, and to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "The beach," by Victoriano Green | March 16, 2012
Today's photo: "The beach," by Flickr member Victoriano Green. | Read entire entry

Good luck on your trip, Lauryn Allison Lewis! | March 15, 2012
Chicago author Lauryn Allison Lewis is leaving today to be a featured guest at Miami University of Ohio this week; and that meant that we worked hard and got a special little chapbook "sneak preview" edition of her coming dark surreal body-horror novella for CCLaP, "solo/down," finished and printed off for her to sell there this week. Click through for a lot more! | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 16 March 2012 | March 15, 2012
Today, short reviews of three recently read books: The decent but wispy horror sampler "Chocolate-Covered Eyes" by Lori R. Lopez; 2004's "Iron Sunrise," part of my plan to read this year every novel sci-fi author Charles Stross has ever written; and Mike Resnick's delightful "The Doctor and the Kid," book 2 of his "Weird West" series, which transports steampunk tropes to the cowboys and saloons of the American frontier. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Ivy & Jimmy," by Jen Son | March 15, 2012
Today's photo: "Ivy & Jimmy," by Hong Kong photographer Jen Son. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Tessa Hirschfeld-Stoler | March 14, 2012
Today's photography mini-profile at CCLaP: New Yorker Tessa Hirschfeld-Stoler. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 83: Author Jonathan Evison | March 12, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's my recent one-hour talk with Washington writer Jonathan Evison, author of the popular novels "All About Lulu" and "West of Here," as well as an editor at such litblogs as "The Nervous Breakdown" and "Three Guys One Book." Click through to download or stream right this moment. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Pinhole: Fair Stool Sample," by Herschel Pollard | March 12, 2012
Today's photo: "Pinhole: Fair Stool Sample," by Tennessee photographer Herschel Pollard. | Read entire entry

On Being Human: "Being Human" (BBC) | March 9, 2012
Today in Karl Wolff's CCLaP essay series "On Being Human," it's the BBC Three TV series "Being Human," in which a vampire and werewolf share a flat in Bristol with a female ghost. The premise may sound silly, but Toby Whithouse's series shows how the three main characters attempt to reclaim their humanity by "passing" for humans. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Adler After Dark48," by Christopher Hiltz | March 9, 2012
Today's photo: "Adler After Dark48," by Chicago photographer Christopher Hiltz. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Startling Exploits of Dr. J.B. Quies," by Paul Celiere | March 8, 2012
Today, a new listing in CCLaP's selling service of rare and unusual books: An 1887 edition of the fascinating and funny "anti-Jules Verne" tale from French author Paul Celiere, "The Startling Exploits of Dr. J.B. Quies," including 120 delightful illustrations and an interesting eight-page Victorian ad supplement in the back. Click through for details, photos, and to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "if not sky then cross the ceiling," by Nino Kharchilava | March 8, 2012
Today's photo: "if not sky then cross the ceiling," by Georgian photographer Nino Kharchilava. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Anatomy Lesson" (first edition), by Philip Roth | March 7, 2012
Today, a new listing for CCLaP's selling service of rare and unusual books: A first-edition copy of Philip Roth's 1983 "The Anatomy Lesson," the third book in his remarkable autobiographical "Nathan Zuckerman" series, written from the '70s to the 2000s and looking at the entire Postmodernist Era in general. Click through for details, photos, and to purchase it right this minute. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "My Two Maniacs," by Emery Way | March 7, 2012
Today's photo: "My Two Maniacs," by Arkansas photographer Emery Way. | Read entire entry

Announcing CCLaP's new rare-book selling service! | March 6, 2012
I'm excited to announce that starting today, CCLaP is adding a brand-new service for its visitors, the selling of rare and unique books! We're starting with a collection of around 50 titles, most of them first editions (sometimes signed) of Postmodernist novels from the 1960s through early 2000s, but with a growing collection of Modernist and even Victorian titles as well. Click through for a lot more! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Der Rosenkavalier" libretto and program, Chicago Civic Opera Company | March 6, 2012
A new listing for CCLaP's selling service of rare and unique books: A libretto and souvenir program for a Chicago Civic Opera Company production of "Der Rosenkavalier," circa 1922-1931. Click through for details, photos, and to purchase it right now. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 6 March 2012 | March 6, 2012
Today, short reviews of three recently read books: The so-so Young Adult debut of science-fiction veteran Ian McDonald, "Planesrunner;" the forgettable memoir of exposing corruption at Roche Pharmaceuticals, Doug Bremner's "The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg;" and alt-horror favorite Jeremy Shipp's delightfully disgusting new story collection, "Attic Clowns." Guess what THAT's about! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Le Cercle Rouge | March 6, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by French Flickr member "Le Cercle Rouge." | Read entire entry

It's the last day of Jason Fisk's virtual author tour! | March 5, 2012
Greetings from day ten of the Jason Fisk virtual author tour, in support of his "hyperfiction" story collection from last summer, "Salt Creek Anthology!" Today Jason finishes up a tiring but successful tour by stopping by the blog of our old pal Ben Tanzer. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: You and I | March 5, 2012
Today's movie: 2008's "You and I" (being released in America just this month), promoted as a Russian version of an Olson Twins tween adventure and featuring bubblegum pop group t.A.T.u., but in reality a surprisingly dark and sophisticated look at the dysfunctional relationship post-Soviet youth have with disposable American trash culture. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Kit Baker | March 5, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Australian in New York Kit Baker. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Red All Over," by Andrew | March 2, 2012
Today's photo: "Red All Over," by Chicago Flickr member Andrew. | Read entire entry

It's day nine of Jason Fisk's virtual author tour! | March 2, 2012
Greetings from day nine of the Jason Fisk virtual author tour, in support of his "hyperfiction" story collection from last summer, "Salt Creek Anthology!" Today Jason is over at the Lantern Projects blog, an offshoot of Caroline Picard's Green Lantern alternative arts space over in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "The Magnificent Ambersons," by Booth Tarkington | March 1, 2012
Today in the CCLaP 100 essay series on literary classics: It's 1918's "The Magnificent Ambersons" by Booth Tarkington, sort of the Jonathan Franzen of his time, winner of the Pulitzer and for about a decade one of the most popular books in American history, although now mostly forgotten by the public at large. Classic or not? Click through for my opinion! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "this is a girl who feels very far away from the place where she should be," by Meghan J | March 1, 2012
Today's photo: "this is a girl who feels very far away from the place where she should be," by Flickr member Meghan J. | Read entire entry