Archives: April 2012

This is the archive page for [April 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.

Your micro-review roundup: 30 April 2012 | April 30, 2012
Today, short reviews of three recently read books: The so-so quirky literary piece "The Last Hiccup" by Christopher Meades; the so-so story/photography collaboration about pre-gentrified lower Manhattan, "East of Bowery" by Drew Hubner and Ted Barron; and the clever but so-so human interest drama pulling details from both "The Raven" and "The Great Gatsby," "The Great Lenore" by J.M. Tohline. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Jules 02," by Tyler Mariano | April 30, 2012
Today's photo: "Jules 02," by New York photographer Tyler Mariano. | Read entire entry

Metapost: And coming next week, three podcasts and eight book reviews | April 27, 2012
Many thanks as always for staying patient with the lack of updates at CCLaP this week, as the efforts to get our newest book out kept my time completely filled; and so to catch up, not only am I posting eight book reviews next week but three new music specials in three days as well. Click through for more! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Robots of Dawn" (first edition), by Isaac Asimov | April 27, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a new listing in our rare-book selling service: A first-edition copy of Isaac Asimov's 1983 "The Robots of Dawn," the second book of his new tear of novels in the '80s that aimed to narratively and conceptually unify the "Robots," "Empire" and "Foundation" series from way back in the '50s. Click through for more, lots of photos, and to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Stefano | April 27, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Italian Flickr member Stefano. | Read entire entry

It's Lauryn Allison Lewis day at CCLaP! | April 23, 2012
It's Lauryn Allison Lewis day at CCLaP! And that's because today we're celebrating her new novella with the center, a dark and unsettling post-apocalyptic fairytale called "solo/down." Click through for a lot more, and to start the downloading/ordering process. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 85: Author Lauryn Allison Lewis | April 23, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's my half-hour talk with Lauryn Allison Lewis, where we gab all about her new book with the center coming out today, the apocalyptic fairytale "solo/down." Also featuring the music of The Beloved and SPEAK. | Read entire entry

Passing the Torch: Sally Weigel on Lauryn Allison Lewis | April 23, 2012
It's Lauryn Allison Lewis day at CCLaP! And in celebration of her new novella with the center, 'solo/down,' here's a critical essay on the book by Sally Weigel, author of the last book the center put out, the story collection "Get Up Tim" from this January. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Make It Stay," by Joan Frank | April 20, 2012
Today's book: "Make It Stay" by Joan Frank, which reviewer Karl Wolff calls his favorite read so far of the year. The novel explores the lives of two couples in a small Northern California town as they encounter births, deaths, joys, and frustrations. Frank's highly polished literary prose is definitely worth your time. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Let it Snow?," by Chelsea Bree | April 20, 2012
Today's photo: "Let it Snow?," by Flickr member Chelsea Bree. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: A Dangerous Method | April 19, 2012
Today's movie: David Cronenberg's latest, "A Dangerous Method," in which like other recent work this inventor of "body-horror" both expands and refines his overall artistic vision, this time by examining the early history of psychiatry through the tumultuous relationship between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Lightning over the ocean, Cuba," by "Neo Rincewind" | April 19, 2012
Today's photo: "Lightning over the ocean, Cuba," by Flickr member "Neo Rincewind." | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Young Adult | April 17, 2012
Today's movie: Diablo Cody's brilliant look at a semi-failed artist having a very public mental breakdown as she approaches middle-age, the unexpectedly powerful and emotionally moving "Young Adult." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Juliana M.M. Soares | April 17, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member Juliana M.M. Soares. | Read entire entry

Stop! PROOFER TIME! | April 16, 2012
Don't hurt 'em, Hammer! We're one week away from the release of CCLaP's newest original book, the dark post-apocalyptic fairytale "solo/down" by local author Lauryn Allison Lewis, and as usual we're looking for volunteer proofreaders to help us get this into the best shape possible before publication. Click through for more and to submit your name, proud linguistic soldier! | Read entire entry

Book review: "Zone One," by Colson Whitehead | April 16, 2012
Today's book: The academically celebrated Colson Whitehead's latest, "Zone One," a vicious criticism of Obamian-Age optimism disguised as a post-apocalyptic zombie thriller, and the first book of 2012 to receive a perfect score. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "On my way!," by Michael Wahlgren | April 16, 2012
Today's photo: "On my way!," by Sweden photographer Michael Wahlgren. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Trailer Park Boys | April 13, 2012
Today's DVD: The filthy, subversive, and utterly hilarious Canadian television show "Trailer Park Boys," which for seven seasons offered up an unending series of lovable losers and wacky criminal adventures, becoming a massive international hit along the way which unfortunately most Americans aren't even aware of. Fans of Adult Swim, pick this up as soon as you possibly can! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "riding the sub," by Serban Dumitrescu | April 13, 2012
Today's photo: "riding the sub," by Romanian-Canadian-in-Japan Serban Dumitrescu. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 12 April 2012 | April 12, 2012
Today, short reviews of three recently read books: Mark Hodder's "Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon," the third volume in his increasingly difficult-to-follow "Burton & Swinburne" steampunk series; Jason Jordan's okay but so-so post-apocalyptic novella "The Dying Horse;" and Umberto Eco's fantastically amazing newest, "The Prague Cemetery," taking the impeccable research of "The Name of the Rose" but here applying it to the history of the writing of infamous anti-Semite tract "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Lieux & Atmospheres 011," by Michel-Philippe Lehaire | April 12, 2012
Today's photo: "Lieux & Atmospheres 011," by French photographer Michel-Philippe Lehaire. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Real Steel | April 10, 2012
Today's movie: 2011's "Real Steel," a surprisingly good teen-boy action film using leftover "Transformers" CGI, sneakily subversive in the way it quietly shows a day-after-tomorrow America that is well on its way to total collapse, staving off the inevitable by a media-driven national obsession with boxing robots. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Jamie Hladky | April 10, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by British-in-Thailand photographer Jamie Hladky. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "First Aid Textbook for Juniors" (first edition), by the American Red Cross (UPDATE: SOLD) | April 9, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a new listing in our rare-book selling service: A first-edition, second-printing copy of the 1949 American Red Cross's "First Aid Textbook for Juniors," their first attempt at offering such a guide to teens which would explode in popularity in the following decade, as the popularity of the Boy Scouts also exploded. Click through for details, lots of photos, and to purchase it right this moment. (UPDATE: Sold on April 9, 2012.) | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "drained," by Ed Roppo | April 9, 2012
Today's photo: "drained," by California photographer Ed Roppo. | Read entire entry

On Being Human: Warhammer 40,000 | April 6, 2012
Today in Karl Wolff's CCLaP essay series "On Being Human," it's the UK roleplaying game Warhammer 40,000, where the Space Marines battle daemons, heretics, dissidents, and aliens. But are these genetically modified superwarriors truly human, and what does that mean when they defend humanity? | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Hero," by Alexander Stolov | April 6, 2012
Today's photo: "Hero," by Russian photographer Alexander Stolov. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 5 April 2012 | April 5, 2012
Today, short reviews of three recently read books: The delightfully dark McSweeney's-style human-foibles comedy "The Snow Whale" by John Minichillo; the surprisingly accessible yet still complex portrait of an artsy douchebag "Watch the Doors as They Close" by Karen Lillis; and Haruki Murakami's extremely disappointing latest, "1Q84," an overblown realization of an underwhelming subject that's badly written to boot. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "750/1000 - Cyclists this way," by Mark Carline | April 5, 2012
Today's photo: "750/1000 - Cyclists this way," by British photographer Mark Carline. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Prairie Avenue" (first edition), by Arthur Meeker Jr. | April 4, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a new listing in our rare-book selling service: A first-edition copy of the fascinating 1949 historical melodrama "Prairie Avenue" by once famous Chicago author Arthur Meeker Jr., telling the long-term story of that formerly rich neighborhood as it slowly fell into ruin over the early 20th century. Extra-long description today, simply because this book and author are so interesting! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Monks Praying," by Ronn "Blue" Aldaman | April 4, 2012
Today's photo: "Monks Praying," by Thailand photographer Ronn "Blue" Aldaman. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Knuckle | April 3, 2012
Today's movie: The 2011 documentary "Knuckle," ostensibly about the illegal bare-knuckle "clan honor" fistfights that happen among the "traveller" families of rural Ireland, but in reality a probing look at the dark side of the human condition, the combination of ignorance and blind ideology that fuels everything from Islamic terrorists to abortion-clinic-bombing Tea Partiers. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "durham, nc," by David Mello | April 3, 2012
Today's photo: "durham, nc," by North Carolina photographer David Mello. | Read entire entry