Archives: June 2012

This is the archive page for [June 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.

Metapost: Guess what? CCLaP's in the black! | June 29, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a little "metapost" talking not about the arts but specifically about an issue with the center itself; namely, fourteen months after starting our paper publishing program, all costs are paid off and we are officially profitable! Click through for all the numbers and a better explanation of what it all means for the long-term fate of the center. | Read entire entry

It's day eleven of the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour! | June 29, 2012
It's day eleven of CCLaP's Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour for "The New York Stories!" And while we wait for today's link to Ben and Laura's recent podcast talk for Another Chicago Magazine, let me share yesterday's link as well, a guest essay by Ben at the blog of Curt Bledsoe; and for that matter, let me officially announce all the dates for Laura's leg of the tour, starting today and lasting the next two weeks! Click through for it all! | Read entire entry

On Being Human: Battlestar Galactica and Caprica | June 29, 2012
This week, Karl Wolff continues his ongoing series "On Being Human" with "Battlestar Galactica" and "Caprica," two Syfy TV series that explored the struggles between humanity and the machines that rebelled. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 27 June 2012 | June 27, 2012
Today, small reviews of three recently read books: The lovely new melancholy relationship story "Office Girl" by local lit legend Joe Meno; the serviceable but badly padded "Star Trek FAQ" by Mark Clark; and the great but not life-changing "I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts" by Mark Dery, sorta Noam-Chomsky takes on the usual subject matters of anarcho-nerds like Warren Ellis and Boing Boing. | Read entire entry

It's day nine (and eight) of the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour! | June 27, 2012
It's day nine of the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour for "The New York Stories!" And in fact once again I didn't get to post a tour update yesterday, so not only am I telling you today about Ben's recent MP3 reading for Curbside Splendor, but also about his recent visit with litblogger Patricia Ann McNair yesterday. Click through for them both! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 87: CCLaP in NYC - Book Thug Nation | June 25, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's show two of our recent four-day tour of New York, this time at Brooklyn bookstore Book Thug Nation, and in this case in conjunction with local litmag Moonshot. | Read entire entry

It's day seven of the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour! | June 25, 2012
It's day seven of the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour for "The New York Stories!" Today Ben is hanging out with our old buddy Mel Bosworth, so I hope you'll have a chance to stop by later. | Read entire entry

It's day six (and five) of the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour! | June 22, 2012
It's day six of CCLaP's Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour for 'The New York Stories!' And in fact I missed yesterday's update, so I actually have two links to share today - a video interview between Ben and his son for Baby Got Books, and a guest essay by Ben on 'meta-projects' at Burrow Press Review. Plus photos and a report from last night's insanely packed release party for Lauryn Allison Lewis's CCLaP novella 'solo/down!' | Read entire entry

It's day four of the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour! | June 20, 2012
It's day four of CCLaP's Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour for "The New York Stories!" Today Ben is hanging out with our old friend Pete Anderson, a fellow Chicago author and the owner of the great blog PeteLit.com. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Legend | June 19, 2012
Today's movie: The excellent if not overly lionizing indie documentary "Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Legend," in which a bevy of current Hollywood stars give tribute to this notorious countercultural-era schlockmeister producer, who almost accidentally started the careers of a huge swath of '70s and '80s maverick auteurs. | Read entire entry

It's day three of the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour! | June 19, 2012
It's day three of CCLaP's Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour for "The New York Stories!" Today Ben is hanging out with our pal Ryan Bradley; and instead of doing an interview, Ben asked Ryan (a full-time graphic designer and the owner of the great Artistically Declined Press) if he might do an alternative cover for the book, just as an interesting intellectual exercise. Click through to see the results! | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Camilla Storgaard | June 19, 2012
Today's photography mini-feature: The work of Danish artist Camilla Storgaard, currently based out of Berlin. | Read entire entry

Welcome to the Ben Tanzer/Laura Szumowski virtual book tour! | June 18, 2012
Excelsior! Today kicks off CCLaP's latest virtual tour, this time a double one featuring both Ben Tanzer and Laura Szumowski, out promoting their illustrated story-collection collaboration from last Christmas, "The New York Stories." Plus, starting today, a big discount on the deluxe paper edition, and for the first time a free electronic version of the illustrated book! Click through for it all! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 86: CCLaP in NYC - Le Poisson Rouge | June 18, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the first of four one-hour shows that CCLaP's authors recently attended in New York City, this time at the lower Manhattan rock club Le Poisson Rouge. Featuring performances from David David Katzman, Traci Kim, Lauryn Allison Lewis, Katherine Scott Nelson and John Reed. | Read entire entry

Hey, Chicagoans! Come out to the 'solo/down' release party this Thursday! | June 18, 2012
Hey, Chicagoans! I hope you'll have a chance to come out this Thursday for the official release party of Lauryn Allison Lewis's novella for CCLaP, "solo/down," at Cole's Bar in the Logan Square neighborhood (2338 N. Milwaukee) from 7 to 10 pm. Cupcakes! Music! Ten freaking readers! Plus every person who buys a book gets a free drink too! Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Photographer mini-feature: Chris Fitzgerald, "The Skype Series" | June 18, 2012
Today's photography mini-feature: Los Angeles artist and recent Memphis transplant Chris Fitzgerald's special new (NSFW) exhibition, "The Skype Series." | Read entire entry

Chicagoans! Wanna make a hundred bucks the easy way? | June 15, 2012
You remember CCLaP's coming teen summer writing camp this August, don't you? Well, we're sitting on a stack of several thousand postcards for it that we need to get quickly distributed throughout Chicago; so I've decided to just pay people a dollar per drop-off, with about a hundred or so places still left on our list. Wanna hustle for a couple of days and pocket the whole amount? Or maybe hit just your neighborhood for beer money? Click through for the details or just drop me a line! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Venice Noir," edited by Maxim Jakubowski | June 15, 2012
Today's book review: The new Akashic anthology "Venice Noir," edited by Maxim Jakubowski. Says reviewer Karl Wolff, "There is something for everyone in this [book], a delicious sampling of tastes, styles, and stories." | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Martha Marcy May Marlene | June 13, 2012
Today's movie: The pitch-black psychological thriller and no-budget indie jewel "Martha Marcy May Marlene," about a young headstrong survivor of a Manson-Family-type cult and the PTSD after-effects she suffers while recuperating at her estranged sister's upper-class lakeside home in upstate New York. One of the best films I've seen in the last year! | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Amanda J. | June 13, 2012
Today's photography mini-feature: The work of Midwestern teenager Amanda J. | Read entire entry

Photo essay: CCLaP New York City tour report | June 8, 2012
CCLaP's back from New York City, safe and sound! And now that I've gotten a little rest, I thought I would devote the entire afternoon to getting a report and over 50 photos from the tour posted to the blog. Click through for the entire extra-long thing! | Read entire entry

On Being Human: Wraeththu, by Storm Constantine | June 1, 2012
This week Karl Wolff explores Storm Constantine's trilogy "Wraeththu," about a hermaphroditic human species that overtakes humanity during a postapocalyptic catastrophe. | Read entire entry