Archives: August 2012

This is the archive page for [August 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.

CCLaP Podcast 94: August Music Special | August 31, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the August edition of the center's monthly music special, in which I look back at all the music I've been finding online in the last thirty days, and present the best to you college-radio-style. Today's episode features 14 songs and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "The Death of the Moth," by Michaela Knizova | August 31, 2012
Today's photo: "The Death of the Moth," by eastern European photographer Michaela Knizova. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Middlemarch," by George Eliot | August 30, 2012
Today in the CCLaP 100 essay series on literary classics: It's George Eliot's 1874 "Middlemarch," a complex and multifaceted human-interest story in the style of "Downton Abbey," applauded for bringing academic respect to the novel format for one of the first times in history. Classic or not? Click through for my opinion! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Martin V. | August 30, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by French photographer Martin V. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: King of New York | August 29, 2012
Today's movie review at CCLaP: 1990's gritty yet over-the-top "King of New York," by notorious nutjob filmmaker Abel Ferrara, just as crazy as his other movies and featuring a revelatory performance by Christopher Walken. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Ghostbusters sky," by Alice Olive | August 29, 2012
Today's photo: "Ghostbusters sky," by Australian in New York Alice Olive. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 28 August 2012 | August 28, 2012
Today at CCLaP, short reviews of four recently read books: Richard Russo's hilarious 1997 comedy about academia, "Straight Man;" "At Random: The Reminiscences of Bennett Cerf," by the co-founder of Random House and one of the most surprisingly fascinating books I've read in years; and the brilliant soft-apocalypse thrillers "The Dewey Decimal System" and "The Nervous System" by Shudder To Think guitarist Nathan Larson, likely to make the center's best of the year list in December. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Daisy-Two-Balls #2," by Lisa Wormsley | August 28, 2012
Today's photo: "Daisy-Two-Balls #2," by British photographer Lisa Wormsley. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Touch of Evil | August 27, 2012
Today's movie review: Orson Welles' 1958 "Touch of Evil," considered the last good movie of Welles' career and the last true film noir of the "classic" period, infamously mis-edited for decades until a 1998 restoration using the filmmaker's private notes. Plus Charlton Heston as a Mexican! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "londoness," by Marta Fornari | August 27, 2012
Today's photo: "londoness," by Italian-in-England photographer Marta Fornari. | Read entire entry

On Being Human: Hellboy, by Mike Mignola | August 24, 2012
In this week's installment of Karl Wolff's essay series, "On Being Human," he explores the comic book series "Hellboy," and a how a cigar-chomping hell demon, who also happens to be a practicing Catholic, works to save the world for Rasputin, Nazis, and all manner of Lovecraftian nightmarish entities. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: God Bless America | August 22, 2012
Today's movie review at CCLaP: Bobcat Goldthwait's latest ultra-black subversive comedy, "God Bless America," about a terminal cancer patient who decides to take out as many empty reality TV stars as he can before he dies, and the sociopathic teenage girl who becomes his partner in crime. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Blank City | August 20, 2012
Today's movie review at CCLaP: 2010's hugely entertaining and profoundly informative documentary "Blank City," all about the ultra-underground film movement of late-'70s and early-'80s lower Manhattan, which went hand-in-hand with the punk music and performance art going on in the same neighborhoods in the same years. My favorite documentary of the last year! | Read entire entry

Behold! CCLaP Factory 2.0! Plus our newest book cover is revealed! | August 17, 2012
Sorry for yet another week of no postings at the CCLaP website; but behold what's been keeping me busy, the center's brand-new bookbinding factory, i.e. the corner of my Chicago apartment. Plus: Our newest original book, Kevin Haworth's "Famous Drownings in Literary History" (coming in October), has a cover and is ready for pre-orders! Click through to see and buy! | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Brandie Wedderburn | August 17, 2012
Today's photography mini-feature at CCLaP: Los Angeles artist Brandie Wedderburn. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Dire Salvation," by Charles B. Neff | August 10, 2012
This week, Karl Wolff reviews a mystery set in a small town in Washington state involving designer drugs, a Native American social worker, and a suspicious computer hacker. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: John Carter | August 9, 2012
Today's movie review at CCLaP: The fabled $250 million disaster "John Carter," which turns out to not be so terrible and not even quite the financial disaster you've heard, although still troubling that someone managed to spend a quarter of a billion dollars on a cartoon. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 8 August 2012 | August 8, 2012
Today, small reviews of three recently read books: Lori R. Lopez's so-so horror tale "Dance of the Chupacabras;" L.H. Thomson's serviceable space opera "The Process Server;" and Ian Tregillis' magic-meets-WW2 thriller "Bitter Seeds," a bit disappointing merely from the amount of hype that has accompanied it. Click through for them all. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 93: Author Patrick Wensink | August 7, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a talk with Louisville author Patrick Wensink, whose bizarro novel "Broken Piano for President" recently became a national viral sensation, because of receiving "The Most Polite Cease And Desist Letter In History" from Jack Daniels. Also featuring the music of The Monitors and Gotye. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 92: July Music Special | August 3, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the triumphant return of the center's monthly music special, in which I look over all the songs I've been downloading legally for free online in the last thirty days, then present the best back to you college-radio style. Today's episode features 15 songs and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Wet Hot American Summer | August 2, 2012
Today's movie review at CCLaP: The '70s summer-camp-movie homage "Wet Hot American Summer," written and directed and starring several members of the old MTV show "The State," controversial among comedy fans for being kind of brilliant and kind of idiotic. Plus Amy Poehler as a slutty cheerleader! | Read entire entry

Let's Talk About Them Again: "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle," by Haruki Murakami | August 1, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a special second look at Haruki Murakami's 1990s cult classic "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle," after reading his newest book "1Q84" earlier this year and being profoundly disappointed by it. Were my memories faulty, or is this earlier novel really that much better than his newest work? Click through for the results! | Read entire entry