Archives: September 2012

This is the archive page for [September 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.

Ten days and counting for CCLaP's newest book! | September 28, 2012
Sorry as always for the lack of updates at the CCLaP blog this week; and that's because we're a mere ten days away from the release of our newest book, the essay collection "Famous Drownings in Literary History" by Kevin Haworth! Click through for more, and to see the just-completed paper cover for it, featuring a brand-new illustration by our pal Laura Szumowski. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: Newberry Library Bulletin, December 1948, Sherwood Anderson Memorial | September 24, 2012
CCLaP's newest rare-book auction is up at eBay! This time it's the special 1948 issue of Chicago's "Newberry Library Bulletin," marking the public opening of their famed Sherwood Anderson Papers, in LIKE NEW condition (literally in a sealed box from then until now). Bidding starts at only $20, and there's no reserve! Please help us spread the word about our new eBay store! | Read entire entry

CCLaP's Podcast Dreadful, 4 of 12 | September 24, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's part 4 of "A Podcast Dreadful," the center's 12-part serial-fiction audiobook anthology. This episode was taped in front of a live audience at Quimby's Bookstore, and includes work by Davis Schneiderman, Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack, Jason Fisk, Karl Wolff and Jacob S. Knabb. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Trouville sur Mer - Normandie," by Ivan Sgobba | September 24, 2012
Today's photo: "Trouville sur Mer - Normandie," by French photographer Ivan Sgobba. | Read entire entry

On Being Human: Venus in Furs, by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch | September 21, 2012
Today in CCLaP's "On Being Human," Karl Wolff's look at humanity as explained through various famous pieces of pop culture: It's Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's infamous "Venus in Furs," the 1870 book that inspired the sexual term 'masochism.' | Read entire entry

Tonight! Tonight! CCLaP's 'Podcast Dreadful' live taping is tonight! | September 21, 2012
Many thanks to all of you who have been downloading and mentioning CCLaP's "Podcast Dreadful" audiobook anthology this month; and I'm happy to say that tonight finally is our live taping at Quimby's Bookstore! Click through for all the details, and I hope to see you all there! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Skyline on the Shoreline," by jkBorys | September 21, 2012
Today's photo: "Skyline on the Shoreline," by Chicago Flickr member jkBorys. | Read entire entry

Calling the CCLaP Army! It's time again for your proofreading help! | September 20, 2012
Yippee! Only three more weeks until the release of CCLaP's newest original book, a collection of essays about 21st-century Jewishness entitled "Famous Drownings in Literary History" by an Ohio professor named Kevin Haworth. That means we're ready again for our volunteer proofreaders, aka the "CCLaP Army," so click through to find out how you can help! | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 20 September 2012 | September 20, 2012
Today at CCLaP, short review of three recently read books: A new color edition of the great graphic novel "Scott Pilgrim" by Bryan Lee O'Malley; Jonathan Sturak's crime thriller "A Smudge of Gray," competently written but awfully generic; and the truly awful "Beautiful Disaster" by Jamie McGuire, which I was tricked into reading through an advertisement disguised as an objective recommendation. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Tyrannous | September 20, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by California Flickr member Tyrannous. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! | September 18, 2012
Today's DVD review at CCLaP: Adult Swim's "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!," possibly the most bizarre television show in the entire history of the medium. Plus creepy. Did I mention how intensely creepy this supposed sketch-comedy show is? | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Sólo una razón," by Ana Villanueva | September 18, 2012
Today's photo: "Sólo una razón," by Argentinean artist Ana Villanueva. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's Podcast Dreadful, 3 of 12 | September 17, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's part 3 of our 12-part "Podcast Dreadful" serial-fiction audiobook anthology. This week's episode features work by Davis Schneiderman, Keith McCleary, Sophia G. Starmack, Jason R. Riley, Karl Wolff and Jacob S. Knabb, with music by Ken Kase and hosted by Christopher Sullivan. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Brooke Renee Altmann | September 17, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Australian photographer Brooke Renee Altmann. | Read entire entry

Your micro-review roundup: 14 September 2012 | September 14, 2012
Today at CCLaP, short reviews of three recently read books: The brand-new "Return of the Thin Man," which for the first time publishes the "treatments" Dashiell Hammett wrote for the second and third movies in that series; Therese Doucet's "recovering Mormon" novel "A Lost Argument," with a great first half and not-so-great second; and Arielle Bier's hypnotic photography book "An Urban Myth." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "?," by ???|?? . | September 14, 2012
Today's photo: "?," by Flickr member ???|?? . | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: The Thin Man | September 13, 2012
Today's movie review at CCLaP: The 1934 crime classic "The Thin Man," based closely on the 1934 classic novel of the same name which was also reviewed here just the other day. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Juan Antonio Cruz | September 13, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by California photographer Juan Antonio Cruz. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "The Thin Man," by Dashiell Hammett | September 11, 2012
Today on the CCLaP 100 essay series on literary classics: It's Dashiell Hammett's 1934 hardboiled detective story "The Thin Man." Classic or not? Click through for my opinion! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Disappointed...," by Tristan Barratt | September 11, 2012
Today's photo: "Disappointed...," by Cornish photographer Tristan Barratt. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's Podcast Dreadful, 2 of 12 | September 10, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's episode 2 of our special "Podcast Dreadful" 12-part serial-fiction audiobook anthology. This week featuring stories from Davis Schneiderman, Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack, Jason Riley, Karl Wolff and Jacob S. Knabb, with music by Ken Kase and hosted by Christopher Sullivan. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Coffee," by Yip Choon Wai | September 10, 2012
Today's photo: "Coffee," by Malaysian photographer Yip Choon Wai. | Read entire entry

Metapost: Have a copy of a 'Podcast Dreadful' printable poster! | September 7, 2012
Through the hard work of assistant director Emily Jones, CCLaP is going to have a chance next week to start hanging posters around the campus of Columbia College here in Chicago for our current Podcast Dreadful project; so as long as I was doing an 8.5 x 11 inch PDF for that, I thought I would load it here to the site as well, for any of you who might work in a cafe or school or other place that could benefit from a little flyer for the program hanging there. Click through to download it! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Istanbul," by Zak 6.2 | September 7, 2012
Today's photo: "Istanbul," by Flickr member Zak 6.2. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Arming the Luftwaffe," by Daniel Uziel | September 7, 2012
Today at CCLaP, Karl Wolff reviews "Arming the Luftwaffe" by Daniel Uziel, an account of the development of Nazi era technology and wartime logistics. Says Karl, "This book isn't for everybody, since it is written in dry academic prose; but for the specialist, it is a treasure trove of information and analysis." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 95: Author Charles Stross | September 6, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's my hour-long talk with science-fiction author Charles Stross, a prolific writer who works in many genres simultaneously, but is perhaps best known for coining the term "Accelerated Age" to refer to the spate of "Singularity" novels that became so popular in the early 2000s. Click through to listen right now. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "nouvelle vague," by iko | September 6, 2012
Today's photo: "nouvelle vague," by Italian Flickr member iko. | Read entire entry

Justify My Netflix: Cannery Row | September 5, 2012
Today's movie review: 1982's "Cannery Row," based on the John Steinbeck novel of the same name, a holdover from the beautifully theatrical artificiality of '70s cinema and featuring Nick Nolte and Debra Winger in their sexy primes. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: "Dogs of Brazil," by Paul Lask and Anna Bolm | September 5, 2012
Today's photography mini-feature: The themed collection "Dogs of Brazil," by traveling Chicagoans Paul Lask and Anna Bolm. | Read entire entry

The day is here! CCLaP's Podcast Dreadful has begun! | September 3, 2012
Excelsior! CCLaP's new 12-part serial fiction audiobook anthology, "A Podcast Dreadful," begins today! Click through for a lot more about it, as well as info on the episode we'll be doing in front of a live audience, on September 21st at Quimby's Bookstore here in Chicago. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's Podcast Dreadful, 1 of 12 | September 3, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's part 1 of the center's "Podcast Dreadful," a 12-part serial fiction audiobook anthology taking place every Monday this fall. Today's episode features stories from Davis Schneiderman, Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack, Jason Riley, Karl Wolff and Jacob S. Knabb, with music by Ken Kase and hosted by Christopher Sullivan. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "big blue eyes beloved, dirty taste of human.," by Amanda De Vito | September 3, 2012
Today's photo: "big blue eyes beloved, dirty taste of human.," by San Francisco photographer Amanda De Vito. | Read entire entry