Archives: October 2012

This is the archive page for [October 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's Podcast Dreadful, 9 of 12 | October 29, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's part 9 of our special 12-part "Podcast Dreadful" serial-fiction audiobook anthology, taking place every Monday this fall. Today's episode features work by Davis Schneiderman, Jim Ruland, Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack, Jason Fisk, Ben Tanzer and Karl Wolff, with music by Ken Kase and hosted by Christopher Sullivan. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Loser" (first edition), by Peter Ustinov | October 25, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a new listing in our rare-book selling service: A first edition, first printing of actor Peter Ustinov's surprisingly intense novel about the rise and fall of the Nazi Party, 1960's "The Loser." | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "There Are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes," by Robert Jacoby | October 24, 2012
Today's book review at CCLaP: The competently done but overly familiar '80s-mental-institution tale "There Are Reasons Noah Packed No Clothes," by Robert Jacoby. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Taran Rampersad | October 24, 2012
Today's photography feature at CCLaP: Software developer and HDR specialist Taran Rampersad. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's Podcast Dreadful, 8 of 12 | October 23, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's part 8 of our special 12-part "Podcast Dreadful" serial-fiction audiobook anthology, happening every Monday this fall. Today's episode features work by Davis Schneiderman, Jim Ruland, Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack, Jason Fisk and Karl Wolff, with music by Ken Kase and hosted by Christopher Sullivan. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's newest Kickstarter campaign...has begun! | October 22, 2012
CCLaP's newest Kickstarter campaign begins today! It's for our coming deluxe holiday book, "The Kickstarter Letters" by David David Katzman (including 25 new illustrations by Mike Wilgus), and there's a WHOLE LOT to tell you about it. Click through to start your stream-of-consciousness adventure! | Read entire entry

On Being Human: "The Trilogy," by Samuel Beckett | October 19, 2012
This week in the CCLaP series "On Being Human," Karl Wolff analyses Samuel Beckett's groundbreaking "Trilogy," where the famed avant-garde writer sought the essence of what it is to be human by stripping away the setting, plot, and characters of three small novels in a row. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Backwards the Drowned Go Dreaming," by Carl Watson | October 17, 2012
Today's book review at CCLaP: The well-written but still disappointing Beat-style ode to lumpen-proletarians, Carl Watson's "Backwards the Drowned Go Dreaming." | Read entire entry

METAPOST: Check out this insanely complex map of CCLaP's peer network | October 17, 2012
Chicago graduate student Lindsey Jancay recently made an organizational chart of CCLaP for a class project, and the results are a lot more complex and stunning than I had been expecting. Click through to check it out yourself! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Dodsworth" (first edition), by Sinclair Lewis | October 16, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a new listing in our rare-book selling service: A first edition copy of Sinclair Lewis' 1929 "Dodsworth," the last of the big popular novels from this "Jonathan Franzen of the Roaring Twenties." Now on auction at eBay! Click through for more and to make a bid right now! | Read entire entry

CCLaP's Podcast Dreadful, 7 of 12 | October 15, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, part 7 of our "Podcast Dreadful" 12-part serial-fiction audiobook anthology, taking place every Monday this fall. This episode features work from Davis Schneiderman, Jim Ruland, Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack, Jason Fisk and Karl Wolff, with music by Ken Kase and hosted by Christopher Sullivan. | Read entire entry

Hey, fellow Goodreaders! Win a copy of our new book! | October 15, 2012
Hey, fellow members of literary social network Goodreads.com! CCLaP's giving away five paper copies of our newest book, "Famous Drownings in Literary History" by Kevin Haworth! Click through for all the details, and to request a copy yourself right now! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "The not-so-easy not-good feeling derived from ten roadside Tex-Mex tamales and the sudden realization that the Beaumont Taxidermy Ball is a white tie affair.," by Xavier J. Peg | October 15, 2012
Today's photo: "The not-so-easy not-good feeling derived from ten roadside Tex-Mex tamales and the sudden realization that the Beaumont Taxidermy Ball is a white tie affair.," by Xavier J. Peg. | Read entire entry

An interview with Kevin Haworth | October 12, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a text-chat interview with Ohio author Kevin Haworth, all about his new book with the center, the essay collection "Famous Drownings in Literary History." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "An old haunt," by Vague Designs | October 12, 2012
Today's photo: "An old haunt," by Chicago-in-Texas Flickr member Vague Designs. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "How Proust Can Change Your Life," by Alain de Botton | October 10, 2012
Today's book review at CCLaP: The delightful yet informative "How Proust Can Change Your Life," by philosopher and 'spiritual atheist' Alain de Botton. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Black Bears--Band I," by Dave Moore | October 10, 2012
Today's photo: "Black Bears--Band I," by St. Louis photographer Dave Moore. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's newest book is here! | October 8, 2012
Hooray! Today sees the release of CCLaP's newest original book, the essay collection "Famous Drownings in Literary History" by Ohio professor Kevin Haworth! Click through for a lot more, including links to the free ebook, special handmade paper edition, Kindle version, Goodreads page, retail merchandise and more! | Read entire entry

CCLaP's Podcast Dreadful, 6 of 12 | October 8, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, part 6 of our 12-part "Podcast Dreadful" serial-fiction audiobook anthology. Today's episode features work from Davis Schneiderman, Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack, Jim Ruland, Jason Fisk and Karl Wolff, with music by Ken Kase and hosted by Christopher Sullivan. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "10 windows," by Tony Gravé | October 8, 2012
Today's photo: "10 windows," by Norwegian in Italy Tony Gravé. | Read entire entry

METAPOST: Video from our "Podcast Dreadful" Quimby's event is now online! | October 5, 2012
Sorry this took so long, but the video from CCLaP's recent "Podcast Dreadful" live recording at Quimby's Bookstore is now online, split into five parts over at YouTube. Click through for them all! | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Ana Villanueva | October 5, 2012
Today's photography mini-feature at CCLaP: Argentinian artist Ana Villanueva. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power," by Robert Caro | October 5, 2012
Today at CCLaP, Karl Wolff gives his first perfect 10 of the year, to the hotly anticipated "Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power" by Robert A. Caro. Says Karl, "Strange as it sounds, it is a hagiography of sorts, since saints have their flaws and weaknesses [and] Johnson had both." | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Thomas Hart Benton: A Life," by Justin Wolff | October 3, 2012
Today's book review at CCLaP: The engaging, fascinating "Thomas Hart Benton: A Life" by journalist Justin Wolff, a look at the leftist Early Modernist painter who once was the most famous artist in America, but who had fallen into obscurity even by the end of his own life. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "More from my Dolls in Bags series," by Angie Naron | October 3, 2012
Today's photo: "More from my Dolls in Bags series," by Chicago photographer Angie Naron. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "The Forgiven," by Lawrence Osborne | October 2, 2012
Today's book review at CCLaP: The fascinating but also meandering "The Forgiven" by Lawrence Osborne, in which an accidental drunk-driving death among wealthy expats in north Africa is used to astutely examine 21st-century "soft imperialism." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Through the Gate," by Stephen Boodram | October 2, 2012
Today's photo: "Through the Gate," by Chicago photographer Stephen Boodram. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "History and Rhymes of the Lost Battalion" (1929 edition), by L.C. McCollum | October 1, 2012
Today, a new listing in CCLaP's rare-book selling service: A 1929 edition of the World War One memoir "History and Rhymes of the Lost Battalion," by surviving member L.C. McCollum, a tribute to their steady-minded commander Charles Whittlesey who sadly committed Jazz Age suicide just two years after the war ended. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's Podcast Dreadful, 5 of 12 | October 1, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's part 5 of 12 of our "Podcast Dreadful" serial-fiction audiobook anthology. This week's episode features work by Davis Schneiderman, Jim Ruland, Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack, Jason Fisk and Karl Wolff, music by Ken Kase and hosted by Christopher Sullivan. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Suspended," by Martin De Martin | October 1, 2012
Today's photo: "Suspended," by Italian photographer Martin De Martin. | Read entire entry