Archives: November 2012

This is the archive page for [November 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.

Photo of the day: "Into the Light," by Shubh Mohan Singh | November 30, 2012
Today's photo: "Into the Light," by Indian photographer Shubh Mohan Singh. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Squinting Over Water: Stories," by Mary Kennedy Eastham | November 30, 2012
Today at CCLaP, Karl Wolff reviews Mary Kennedy Eastham's short story collection "Squinting Over Water," filled with characters coming to terms with loss. | Read entire entry

30 Books in 30 Days: "A Dance with Dragons," by George R.R. Martin | November 29, 2012
Today's book review at CCLaP: George R.R. Martin's "A Dance with Dragons," volume 5 of the "Game of Thrones" series, which after four thousand pages of surprise pleasure is finally and unfortunately starting to show its age and length. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Lucas Ottone | November 29, 2012
Today's photography mini-feature at CCLaP: The work of Spanish artist Lucas Ottone. | Read entire entry

30 Books in 30 Days: "The Barcelona Brothers," by Carlos Zanon | November 28, 2012
Today's book review at CCLaP: The well-done character study "The Barcelona Brothers" by Carlos Zanon, a classic noir but set within the multicultural barrios of this European tourist city. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Pooped Puppy," by Il Kap | November 28, 2012
Today's photo: "Pooped Puppy," by Chicago Flickr member Il Kap. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Kit Brandon" (SIGNED first edition), by Sherwood Anderson | November 27, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a new addition to our rare-book selling service: A SIGNED first-edition copy of Sherwood Anderson's 1936 look at Prohibition, bootlegging and tomboy antiheroes, "Kit Brandon." Bidding starts at $225, which is a steal for this title! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Farm at Estersmark," by Traond Kristiansen | November 27, 2012
Today's photo: "Farm at Estersmark," by Norwegian-in-Sweden photographer Traond Kristiansen. | Read entire entry

30 Books in 30 Days: "Religion for Atheists," by Alain de Botton | November 26, 2012
Today's book review at CCLaP: The thought-provoking practical self-help guide "Religion for Atheists" by contemporary philosopher Alain de Botton, founder of London's "School of Life" which actually puts these principles into action. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Tessa Beligue | November 26, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by New York photographer Tessa Beligue. | Read entire entry

National media mentions! Two new books to announce! Fundraiser goal met! IT'S THE CCLAP MEGA-UPDATE! | November 19, 2012
I leave for Thanksgiving tomorrow, and the CCLaP blog will mostly be quiet for the next week after that, so I thought I'd get a big update posted about a bunch of stuff recently going on with us: Two new national paper-based press features, our Kickstarter campaign reaches its goal (thank you everyone!), our first two books of 2013 are ready to announce, and more. Click through for details and lots of photos! | Read entire entry

Thanks for checking out "A Podcast Dreadful!" | November 19, 2012
After three months of weekly updates, CCLaP's special 12-part "Podcast Dreadful" serial-fiction audiobook anthology finally ends today, and I just wanted to take a chance to thank again the 15 people who made this project a reality. Click through for the details! | Read entire entry

CCLaP's Podcast Dreadful, 12 of 12 | November 19, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's the conclusion of our special 12-part "Podcast Dreadful" serial-fiction audiobook anthology. Today's episode features work by Davis Schneiderman, Jim Ruland, Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack, Ben Tanzer and Karl Wolff, with music by Ken Kase and hosted by Christopher Sullivan. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Lucas Ottone | November 19, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Spanish photographer Lucas Ottone. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Jordan Gibson | November 16, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Florida photographer Jordan Gibson. | Read entire entry

On Being Human: "The Killer Inside Me," by Jim Thompson | November 16, 2012
In this week's penultimate installment of CCLaP's "On Being Human," Karl Wolff reviews Jim Thompson's 1952 underground classic "The Killer Inside Me," a book told from the perspective of a small town deputy sheriff from Texas who also happens to be a serial killer. | Read entire entry

One week left! Just a little money to go! Help us finally have our first successful Kickstarter campaign! | November 15, 2012
Oh, we're so close I can freaking taste it! Just five days left for CCLaP's newest Kickstarter campaign, to raise the funds for our coming deluxe illustrated holiday book, "The Kickstarter Letters" by David David Katzman, and we're only a couple of hundred dollars left from reaching our $2,500 goal. If we miss our goal we don't get a penny, AND WE'VE DONE THAT BEFORE AND IT'S HEARTBREAKING, so click through right now and find out how you can help! | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Code for Failure," by Ryan W. Bradley | November 15, 2012
Today's book review at CCLaP: The new slacker memoir "Code for Failure" by author and small-press publisher Ryan W. Bradley, ostensibly a series of funny mini-stories about his time as a gas-station attendent in his youth, but in reality a deeper, darker, and more heartbreaking overall look at small towns, bad sex, and hopelessness. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Ascending," by Brian Hamilton | November 15, 2012
Today's photo: "Ascending," by Flickr member Brian Hamilton. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's Podcast Dreadful, 11 of 12 | November 13, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's part 11 of our special 12-part "Podcast Dreadful" serial-fiction audiobook anthology. Today's episode features work by Davis Schneiderman, Jim Ruland, Keith McCleary & Sophia G. Starmack, Ben Tanzer and Karl Wolff, with music by Ken Kase and hosted by Christopher Sullivan. | Read entire entry

Book vs. Film: "Bone" by Jeff Smith, "The Cartoonist" | November 7, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a dual review of both a book and a movie: The epic comic "Bone" by Jeff Smith, which believe it or not successfully combines "Pogo" and "Lord of the Rings;" and the 2009 documentary "The Cartoonist," not just about Smith but looking at the entire indie-comics explosion of the 1990s. Both are highly recommended! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Le Cercle Rouge | November 7, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by French Flickr member Le Cercle Rouge. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's Podcast Dreadful, 10 of 12 | November 6, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's part 10 of our special 12-part "Podcast Dreadful" serial-fiction audiobook anthology. Today's episode features work by Davis Schneiderman, Jim Ruland, Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack, Ben Tanzer and Karl Wolff, with music by Ken Kase and hosted by Christopher Sullivan. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Autoportrait au ballon de baudruche," by Helodie | November 6, 2012
Today's photo: "Autoportrait au ballon de baudruche," by Flickr member Helodie. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Cage," by Gordon Weiss | November 2, 2012
This week Karl Wolff reviews "The Cage," by Gordon Weiss, a former UN worker who writes about the human rights disaster of Sri Lanka in its battle with the Tamil Tigers. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: Lucasfilm, the artistic endgame, and the death of the Gen-X man-child. | November 1, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a personal essay: A few thoughts on the recent sale of Lucasfilm to Disney, why all young artists should admire George Lucas for pulling it off, and why this is the perfect time for my fellow Generation X man-children to finally stop worshipping crap. | Read entire entry