Archives: January 2013

This is the archive page for [January 2013]; 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 97: 'Hair Lit's Nick Ostdick and Jason Behrends | January 28, 2013
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a half-hour talk with RAGAD founder Nick Ostdick and Orange Alert head Jason Behrends, all about their new anthology of stories concerning '80s metal bands, "Hair Lit." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Oscar W. | January 28, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Hong Kong photographer Oscar W. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The King of Pain," by Seth Kaufman | January 25, 2013
Karl Wolff begins 2013 reviewing Seth Kaufman's novel "The King of Pain," about a reality TV producer lodged beneath his giant home entertainment system, his predicament complicated by reading a short story collection about prisons written by someone named Seth Kaufman. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by bloody.ant-eater.in.jumper | January 25, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member bloody.ant-eater.in.jumper. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Shadow Show," edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle | January 24, 2013
Today's book review: The great "new" anthology (released last summer) in celebration of Ray Bradbury, the all-star "Shadow Show" edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "one last game," by Chinese Johnny | January 24, 2013
Today's photo: "one last game," by Rhode Island Flickr member Chinese Johnny. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: Why 'Harmontown' is the Best Podcast in the US You're Not Listening To. | January 23, 2013
Today at CCLaP, a few thoughts on the recent Chicago stop of Dan Harmon's confessional, hilarious "Harmontown" podcast tour, and what makes this both a technically and conceptually groundbreaking show that is writing some of the rules that future podcasts will forever follow. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Lisa Wormsley | January 23, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by British photographer Lisa Wormsley. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Lucretia and the Kroons," by Victor LaValle | January 22, 2013
Today's book review: The mostly disappointing alt-horror tale "Lucretia and the Kroons" by Victor LaValle, full of great ideas but that are unfortunately handled rather poorly. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "venditori di tessuti," by Benedetta Romani | January 22, 2013
Today's photo: "venditori di tessuti," by Italian-in-Egypt photographer Benedetta Romani. | Read entire entry

Book review: "New 52 Batman: The City of Owls," by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo | January 21, 2013
Today's book review: "New 52 Batman: The City of Owls," by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, collecting the first twelve issues of the monthly series since DC's infamous reboot of their shared universe, which I'm happy to report is well-done but as thoroughly a YA product as the rebooted "Doctor Who" is. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "No fortune available," by bolbolha | January 21, 2013
Today's photo: "No fortune available," by Moroccan Flickr member bolbolha. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photo Feature: Katherine Hodges, 'deadmalls' | January 18, 2013
Today's weekly photo feature at CCLaP profiles the work of Chicagoan Katherine Hodges, who for the last year has been going all over the Midwest shooting malls with occupancy rates of only 50 to 10 percent, full enough to stay open but with spooky, abandoned interiors that look like dystopian science-fiction movies. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day at CCLaP: "Eski cami panorama," by Booo Zone | January 18, 2013
Today's photo: "Eski cami panorama," by Turkish Flickr member Booo Zone. | Read entire entry

Book review: "We Only Know So Much," by Elizabeth Crane | January 17, 2013
Today's book review at CCLaP: The Franzen-like character-heavy dramedy and latest by personal friend Elizabeth Crane, the delightful and thought-provoking dysfunctional-family tale "We Only Know So Much." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Little elephant or what you see?," by Lauri Lauren | January 17, 2013
Today's photo: "Little elephant or what you see?," by Finnish photographer Lauri Lauren. | Read entire entry

George Saunders: A Critical Overview | January 16, 2013
Because of getting to interview him last week, I ended up reading all seven books of George Saunders' career over a tiny space of time in January; so instead of an individual review of each, I thought I'd do one large essay about them all today, and examine the dark and bizarre shared universe where his famed bizarro stories take place. | Read entire entry

Today's photo: "Rainbow Child.," by Flickr member Ellenor-Daisy. | January 16, 2013
Today's photo: "Rainbow Child.," by Flickr member Ellenor-Daisy. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 96: Author George Saunders | January 15, 2013
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: To kick off 2013 and the seventh year of the podcast, we're proud to present a half-hour talk with legendary author George Saunders, whose new book "Tenth of December" currently has him out on a national tour. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "flores y flotadores," by Berta Pfirsich | January 15, 2013
Today's photo: "flores y flotadores," by Spanish photographer Berta Pfirsich. | Read entire entry

Hey Chicagoans! Come to the 'Hair Lit' release party tomorrow night! | January 11, 2013
Hey, Chicagoans! What are you doing tomorrow night? It's nothing, right? DON'T LIE TO ME! Instead, come out to the release party for the new lit anthology based on '80s metal bands, "Hair Lit," at the Book Cellar in Lincoln Square. Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photo Feature: Francesca Marie | January 11, 2013
Today at CCLaP, our very first in a new series of weekly 10-page PDF photographer profiles, which will be reprinted a few weeks later in our new monthly magazine at Amazon and iTunes. Today's feature profiles young south Florida artist Francesca Marie, who takes Nan-Goldin-style casually journalistic shots of her edgy friends and the lives they lead. | Read entire entry

The Year in Books 2012: The CCLaP Guilty Pleasure Awards | January 11, 2013
It's the last day of CCLaP's "Year in Books 2012" report! Today, the sixth anniversary of a proud tradition - the handing out of the CCLaP Guilty Pleasure Awards, for books last year I loved way more than their circumstances deserve for them to be loved. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "1234 Shoreditch Festival," by Tom Perry | January 11, 2013
Today's photo: "1234 Shoreditch Festival," by British photographer Tom Perry. | Read entire entry

On Being Human: The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976, Nicholas Roeg) | January 11, 2013
Today at CCLaP: In his last essay for On Being Human, Karl Wolff looks at 'The Man Who Fell to Earth,' Nicholas Roeg's 1976 sci-fi art-house masterpiece. | Read entire entry

The Year in Books: Highlights from Locals and Friends | January 10, 2013
It's day four of CCLaP's "Year in Books 2012" report! Today, a random selection of highlights from the amazing plethora of books put out by locals and our personal friends over the last year. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Erika Victor | January 10, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Kansas photographer Erika Victor. | Read entire entry

The Year in Books 2012: Karl Wolff's Picks | January 9, 2013
It's day three of CCLaP's "Year in Books 2012" report! Today, staff writer Karl Wolff takes a look at his favorite reads in 2012, broken down by specific category. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Petit Poucet," by Francois Porcheron | January 9, 2013
Today's photo: "Petit Poucet," by French photographer Francois Porcheron. | Read entire entry

The Year in Books 2012: Worth a Second Look | January 8, 2013
It's day two of CCLaP's "Year in Books 2012" report! Today, a look at nine titles that may not have scored the absolute highest last year, but will hold an intense amount of appeal to the niche audiences they were designed for. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "butterfly kid," by Bim Bom | January 8, 2013
Today's photo: "butterfly kid," by Flickr member Bim Bom. | Read entire entry

The Year in Books 2012: Best of the Best | January 7, 2013
It's day one of CCLaP's "Year in Books 2012" report! Today, a look at the eleven books that received the highest scores last year, of the 150 books we ended up reviewing. | Read entire entry

The Year in Books, 2012 | January 7, 2013
It's the end of another year, which means it's time for CCLaP's annual "Year in Books" reports, a five-part essay series that breaks down our favorite reads of the year by a series of specific criteria. Here is the master list of links to all five parts. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Zoe," by Virginia Parra | January 7, 2013
Today's photo: "Zoe," by Chilean photographer Virginia Parra. | Read entire entry