Archives: March 2013

This is the archive page for [March 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.

The NSFW Files: "Gynecocracy," by Viscount Ladywood | March 29, 2013
This week Karl Wolff has another installment of the NSFW Files, this time looking at "Gynecocracy" by Viscount Ladywood, where a disobedient aristocratic man is disciplined by being forced to wear a corset. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Gold Coast Madam," by Rose Laws with Dianna Harris | March 22, 2013
This week Karl Wolff look at the seamy side of Chicago history with "Gold Coast Madam" by Rose Laws with Dianna Harris, an autobiography of Rose Laws and the call girls that made her infamous. | Read entire entry

Why I Signed 'Historia, Historia' -- An Apologia. | March 21, 2013
Today at CCLaP, an "apologia" (that is, a deliberately all-positive critical essay) on all the reasons I decided to sign Eleanor Stanford's informative, poetic and haunting Peace Corps memoir "Historia, Historia." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "roll on by," by Britt Fowler | March 21, 2013
Today's photo: "roll on by," by Iowa photographer Britt Fowler. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 98: Author M. Henderson Ellis | March 18, 2013
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a half-hour talk with Budapest author M. Henderson Ellis, currently on tour for his new expat novel, "Keeping Bedlam at Bay in the Prague Cafe." Also featuring the music of Clemens Neufeld and Ken Kase. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "†," by Nathan Bobey | March 18, 2013
Today's photo: "†," by Portland photographer Nathan Bobey. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Secretary," by Kim Ghattas | March 15, 2013
This week, Karl Wolff reviews "The Secretary" by Kim Ghattas, a half-Dutch, half-Lebanese BBC journalist, as she traces the tenure of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, dispelling some popular myths about how this massive institution works. | Read entire entry

Passing the Torch: Kevin Haworth on Eleanor Stanford | March 13, 2013
It's Eleanor Stanford Week at CCLaP! And although we're thrilled that her new book "Historia, Historia" is now available to the public, it unfortunately means that our previous newest book, Kevin Haworth's "Famous Drownings in Literary History," is being relegated this week to the dreaded archives. Before that happens, I asked Kevin if he'd share a few thoughts about Eleanor's book; click through to see what he had to say. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Puzzleman | March 13, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Taiwanese Flickr member Puzzleman. | Read entire entry

An Interview with Eleanor Stanford | March 12, 2013
It's Eleanor Stanford Week at CCLaP! And in honor of her new book with the center, the Peace Corps memoir "Historia, Historia," I recently had a chance to "sit down" with her over Google Talk, where we text-chatted for 45 minutes about the book, the Cape Verde Islands, personal versus academic essays and more. Click through for the entire transcript! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Sheep in the clouds," by Kim Tan | March 12, 2013
Today's photo: "Sheep in the clouds," by British photographer Kim Tan. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's first original book of the year is here! | March 11, 2013
Yippee! CCLaP's first original book of the year has finally gotten released today! It's called "Historia, Historia" by Philadelphia author Eleanor Stanford, and is an intriguing mix: partly a Peace Corps memoir, partly academic essays about the language and culture of the Cape Verde Islands, and partly Marya-Hornbacher-style gripping personal essays about an eating disorder she developed while there. Click through for all the details, and to download a free copy right now! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Naira Mattia | March 8, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Brazilian photographer Naira Mattia. | Read entire entry

Book Review: The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965, by William Manchester and Paul Reid | March 8, 2013
This week, Karl Wolff reviews "The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965" by William Manchester and Paul Reid, the much anticipated third volume to Manchester's epic biography of the controversial British statesman. | Read entire entry

Book review: "The Book of Frog," by Jan Zwicky | March 7, 2013
Today's book review: Jan Zwicky's "The Book of Frog," the latest by our friends at Pedlar Press, a cute but slight fairytale about a rock shaped like a frog and the adventures it goes on, written as a series of emails back to the knick-knacks at a couple's house he is friends with. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Akira | March 7, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member Akira. | Read entire entry

Book review: "I Am Ready to Die a Violent Death," by Heiko Julien | March 6, 2013
Today's book review: "I Am Ready to Die a Violent Death," by Chicagoan Heiko Julien, part of that super-duper-indie lit crowd that includes Tao Lin and Jordan Castro, a deeply experimental prose/poetry hybrid that often feels like drunken Twitter posts from a madman, and will certainly make anyone over the age of 35 feel like a sad old out-of-touch loser while they're reading it. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Nina Ahn | March 6, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Korean-in-Turkey photographer Nina Ahn. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Confessions of an Eccentric Old Man," by Sholder Greye | March 5, 2013
Today's book review: Sholder Greye's "Confessions of an Eccentric Old Man," interesting as a steampunk-style retro thriller regarding an alchemist from the 1600s, but even more interesting as a cultural artifact from the first great days of free moddable e-texts on the web in the mid-1990s. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Urbanscape 1," by Blazej Marczak | March 5, 2013
Today's photo: "Urbanscape 1," by Scot-in-Peru photographer Blazej Marczak. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Seed," by Rob Ziegler | March 4, 2013
Today's book review: The superlative contemporary cyberpunk novel "Seed" by Rob Ziegler, which takes all the elements of the classic sci-fi genre (tech gone amok when finally filtered down to street level, etc), but transports it from pale computer hackers in London to Latino skaters in the American Southwest, as society fights over genetically engineered crops in an agriculturally desolate future. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Krzysztof Glistak | March 4, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Polish photographer Krzysztof Glistak. | Read entire entry

Book Review: Tim Walker: Story Teller, by Tim Walker | March 1, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Tim Walker: Story Teller," a photography collection from the UK photographer most notable for working in Vogue Magazine. Steampunk fans, take heed! | Read entire entry