Archives: June 2013

This is the archive page for [June 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: "Naked Lunch," by William S. Burroughs | June 28, 2013
This week, Karl Wolff returns to the NSFW Files to investigate "Naked Lunch," by William S. Burroughs, the 1959 sensation that marked a watershed for free expression in literature and included Mugwumps, heroin, and lots and lots of sex. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "going underground," by Michael | June 28, 2013
Today's photo: "going underground," by British Flickr member Michael. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Overthinking the Marathon" by Ray Charbonneau | June 27, 2013
Today's book review: The half-diary, half-guidebook "Overthinking the Marathon" by Ray Charbonneau, which reviewer Jason Pettus found interesting and entertaining despite not being a runner himself. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Christine," by Dominik | June 27, 2013
Today's photo: "Christine," by Swiss Flickr member Dominik. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Little Known Facts" by Christine Sneed | June 26, 2013
Today's mini-review: The Hollywood novel "Little Known Facts" by Chicago area author Christine Sneed. Says reviewer Travis Fortney: "This is the rare book that manages to be both a breezy summer read and a probing literary novel." | Read entire entry

Announcing CCLaP's 2013 anthology: Design Us a Time Capsule | June 26, 2013
Every autumn CCLaP publishes an anthology of short work, and this year's theme is a doozy -- we want you to design us a time capsule, to help our books survive fire, floods and the coming robot apocalypse. Awards for best realistic entry and best fictional one! All submissions get published in a book coming this winter! Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Morgenland | June 26, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Amsterdam Flickr member Morgenland. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Byzantium" by Ben Stroud | June 24, 2013
Today's book review is of the historical/contemporary story collection "Byzantium" by Ben Stroud, to be released by Graywolf Press on July 23, 2013. Says reviewer Travis Fortney, "These stories function as something like insightful expressions of life's strangeness. They also carry with them the unmistakeable flavor of the new." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Fight for Your Long Day" by Alex Kudera | June 24, 2013
Today's book review: Alex Kudera's absurdist comedy "Fight for Your Long Day," a contemporary story about adjunct professors that is clearly going for a "Confederacy of Dunces" vibe, but that reviewer Jason Pettus unfortunately thought mostly misses its mark. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "drifters rue Vieille du Temple," by Paolo Barzman | June 24, 2013
Today's photo: "drifters rue Vieille du Temple," by Canadian-in-Paris Paolo Barzman. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Happy Talk," by Richard Melo | June 21, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Happy Talk," by Richard Melo, a Pynchonesque romp through 1950s Haiti with gun-toting student nurses, UNESCO filmmakers, and Baron Samedi. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Kiss Shot" by Collin Kelley | June 20, 2013
Today's book review: The story collection "Kiss Shot" by multiple Lambda and Pushcart nominee Collin Kelley, which reviewer Jason Pettus liked a lot more than most story collections precisely because of its prurient but well-done nature. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "48/365 Equilibrios cotidianos," by Sol Vazquez | June 20, 2013
Today's photo: "48/365 Equilibrios cotidianos," by Spanish photographer Sol Vazquez. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Dinner" by Herman Koch | June 19, 2013
Today's book review: The internationally popular psychological novel "The Dinner" by Herman Koch. Says reviewer Travis Fortney: "It's been a long time since I laughed so hard during the first hundred pages of a book, and it's been longer than I can remember that a book made me genuinely sick to my stomach by the end. Read at your own risk." | Read entire entry

Passing the Torch: Eleanor Stanford on Maureen Foley | June 19, 2013
Today, it's one of our regular "Passing the Torch" essays, in which our most previous author shares some thoughts on what they like most about our most current author. Here, "Historia, Historia"s Eleanor Stanford analyzes Maureen Foley's "Women Float." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Lisa Wormsley | June 19, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by British photographer Lisa Wormsley. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "High and Inside" by Russell Rowland | June 18, 2013
Today's book review: The engaging human-interest drama "High and Inside" by Russell Rowland, in which an alcoholic baseball player who's been drummed out of the pros impulsively moves to Montana to build a house from scratch, despite not knowing the first thing about construction. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Liting Wang | June 18, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Taiwanese photographer Liting Wang. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Lake People" by Abi Maxwell | June 17, 2013
Today's book review: The rural New Hampshire human-interest drama "Lake People" by Abi Maxwell. Says reviewer Travis Fortney, "Worth the read [if thought of] as a short story collection, but won't be rewarding for those who try to make sense of it as a novel." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Clock of Life" by Nancy Klann-Moren | June 17, 2013
Today's book review: The overly sentimental morality tale "The Clock of Life" by Nancy Klann-Moren, a book which is obviously connecting with some readers (based on its numerous award nominations and wins) but that reviewer Jason Pettus found a preachy disappointment. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Empire State Building," by Toby Hancock | June 17, 2013
Today's photo: "Empire State Building," by Californian in New York Toby Hancock. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Escape From Paris," by Carolyn Hart | June 14, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Escape From Paris," a romantic suspense novel about the early years of the Second World War and two sisters' battle to save downed British pilots from Nazi menace. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "stan braves the beach," by Danny Edwards | June 12, 2013
Today's photo: "stan braves the beach," by Danny Edwards. | Read entire entry

My Kind of Town: "Memoirs of an American Citizen" by Robert Herrick | June 12, 2013
(Once a month throughout 2013 and '14, CCLaP critic Travis Fortney is reading a series of classic and contemporary books set in Chicago, not only to understand his new adopted hometown better, but to learn more about the origins... | Read entire entry

CCLaP Mini-review: "The After-Life Story of Pork Knuckles Malone," by MP Johnson | June 12, 2013
Karl Wolff reviews "The After-Life Story of Pork Knuckles Malone," by MP Johnson, a bizarro lit book that's like watching a Troma movie. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's newest book, Meera Lee Sethi's "Mountainfit," is now here! | June 11, 2013
Excelsior! CCLaP's third original book of the year is now available! It's a collection of John-Muir-style essays about nature and science called "Mountainfit" by Meera Lee Sethi, and I'm sure you're going to love it, whether as a free ebook or a special handmade hardback. Click through for more, including links for ordering and downloading! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "dreamed a dream by the old canal.," by Mark Entwisle | June 11, 2013
Today's photo: "dreamed a dream by the old canal.," by UK photographer Mark Entwisle. | Read entire entry

Announcing "My Kind of Town," a New Essay Series by Travis Fortney | June 10, 2013
Over the next year, here at the website, I'll be posting a series of reviews entitled "My Kind of Town", which takes its title from the popular Frank Sinatra song--Chi-CA-go, Chi-CA-go, my kind of a town.... I'll be exploring... | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Dog Stars" by Peter Heller | June 8, 2013
(CCLaP is dedicated to reviewing as many contemporary books as possible, including self-published volumes; click here to learn how to submit your own book for possible review, although be warned that it needs to have been published within the last... | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Wheatyard," by Peter Anderson | June 7, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews Wheatyard, a wonderful character study and a finely wrought coming-of-age novel, along with being a funny, touching piece of pop culture archeology. | Read entire entry

Hope to see you at the "Women Float" release party! | June 6, 2013
The release party for Maureen Foley's CCLaP book "Women Float," being held in the southern California town of Carpinteria, is happening tomorrow! Click through for all the details, if you live in the area and would like to attend, or to learn more about our Facebook and Twitter accounts where I'll be posting live updates over the next three days. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Fun Parts" by Sam Lipsyte | June 5, 2013
(CCLaP is dedicated to reviewing as many contemporary books as possible, including self-published volumes; click here to learn how to submit your own book for possible review, although be warned that it needs to have been published within the last... | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Youth" by Jayme K. | June 5, 2013
(CCLaP is dedicated to reviewing as many contemporary books as possible, including self-published volumes; click here to learn how to submit your own book for possible review, although be warned that it needs to have been published within the last... | Read entire entry

Book Review: "A Nearly Perfect Copy" by Allison Amend | June 3, 2013
(CCLaP is dedicated to reviewing as many contemporary books as possible, including self-published volumes; click here to learn how to submit your own book for possible review, although be warned that it needs to have been published within the last... | Read entire entry