Archives: July 2013

This is the archive page for [July 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.

Book Review: "The Middlesteins" by Jami Attenberg | July 30, 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

The NSFW Files: "City of Night," by John Rechy | July 26, 2013
This week Karl Wolff's essay series the NSFW Files covers the underground classic about gay America, "City of Night." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare (repost): "Death Kit" (1967), by Susan Sontag, First Edition/First Printing | July 26, 2013
Today, another eBay auction from CCLaP's rare book collection: A first-edition, first-printing of Susan Sontag's 1967 "Death Kit," a rare novel from this noted intellectual and "Dark Lady of American Letters," in the style of Kafka but mixed with a countercultural attitude. Just $15 minimum bid, or buy it this second for $30! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare (repost): "History and Rhymes of the Lost Battalion" (1929 edition) | July 26, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from CCLaP's rare book collection: A 1929 edition of the 1919 World War One memoir "History and Rhymes of the Lost Battalion," which started life as a tribute to a well-loved commander and eventually was reprinted in the millions by VFW chapters around the nation. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare (repost): "Pictures of Fedelman" (1969), by Bernard Malamud, First Edition/First Printing | July 26, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from CCLaP's rare book collection: A first-edition, first-printing copy of Bernard Malamud's playful, sexy countercultural romp "Pictures of Fidelman," a bawdy tale of a Jewish writer visiting Italy that came out at the same time as the rise of Malamud's fellow nebbish sex symbols Philip Roth and Woody Allen. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare (repost): "The Loser" (1960), by Peter Ustinov, First Edition/First Printing | July 24, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from CCLaP's rare book collection: A first-edition, first-printing of actor and renaissance man Peter Ustinov's 1960 novel "The Loser," a character study of the young angry Germans who lost World War One and ended up forming the Nazis and World War Two. A forgotten Mid-Century-Modernist classic, its minimum bid today is only $15, a steal in any situation. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare (repost): The Millennium Trilogy, by Stieg Larsson, First Am. Ed./First Printing | July 24, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from CCLaP's rare book collection: The complete set of first American editions of Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" trilogy ("Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" et al), a perfect acquisition for the young serious collector who plans to be in it for the long haul. $50 minimum bid for all three! WOW, WHAT A STEAL! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare (repost): Newberry Library Sherwood Anderson Memorial (1948), LIKE NEW | July 23, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from CCLaP's rare book collection: A LIKE NEW copy of Chicago's Newberry Library Bulletin, special Sherwood Anderson memorial from December 1948, which had sat in an unopened box from its publication to when CCLaP acquired it in 2011. $30 minimum bid, or buy it this second for $60! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare (repost): "The Robots of Dawn" (1983), by Isaac Asimov, First Edition/First Printing | July 23, 2013
Today, another eBay auction from CCLaP's rare book collection: A first-edition, first printing of Isaac Asimov's 1983 "The Robots of Dawn," the second of his '80s novels to address his three series of famous '50s novels (the "Robot" book, the "Empire" ones, and the "Foundation" ones). Just $15 minimum bid! Or buy it this second for $30! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Disorderly" by Jayme K. | July 23, 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

CCLaP Rare (repost): Chicago Civic Opera Company libretto of "Der Rosenkavalier" (c.1922-31) | July 22, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from CCLaP's rare book collection: A souvenir lobby program from the Chicago Civic Opera Company's production of "Der Rosenkavalier," circa 1922 to '31. Minimum bid only $15! Buy it this second for $30! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare (repost): Whitney Biennial 1961 exhibition catalog | July 22, 2013
Today, another eBay auction from CCLaP's rare book collection: a first edition copy of the Whitney Museum of American Art's 1961 Annual Exhibition catalog, during one of the short periods of its history when the "Whitney Biennial" was actually held every year instead of every other year. $15 minimum bid! Buy it now for $30! How can you beat a deal like that?! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare (repost): "The Anatomy Lesson" (1983), by Philip Roth, First Edition/First Printing | July 20, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from CCLaP's rare book collection: A first-edition, first-printing copy of Philip Roth's 1983 "The Anatomy Lesson," the third book in his remarkable nine-book "Nathan Zuckerman" series looking at the entirety of the Postmodernist Era. Only $15 minimum bid, or buy it this second for $30! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare (repost): "History and Rhymes of the Lost Battalion" (1929 edition) | July 20, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from CCLaP's rare book collection: A 1929 edition of the 1919 World War One memoir "History and Rhymes of the Lost Battalion," which started life as a tribute to a well-loved commander and eventually was reprinted in the millions by VFW chapters around the nation. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Book of Times," by Lesley Alderman | July 19, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews "The Book of Times," by Lesley Alderman, a fun and informative look at how we use time in everything from household chores to gadget longevity to digestion time. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Satanic Verses" (1988), by Salman Rushdie (First American Edition/First Printing) | July 16, 2013
Today at CCLaP, another eBay auction from our rare book collection: In this case, a first American edition, first-printing copy of Salman Rushdie's infamous 1988 "The Satanic Verses." Wow, only $25 minimum bid, WOW! Exactly the kind of title that young collectors should be acquiring right this minute! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Marleen Keustermans | July 16, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Belgian-in-Italy photographer Marleen Keustermans. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Fainting Room" by Sarah Pemberton Strong | July 15, 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

Behold! CCLaP 'Nerdy Bird' hipster stickers! | July 15, 2013
CCLaP's new hipster stickers are here! Designed by Rob Syers, co-founder of Skingraft Comics and Records! A nerdy bird drinking espresso and reading Proust! Just a dollar gets you a dozen of them plus free postage! YOU WANT A CCLAP HIPSTER STICKER OF A NERDY BIRD! YOU WANT IT! YOU WANT IT! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Lady Chatterley's Lover" (First Grove Press Edition), by D.H. Lawrence | July 15, 2013
Today at CCLaP, a new eBay auction from our rare book collection: This time a first-edition, first-printing copy of the 1959 Grove Press version of D.H. Lawrence's banned 1928 smutty class-warfare romance novel "Lady Chatterley's Lover." Successfully defended in court, Grove used it as a template for later publishing "Tropic of Cancer" and "Naked Lunch," ushering in the countercultural era. Just $25 minimum bid, or buy it this second for $50! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Fes Medina - a glimpse of the people," by Sally Walton | July 15, 2013
Today's photo: "Fes Medina - a glimpse of the people," by British-in-Morocco photographer Sally Walton. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Secret of Abdu el Yezdi," by Mark Hodder | July 12, 2013
Today at CCLaP: Mark Hodder, master of steampunk, uncorks a ripping yarn full of airships, occultism, murder, and abduction in his latest installment of the Burton and Swinburne Adventures series, "The Secret of Abdu el Yezdi." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Innocents Abroad" (1869), by Mark Twain, First Edition/1870 Printing | July 11, 2013
Today, a new CCLaP rare book auction at eBay, this time for a first-edition (1870 printing) copy of Mark Twain's 1869 "The Innocents Abroad." Bitter, funny, blog-style reports from an upper-class "Grand Tour" cruise of Europe and the Holy Land, they originally got syndicated in papers and gained him millions of fans, with the book version containing 234 illustrations as well. Minimum bid $200, or buy it this second for $400! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Terres Rouges Power Plant (13)," by Yann Mornet | July 11, 2013
Today's photo: "Terres Rouges Power Plant (13)," by French-in-Luxembourg photographer Yann Mornet. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Bostonians" (1886 one-volume edition), by Henry James, First Edition/First Printing | July 10, 2013
Today, a new book for sale in CCLaP's rare-book collection: A first edition, first printing of the 1886 "one-volume" version of Henry James' Victorian classic "The Bostonians," which also happened to coin the once famous phrase "Boston Marriage" to refer to lesbian relationships. Minimum bid $175, or buy it this second for $300! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Wicker Park," by Martin Gonzalez | July 10, 2013
Today's photo: "Wicker Park," by Chicago photographer Martin Gonzalez. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Double Helix," by Martino Zegwaard | July 9, 2013
Today's photo: "Double Helix," by Dutch photographer Martino Zegwaard. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "First Aide Medicine" by Nicholaus Patnaude | July 8, 2013
"You could choose any paragraph of this book at random, read it three or four hundred times in a row, add a few maggots coming out of eyeballs (if you've miraculously chosen one of the paragraphs with no maggots coming out of eyeballs), add a few decapitated birds, and you'd have pretty good feel for what the book is without actually reading it." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Federal Reserve and the Financial Crisis," Lectures by Ben S. Bernanke | July 5, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke's book, "The Federal Reserve and the Financial Crisis," a collection of lectures he had at George Washington University, where he talks about the history of the Fed and its missteps in dealing with the Great Recession. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "A Marker to Measure Drift" by Alexander Maksik | July 3, 2013
Today's book review at CCLaP: Alexander Maksik's graceful new novel about a cave-dwelling Liberian refugee living on a Grecian island, "A Marker to Measure Drift", to be released by Knopf on July 30th. Says reviewer Travis Fortney: "It all makes for uncomfortable and sometimes gruesome reading, but this is a very effective and contained book." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Bobcat" by Rebecca Lee | July 1, 2013
Today's book review at CCLaP: "Bobcat" by Rebecca Lee. Reviewer Travis Fortney hates books of short stories, but he loves this one. So much so that it's his second 10 star book of the year. | Read entire entry