Archives: October 2013

This is the archive page for [October 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 Photographer Feature: Elodie Fougère | October 31, 2013
It's Thursday, which means it's time for another of CCLaP's weekly photographer features, short PDFs highlighting just one artist that you can download for free (or view online at "YouTube for magazines" website Issuu.com); these are then also featured... | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "20,000 Leagues" by Jules Verne, 1925 Scribner's illustrated edition | October 31, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from the center's rare-book collection: A 1925 Scribner's illustrated "Series for Young People" edition of Jules Verne's Victorian sci-fi classic, "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea." Click through for photos and details! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Night Scenes of City Life" (1891), by T. DeWitt Talmage, First Edition, First Printing | October 30, 2013
Today, another eBay auction from the center's rare-book collection: The delightfully overwrought Victorian moral-panic tale "Night Scenes of City Life" by T. DeWitt Talmage, once the second most well-known religious figure in the entire United States. Beware the evil laudanum and women with loose morals! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Meaty" by Samantha Irby | October 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

CCLaP Rare: Oscar Wilde's "Dorian Gray," the Very First Modern Library Book Ever Made (1917, ML001) | October 29, 2013
Today, another eBay auction from the center's rare-book collection: The very first Modern Library book ever printed in history, Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" from 1917, the first catalog number from the first year of the company's existence. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Reason I Jump" by Naoki Higashida | October 29, 2013
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Book Review: "Sheikhs, Lies and Real Estate," by J.R. Roth | October 28, 2013
Today's book review: J.R. Roth's mesmerizing tale of Dubai during it boom years, "Sheikhs, Lies and Real Estate," an impeccable combination of academic research and salacious anecdotes that will likely be making our best-of lists at the end of the year. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Native Son" (1940), by Richard Wright, First Edition First Printing | October 28, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from our rare-book collection: A first-edition, first-printing copy of Richard Wright's 1940 "Native Son," considered by many the very first book to singlehandedly kickstart the entire "African-American Literature" genre. | Read entire entry

It's the last day of Meera Lee Sethi's "Mountainfit" book tour! | October 25, 2013
It's the last day of Meera Lee Sethi's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP nature and science essay collection "Mountainfit!" Today Meera is hanging out at the Introverted Reader, where she shares a playlist of music related to the book; while yesterday she was at Glorified Love Letters, sharing a book-related recipe for Swedish cinnamon rolls. Click through for links to them both! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Bitter Orange," by Marshall Moore | October 25, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Bitter Orange," by Marshall Moore, about a gay man coming to terms with his superpower to turn invisible. Does that make him a hero or a villain? | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photographer Feature: Sheldon Serkin | October 24, 2013
It's Thursday, which means it's time for another of CCLaP's weekly photographer features, short PDFs highlighting just one artist that you can download for free (or view online at "YouTube for magazines" website Issuu.com); these are then also featured... | Read entire entry

It's day eight of Meera Lee Sethi's "Mountainfit" book tour! | October 23, 2013
It's day eight of Meera Lee Sethi's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP nature and science essay collection "Mountainfit!" Today Meera is hanging out at Guiltless Readings, where she has shared a lot more of her fantastic field photos; while yesterday she was with Coyote Crossing, doing a video chat at Google Hangouts. Click through for links to them both! | Read entire entry

The "CCLaP Journal" #2 is finally here! | October 23, 2013
Issue #2 of the "CCLaP Journal," our new monthly magazine, is now out -- and only nine months late too! Click through for a lot more, including a run-down of contents, download links, and more on the special optimized version for Kindles we're now offering. | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Saga: Volume One," by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples | October 23, 2013
This week Karl Wolff writes a mini-review about "Saga: Volume One," by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, and yes, it is every bit as awesome as people say, so you should totally read it right now! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made" by Greg Sestero & Tom Bissell | October 22, 2013
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Book Review: "The Explanation for Everything" by Lauren Grodstein | October 21, 2013
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It's day six of Meera Lee Sethi's "Mountainfit" book tour! | October 21, 2013
It's day four of Meera Lee Sethi's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP nature and science essay collection "Mountainfit!" Today Meera is hanging out with our friends over at The Next Best Book Blog, where she's done a new audio recording, while on Friday she was over at River City Reading, talking about Kickstarter. Click through for them both! | Read entire entry

It's day four of Meera Lee Sethi's "Mountainfit" book tour! | October 18, 2013
It's day four of Meera Lee Sethi's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP nature and science essay collection "Mountainfit!" Today Meera is hanging out with our friends over at Superstition Review, where she has posted a guest essay on the subject of going from being a self-publisher to signing with a legitimate small press. | Read entire entry

Two weeks until Mark R. Brand performs at Studio 505! Just a month until Ken Kase! | October 18, 2013
Just two weeks until CCLaP's newest event at its new "Studio 505" performance venue (i.e. Jason Pettus' new apartment in Uptown), Mark R. Brand reading a full half-hour from his new book "Long Live Us." Then two weeks after that, a special one-time event featuring St. Louis musician and writer Ken Kase! Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

The NSFW Files: "The Image," by Jean de Berg | October 18, 2013
Karl Wolff continues his essay series "The NSFW Files" with Jean de Berg's minimalist classic, "The Image." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Osiris Curse: A Tweed & Nightingale Adventure" by Paul Crilley | October 18, 2013
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It's day three of Meera Lee Sethi's "Mountainfit" book tour! | October 17, 2013
It's day three of Meera Lee Sethi's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP nature and science essay collection "Mountainfit!" Today Meera is hanging at the Best Damn Creative Writing blog, where she's turned in a guest essay on the subject of turning real-life friends into characters for your book. Click through for the link! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photographer Feature: Brendan Ó Sé | October 17, 2013
Today's photographer feature at CCLaP highlights the work of Irish artist Brendan O Se. Click through to download the free PDF, or to view it online at "YouTube for magazines" service Issuu.com. | Read entire entry

It's the start of Meera Lee Sethi's "Mountainfit" virtual book tour! | October 15, 2013
All right! Another one of our authors is on a virtual book tour! Click through to read all about Meera Lee Sethi, her book of nature and science essays with CCLaP, "Mountainfit," and at which blogs she'll be appearing over the next two weeks to talk more about it. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Bleeding Edge" by Thomas Pynchon | October 15, 2013
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My Kind of Town: "Angels" by Denis Johnson | October 14, 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

It's release day for T.A. Noonan's "four sparks fall!" | October 14, 2013
Hooray! CCLaP's newest original book, and our last original book of the year, is finally here! It's called "four sparks fall" by a Florida author named T.A. Noonan, and is our first experimental foray into so-called "young adult literature." Click through for all the details, and to download a free electronic copy right this second! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Sloughing Off the Rot," by Lance Carbuncle | October 11, 2013
Part psychogeography, part hallucination, part body horror, and part vision quest, Sloughing Off the Rot is not for the squeamish, easily disgusted, or overly serious. This is bizarro literature as fine art. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photographer Feature: Noushin Arefadib | October 10, 2013
This week's photographer feature at CCLaP highlights the work of Iranian-Australian Noushin Arefadib, currently doing humanitarian work in India and Sri Lanka. Click through to download the free PDF, or to view an online version at Issuu.com. | Read entire entry

Check out CCLaP's newest book, Karl Wolff's "On Being Human!" | October 8, 2013
Surprise! CCLaP is releasing a new book today! It's staff critic Karl Wolff's "On Being Human," reviews of classic books and movies all dealing with the subject of humanity, most of which ran at our blog in 2012 but with three exclusive new essays found just in this book version. Click through for all the details, and to download a free electronic copy right this moment! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Contributions to Punch" (1898 Biographical Edition), by William Makepeace Thackeray | October 8, 2013
Today's auction from CCLaP's rare-book collection: An 1898 edition of William Makepeace Thackeray's collected contributions to the Victorian humor magazine "Punch," originally part of a 13-volume collection but worth owning just on its own for its obscure, usually scattered content. Minimum bid, only $20! What a steal! | Read entire entry

Book review: "Cannonball" by Joseph McElroy | October 8, 2013
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Book Review: "All That Is" by James Salter | October 7, 2013
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Book Review: "Fighting for an American Countryside," by Jennifer Vogel | October 4, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Fighting for an American Countryside" by Jennifer Vogel, an in-depth look at the economic, political, and cultural challenges facing rural Minnesota in a world ravaged by the Great Recession. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photographer Feature: Jesi Langdale | October 3, 2013
This week's photographer feature at CCLaP highlights the work of Washington state minimalist portrait artist Jesi Langdale. Click through to download the PDF version, or to view a "flippable" online version at Issuu.com. | Read entire entry

Join us this Friday for "The CCLaP Sessions" with Mark R. Brand! | October 2, 2013
Just two more days until the next edition of "The CCLaP Sessions," the center's new monthly reading series! This month's Session features Chicago writer Mark R. Brand, reading from his new speculative story collection "Long Live Us." Free admission! Free food! Free liquor! Only 15 seats left! Click through for all the details on how to RSVP! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Son" by Philipp Meyer | October 1, 2013
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