Archives: November 2013

This is the archive page for [November 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: "A Giant Cow-tipping by Savages," by John Weir Close | November 29, 2013
Karl Wolff celebrates Black Friday by reviewing "A Giant Cow-tipping by Savages," by John Weir Close, a historical look at the mergers and acquisitions business, including hostile take-overs, coke-fueled parties, and the importance of Delaware in corporate law. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Out of Print" by George Brock | November 26, 2013
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Hope to see you locals at the Chicago Book Expo this weekend! | November 22, 2013
Just a reminder to all our local readers that CCLaP will be at this year's Chicago Book Expo on Sunday, and that we'd love to see you all too! Click through for all the details on this free and massive event, one of the largest gatherings of Chicago small publishers in the city's history. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Anything That Moves," by Dana Goodyear | November 22, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Anything That Moves," by Dana Goodyear, an investigation into the extremes of American food culture, from raw food extremists yearning for poop covered chicken eggs to insect eating professors to diners on the prowl for whale meat. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Following Tommy," by Bob Hartley | November 21, 2013
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews the Chicago-set early-'60s coming-of-age novel "Following Tommy," a brisk but decidedly un-P.C. look at lower-class Irish-American teens on the west side, right at the very beginning of the countercultural era. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Mira Corpora" by Jeff Jackson | November 20, 2013
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All Who Wander: "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez | November 19, 2013
(In the final months of 2013 and throughout 2014, CCLaP cultural essayist Madeleine Maccar is looking at the classic definition of the "hero's journey," as seen through a series of international texts that she is reading in English translation.... | Read entire entry

Our last show of the year is tonight! Come see musician Ken Kase! | November 15, 2013
CCLaP's last live show of the year is tonight! And it features St. Louis musician and writer Ken Kase, who will be both performing pop songs and reading from his book of sonnets. Free admission! Free food! Free liquor! What a perfect thing to do at the last minute on the last mild Friday night of the year! Click through for more details, and RSVP for the street address to cclapcenter [at] gmail.com. | Read entire entry

The NSFW Files: "Ada, or Ardor: a Family Chronicle," by Vladimir Nabokov | November 15, 2013
This week Karl Wolff continues his essay series, The NSFW Files, with "Ada, or Ardor: a Family Chronicle," by Vladimir Nabokov, an erotic tale of incest set in an alternate historical timeline. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "This is Between Us" by Kevin Sampsell | November 13, 2013
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Our last show of the year is this Friday! Ken Kase sings and reads! | November 12, 2013
Only four days until CCLaP's last live show of the year! It's a special performance by St. Louis artist Ken Kase, who will be both performing his popular music and reading from his poetry book "Seven Sonnets," the whole thing being recorded for a live album at iTunes in 2014. Click through to download a free copy of the book right this second! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: SEXUAL REVOLUTION BUNDLE: First editions of four classic countercultural books | November 12, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from our rare-book collection: A special bundle of four classic countercultural books dealing with the sexual revolution, all of them first edition/first printings, including John Updike's 1968 "Couples," Philip Roth's 1969 "Portnoy's Complaint," Norman Mailer's 1971 "The Prisoner of Sex," and Erica Jong's 1973 "Fear of Flying." | Read entire entry

An introduction to "All Who Wander," an essay series by Madeleine Maccar | November 12, 2013
From the third-grade English teacher who told me that I read too much to the eye doctor who valiantly searched for subtle ways to tell me that blinking more often would help with my chronically dry eyes, there has... | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Native Son" (1940), by Richard Wright, First Edition First Printing | November 11, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from our rare-book collection -- a first edition, first printing of Richard Wright's 1940 "Native Son," considered the very first African-American academic novel ever written. In excellent condition and with the dust jacket fully intact! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Pervert," by Mr. If | November 8, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Pervert," by Mr. If, a confrontational erotic memoir of sorts that hocks a gobbet of spit at everything proper and polite in the United Kingdom. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 107: The CCLaP Sessions - Mark R. Brand | November 7, 2013
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's a special 30-minute live recording from last week's edition of the center's new monthly reading series, "The CCLaP Sessions," this time featuring local writer Mark R. Brand, author of the speculative story collection "Long Live Us." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Schroder" by Amity Gaige | November 6, 2013
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Book Review: "Jesus Was a Time Traveler" by D.J. Gelner | November 5, 2013
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Book Review: "Harper Lee and Peppermint Candy" by Paula Hennessy | November 4, 2013
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CCLaP made Newcity's "Best of Chicago" 2013 list! SO WHY DON'T YOU COME OUT TO OUR SHOW TONIGHT?! | November 1, 2013
CCLaP made local arts-and-culture publication Newcity's "Best of Chicago" 2013 list! So why don't you come out to our newest live event, a long-form reading by Mark R. Brand, happening TONIGHT at our "Studio 505" space in the Uptown neighborhood? Free admission! Free liquor! Free food! Sexy nerds in funny glasses! Click through for the details! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Red Fortress: History and Illusion in the Kremlin," by Catherine Merridale | November 1, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews, "Red Fortress: History and Illusion in the Kremlin," by Catherine Merridale, an interdisciplinary exploration of Russia's icon and how history is both preserved and obscured by national mythology. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Mystic River" (2001), by Dennis Lehane, SIGNED, First Edition First Printing | November 1, 2013
Today, another eBay auction from our rare-book collection: A SIGNED first-edition first-printing of Dennis Lehane's haunting 2001 crime thriller "Mystic River," a perfect choice for long-term investors just making their first acquisitions now at a young age. Click through for photos and details! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Moo" (1995), by Jane Smiley, First Edition First Printing | November 1, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from the center's rare-book collection: A SIGNED first-edition, first-printing copy of Jane Smiley's 1995 "Moo" in immaculate shape, the perfect kind of investment for a long-term collector just getting started at a young age. Click through for photos and details! | Read entire entry