Archives: February 2014

This is the archive page for [February 2014]; 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.

Guess what's coming Monday? | February 28, 2014
Shh...don't tell anyone, but CCLaP's new book comes out Monday! Actually, tell as many people as you want, because we're quite proud of it -- Austin Texas resident Fernando A. Flores' subversive and funny book of tales about failed punk bands, "Death to the Bullshit Artists of South Texas, Vol. 1." Click through for more, and to pre-order a copy now! | Read entire entry

Don't forget about the CCLaP Master Class! | February 28, 2014
Don't forget about CCLaP's coming "Master Class" ten-week writing workshop, being held between this coming mid-March and mid-May, designed specifically for those trying to complete a novel and with the promise of likely finishing that novel by the time the workshop is over. Just $10 per session, or $100 total enrollment fee; and since it's being held online, international students are welcome! UPDATE: ONLY 9 SEATS REMAIN! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "There Is No End To This Slope," by Richard Fulco | February 28, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews, "There Is No End To This Slope," by Richard Fulco, a novel about John Lenza, a sad sack textbook salesman who has a life that goes from bad to worse. | Read entire entry

Don't forget about the CCLaP Master Class! | February 27, 2014
Don't forget about CCLaP's coming "Master Class" ten-week writing workshop, being held between this coming mid-March and mid-May, designed specifically for those trying to complete a novel and with the promise of likely finishing that novel by the time the workshop is over. Just $10 per session, or $100 total enrollment fee; and since it's being held online, international students are welcome! UPDATE: ONLY 9 SEATS REMAIN! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photo Feature: Jaime Boddorff | February 27, 2014
This week's photographer feature at CCLaP highlights the work of Brooklyn artist Jaime Boddorff. Click through to download the free 22-page PDF, or to view the online "flippable" version at Issuu.com. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Free" by Willy Vlautin | February 27, 2014
(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: "The Outside World," by Barry Dempster | February 27, 2014
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews the genteel coming-of-age tale "The Outside World" by Barry Dempster, a too-slow snoozer and a rare misstep from the usually excellent Pedlar Press. | Read entire entry

Don't forget about the CCLaP Master Class! | February 25, 2014
Don't forget about CCLaP's coming "Master Class" ten-week writing workshop, being held between this coming mid-March and mid-May, designed specifically for those trying to complete a novel and with the promise of likely finishing that novel by the time the workshop is over. Just $10 per session, or $100 total enrollment fee; and since it's being held online, international students are welcome! UPDATE: ONLY 9 SEATS REMAIN! | Read entire entry

All Who Wander: "House of Day, House of Night" by Olga Tokarczuk | February 25, 2014
(All 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. For all the essays in this... | Read entire entry

Don't forget about the CCLaP Master Class! | February 24, 2014
Don't forget about CCLaP's coming "Master Class" ten-week writing workshop, being held between this coming mid-March and mid-May, designed specifically for those trying to complete a novel and with the promise of likely finishing that novel by the time the workshop is over. Just $10 per session, or $100 total enrollment fee; and since it's being held online, international students are welcome! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Flautist," by Robert Riche | February 24, 2014
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews "The Flautist" by Robert Riche, a genteel tale about a man only discovering his sexual orientation for the first time in his sixties, a slow but pleasurable tale in the vein of late-period Richard Russo. | Read entire entry

Don't forget about the CCLaP Master Class! | February 21, 2014
Don't forget about CCLaP's coming "Master Class" ten-week writing workshop, being held between this coming mid-March and mid-May, designed specifically for those trying to complete a novel and with the promise of likely finishing that novel by the time the workshop is over. Just $10 per session, or $100 total enrollment fee; and since it's being held online, international students are welcome! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photo Feature: Vasya Gavrilov | February 21, 2014
This week's photographer feature at CCLaP highlights the work of Russian artist Vasya Gavrilov. Click through to download the free 24-page PDF, or to view the "flippable" online version at Issuu.com. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Tenth Witness," by Leonard Rosen | February 21, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews "The Tenth Witness," by Leonard Rosen, a mystery about an engineer digging deep into the mysterious wealth of a German family and his attempt to salvage a gold-laden ship that sank off the Dutch coast in 1799. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "A Ceremony," by Carol Smallwood | February 20, 2014
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews the chapbook story "A Ceremony" by Carol Smallwood, fine for what it is but lacking the kind of substance that makes for a compelling narrative read. | Read entire entry

Don't forget CCLaP's "Master Class" writing workshop! | February 18, 2014
Don't forget about CCLaP's coming "Master Class" ten-week writing workshop, being held between this coming mid-March and mid-May, designed specifically for those trying to complete a novel and with the promise of likely finishing that novel by the time the workshop is over. Just $10 per session, or $100 total enrollment fee; and since it's being held online, international students are welcome! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Flash Fiction Funny" edited by Tom Hazuka | February 18, 2014
(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

Don't forget about the CCLaP Master Class! | February 17, 2014
Don't forget about CCLaP's coming "Master Class" ten-week writing workshop, being held between this coming mid-March and mid-May, designed specifically for those trying to complete a novel and with the promise of likely finishing that novel by the time the workshop is over. Just $10 per session, or $100 total enrollment fee; and since it's being held online, international students are welcome! | Read entire entry

CCLaP's first-ever paperback novel is now here! | February 17, 2014
Wow, a big day in CCLaP's history -- our first-ever full-length paperback novel is now here! Click through to learn all about the absurdist intellectual comedy "Humboldt: Or, The Power of Positive Thinking," the debut novel of Ohioan Scott Navicky, and to download or purchase a copy right this moment. | Read entire entry

Scott Navicky reads "Humboldt" in New Orleans, part 8! | February 14, 2014
Just three more days until the release of our first-ever full-length paperback novel, the absurdist intellectual comedy "Humboldt: Or, The Power of Positive Thinking" by Scott Navicky! Today, see part 8 of the recent video series Scott did in New Orleans, reading from the NOLA sections of his novel in front of various local landmarks. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Crystal Ships," by Richard Sharp | February 14, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Crystal Ships," by Richard Sharp, a novel following the lives of people in the Sixties and Seventies. | Read entire entry

Scott Navicky reads "Humboldt" in New Orleans, part 7! | February 13, 2014
Just four more days until the release of our first-ever full-length paperback novel, the absurdist intellectual comedy "Humboldt: Or, The Power of Positive Thinking" by Scott Navicky! Today, watch part 7 of the video series Scott did in New Orleans recently, performing from the New Orleans section of his novel. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photo Feature: Meryl Olah | February 13, 2014
This week's photographer feature at CCLaP highlights the work of California artist Meryl Olah, currently living in Seoul, South Korea. Click through for the free 20-page PDF, or to view the online "flippable" version at Issuu.com. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Inappropriate Behavior" by Murray Farish | February 12, 2014
(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

Scott Navicky reads "Humboldt" in New Orleans, part 6! | February 12, 2014
Just half a week until the release of CCLaP's first-ever full-length paperback novel, the absurdist comedy "Humboldt: Or, The Power of Positive Thinking" by Scott Navicky! Today, see part 6 of the recent video series Scott recorded while in New Orleans, reading from the NOLA sections of the book while in front of various famous landmarks. | Read entire entry

Hey, frustrated novelists! Enroll in CCLaP's new "Master Class!" | February 12, 2014
Are you an aspiring novelist who's been having trouble getting their book finished? Enroll in CCLaP's new "Master Class," a writing-intensive ten-week workshop designed specifically for authors trying to finish a novel. Just $10 apiece for ten weekly sessions, but act fast -- only ten spots are available! Click through for the details and to enroll right now! | Read entire entry

Scott Navicky reads "Humboldt" in New Orleans, part 5! | February 11, 2014
Less than a week to go before the release of our first-ever paperback novel, the absurdist intellectual comedy "Humboldt: Or, The Power of Positive Thinking" by Ohioan Scott Navicky! Today, watch video #5 from Scott's recent trip to New Orleans, where he performs from the New Orleans section of the novel. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "How to Fake a Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial" by Darryl Cunningham | February 11, 2014
(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

Scott Navicky reads "Humboldt" in New Orleans, part 4! | February 10, 2014
Wow, just one more week until the release of CCLaP's first-ever full-length paperback novel, the absurdist intellectual comedy "Humboldt: Or, The Power of Positive Thinking," by Scott Navicky! Here, see part 4 of Scott's recent performance from the New Orleans section of the book, while actually down in New Orleans on a recent trip. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Journal #4 is here! | February 10, 2014
Exciting news -- issue #4 of the CCLaP Journal is here! And it's especially exciting this time, because it's the first-ever issue of our new format, now being published every month as a 200-page full-color paperback book. Click through to download or purchase a copy right this moment! | Read entire entry

Scott Navicky reads "Humboldt" in New Orleans, part 3! | February 7, 2014
Just ten days until the release of Scott Navicky's CCLaP book "Humboldt: Or, The Power of Positive Thinking!" Today, watch part three of Scott's reading series from the book, recently recorded down in New Orleans. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "A Land Without Sin," by Paula Huston | February 7, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews Paula Huston's stunning adventure novel, "A Land Without Sin," about Eva, a photojournalist from a family of Chicago-area Croatian Catholics, who searches for her lost brother, last heard of working in Zapatista-occupied Mexico. | Read entire entry

Scott Navicky reads "Humboldt" in New Orleans, part 2! | February 6, 2014
Just another eleven days until the release of CCLaP's first-ever paperback novel, the intellectual absurdist comedy "Humboldt: Or, The Power of Positive Thinking," by Ohio author Scott Navicky! Here's part two of a recent eleven-part reading he did from the book while down in New Orleans, featuring landmarks actually mentioned in the book. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photo Feature: Alessandro Passerini | February 6, 2014
This week's photographer feature at CCLaP highlights the work of Italian artist Alessandro Passerini. Click through for the free PDF download, or to view the online "flippable" version at Issuu.com. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Bedrock Faith" by Eric Charles May | February 5, 2014
(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: "By Blood We Live" by Glen Duncan | February 4, 2014
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Book Review: "Limiters," by Christopher Stoddard | February 3, 2014
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews "Limiters" by Christopher Stoddard, a social-realist tale in the Larry Clark mode that hits all the right notes, but is just a little too cartoonishly bleak to be called truly great. | Read entire entry