Archives: May 2014

This is the archive page for [May 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.

The "CCLaP Weekender" for May 30th is here! | May 30, 2014
This week's edition of CCLaP's new e-magazine, "The CCLaP Weekender," is now online for your free downloading pleasure. It features a new piece of original fiction by local author Matt Rowan; a photography feature highlighting the work of Scottish artist Bryan M. Ferguson; and our usual look at the upcoming week of local literary events happening all across the city. Click through to read or download it right now! | Read entire entry

The NSFW Files: "Matriarchy: Freedom in Bondage," by Malcolm McKesson | May 30, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews, "Matriarchy: Freedom in Bondage," by Malcolm McKesson, for his penultimate entry in The NSFW Files. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Aaron's Leap" by Magdaléna Platzová | May 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

CCLaP Podcast 113: Joseph G. Peterson | May 27, 2014
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, a one-hour talk with local writer Joseph G. Peterson, a former zinester and now novelist whose newest book is the social-realist hangout story "Gideon's Confession." Click through to download or stream the episode right now! | Read entire entry

The "CCLaP Weekender" for May 23rd is here! | May 23, 2014
This week's edition "The CCLaP Weekender" is now online for your free downloading pleasure. It features a long interview with local author Giano Cromley; a photography feature highlighting the work of Russian artist Masha Demianova; and our usual look at the upcoming week of local literary events happening all across the city. Click through to download or view it online right now! | Read entire entry

It's release day for "Love Songs of the Revolution!" | May 19, 2014
Exciting news around here today -- CCLaP's fourth original book of 2014 has just been released! It's called "Love Songs of the Revolution" by a Los Angeles writer named Bronwyn Mauldin, and is our first-ever spy thriller, although much more along the lines of John Le Carre than Tom Clancy. Click through to download a free ebook version right this moment! | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for May 16th is here! | May 16, 2014
This week's edition of CCLaP's new e-magazine, the 'CCLaP Weekender' released every Friday morning, is now online for your free downloading pleasure. It features a new piece of fiction by local author Thomas Simmons; a photography feature highlighting the work of Italian artist Tiberio Frascari; and our usual look at the upcoming week of local literary events happening all across the city. Click through to view or download it right now! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Above All Men," by Eric Shonkwiler | May 16, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Above All Men," by Eric Shonkwiler, where a post-collapse America and a murder challenge the sanity and morality of a cattle farmer. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Portnoy's Complaint" by Philip Roth (1969), First Edition First Printing | May 14, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP: A first edition, first printing of Philip Roth's classic 1969 "Portnoy's Complaint," possibly one of the most influential Postmodernist novels of all time, a massive hit that directly led to "Seinfeld" (and didn't hurt Woody Allen's career either). Click through to make a bid at eBay right now! | Read entire entry

All Who Wander: "The Fall" by Albert Camus | May 13, 2014
(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 series,... | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Scribner's Magazine" Collected Vol. 1 (1871), #1-6, First Edition | May 13, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP featured a hardbound collection of the first six issues of the legendary "Scribner's Monthly" magazine, from 1870 and '71. Click through to make a bid at eBay right now! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 112: Author Bill Hillman | May 13, 2014
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's a one-hour talk with local writer Bill Hillman: former gang member and drug dealer, past Golden Gloves boxing champion, a runner with the bulls in Spain every year, and now the author of the high-profile coming-of-age novel "The Old Neighborhood." Also featuring the music of The Soft and Cults. | Read entire entry

The "CCLaP Weekender" for May 9th is here! | May 9, 2014
This week's edition of our new e-magazine, The "CCLaP Weekender" released every Friday morning, is now online for your free downloading pleasure. It features a new piece of fiction by local author Richard Thomas; a photography feature highlighting the work of Italian artist Riccardo Bandiera; and our usual look at the upcoming week of local literary events happening all across the city. Click through to download or view it online right now! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Revolutionary Russia, 1891 - 1991: A History," by Anthony Figes | May 9, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews, "Revolutionary Russia, 1891 - 1991: A History," by Anthony Figes, a revisionist history that reassesses the waves of violence in Russian history over one hundred years. | Read entire entry

Say goodbye to the CCLaP Journal! Say hello to the CCLaP Weekender! | May 2, 2014
Some bad and good news at CCLaP today: We've been reluctantly forced to admit that we just don't have the time anymore to do our full 200-page monthly magazine, "The CCLaP Journal," but instead are starting up today a smaller, electronic-only publication every Friday called the "CCLaP Weekender," now featuring not just original fiction and photography features but a prettified calendar of all Chicago literary events happening in the next seven days. Click through to download the free 35-page PDF right now! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "A Taste for Intrigue: the Multiple Lives of Francois Mitterrand," by Philip Short | May 2, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews, "A Taste for Intrigue: the Multiple Lives of Francois Mitterrand," by Philip Short, a political biography of an enigmatic and ambitious political personality. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: Nine John Irving novels, eight 1st editions/1st printings | May 1, 2014
Today at CCLaP, a very special auction from our rare-book archives -- nine John Irving novels from 1981 to the present day, eight of which are first editions, first printings, being sold as a group for a ridiculously low price. Click through for the details, and to tender a bid right this moment! | Read entire entry