Archives: November 2014

This is the archive page for [November 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.

Book Review: "Does Not Love" by James Tadd Adcox | November 21, 2014
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews James Tadd Adcox's bizarre domestic drama "Does Not Love," which he favorably compares to Don DeLillo. | Read entire entry

The last CCLaP Weekender of the year is here! | November 21, 2014
The last 2014 edition of the CCLaP Weekender is now online, featuring a new piece of original fiction by Matt Rowan; a photography feature highlighting the work of Russian artist Masha Demianova; and our usual look at the upcoming week of Chicago literary events. Click through to download or view it online right this moment. | Read entire entry

Come out to our last two events of the year! | November 14, 2014
CCLaP is close to shutting down for the holidays, but we hope you'll be able to make it out to our last two events of the year -- a "Chicago After Dark" party on the University of Chicago campus this Monday, in conjunction with Memoryhouse Magazine, then our last CCLaP Showcase of the year at City Lit Books, featuring Patricia Ann McNair. Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for November 14th is here! | November 14, 2014
The new issue of the CCLaP Weekender features a new piece of original fiction by Joseph G. Peterson; a photography feature highlighting the work of Italian artist Tiberio Frascari; and our usual look at the upcoming week of Chicago literary events. Click through to download or view it right this moment. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Taxidermy Art" by Robert Marbury | November 14, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Taxidermy Art," by Robert Marbury, exploring the pop-surrealist world of rogue taxidermy. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Phoning Home" by Jacob M. Appel | November 12, 2014
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews the compelling essay collection "Phoning Home," by ethics professor and Huffington Post contributor Jacob M. Appel. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for November 7th is (belatedly) here! | November 10, 2014
The newest issue of the CCLaP Weekender features a new piece of original fiction by Bruce Douglas Reeves; a photography feature highlighting the work of Italian artist Riccardo Bandiera; and our usual look at the upcoming week of Chicago literary events. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Playmates," by Jess C. Scott | November 10, 2014
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews the dark bizarro novel "Playmates" by Jess C. Scott, unfortunately a by-the-numbers serial-killer mondo tale in the style of Tarantino or Kathy Acker, and that contains not really anything that will surprise veterans of this genre. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Lion Tamer" by Carroll E. Robb (1925), 1st Edition 1st Printing | November 6, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP is of a first edition, first printing of Carroll E. Robb's 1925 morality tale "The Lion Tamer," notable not for its actual writing but for its great condition, fascinating dust jacket, and ultra-obscure status. Minimum bid only $15! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Misdirection" by Austin Williams | November 5, 2014
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews the crime thriller "Misdirection" by Austin Williams, which has an interesting conceit at its core (Las Vegas magician solves crimes!), but unfortunately is otherwise an only mediocre supermarket potboiler. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Death Metal Epic, Book 1: The Inverted Katabasis" by Dean Swinford | November 4, 2014
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Dean Swinford's "Death Metal Epic, Book 1: The Inverted Katabasis," a surprisingly sweet coming-of-age tale about a Florida teen in the '90s and the misadventures of his death-metal band, written in the heartfelt youth-culture tradition of Joe Meno's "Hairstyles of the Damned." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 123: "Chicago After Dark" release party | November 3, 2014
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's a special half-hour live recording from last week's "Chicago After Dark" release party, featuring performances from five of the book's authors. Recorded at City Lit Books in the Logan Square neighborhood. | Read entire entry

Stalking the Behemoth: Don Quixote | November 3, 2014
Today in "Stalking the Behemoth," Chris Schahfer's essay series examining 600-plus-page novels throughout history, a look at the one that started them all, Miguel de Cervantes' 1605 "Don Quixote." | Read entire entry