Archives: September 2015

This is the archive page for [September 2015]; 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: "The Poor Children" by April L. Ford | September 30, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews April L. Ford's story collection "The Poor Children," a surprisingly transgressive book that combines the rural lawlessness of Bonnie Jo Campbell with the gothic blackness of Sam Shepard. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)" by Felicia Day | September 29, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Felicia Day's memoir "You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)," an unfortunately bubbly sweet book that hides the dark, razor-sharp wit she displayed in her now famous web series "The Guild." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Superposition" and "Supersymmetry" by David Walton | September 28, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews the two-book series "Superposition" and "Supersymmetry" by David Walton, which unfortunately is a classic example of the difference between "a novel that happens to talk about science-fiction" and "a science-fiction novel." | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for September 25th is here! | September 25, 2015
It's Friday, which means it's time for the newest issue of the Pushcart-Prize-nominated CCLaP Weekender! This week's issue features a new original piece of fiction by TJ Davis; a photography feature by Patrick Casutt; and a look at the next seven days of literary events happening all across the city. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass" by Annita Perez Sawyer | September 23, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews the fascinating "Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass" by Annita Perez Sawyer, a memoir about a schizophrenic in the early 1960s who was put through horrific medical experiments, then became a psychotherapist herself and used her own medical records to help change the way the entire profession treats such patients. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Peripheral" by William Gibson | September 22, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews William Gibson's latest, "The Peripheral," a grand return to science-fiction that is perhaps the most accessible genre novel Gibson has ever written. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 125: "The View From Here" at StoryStudio | September 21, 2015
It's Monday, which means it's time for another episode of the CCLaP Podcast, triumphantly back after a long nine-month hiatus. Today, it's a special half-hour live recording from our recent "The View From Here" contributor party at StoryStudio, in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for September 18th is here! | September 18, 2015
It's Friday, which means it's time for the newest issue of the Pushcart-Prize-nominated CCLaP Weekender! This week's issue features a new original piece of fiction by Bruce Douglas Reeves; a photography feature by Daniel Vasquez; and a look at the next seven days of literary events happening all across the city. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The War Against Boredom," by Seth Kaufman | September 18, 2015
This week Karl Wolff reviews Seth Kaufman's darkly comic collection of short pieces, "The War On Boredom." Selfie-stick not included. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "American Neolithic" by Terence Hawkins | September 17, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Terence Hawkins' "American Neolithic," a nearly perfect novel that combines a speculative high-concept (Neanderthals still exist in contemporary New York), a harrowing look at a Tea-Party-controlled America, and a black humorous courtroom procedural tale. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The First Bad Man," by Miranda July | September 17, 2015
(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 Sculptor" by Scott McCloud | September 16, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Scott McCloud's 500-page comic epic "The Sculptor," impressive in its graphics but nearly unreadable in its gooey "manic pixie dream girl" love-story plot. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's newest book is out today! | September 14, 2015
Exciting news -- CCLaP's second annual "city all-star" student anthology, "The View From Here," is now out and available to the public! Click through for a lot more details, including information on the many public readings tied to the book that are coming up this autumn and winter. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for September 11th is here! | September 11, 2015
It's Friday, which means it's time for the newest issue of the Pushcart-Prize-nominated CCLaP Weekender! This week's issue features a new original piece of fiction by Oliver Zarandi; a photography feature by Yi Sung Tsai; and a look at the next seven days of literary events happening all across the city. | Read entire entry

Stalking the Behemoth: "2666," by Roberto BolaƱo | September 10, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews Roberto Bolano's "2666" as the final entry of his Stalking the Behemoth series. Says Chris, it's a "spellbinding and terrifying work that seeps into your subconscious." | Read entire entry

The CCLaP Weekender for September 4th is here! | September 4, 2015
It's Friday, which means it's time for the newest issue of the Pushcart-Prize-nominated CCLaP Weekender! This week's issue features a new original piece of fiction by Joseph G. Peterson; a photography feature by Natalia Shlyakhovaya; and a look at the next seven days of literary events happening all across the city. | Read entire entry

American Odd: "Zippy Stories," by Bill Griffith | September 4, 2015
This week Karl Wolff continues his essay series, American Odd, with Bill Griffith's surrealistic funster, Zippy the Pinhead. Are we having fun yet? | Read entire entry

Book Review: "City of Brick and Shadow," by Tim Wirkus | September 3, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews Tim Wirkus' "City of Brick and Shadow," a noir about Mormons. Says Chris, "It's an entertaining debut that could see for more meat." | Read entire entry