Archives: Karl Wolff

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TV Review: "Legion on FX," by Noah Hawley | April 7, 2017
This week Karl Wolff reviews Legion by Noah Hawley, a Marvel Universe show that excels at long-form visual storytelling. | Read entire entry

American Odd: "Pack of Lies," by Gilbert Sorrentino | March 10, 2017
This week Karl Wolff concludes his essay series "American Odd" by looking at Gilbert Sorrentino's comic masterpiece "Pack of Lies." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Milwaukee Mayhem," by Matthew J. Prigge | February 17, 2017
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Milwaukee Mayhem," by Matthew J. Prigge, a collection of lurid tales of the Cream City's dark side. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Cthulhu Fhtagn!" by Ross E. Lockhart | January 20, 2017
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Cthulhu Fhtagn!" by Ross E. Lockhart, a fun short story anthology plumbing the depths of Lovecraft's cosmic horror. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Full Catastrophe: Travels Among the New Greek Ruins," by James Angelos | January 13, 2017
This week Karl Wolff review "The Full Catastrophe," by James Angelos, a darkly comic travelogue of Greece during the Great Recession. | Read entire entry

American Odd: Henry Darger: Art and Selected Writings, by Michael Bonesteel | November 25, 2016
This week Karl Wolff continues his American Odd essay series with a look at Chicago-area artist and recluse Henry Darger. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Billy and the Cloneasaurus," by Stephen Kozeniewski | October 21, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Billy and the Cloneasaurus," by Stephen Kozeniewski, where a clone named William has an existential crisis and meets a dinosaur. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Great Ordeal (The Aspect Emperor: Book Three)," by R. Scott Bakker | October 14, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "The Great Ordeal," by R. Scott Bakker, the latest installment to Bakker's grimdark fantasy series "The Aspect-Emperor." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road," by Abbie Bernstein | September 30, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road," by Abbie Bernstein, a movie tie-in book that is shiny and chrome ready to give you a ride to Valhalla! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Elephant Vice," by Chris Meekings | September 23, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews bizarro novella "Elephant Vice," by Chris Meekings, about Vincent van Gogh and Ganesha working together to bust a drug ring. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Dangerous Stories for Boys," by Christopher Bernard | September 16, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Dangerous Stories for Boys," by Christopher Bernard, a short story collection with a fascinating premise but a bungled execution. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Painted Monsters and Other Strange Beasts: Stories," by Orrin Grey | August 26, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Painted Monsters and Other Strange Beasts," a collection of horror short stories by Orrin Grey, who taps into the darkness and finds grisly visions. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "TRUMPED! Beyond Politically Correct," by Peter Davidson | August 5, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "TRUMPED! Beyond Politically Correct," by Peter Davidson. Says Karl: "I didn't expect to be buried beneath an avalanche of outdated Dad Jokes." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Kinda Sorta American Dream: Collected Stories," by Steve Karas | July 22, 2016
This week Karl Wolff gives his take on "Kinda Sorta American Dream," by Steve Karas. | Read entire entry

American Odd: "Urantia: The Great Cult Mystery," by Martin Gardner | July 15, 2016
This week Karl Wolff continues his themed essay series, American Odd, by looking at the Chicago-based Urantia Foundation. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Orthodox Dilemma," by George Alexander | July 8, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "The Orthodox Dilemma," by George Alexander, a fascinating look at the challenges facing the global Orthodox Christian community. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Pontiac Concept and Show Cars," by Don Keefe | June 10, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews Don Keefe's "Pontiac Concept and Show Cars," a history of the marque's design dreams and an exploration of the Mid-Century Modernist aesthetic. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Nuns with Guns," by Seth Kaufman | May 20, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Nuns with Guns," by Seth Kaufman, a darkly comic romp about a reality show producer who wants to do something about gun deaths. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Mr. Suicide," by Nicole Cushing | May 13, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Mr. Suicide," by Nicole Cushing, a dark novel of dysfunction, abuse, and violence. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Subversive Utopia," by Yasir Sakr | April 29, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "The Subversive Utopia," by Yasir Sakr, a dissertation about a controversial building project in Jerusalem. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Earth Flight (Earth Girl, Book 3)" by Janet Edwards | April 22, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Earth Flight," by Janet Edwards, a YA novel that isn't a dystopia. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Nakamura Reality," by Alex Austin | April 8, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Nakamura Reality" by Alex Austin, a story about loss and redemption in Southern California. | Read entire entry

American Odd: "Them: Adventures with Extremists," by Jon Ronson | March 25, 2016
This week Karl Wolff continues his American Odd essay series with "Them: Adventures with Extremists," by gonzo journalist Jon Ronson, as he meets with David Icke, Alex Jones, and Randy Weaver's daughter to find the secret room whose men control the world. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Live To Air," by Jeffrey L. Diamond | March 25, 2016
Looking for a good beach read, Live To Air by Jeffrey L. Diamond may be what you're looking for; a fun mystery about a TV producer investigating a high-profile murder. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Pagan Kennedy's Living: A Handbook for Maturing Hipsters," by Pagan Kennedy | March 11, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Pagan Kenndy's Living: A Handbook for Maturing Hipsters," by the Queen of 'Zines Pagan Kennedy, a reprint of the 1997 classic. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Pixiegate Madoka," by Michael Sean LeSueur | February 26, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Pixiegate Madoka," by Michael Sean LeSueur, a bizarro novel from Eraserhead Press's New Bizarro Author Series. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Everyone Is African: How Science Explodes The Myth of Race," by Daniel J. Fairbanks | February 12, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Everyone Is African: How Science Explodes The Myth of Race," by Daniel J. Fairbanks, a highly relevant book about a controversial topic. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Voltaire's Excellent Adventure: The Broken Boarder," by Martin D. Gibbs and Arthur Graham | January 22, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Voltaire's Excellent Adventure: the Broken Boarder," by Martin D. Gibbs and Arthur Graham, a postmodern fever dream of a novel that's really funny. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Prison in Antares," by Mike Resnick | January 20, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "The Prison in Antares," by Mike Resnick, a tightly plotted military science fiction novel. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Selected Letters of Norman Mailer," Edited by J. Michael Lennon | January 8, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Selected Letters of Norman Mailer," edited by Mailer biographer J. Michael Lennon, offering a candid glimpse into the private life of a notorious public intellectual. | Read entire entry

The Year in Books 2015: The CCLaP Guilty Pleasure Awards | January 1, 2016
Welcome to day 5 of CCLaP's annual "Year in Books" report! Today to close out this series, we present our coveted annual Guilty Pleasure Awards -- books we loved and want to recommend one more time, but that for one reason or another just don't quite qualify for the "best-of" lists we've been posting the rest of the week. | Read entire entry

The Year in Books 2015: Karl Wolff's Favorites | December 29, 2015
Welcome to day 2 of CCLaP's annual "Year in Books" report! Today we look at reviewer Karl Wolff's five personally favorite reads of 2015. | Read entire entry

The Year in Books 2015: Best of the Best | December 28, 2015
Welcome to day 1 of CCLaP's annual "Year in Books" report! Today we look at the 12 absolutely highest scoring books of 2015 by our entire staff, out of the 90 we collectively reviewed this year. | Read entire entry

The Year in Books 2015 | December 28, 2015
It's been another busy year at the CCLaP blog, and here's our annual look at our favorite 40 books we as a staff reviewed here in 2015, out of the 90 book reviews we ended up publishing. Click through for links to all five of the specialized reports we're posting here this week. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace," by David Lipsky | December 4, 2015
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself," by David Lipsky, the book that became "The End of the Tour," starring Jason Segel as DFW. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Sick Pack," by MP Johnson | November 13, 2015
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Sick Pack," by MP Johnson, about a Fabio-esque male model's plight after his ab muscles leave him to purse their own careers. | Read entire entry

American Odd: "Conspiranoia!: the Mother of All Conspiracy Theories," by Devon Jackson | October 30, 2015
Karl Wolff continues his American Odd essay series with "Conspiranoia!: the Mother of All Conspiracy Theories," a tongue-in-cheek exploration of several conspiracies. The UFO Illuminati Bilderberers don't want you to read this ... or do they? | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Something Good, Something Bad, Something Dirty," by Brian Alan Ellis | October 16, 2015
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Something Good, Something Bad, Something Dirty: Stories," by Brian Alan Ellis, a comic look at the sick, sad lives of those on the bottom of the economic ladder. | Read entire entry

American Odd: "The Book of the SubGenius," by J.R. "Bob" Dobbs | October 2, 2015
This week Karl Wolff continues his "American Odd" essay series with the underground classic, "The Book of the SubGenius" by J.R. "Bob" Dobbs. | 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

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: "Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial," by Kenji Yoshino | August 21, 2015
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial," by Kenji Yoshino, a history of the case against California Prop 8. | Read entire entry

American Odd: "California Crazy and Beyond: Roadside Vernacular Architecture," by Jim Heimann | August 7, 2015
Karl Wolff continues his essay series, "American Odd," with "California Crazy and Beyond: Roadside Vernacular Architecture," by Jim Heimann, a fascinating history of roadside attractions, the Muffler Man, and the Wienermobile. | Read entire entry

Book Review: Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs, and Washington Handshakes: Decoding the Jargon, Slang, and Bluster of American Political Speech, by Chuck McCutcheon and David Mark | July 24, 2015
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs, and Washington Handshakes," by Chuck McCutcheon and David Mark, a primer on the infuriating, obfuscating, two-faced rhetoric that passes for discussion in this country. | Read entire entry

American Odd: "The Manson File," edited by Nikolas Schreck | July 10, 2015
This week Karl Wolff continues his essay series "American Odd" with "The Manson File," by Nikolas Schreck, an anthology of Charles Manson's art, poetry, musical lyrics, and courtroom testimony. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution," by Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz | June 26, 2015
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Uncertain Justice: The Roberts Court and the Constitution," by Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz, an assessment of Supreme Court cases during a time of political gridlock and technological change. | Read entire entry

American Odd: "Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle," by Nancy Spector | June 12, 2015
This week in American Odd, Karl Wolff investigates Matthew Barney's epic avant-garde masterwork, "The Cremaster Cycle." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "A Kingdom in Crisis," by Andrew MacGregor Marshall | May 29, 2015
This week Karl Wolff reviews "A Kingdom in Crisis," by Andrew MacGregor Marshall, a look into contemporary Thai politics and the monarchy's looming succession crisis. | Read entire entry

American Odd: "History of Joseph Smith by His Mother," by Lucy Mack Smith | May 15, 2015
This week Karl Wolff reviews "The History of Joseph Smith by His Mother," by Lucy Mack Smith, an odd entry into the genre of religious biography. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Cities of Empire," by Tristram Hunt | May 1, 2015
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Cities of Empire," by Tristram Hunt, a book seeking to explore the British Empire beyond simply seeing it as good or evil. | Read entire entry

American Odd: "A Curious Man," by Neal Thompson | April 17, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Karl Wolff continues his essay series "American Odd" with a look into the life of Robert L. Ripley, cartoonist, showman, media icon ... Believe It or Not! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "All the Happiness You Deserve," by Michael Piafsky | April 3, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Karl Wolff reviews "All the Happiness You Deserve" by Michael Piafsky, the life story of Scott, a Midwestern kid, told through the narrative use of Tarot cards. | Read entire entry

American Odd: "Kooks," by Donna Kossy | March 20, 2015
In the latest installment of his CCLaP essay series "American Odd," Karl Wolff looks at "Kooks" by Donna Kossy, which he calls "an invaluable resource for those seeking out the weirder crevices of human knowledge and some of the stranger by-products of the American Experience." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Five Bullets," by Larry Duberstein | March 6, 2015
Five Bullets reads like an intense mashup between Mad Men, Schindler's List, and Titus Andronicus. | Read entire entry

An Introduction to American Odd | February 20, 2015
What do Zippy the Pinhead, Henry Darger, the Prophet Joseph Smith's mother, and Gilbert Sorrentino have in common? Read my new essay series, American Odd, to find out. | Read entire entry

Check out CCLaP's newest book, Karl Wolff's "The NSFW Files!" | January 19, 2015
We're having a busy month here at CCLaP, releasing four new books in just five weeks; and here's the latest to come out, Karl Wolff's "The NSFW Files," smart and fascinating essays about various books over the centuries that have in one way or another been labeled "obscene" or "erotic" by their contemporary audiences. Click through for a lot more details, and to download the free ebook version right this moment. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Vixens, Vamps & Vipers," by Mike Madrid | January 9, 2015
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Vixens, Vamps & Vipers," an anthology of comics featuring villainesses from the Golden Age curated by Mike Madrid. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Muscle Cars," by Stephen G. Eoannou | December 5, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews Stephen G. Eoannou's short story collection, "Muscle Cars," that offers a dissection of modern masculinity with its inarticulate misfits living around the Buffalo, NY area. | 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: "By Way of Water," by Charlotte Gullick | October 31, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews "By Way of Water," by Charlotte Gullick, about a family of Jehovah's Witnesses living in California timber country in the Seventies. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Predator: the Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution," by Richard Whittle | October 17, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Predator: the Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution," by Richard Whittle, that traces the history, ethics, and issues involving drone warfare. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Nebula Awards Showcase 2014," edited by Kij Johnson | October 3, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Nebula Awards Showcase 2014," edited by Kij Johnson, an anthology of the best science fiction and fantasy stories. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "'Zine," by Pagan Kennedy | September 19, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews 'Zine, by Pagan Kennedy, a reprint of her original 'zine about hipster life in Allston, Mass. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "In the American Night," by Christopher Bernard | September 5, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews "In the American Night," by Christopher Bernard, a short story collection filled with experimental form and scathing satire. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Dungeons & Drag Queens," by MP Johnson | August 22, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Dungeons & Drag Queens," by bizarro author MP Johnson, about Sleazella LaRuse, a fierce drag queen who must survive in a strange land full of odd creatures and characters. | Read entire entry

The NSFW Files: "Lost Girls" by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie | August 8, 2014
This week Karl Wolff wraps up his essay series "The NSFW Files" with the controversial comic "Lost Girls," by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "King Shit," by Brian Alan Ellis | July 25, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews "King Shit," by Brian Alan Ellis, a gobbet of sputum lobbed at middle class American propriety in the form of two men engaging in a bar crawl. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Rumble in Brooklyn: A Memoir," by Joseph Trigoboff | July 11, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews Joseph Trigoboff's memoir, "Rumble in Brooklyn," about growing up in East New York amidst Italian crime families and a changing society. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "There Were These People," by Brian Leli | June 27, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews Brian Leli's miscellany, "There Were These People," a self-publsished collection with worldwide scope and far-ranging styles. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Wars of Heaven: Short Stories," by Richard Currey | June 13, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews Richard Currey's short story collection, "The Wars of Heaven," about the lives of West Virginians during the Great Depression. | 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: "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

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

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

Book Review: "Swing," by Miasha | April 25, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews an erotic thriller about swingers called "Swing," by Miasha, the latest addition to Akashic's Infamous imprint. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Singapore Noir," edited by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan | April 18, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews, "Singapore Noir," edited by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, an anthology that explores the dreams, bad decisions, and desperation that go into making a crackerjack noir story, lah. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Sutro's Glass Palace," by John A. Martini | April 11, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Sutro's Glass Palace," by John A. Martini, a history of the Sutro Baths, a San Francisco landmark now just a set of ruins on the Pacific coastline. | Read entire entry

It's April, so it must be time for the March "CCLaP Journal!" | April 7, 2014
Missed deadlines? WHAT MISSED DEADLINES! As always, overwhelming demand here in 2014 for our original novels is unfortunately keeping our new monthly magazine, "The CCLaP Journal," significantly delayed; but I'm happy to say that the March issue is now finally out, 186 pages of ad-free goodness just waiting for your free downloading pleasure. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "ApartFrom," by Constance A. Dunn | April 4, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews Constance A. Dunn's dreamlike experimental novel, "ApartFrom," about the strange circumstances connecting three people across three nations. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Cries of the Lost," by Chris Knopf | March 28, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Cries of the Lost," by Chris Knopf, a thriller that finds Arthur Cathcart discovering the truth about his murdered wife and reads like a madcap mashup of Elmore Leonard, Roberto Bolano, and the confidence schemes from Ocean's Eleven | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Everyday Book Marketing," by Midge Raymond | March 21, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Everyday Book Marketing," by Midge Raymond, a practical guide for authors with busy lives and offers useful advice, supplemented with valuable interviews. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Women's Suffrage Memorabilia," by Kenneth Florey | March 14, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Women's Suffrage Memorabilia," by Kenneth Florey, a look into the material culture associated with the women's suffrage movement in the US and the UK, including their opposition. | Read entire entry

The NSFW Files: "The Ages of Lulu," by Almudena Grandes | March 7, 2014
This week Karl Wolff continues his essay series, The NSFW Files, with "The Ages of Lulu," by Almudena Grandes, a Spanish novel from 1989 exploring one woman's erotic compulsions during the reign of dictator Francisco Franco. | 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

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: "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

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

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

Book Review: "The Beatles Are Here!", edited by Penelope Rowlands | January 31, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews "The Beatles Are Here!" by Penelope Rowlands, a look back at the Fab Four's impact on the lives of musicians, writers, and longtime fans. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Compostela Cube," by Paul Cavilla | January 24, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews, "The Compostela Cube," by Paul Cavilla, in which a relic hunter and an artifact historian team up to find a magical object that will save the world. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Mustache He's Always Wanted But Could Never Grow and Other Stories," by Brian Alan Ellis | January 17, 2014
This week Karl Wolff reviews Brian Alan Ellis's short story collection, "The Mustache He's Always Wanted but Could Never Grow," a lowbrow bizarro collection of sex crazed lunatics, professional wrestlers, and other of society's derelicts. | Read entire entry

The Year in Books: Karl Wolff's Picks | January 10, 2014
Gunmages, Nazi mind readers, sovereign debt, democracy versus authoritarianism ... all that in more in Karl Wolff's picks for the 2013 Year in Books. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2013: Best of the Best | January 6, 2014
It's the start of CCLaP's seventh annual "Year In Books" special week-long report! Today, all four of the center's critics weigh in with their favorite reads of the year, giving us a list of twelve that could be considered the "best of the best" for 2013. Stay tuned all week for individual best-of lists! | Read entire entry

Finally! CCLaP Journal #3 is here! | December 18, 2013
As always, it's ridiculously late, but issue #3 of our new monthly magazine, "The CCLaP Journal," is now online for your reading and downloading pleasure! Containing interviews with Ben Tanzer and Mark R. Brand among things, plus the usual content by staffers Travis Fortney, Madeleine Maccar, Karl Wolff and Rex Brink. Click through for the links! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Papal Bull," by Joe Wenke | December 13, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Papal Bull," by Joe Wenke, a bitingly humorous critique about the Vatican's many flawed policies. | Read entire entry

The NSFW Files: "The Piano Teacher," by Elfriede Jelinek | December 6, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews "The Piano Teacher," by Elfriede Jelinek, the 2004 Nobel Laureate, and controversial Austrian author. | Read 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: "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

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: "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

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

Book Review: "Bitter Orange," by Marshall Moore | October 25, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Bitter Orange," by Marshall Moore, about a gay man coming to terms with his superpower to turn invisible. Does that make him a hero or a villain? | Read entire entry

Mini-review: "Saga: Volume One," by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples | October 23, 2013
This week Karl Wolff writes a mini-review about "Saga: Volume One," by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, and yes, it is every bit as awesome as people say, so you should totally read it right now! | Read entire entry

The NSFW Files: "The Image," by Jean de Berg | October 18, 2013
Karl Wolff continues his essay series "The NSFW Files" with Jean de Berg's minimalist classic, "The Image." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Sloughing Off the Rot," by Lance Carbuncle | October 11, 2013
Part psychogeography, part hallucination, part body horror, and part vision quest, Sloughing Off the Rot is not for the squeamish, easily disgusted, or overly serious. This is bizarro literature as fine art. | Read entire entry

Check out CCLaP's newest book, Karl Wolff's "On Being Human!" | October 8, 2013
Surprise! CCLaP is releasing a new book today! It's staff critic Karl Wolff's "On Being Human," reviews of classic books and movies all dealing with the subject of humanity, most of which ran at our blog in 2012 but with three exclusive new essays found just in this book version. Click through for all the details, and to download a free electronic copy right this moment! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Fighting for an American Countryside," by Jennifer Vogel | October 4, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Fighting for an American Countryside" by Jennifer Vogel, an in-depth look at the economic, political, and cultural challenges facing rural Minnesota in a world ravaged by the Great Recession. | Read entire entry

Say hello to CCLaP's newest staff members! | September 30, 2013
CCLaP is pleased to announce new new additions to our staff today: Book reviewer and cultural essayist Madeleine Maccar, joining us from New Jersey; and fellow Chicagoan Rex Brink, who is taking over our weekly PDF photographer features. Click through for more on them both, plus the latest info on Karl Wolff's new essay collection "On Being Human!" | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Sweet Thunder," by Ivan Doig | September 27, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Sweet Thunder," by Ivan Doig, about a newspaperman doing battle with a colossal mining company in Butte, Montana. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Early Parking Garages of San Francisco: An Architectural and Cultural Study, 1906 - 1929," by Mark D. Kessler | September 20, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews, "The Early Parking Garages of San Francisco," by Mark D. Kessler, an obscure topic that may reward a specialized type of reader. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "In Thunder Forged: Iron Kingdom Chronicles (The Fall of Llael: Book One)," by Ari Marmell | September 13, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews "In Thunder Forged: Iron Kingdom Chronicles (The Fall of Llael: Book One)," by Ari Marmell, an RPG tie-in novel that has a convoluted plot involving espionage, set-piece battle scenes, steam-powered mecha, and gunmages. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Trade: a Novelette," by Lochlan Bloom | September 6, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Trade: a Novelette," by Lochlan Bloom, about a depressed office worker who decides to start a social media platform based on sex. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Sick Justice: Inside the American Gulag," by Ivan G. Goldman | August 30, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews Ivan G. Goldman's scathing indictment of the US justice system, "Sick Justice: Inside the American Gulag." | Read entire entry

The NSFW Files: "The Story of O," by Pauline Reage | August 23, 2013
This week's installment of The NSFW Files has Karl Wolff exploring Pauline Reage's controversial novel, "The Story of O," about a woman's quest to become sexually dominated. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Island of the White Rose," by R. Ira Harris | August 16, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews R. Ira Harris's debut historical novel, "Island of the White Rose," about a priest losing his faith in the Catholic Church and dealing with the betrayals of the Batista and Castro regimes. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "God and the Fascists," by Karlheinz Deschner | August 9, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews the controversial classic, "God and the Fascists" by Karlheinz Deschner, which asserts the Vatican partnered with fascist regimes in order to crush European Bolshevism. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Mini-review: "Pyramid of Skulls," by Martin Fruchtman | August 7, 2013
Karl Wolff reviews "Pyramid of Skulls," by Martin Fruchtman, a spellbinding historical novel about Timur the Lame, the 14th century Central Asian conqueror, that reads like an epic fantasy novel. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh," by Thomas Glave | August 2, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Among the Bloodpeople: Politics and Flesh" by Thomas Glave, who confronts the bigotry of his Jamaican heritage with words political, erotic, and poetic. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Book of Times," by Lesley Alderman | July 19, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews "The Book of Times," by Lesley Alderman, a fun and informative look at how we use time in everything from household chores to gadget longevity to digestion time. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Secret of Abdu el Yezdi," by Mark Hodder | July 12, 2013
Today at CCLaP: Mark Hodder, master of steampunk, uncorks a ripping yarn full of airships, occultism, murder, and abduction in his latest installment of the Burton and Swinburne Adventures series, "The Secret of Abdu el Yezdi." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Federal Reserve and the Financial Crisis," Lectures by Ben S. Bernanke | July 5, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke's book, "The Federal Reserve and the Financial Crisis," a collection of lectures he had at George Washington University, where he talks about the history of the Fed and its missteps in dealing with the Great Recession. | Read entire entry

The NSFW Files: "Naked Lunch," by William S. Burroughs | June 28, 2013
This week, Karl Wolff returns to the NSFW Files to investigate "Naked Lunch," by William S. Burroughs, the 1959 sensation that marked a watershed for free expression in literature and included Mugwumps, heroin, and lots and lots of sex. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Happy Talk," by Richard Melo | June 21, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Happy Talk," by Richard Melo, a Pynchonesque romp through 1950s Haiti with gun-toting student nurses, UNESCO filmmakers, and Baron Samedi. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Escape From Paris," by Carolyn Hart | June 14, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Escape From Paris," a romantic suspense novel about the early years of the Second World War and two sisters' battle to save downed British pilots from Nazi menace. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Mini-review: "The After-Life Story of Pork Knuckles Malone," by MP Johnson | June 12, 2013
Karl Wolff reviews "The After-Life Story of Pork Knuckles Malone," by MP Johnson, a bizarro lit book that's like watching a Troma movie. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Wheatyard," by Peter Anderson | June 7, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews Wheatyard, a wonderful character study and a finely wrought coming-of-age novel, along with being a funny, touching piece of pop culture archeology. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Nebula Awards Showcase 2013," edited by Catherine Asaro | May 31, 2013
Today at CCLaP, Karl Wolff reviews the "Nebula Awards Showcase 2013," edited by Catherine Asaro, a solid anthology of mainstream science fiction and fantasy writing from Nebula winners and nominees; also "Sauerkraut Station" totally rocks and there's some bathypunk. | Read entire entry

The NSFW Files: "Our Lady of the Flowers," by Jean Genet | May 24, 2013
This week Karl Wolff investigates "Our Lady of the Flowers" by Jean Genet, a classic, despite its sensational origins, befitting entry into the Western Canon. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Mini-review: "The Creative Fire," by Brenda Cooper | May 22, 2013
Karl Wolff reviews Brenda Cooper's disappointing generation ship adventure, "The Creative Fire." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Conduct of Saints," by Christopher Davis | May 17, 2013
Today's book review: The historical legal thriller "The Conduct of Saints" by Christopher Davis, set in Italy immediately after World War Two. Says reviewer Karl Wolff, "Even though the novel focuses on the inner turmoil of a Catholic priest, one doesn't have to be Catholic to appreciate the novel. Davis has created a morally tortured individual that reminds the reader of Graham Greene and Robert Littell." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Boston Noir 2: the Classics," edited by Dennis Lehane, Mary Cotton, and Jaime Clarke | May 10, 2013
Today's book review: Dennis Lehane and others edit "Boston Noir 2: the Classics," bringing together a collection of Boston's dark side, ranging from hard-boiled whodunits, out of print classics, and an excerpt from "Infinite Jest." Says reviewer Karl Wolff: "For those unfamiliar with Greater Boston and its literary heritage, [this book] is a great place to start." | Read entire entry

The NSFW Files: "Story of the Eye," by Georges Bataille | May 3, 2013
In this week's installment of CCLaP's "The NSFW Files," Karl Wolff investigates the 1928 Georges Bataille shocker, "Story of the Eye," a very early precursor to bizarro fiction. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Heroin Chronicles," edited by Jerry Stahl | April 26, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews "The Heroin Chronicles," edited by Jerry Stahl, a short story collection focusing on that most dangerous of controlled substances: heroin. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Lazarus Machine: a Tweed & Nightingale Adventure" by Paul Crilley | April 24, 2013
Today's book review: The steampunk actioner "The Lazarus Machine" by Paul Crilley, which reviewer Karl Wolff calls a fun read for those who like 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and 'Warehouse 13.' | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Blue Kind," by Kathryn Born | April 19, 2013
Today's book review: "The Blue Kind," a dystopian drug novel by Chicago-area author Kathryn Born, and put out by academic imprint Switchgrass. Says reviewer Karl Wolff, "More novelists writing in science fiction should take these kinds of chances." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Keeping Bedlam at Bay in the Prague Cafe," by M. Henderson Ellis | April 12, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Keeping Bedlam at Bay in the Prague Cafe," by M. Henderson Ellis, a comedic ride through post-communist Prague with John Shirting in his quest to set up a coffee franchise. | Read entire entry

Say hello to CCLaP's new book reviewers! | April 8, 2013
CCLaP is happy to announce two new book reviewers joining our blog staff starting today, Travis Fortney out of Chicago and Yair Ben-Zvi in California, combining with current staffers Karl Wolff and Jason Pettus so to start offering again thoughtful long-form critical essays every single day of the week. Click through for details, photos, a look at our new weekly posting schedule, and an update about our new monthly magazine that gathers up all these reviews! | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Nazi Seance," by Arthur J. Magida | April 5, 2013
This week Karl Wolff reviews "The Nazi Seance" by Arthur J. Magida, a fascinating history of a self-made and self-delusional mind reader who courted the Nazis while hiding his Jewish heritage. | Read entire entry

The NSFW Files: "Gynecocracy," by Viscount Ladywood | March 29, 2013
This week Karl Wolff has another installment of the NSFW Files, this time looking at "Gynecocracy" by Viscount Ladywood, where a disobedient aristocratic man is disciplined by being forced to wear a corset. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Gold Coast Madam," by Rose Laws with Dianna Harris | March 22, 2013
This week Karl Wolff look at the seamy side of Chicago history with "Gold Coast Madam" by Rose Laws with Dianna Harris, an autobiography of Rose Laws and the call girls that made her infamous. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Secretary," by Kim Ghattas | March 15, 2013
This week, Karl Wolff reviews "The Secretary" by Kim Ghattas, a half-Dutch, half-Lebanese BBC journalist, as she traces the tenure of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, dispelling some popular myths about how this massive institution works. | Read entire entry

The NSFW Files: An Introduction | February 22, 2013
Today at CCLaP, Karl Wolff introduces his new essay series for 2013, "The NSFW Files," which over the rest of this year will investigate the historical and literary worth of erotica through the ages, from ancient Rome to modern times. | Read entire entry

The NSFW Files: The Satyricon, by Petronius | February 22, 2013
Today in CCLaP's essay series on subversive erotic classics, "The NSFW Files," Karl Wolff looks at Petronius's first-century AD ribald romp through the Roman Empire, "The Satyricon." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The King of Pain," by Seth Kaufman | January 25, 2013
Karl Wolff begins 2013 reviewing Seth Kaufman's novel "The King of Pain," about a reality TV producer lodged beneath his giant home entertainment system, his predicament complicated by reading a short story collection about prisons written by someone named Seth Kaufman. | Read entire entry

On Being Human: The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976, Nicholas Roeg) | January 11, 2013
Today at CCLaP: In his last essay for On Being Human, Karl Wolff looks at 'The Man Who Fell to Earth,' Nicholas Roeg's 1976 sci-fi art-house masterpiece. | Read entire entry

The Year in Books 2012: Karl Wolff's Picks | January 9, 2013
It's day three of CCLaP's "Year in Books 2012" report! Today, staff writer Karl Wolff takes a look at his favorite reads in 2012, broken down by specific category. | Read entire entry

On Being Human: "Nekropolis," by Maureen McHugh | December 14, 2012
In this week's edition of CCLaP's On Being Human, Karl Wolff discusses "Nekropolis" by Maureen McHugh, a novel about Hariba, who underwent a surgery to make her subservient, and Akhmim, a genetically engineered being designed from birth to be that way. | Read entire entry

On Being Human: "The Killer Inside Me," by Jim Thompson | November 16, 2012
In this week's penultimate installment of CCLaP's "On Being Human," Karl Wolff reviews Jim Thompson's 1952 underground classic "The Killer Inside Me," a book told from the perspective of a small town deputy sheriff from Texas who also happens to be a serial killer. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Cage," by Gordon Weiss | November 2, 2012
This week Karl Wolff reviews "The Cage," by Gordon Weiss, a former UN worker who writes about the human rights disaster of Sri Lanka in its battle with the Tamil Tigers. | Read entire entry

On Being Human: "The Trilogy," by Samuel Beckett | October 19, 2012
This week in the CCLaP series "On Being Human," Karl Wolff analyses Samuel Beckett's groundbreaking "Trilogy," where the famed avant-garde writer sought the essence of what it is to be human by stripping away the setting, plot, and characters of three small novels in a row. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power," by Robert Caro | October 5, 2012
Today at CCLaP, Karl Wolff gives his first perfect 10 of the year, to the hotly anticipated "Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power" by Robert A. Caro. Says Karl, "Strange as it sounds, it is a hagiography of sorts, since saints have their flaws and weaknesses [and] Johnson had both." | Read entire entry

On Being Human: Venus in Furs, by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch | September 21, 2012
Today in CCLaP's "On Being Human," Karl Wolff's look at humanity as explained through various famous pieces of pop culture: It's Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's infamous "Venus in Furs," the 1870 book that inspired the sexual term 'masochism.' | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Arming the Luftwaffe," by Daniel Uziel | September 7, 2012
Today at CCLaP, Karl Wolff reviews "Arming the Luftwaffe" by Daniel Uziel, an account of the development of Nazi era technology and wartime logistics. Says Karl, "This book isn't for everybody, since it is written in dry academic prose; but for the specialist, it is a treasure trove of information and analysis." | Read entire entry

On Being Human: Hellboy, by Mike Mignola | August 24, 2012
In this week's installment of Karl Wolff's essay series, "On Being Human," he explores the comic book series "Hellboy," and a how a cigar-chomping hell demon, who also happens to be a practicing Catholic, works to save the world for Rasputin, Nazis, and all manner of Lovecraftian nightmarish entities. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Dire Salvation," by Charles B. Neff | August 10, 2012
This week, Karl Wolff reviews a mystery set in a small town in Washington state involving designer drugs, a Native American social worker, and a suspicious computer hacker. | Read entire entry

On Being Human: Swastika Night by Katharine Burdekin | July 27, 2012
This week's installment of Karl Wolff's essay series, On Being Human, examines the feminist science fiction novel "Swastika Night", an alternate history predating Orwell's "1984" that explores the darker regions of human behavior in a far future Europe ruled by medieval Nazi knights. | Read entire entry

Book Review: Werewolves of Wisconsin and other American myths, monsters, and ghosts, by Andy Fish | July 13, 2012
This week, Karl Wolff reviews "Werewolves of Wisconsin and other American myths, monsters, and ghosts," a graphic novel by Andy Fish. It explores the scary regions of these United States with gory visuals and local legends. | Read entire entry

On Being Human: Battlestar Galactica and Caprica | June 29, 2012
This week, Karl Wolff continues his ongoing series "On Being Human" with "Battlestar Galactica" and "Caprica," two Syfy TV series that explored the struggles between humanity and the machines that rebelled. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Venice Noir," edited by Maxim Jakubowski | June 15, 2012
Today's book review: The new Akashic anthology "Venice Noir," edited by Maxim Jakubowski. Says reviewer Karl Wolff, "There is something for everyone in this [book], a delicious sampling of tastes, styles, and stories." | Read entire entry

On Being Human: Wraeththu, by Storm Constantine | June 1, 2012
This week Karl Wolff explores Storm Constantine's trilogy "Wraeththu," about a hermaphroditic human species that overtakes humanity during a postapocalyptic catastrophe. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Duke Don't Dance," by Richard Sharp | May 18, 2012
This week, Karl Wolff reviews Richard Sharp's novel "The Duke Don't Dance," tracing several friends across decades and continents from the jungles of Southeast Asia to a DC lobbying firm and beyond. The novel combines nuanced literary observations with cutting satire. | Read entire entry

On Being Human: The Culture novels by Iain Banks | May 4, 2012
Today in Karl Wolff's CCLaP essay series "On Being Human," it's 'The Culture' novels by Iain Banks, in which humans, aliens, and machines all live in a post-scarcity utopia. Banks's novels follow eccentrics and troublemakers in a society where humans can switch gender, become aliens, and even become machines. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Make It Stay," by Joan Frank | April 20, 2012
Today's book: "Make It Stay" by Joan Frank, which reviewer Karl Wolff calls his favorite read so far of the year. The novel explores the lives of two couples in a small Northern California town as they encounter births, deaths, joys, and frustrations. Frank's highly polished literary prose is definitely worth your time. | Read entire entry

On Being Human: Warhammer 40,000 | April 6, 2012
Today in Karl Wolff's CCLaP essay series "On Being Human," it's the UK roleplaying game Warhammer 40,000, where the Space Marines battle daemons, heretics, dissidents, and aliens. But are these genetically modified superwarriors truly human, and what does that mean when they defend humanity? | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Isaac: a modern fable," by Ivan G. Goldman | March 23, 2012
Karl Wolff reviews "Isaac: a modern fable," by Ivan G. Goldman, in which Lenny, really the Isaac from the Bible, works security for a LA movie mogul and meets Ruth, a struggling academic with an equally troubled past. In this telling, the Biblical Isaac was granted eternal life and youth. He witnesses mankind's foibles across the centuries, so long as he doesn't fall in love or land in jail, because then they would discover he's not like other men. | Read entire entry

On Being Human: "Being Human" (BBC) | March 9, 2012
Today in Karl Wolff's CCLaP essay series "On Being Human," it's the BBC Three TV series "Being Human," in which a vampire and werewolf share a flat in Bristol with a female ghost. The premise may sound silly, but Toby Whithouse's series shows how the three main characters attempt to reclaim their humanity by "passing" for humans. | Read entire entry

Book review: "Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed," by Frederic Chaubin | February 24, 2012
Today at CCLaP, Karl Wolff reviews Taschen's acclaimed "Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed" by Frederic Chaubin. The book explores Soviet architecture from the late '60s to the early '90s, showing an uncharacteristic exuberance and ethnic individualism not usually associated with the stereotypical Soviet architecture. | Read entire entry

On Being Human: An Introduction | February 17, 2012
Today, the launching of a new essay series at CCLaP called "On Being Human," by new staff writer Karl Wolff, which over 2012 will examine a series of classic novels and movies to look at the question of what it really means to be human. Click through for a longer introduction by Karl on what he aims for the series to do. | Read entire entry

Meet Karl Wolff, CCLaP's newest staff writer! | February 10, 2012
Hooray! After two years of looking, CCLaP finally has its third staff writer! Meet Karl Wolff from Minnesota, head writer himself at "The Driftless Area Review" and "Coffee is for Closers," who will be adding both general book reviews here this year and a new themed essay series called "On Being Human." Click through for a lot more! | Read entire entry

Book reviews: Master list | April 15, 2007
The master list of all books reviewed through the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography. | Read entire entry