Archives: Profiles

This is the archive page for the category [Profiles]; below you should see headlines and summaries of all entries found here on the subject. Click the appropriate link at each to read the entire entry.

Rare Book Roundup: 22 April 2014 | April 22, 2014
Today at CCLaP, a round-up of all our newest rare-book auctions at eBay, including first edition first printings of Erica Jong's "Fear of Flying," Norman Mailer's "The Prisoner of Sex," and T.C. Boyle's classic '90s comedy "The Road to Wellville." | Read entire entry

Rare Book Roundup: 21 April 2014 | April 21, 2014
Today's CCLaP rare-book auctions going live at eBay include John Updike's notoriously saucy 1968 novel "Couples," as well as John Cheever's 1969 classic "Bullet Park" and equally classic 1977 "Falconer." Click through for them all! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: All nine 'Nathan Zuckerman' novels by Philip Roth, First Editions First Printings | April 17, 2014
Today, a special rare-book eBay auction at CCLaP: All nine of the "Nathan Zuckerman" novels written over thirty years by revered author Philip Roth, autobiographically charting not just his own career but the entire history of America between Vietnam and the War On Terror. A crowning jewel in any book collector's library, and priced at a premium today to reflect that. | Read entire entry

Rare Book Roundup: 16 April 2014 | April 16, 2014
Today at CCLaP, a roundup of our latest rare books for auction at eBay, including first edition/first printing copies of Mike Royko's 1985 "Like I Was Sayin'...," Scott Turow's 1977 nonfiction book "One L," and a SIGNED edition of Bennett Cerf's 1944 humor collection "Try and Stop Me." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 110: Author Justin Kramon | April 15, 2014
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's a one-hour talk with New England author Justin Kramon, his second time on the podcast, talking this time about his new crime thriller, "The Preservationist." Also featuring the music of Moon Boots and Blondfire. Click through to download or listen this second! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 109: Author Giano Cromley | April 4, 2014
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, we kick off our eighth year with a talk with local writer Giano Cromley, author of the darkly comic coming-of-age tale "The Last Good Halloween." Also featuring the music of Samo Sound Boy and The Honey Trees. Click through for the free download or streaming edition! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photo Feature: Francis Flower | March 31, 2014
This week's photographer feature at CCLaP highlights the work of Italian artist Francis Flower. Click through to download the free PDF, or to view the online "flippable" version at Issuu.com. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photo Feature: Roxane Decremer | March 20, 2014
This week's photographer feature at CCLaP highlights the work of Brussels artist Roxane Decremer. Click through to download the free 20-page PDF, or to view the online "flippable" version at Issuu.com. | Read entire entry

The King in Yellow: CCLaP's new introduction | March 18, 2014
As part of the promotion for CCLaP's new gorgeous re-release of the 1895 horror collection "The King in Yellow" by Robert W. Chambers, we thought we'd post the new introduction by Jason Pettus to the blog. Click through to read it in its entirety. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photo Feature: Polina Poludkina | March 13, 2014
This week's photographer feature from CCLaP highlights the work of Moscow artist Polina Poludkina. Click through to download the free 20-page PDF, or to view the online "flippable" version at Issuu.com. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photo Feature: Lindsey Fast | March 6, 2014
This week's photographer feature at CCLaP highlights the work of local artist Lindsey Fast. Click through to download the free 20-page PDF, or to view the online "flippable" version at Issuu.com. | 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

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

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

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

CCLaP Photo Feature: Bryan M. Ferguson | January 27, 2014
This week's photographer feature at CCLaP highlights the work of Scottish artist Bryan M. Ferguson. Click through for the free PDF, or to view the "flippable" online version at Issuu.com. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photo Feature: Wolfwendy | January 16, 2014
This week's photography feature at CCLaP highlights the work of German/Finnish artist Maria Windschüttel, a.k.a. "Wolfwendy." Click through for the free PDF, or to view the "flippable" online version at Issuu.com. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photo Feature: Heather Killion | January 9, 2014
Today's photo feature at CCLaP highlights the work of Sacramento artist Heather Killion. Click through to download the free PDF, or to view a "flippable" online version courtesy of Issuu.com. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Mystic River" (2001), by Dennis Lehane, SIGNED, First Edition First Printing | November 1, 2013
Today, another eBay auction from our rare-book collection: A SIGNED first-edition first-printing of Dennis Lehane's haunting 2001 crime thriller "Mystic River," a perfect choice for long-term investors just making their first acquisitions now at a young age. Click through for photos and details! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Moo" (1995), by Jane Smiley, First Edition First Printing | November 1, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from the center's rare-book collection: A SIGNED first-edition, first-printing copy of Jane Smiley's 1995 "Moo" in immaculate shape, the perfect kind of investment for a long-term collector just getting started at a young age. Click through for photos and details! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photographer Feature: Elodie Fougère | October 31, 2013
It's Thursday, which means it's time for another of CCLaP's weekly photographer features, short PDFs highlighting just one artist that you can download for free (or view online at "YouTube for magazines" website Issuu.com); these are then also featured... | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "20,000 Leagues" by Jules Verne, 1925 Scribner's illustrated edition | October 31, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from the center's rare-book collection: A 1925 Scribner's illustrated "Series for Young People" edition of Jules Verne's Victorian sci-fi classic, "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea." Click through for photos and details! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: Oscar Wilde's "Dorian Gray," the Very First Modern Library Book Ever Made (1917, ML001) | October 29, 2013
Today, another eBay auction from the center's rare-book collection: The very first Modern Library book ever printed in history, Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" from 1917, the first catalog number from the first year of the company's existence. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Native Son" (1940), by Richard Wright, First Edition First Printing | October 28, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from our rare-book collection: A first-edition, first-printing copy of Richard Wright's 1940 "Native Son," considered by many the very first book to singlehandedly kickstart the entire "African-American Literature" genre. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photographer Feature: Sheldon Serkin | October 24, 2013
It's Thursday, which means it's time for another of CCLaP's weekly photographer features, short PDFs highlighting just one artist that you can download for free (or view online at "YouTube for magazines" website Issuu.com); these are then also featured... | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photographer Feature: Brendan Ó Sé | October 17, 2013
Today's photographer feature at CCLaP highlights the work of Irish artist Brendan O Se. Click through to download the free PDF, or to view it online at "YouTube for magazines" service Issuu.com. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photographer Feature: Noushin Arefadib | October 10, 2013
This week's photographer feature at CCLaP highlights the work of Iranian-Australian Noushin Arefadib, currently doing humanitarian work in India and Sri Lanka. Click through to download the free PDF, or to view an online version at Issuu.com. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Contributions to Punch" (1898 Biographical Edition), by William Makepeace Thackeray | October 8, 2013
Today's auction from CCLaP's rare-book collection: An 1898 edition of William Makepeace Thackeray's collected contributions to the Victorian humor magazine "Punch," originally part of a 13-volume collection but worth owning just on its own for its obscure, usually scattered content. Minimum bid, only $20! What a steal! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photographer Feature: Jesi Langdale | October 3, 2013
This week's photographer feature at CCLaP highlights the work of Washington state minimalist portrait artist Jesi Langdale. Click through to download the PDF version, or to view a "flippable" online version at Issuu.com. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photographer Feature: S. Nicole Lane, "You Were Asleep By The Time I Found You" | September 27, 2013
This week's photographer feature at CCLaP highlights the work of Chicago artist S. Nicole Lane, and her experimental themed project "You Were Asleep By The Time I Found You." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 106: Author Chris L. Terry | September 26, 2013
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a half-hour talk with Chicago author Chris L. Terry, all about his new book with our friends at Curbside Splendor, the '90s coming-of-age tale "Zero Fade." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photographer Feature: Nico Turner, "On the Road with Cat Power" | September 20, 2013
It's the triumphant return of CCLaP's Friday photographer features! Today's feature highlights the work of Los Angeles musician Nico Turner, who is putting together a book of road photos she's taken over the years while in tour with band Cat Power. Click through for both the free PDF download and the HTML5 online "flippable" version! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 105: Author Mark R. Brand | September 17, 2013
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a 45-minute talk with Chicago author Mark R. Brand, all about his new book with the center, the speculative story collection Long Live Us. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 101: Author Mason Johnson | August 12, 2013
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a half-hour talk with Chicago writer Mason Johnson, author of the center's newest book, the absurdist science-fiction tale "Sad Robot Stories." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Marleen Keustermans | July 16, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Belgian-in-Italy photographer Marleen Keustermans. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Lady Chatterley's Lover" (First Grove Press Edition), by D.H. Lawrence | July 15, 2013
Today at CCLaP, a new eBay auction from our rare book collection: This time a first-edition, first-printing copy of the 1959 Grove Press version of D.H. Lawrence's banned 1928 smutty class-warfare romance novel "Lady Chatterley's Lover." Successfully defended in court, Grove used it as a template for later publishing "Tropic of Cancer" and "Naked Lunch," ushering in the countercultural era. Just $25 minimum bid, or buy it this second for $50! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Fes Medina - a glimpse of the people," by Sally Walton | July 15, 2013
Today's photo: "Fes Medina - a glimpse of the people," by British-in-Morocco photographer Sally Walton. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Terres Rouges Power Plant (13)," by Yann Mornet | July 11, 2013
Today's photo: "Terres Rouges Power Plant (13)," by French-in-Luxembourg photographer Yann Mornet. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Wicker Park," by Martin Gonzalez | July 10, 2013
Today's photo: "Wicker Park," by Chicago photographer Martin Gonzalez. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Double Helix," by Martino Zegwaard | July 9, 2013
Today's photo: "Double Helix," by Dutch photographer Martino Zegwaard. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "going underground," by Michael | June 28, 2013
Today's photo: "going underground," by British Flickr member Michael. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Christine," by Dominik | June 27, 2013
Today's photo: "Christine," by Swiss Flickr member Dominik. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Morgenland | June 26, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Amsterdam Flickr member Morgenland. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "drifters rue Vieille du Temple," by Paolo Barzman | June 24, 2013
Today's photo: "drifters rue Vieille du Temple," by Canadian-in-Paris Paolo Barzman. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "48/365 Equilibrios cotidianos," by Sol Vazquez | June 20, 2013
Today's photo: "48/365 Equilibrios cotidianos," by Spanish photographer Sol Vazquez. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Lisa Wormsley | June 19, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by British photographer Lisa Wormsley. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Liting Wang | June 18, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Taiwanese photographer Liting Wang. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Empire State Building," by Toby Hancock | June 17, 2013
Today's photo: "Empire State Building," by Californian in New York Toby Hancock. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "stan braves the beach," by Danny Edwards | June 12, 2013
Today's photo: "stan braves the beach," by Danny Edwards. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "dreamed a dream by the old canal.," by Mark Entwisle | June 11, 2013
Today's photo: "dreamed a dream by the old canal.," by UK photographer Mark Entwisle. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Lukasz Wierzbowski | May 31, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Polish photographer Lukasz Wierzbowski. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's newest book, Maureen Foley's 'Women Float,' is finally here! | May 28, 2013
Excelsior! CCLaP's second original book of the year, the female relationship dramedy "Women Float" by Maureen Foley, is now finally out and available to the general public! Click through for a lot more, including the book's synopsis and links for downloading/purchasing. | Read entire entry

Barry Wightman: The CCLaP Interview | May 28, 2013
Today, an email interview with Wisconsin author Barry Wightman, whose counterculture novel "Pepperland" is in the midst right now of a virtual book tour. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "sleep my dear, sleep. and when you'll wake, I might be gone," by Paula Coraline | May 28, 2013
Today's photo: "sleep my dear, sleep. and when you'll wake, I might be gone," by Brazilian photographer Paula Coraline. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "giant H," by Tyler Wilson | May 21, 2013
Today's photo: "giant H," by Toronto photographer Tyler Wilson. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Nossa Beth!," by Eder Capobianco | May 20, 2013
Today's photo: "Nossa Beth!," by Brazilian Eder Capobianco. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "laser cat," by Kubra Sagin | May 16, 2013
Today's photo: "laser cat," by Istanbul photographer Kubra Sagin. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "grime," by Emily Howell | May 14, 2013
Today's photo: "grime," by California photographer Emily Howell. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Ben Franklin Bridge VIII," by Owen Luther | May 10, 2013
Today's photo: "Ben Franklin Bridge VIII," by Owen Luther. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by rskm | May 8, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member rskm. | 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

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Jeff Economy | May 3, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chicago filmmaker Jeff Economy. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "USS Nostromo," by Chris Dessaigne | May 2, 2013
Today's photo: "USS Nostromo," by French photographer Chris Dessaigne. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "fly," by Tori Walls | May 1, 2013
Today's photo: "fly," by Georgia photographer Tori Walls. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by emilyupsidedown | April 30, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member emilyupsidedown. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Small Town Inertia," by J.A. Mortram | April 26, 2013
Today's photo: "Small Town Inertia," by British photographer J.A. Mortram. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "L is 'hip hopping,'" by C. Wess Daniels | April 25, 2013
Today's photo: "L is 'hip hopping,'" by Los Angeles photographer C. Wess Daniels. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "One Night in Beijing #3," by Xiao Yang | April 23, 2013
Today's photo: "One Night in Beijing #3," by Chinese photographer Xiao Yang. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "week 12," by damontosa | April 22, 2013
Today's photo: "week 12," by Flickr member damontosa. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: ".oh miss madonna won't you please give me a kiss, one of those soft sweet lagrimas," by Herr Benini | April 19, 2013
Today's photo: ".oh miss madonna won't you please give me a kiss, one of those soft sweet lagrimas," by German/Italian Flickr member Herr Benini. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Criogénesis," by Sol Vázquez | April 17, 2013
Today's photo: "Criogénesis," by Spanish photographer Sol Vázquez. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "song to the siren06," by Riccardo Bandiera | April 16, 2013
Today's photo: "song to the siren06," by Italian photographer Riccardo Bandiera. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Clemens Fantur | April 15, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Austrian photographer Clemens Fantur. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Goatman.," by David Collier | April 12, 2013
Today's photo: "Goatman.," by Flickr member David Collier. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Horse.," by Scott Hunter | April 11, 2013
Today's photo: "Horse.," by Scottish photographer Scott Hunter. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "hope iv," by Gokturk Ayan | April 10, 2013
Today's photo: "hope iv," by Flickr member Gokturk Ayan. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 99: Author David David Katzman | April 9, 2013
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a one-hour talk with Chicago author David David Katzman, whose CCLaP story collection "The Kickstarter Letters" just came out to the general public last week. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Hippopotamus Lightness Meditation," by Andre Fromont | April 9, 2013
Today's photo: "Hippopotamus Lightness Meditation," by Belgian photographer Andre Fromont. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Duel," by Guillaume Grasse | April 8, 2013
Today's photo: "Duel," by Flickr member Guillaume Grasse. | Read entire entry

Say hello to CCLaP's newest book, David David Katzman's "The Kickstarter Letters!" | April 4, 2013
Surprise! After a four month delay because of unexpected complications, CCLaP holiday book "The Kickstarter Letters" by Chicago author David David Katzman is finally available to the general public, in both ebook form and the deluxe, oversized, illustrated paper edition that caused all the complications to begin with. Click through for all the details! | 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

Photo of the day: "roll on by," by Britt Fowler | March 21, 2013
Today's photo: "roll on by," by Iowa photographer Britt Fowler. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 98: Author M. Henderson Ellis | March 18, 2013
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a half-hour talk with Budapest author M. Henderson Ellis, currently on tour for his new expat novel, "Keeping Bedlam at Bay in the Prague Cafe." Also featuring the music of Clemens Neufeld and Ken Kase. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "†," by Nathan Bobey | March 18, 2013
Today's photo: "†," by Portland photographer Nathan Bobey. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Puzzleman | March 13, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Taiwanese Flickr member Puzzleman. | Read entire entry

An Interview with Eleanor Stanford | March 12, 2013
It's Eleanor Stanford Week at CCLaP! And in honor of her new book with the center, the Peace Corps memoir "Historia, Historia," I recently had a chance to "sit down" with her over Google Talk, where we text-chatted for 45 minutes about the book, the Cape Verde Islands, personal versus academic essays and more. Click through for the entire transcript! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Sheep in the clouds," by Kim Tan | March 12, 2013
Today's photo: "Sheep in the clouds," by British photographer Kim Tan. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's first original book of the year is here! | March 11, 2013
Yippee! CCLaP's first original book of the year has finally gotten released today! It's called "Historia, Historia" by Philadelphia author Eleanor Stanford, and is an intriguing mix: partly a Peace Corps memoir, partly academic essays about the language and culture of the Cape Verde Islands, and partly Marya-Hornbacher-style gripping personal essays about an eating disorder she developed while there. Click through for all the details, and to download a free copy right now! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Naira Mattia | March 8, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Brazilian photographer Naira Mattia. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Akira | March 7, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member Akira. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Nina Ahn | March 6, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Korean-in-Turkey photographer Nina Ahn. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Urbanscape 1," by Blazej Marczak | March 5, 2013
Today's photo: "Urbanscape 1," by Scot-in-Peru photographer Blazej Marczak. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Krzysztof Glistak | March 4, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Polish photographer Krzysztof Glistak. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Reward," by Erel Elbasi | February 26, 2013
Today's photo: "Reward," by Turkish-in-Toronto photographer Erel Elbasi. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Bavaria," by ma.nin | February 25, 2013
Today's photo: "Bavaria," by Flickr member ma.nin. | 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

Photo of the day: "'Mother Nature,'" by Natasha Root | February 22, 2013
Today's photo: "'Mother Nature,'" by Flickr member Natasha Root. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Kyle Scully | February 21, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Vancouver photographer Kyle Scully. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by dummmy | February 20, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Washington Flickr member dummmy. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Rob Baird | February 19, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by New Yorker in South Korea Rob Baird. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "May the 'forced dress-up with mommy' be with you," by JessiQua | February 15, 2013
Today's photo: "May the 'forced dress-up with mommy' be with you," by New Jersey Flickr member JessiQua. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "the forest speaks in hushed tones," by Danielle Hughson | February 14, 2013
Today's photo: "the forest speaks in hushed tones," by Oregonian photographer Danielle Hughson. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: The "Millennium" Trilogy (first edition, first printing), by Stieg Larsson | February 13, 2013
Today at CCLaP, a new listing in our rare-book service: First American editions, first printings of the three novels in Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" trilogy (you know, "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" et al), a worldwide phenomenon that kickstarted Scandinavia's current crime renaissance. Only $100 OR YOUR BEST OFFER! Click through for more! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Chambershines | February 13, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chicago Flickr member Chambershines. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "The brood," by Martin De Martin | February 12, 2013
Today's photo: "The brood," by Italian photographer Martin De Martin. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Gonvsky Tsai | February 11, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Taiwanese photographer Gonvsky Tsai. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photo Feature: Leif Johnson | February 8, 2013
It's Friday, which means it's time for CCLaP's weekly photo feature. Today's feature profiles the work of Leif Johnson, a Chicagoan and former Texan whose poetic, minimalist pieces are equally comprised of urban and rural shots. Click through to see or download the feature right now. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Malleny House," by Julie Aine King | February 8, 2013
Today's photo: "Malleny House," by Scottish photographer Julie Aine King. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photo Feature: Paul Lask and Anna Bolm, 'Dogs of Chile' | February 1, 2013
It's Friday, which means time for another CCLaP photo feature. Today's feature profiles the work of Chicagoans Paul Lask and Anna Bolm, who recently traveled through South America and took extensive photos of the semi-wild dogs who roam the streets of the cities there. Click through to download or read it right now! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "sky and sand," by Livia Lazar | February 1, 2013
Today's photo: "sky and sand," by British photographer Livia Lazar. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 97: 'Hair Lit's Nick Ostdick and Jason Behrends | January 28, 2013
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a half-hour talk with RAGAD founder Nick Ostdick and Orange Alert head Jason Behrends, all about their new anthology of stories concerning '80s metal bands, "Hair Lit." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Oscar W. | January 28, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Hong Kong photographer Oscar W. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by bloody.ant-eater.in.jumper | January 25, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member bloody.ant-eater.in.jumper. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "one last game," by Chinese Johnny | January 24, 2013
Today's photo: "one last game," by Rhode Island Flickr member Chinese Johnny. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: Why 'Harmontown' is the Best Podcast in the US You're Not Listening To. | January 23, 2013
Today at CCLaP, a few thoughts on the recent Chicago stop of Dan Harmon's confessional, hilarious "Harmontown" podcast tour, and what makes this both a technically and conceptually groundbreaking show that is writing some of the rules that future podcasts will forever follow. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Lisa Wormsley | January 23, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by British photographer Lisa Wormsley. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "venditori di tessuti," by Benedetta Romani | January 22, 2013
Today's photo: "venditori di tessuti," by Italian-in-Egypt photographer Benedetta Romani. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "No fortune available," by bolbolha | January 21, 2013
Today's photo: "No fortune available," by Moroccan Flickr member bolbolha. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photo Feature: Katherine Hodges, 'deadmalls' | January 18, 2013
Today's weekly photo feature at CCLaP profiles the work of Chicagoan Katherine Hodges, who for the last year has been going all over the Midwest shooting malls with occupancy rates of only 50 to 10 percent, full enough to stay open but with spooky, abandoned interiors that look like dystopian science-fiction movies. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day at CCLaP: "Eski cami panorama," by Booo Zone | January 18, 2013
Today's photo: "Eski cami panorama," by Turkish Flickr member Booo Zone. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Little elephant or what you see?," by Lauri Lauren | January 17, 2013
Today's photo: "Little elephant or what you see?," by Finnish photographer Lauri Lauren. | Read entire entry

George Saunders: A Critical Overview | January 16, 2013
Because of getting to interview him last week, I ended up reading all seven books of George Saunders' career over a tiny space of time in January; so instead of an individual review of each, I thought I'd do one large essay about them all today, and examine the dark and bizarre shared universe where his famed bizarro stories take place. | Read entire entry

Today's photo: "Rainbow Child.," by Flickr member Ellenor-Daisy. | January 16, 2013
Today's photo: "Rainbow Child.," by Flickr member Ellenor-Daisy. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 96: Author George Saunders | January 15, 2013
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: To kick off 2013 and the seventh year of the podcast, we're proud to present a half-hour talk with legendary author George Saunders, whose new book "Tenth of December" currently has him out on a national tour. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "flores y flotadores," by Berta Pfirsich | January 15, 2013
Today's photo: "flores y flotadores," by Spanish photographer Berta Pfirsich. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Photo Feature: Francesca Marie | January 11, 2013
Today at CCLaP, our very first in a new series of weekly 10-page PDF photographer profiles, which will be reprinted a few weeks later in our new monthly magazine at Amazon and iTunes. Today's feature profiles young south Florida artist Francesca Marie, who takes Nan-Goldin-style casually journalistic shots of her edgy friends and the lives they lead. | Read entire entry

The Year in Books 2012: The CCLaP Guilty Pleasure Awards | January 11, 2013
It's the last day of CCLaP's "Year in Books 2012" report! Today, the sixth anniversary of a proud tradition - the handing out of the CCLaP Guilty Pleasure Awards, for books last year I loved way more than their circumstances deserve for them to be loved. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "1234 Shoreditch Festival," by Tom Perry | January 11, 2013
Today's photo: "1234 Shoreditch Festival," by British photographer Tom Perry. | 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: Highlights from Locals and Friends | January 10, 2013
It's day four of CCLaP's "Year in Books 2012" report! Today, a random selection of highlights from the amazing plethora of books put out by locals and our personal friends over the last year. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Erika Victor | January 10, 2013
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Kansas photographer Erika Victor. | 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

Photo of the day: "Petit Poucet," by Francois Porcheron | January 9, 2013
Today's photo: "Petit Poucet," by French photographer Francois Porcheron. | Read entire entry

The Year in Books 2012: Worth a Second Look | January 8, 2013
It's day two of CCLaP's "Year in Books 2012" report! Today, a look at nine titles that may not have scored the absolute highest last year, but will hold an intense amount of appeal to the niche audiences they were designed for. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "butterfly kid," by Bim Bom | January 8, 2013
Today's photo: "butterfly kid," by Flickr member Bim Bom. | Read entire entry

The Year in Books 2012: Best of the Best | January 7, 2013
It's day one of CCLaP's "Year in Books 2012" report! Today, a look at the eleven books that received the highest scores last year, of the 150 books we ended up reviewing. | Read entire entry

The Year in Books, 2012 | January 7, 2013
It's the end of another year, which means it's time for CCLaP's annual "Year in Books" reports, a five-part essay series that breaks down our favorite reads of the year by a series of specific criteria. Here is the master list of links to all five parts. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Zoe," by Virginia Parra | January 7, 2013
Today's photo: "Zoe," by Chilean photographer Virginia Parra. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Klara kyrka," by Thomas Stensson | December 21, 2012
Today's photo: "Klara kyrka," by Swedish photographer Thomas Stensson. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Her day," by Daniel Wirgard | December 20, 2012
Today's photo: "Her day," by Swedish photographer Daniel Wirgard. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Lavender Dream," by Tony De Long | December 19, 2012
Today's photo: "Lavender Dream," by French-in-Vietnam photographer Tony De Long. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "cranes," by Hannah Simpson | December 18, 2012
Today's photo: "cranes," by British photographer Hannah Simpson. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Life in Technicolor," by TM Photographe | December 17, 2012
Today's photo: "Life in Technicolor," by French Flickr member TM Photographe. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Mr. Danny, The Daily News," by Yip Choon Wai | December 12, 2012
Today's photo: "Mr. Danny, The Daily News," by Malaysian photographer Yip Choon Wai. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by William Keckler | December 11, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member William Keckler. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Istikal caddesia, Istanbul," by aAlok Khemka | December 10, 2012
Today's photo: "Istikal caddesia, Istanbul," by Turkish Flickr member aAlok Khemka. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Quinta da Regaleira," by Helena Exquis | December 7, 2012
Today's photo: "Quinta da Regaleira," by Spanish-in-Portugal photographer Helena Exquis. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "1... 2... 3...," by Eleonora Carbone | December 5, 2012
Today's photo: "1... 2... 3...," by Italian-in-Spain photographer Eleonora Carbone. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Anthony Wood | December 4, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Pennsylvania photographer Anthony Wood. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Josh Hicke | December 3, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member Josh Hicke. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Into the Light," by Shubh Mohan Singh | November 30, 2012
Today's photo: "Into the Light," by Indian photographer Shubh Mohan Singh. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Lucas Ottone | November 29, 2012
Today's photography mini-feature at CCLaP: The work of Spanish artist Lucas Ottone. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Pooped Puppy," by Il Kap | November 28, 2012
Today's photo: "Pooped Puppy," by Chicago Flickr member Il Kap. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Kit Brandon" (SIGNED first edition), by Sherwood Anderson | November 27, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a new addition to our rare-book selling service: A SIGNED first-edition copy of Sherwood Anderson's 1936 look at Prohibition, bootlegging and tomboy antiheroes, "Kit Brandon." Bidding starts at $225, which is a steal for this title! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Farm at Estersmark," by Traond Kristiansen | November 27, 2012
Today's photo: "Farm at Estersmark," by Norwegian-in-Sweden photographer Traond Kristiansen. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Tessa Beligue | November 26, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by New York photographer Tessa Beligue. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Lucas Ottone | November 19, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Spanish photographer Lucas Ottone. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Jordan Gibson | November 16, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Florida photographer Jordan Gibson. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Ascending," by Brian Hamilton | November 15, 2012
Today's photo: "Ascending," by Flickr member Brian Hamilton. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Le Cercle Rouge | November 7, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by French Flickr member Le Cercle Rouge. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Autoportrait au ballon de baudruche," by Helodie | November 6, 2012
Today's photo: "Autoportrait au ballon de baudruche," by Flickr member Helodie. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Taran Rampersad | October 24, 2012
Today's photography feature at CCLaP: Software developer and HDR specialist Taran Rampersad. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "The not-so-easy not-good feeling derived from ten roadside Tex-Mex tamales and the sudden realization that the Beaumont Taxidermy Ball is a white tie affair.," by Xavier J. Peg | October 15, 2012
Today's photo: "The not-so-easy not-good feeling derived from ten roadside Tex-Mex tamales and the sudden realization that the Beaumont Taxidermy Ball is a white tie affair.," by Xavier J. Peg. | Read entire entry

An interview with Kevin Haworth | October 12, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a text-chat interview with Ohio author Kevin Haworth, all about his new book with the center, the essay collection "Famous Drownings in Literary History." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "An old haunt," by Vague Designs | October 12, 2012
Today's photo: "An old haunt," by Chicago-in-Texas Flickr member Vague Designs. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Black Bears--Band I," by Dave Moore | October 10, 2012
Today's photo: "Black Bears--Band I," by St. Louis photographer Dave Moore. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "10 windows," by Tony Gravé | October 8, 2012
Today's photo: "10 windows," by Norwegian in Italy Tony Gravé. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Ana Villanueva | October 5, 2012
Today's photography mini-feature at CCLaP: Argentinian artist Ana Villanueva. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "More from my Dolls in Bags series," by Angie Naron | October 3, 2012
Today's photo: "More from my Dolls in Bags series," by Chicago photographer Angie Naron. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Through the Gate," by Stephen Boodram | October 2, 2012
Today's photo: "Through the Gate," by Chicago photographer Stephen Boodram. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Suspended," by Martin De Martin | October 1, 2012
Today's photo: "Suspended," by Italian photographer Martin De Martin. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Trouville sur Mer - Normandie," by Ivan Sgobba | September 24, 2012
Today's photo: "Trouville sur Mer - Normandie," by French photographer Ivan Sgobba. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Skyline on the Shoreline," by jkBorys | September 21, 2012
Today's photo: "Skyline on the Shoreline," by Chicago Flickr member jkBorys. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Tyrannous | September 20, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by California Flickr member Tyrannous. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Sólo una razón," by Ana Villanueva | September 18, 2012
Today's photo: "Sólo una razón," by Argentinean artist Ana Villanueva. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Brooke Renee Altmann | September 17, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Australian photographer Brooke Renee Altmann. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "?," by ???|?? . | September 14, 2012
Today's photo: "?," by Flickr member ???|?? . | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Juan Antonio Cruz | September 13, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by California photographer Juan Antonio Cruz. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Disappointed...," by Tristan Barratt | September 11, 2012
Today's photo: "Disappointed...," by Cornish photographer Tristan Barratt. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Coffee," by Yip Choon Wai | September 10, 2012
Today's photo: "Coffee," by Malaysian photographer Yip Choon Wai. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Istanbul," by Zak 6.2 | September 7, 2012
Today's photo: "Istanbul," by Flickr member Zak 6.2. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 95: Author Charles Stross | September 6, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's my hour-long talk with science-fiction author Charles Stross, a prolific writer who works in many genres simultaneously, but is perhaps best known for coining the term "Accelerated Age" to refer to the spate of "Singularity" novels that became so popular in the early 2000s. Click through to listen right now. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "nouvelle vague," by iko | September 6, 2012
Today's photo: "nouvelle vague," by Italian Flickr member iko. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: "Dogs of Brazil," by Paul Lask and Anna Bolm | September 5, 2012
Today's photography mini-feature: The themed collection "Dogs of Brazil," by traveling Chicagoans Paul Lask and Anna Bolm. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "big blue eyes beloved, dirty taste of human.," by Amanda De Vito | September 3, 2012
Today's photo: "big blue eyes beloved, dirty taste of human.," by San Francisco photographer Amanda De Vito. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "The Death of the Moth," by Michaela Knizova | August 31, 2012
Today's photo: "The Death of the Moth," by eastern European photographer Michaela Knizova. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Martin V. | August 30, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by French photographer Martin V. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Ghostbusters sky," by Alice Olive | August 29, 2012
Today's photo: "Ghostbusters sky," by Australian in New York Alice Olive. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Daisy-Two-Balls #2," by Lisa Wormsley | August 28, 2012
Today's photo: "Daisy-Two-Balls #2," by British photographer Lisa Wormsley. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "londoness," by Marta Fornari | August 27, 2012
Today's photo: "londoness," by Italian-in-England photographer Marta Fornari. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Brandie Wedderburn | August 17, 2012
Today's photography mini-feature at CCLaP: Los Angeles artist Brandie Wedderburn. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 93: Author Patrick Wensink | August 7, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a talk with Louisville author Patrick Wensink, whose bizarro novel "Broken Piano for President" recently became a national viral sensation, because of receiving "The Most Polite Cease And Desist Letter In History" from Jack Daniels. Also featuring the music of The Monitors and Gotye. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 92: July Music Special | August 3, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the triumphant return of the center's monthly music special, in which I look over all the songs I've been downloading legally for free online in the last thirty days, then present the best back to you college-radio style. Today's episode features 15 songs and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Death Kit" (first edition), by Susan Sontag | July 25, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a new listing in our rare-book selling service: A first-edition copy of Postmodernist icon Susan Sontag's 1967 experimental novel "Death Kit," a sort of "Kafka for hippies" that was a big hit among countercultural intellectuals. Click through for details, lots of photos, and to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Spigot," by Qathi Gallaher Hart | July 17, 2012
Today's photo: "Spigot," by Portland photographer Qathi Gallaher Hart. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Meral Guler | July 13, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Brit-in-Los-Angeles Meral Guler. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Yotel Sunset 7," by Taran Rampersad | July 12, 2012
Today's photo: "Yotel Sunset 7," by world traveler Taran Rampersad. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Whodat?," by Mike Innocenzi | July 11, 2012
Today's photo: "Whodat?," by Chicago photographer Mike Innocenzi. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Brasov, Romania. December 2011.," by Antropologo Fidelio | July 10, 2012
Today's photo: "Brasov, Romania. December 2011.," by Flickr member Antropologo Fidelio. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Eyes Wide Shut," by Tom Kondrat | July 9, 2012
Today's photo: "Eyes Wide Shut," by Polish-in-London photographer Tom Kondrat. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "A Bell for Adano" (first edition), by John Hersey | July 5, 2012
Today, a new addition to CCLaP's rare-book selling service: a first-edition copy of war correspondent John Hersey's 1944 "A Bell for Adano," a charming Pulitzer winner from the man whose eventual hauntingly poetic coverage of Hiroshima for "The New Yorker" would single-handedly kick off the entire era of "New Journalism." Click through for details, photos, and to purchase it this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 88: Author Joe Meno | July 2, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's my talk with contemporary Chicago lit-legend Joe Meno, where we speak for an hour all about his new book coming out this week, the bittersweet relationship tale "Office Girl" from Akashic Books. Click through to download or stream it right now. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Camilla Storgaard | June 19, 2012
Today's photography mini-feature: The work of Danish artist Camilla Storgaard, currently based out of Berlin. | Read entire entry

Photographer mini-feature: Chris Fitzgerald, "The Skype Series" | June 18, 2012
Today's photography mini-feature: Los Angeles artist and recent Memphis transplant Chris Fitzgerald's special new (NSFW) exhibition, "The Skype Series." | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Amanda J. | June 13, 2012
Today's photography mini-feature: The work of Midwestern teenager Amanda J. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Sara Rojo | May 25, 2012
Today's photography mini-feature: Spanish artist and graphic designer Sara Rojo. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Katia Celestini | May 23, 2012
Today's photography profile: Italian artist Katia Celestini. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: "Why I Signed 'solo/down' -- an Apologia." | May 4, 2012
Today, a special "apologia" (or deliberately all-positive critical essay), all about why I commissioned Chicago author Lauryn Allison Lewis a year ago to write the apocalyptic fairytale that would eventually become the center's newest book, "solo/down," and by extension what it is about her dense, beautiful writing that I love so much. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "A X E," by Paul Hooper | May 4, 2012
Today's photo: "A X E," by Flickr member Paul Hooper. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Pierce Point Ranch," by David Dasinger | May 3, 2012
Today's photo: "Pierce Point Ranch," by California photographer David Dasinger. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Golden Gate Lights," by "camaelon" | May 2, 2012
Today's photo: "Golden Gate Lights," by San Francisco Flickr member "camaelon." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Jules 02," by Tyler Mariano | April 30, 2012
Today's photo: "Jules 02," by New York photographer Tyler Mariano. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Stefano | April 27, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Italian Flickr member Stefano. | Read entire entry

It's Lauryn Allison Lewis day at CCLaP! | April 23, 2012
It's Lauryn Allison Lewis day at CCLaP! And that's because today we're celebrating her new novella with the center, a dark and unsettling post-apocalyptic fairytale called "solo/down." Click through for a lot more, and to start the downloading/ordering process. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 85: Author Lauryn Allison Lewis | April 23, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's my half-hour talk with Lauryn Allison Lewis, where we gab all about her new book with the center coming out today, the apocalyptic fairytale "solo/down." Also featuring the music of The Beloved and SPEAK. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Let it Snow?," by Chelsea Bree | April 20, 2012
Today's photo: "Let it Snow?," by Flickr member Chelsea Bree. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Lightning over the ocean, Cuba," by "Neo Rincewind" | April 19, 2012
Today's photo: "Lightning over the ocean, Cuba," by Flickr member "Neo Rincewind." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Juliana M.M. Soares | April 17, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member Juliana M.M. Soares. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "On my way!," by Michael Wahlgren | April 16, 2012
Today's photo: "On my way!," by Sweden photographer Michael Wahlgren. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "riding the sub," by Serban Dumitrescu | April 13, 2012
Today's photo: "riding the sub," by Romanian-Canadian-in-Japan Serban Dumitrescu. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Lieux & Atmospheres 011," by Michel-Philippe Lehaire | April 12, 2012
Today's photo: "Lieux & Atmospheres 011," by French photographer Michel-Philippe Lehaire. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Jamie Hladky | April 10, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by British-in-Thailand photographer Jamie Hladky. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "First Aid Textbook for Juniors" (first edition), by the American Red Cross (UPDATE: SOLD) | April 9, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a new listing in our rare-book selling service: A first-edition, second-printing copy of the 1949 American Red Cross's "First Aid Textbook for Juniors," their first attempt at offering such a guide to teens which would explode in popularity in the following decade, as the popularity of the Boy Scouts also exploded. Click through for details, lots of photos, and to purchase it right this moment. (UPDATE: Sold on April 9, 2012.) | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "drained," by Ed Roppo | April 9, 2012
Today's photo: "drained," by California photographer Ed Roppo. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Hero," by Alexander Stolov | April 6, 2012
Today's photo: "Hero," by Russian photographer Alexander Stolov. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "750/1000 - Cyclists this way," by Mark Carline | April 5, 2012
Today's photo: "750/1000 - Cyclists this way," by British photographer Mark Carline. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Prairie Avenue" (first edition), by Arthur Meeker Jr. | April 4, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a new listing in our rare-book selling service: A first-edition copy of the fascinating 1949 historical melodrama "Prairie Avenue" by once famous Chicago author Arthur Meeker Jr., telling the long-term story of that formerly rich neighborhood as it slowly fell into ruin over the early 20th century. Extra-long description today, simply because this book and author are so interesting! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Monks Praying," by Ronn "Blue" Aldaman | April 4, 2012
Today's photo: "Monks Praying," by Thailand photographer Ronn "Blue" Aldaman. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "durham, nc," by David Mello | April 3, 2012
Today's photo: "durham, nc," by North Carolina photographer David Mello. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Efeitos - Effects," by 'Mr. Hyde' | March 29, 2012
Today's photo: "Efeitos - Effects," by Brazilian Flickr member 'Mr. Hyde.' | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: Whitney Museum 1961 Annual Exhibition catalog | March 27, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a new listing in the center's rare-book selling service: The official catalog from the 1961 Annual Exhibition of the Whitney Museum of American Art, featuring dozens of the leading lights of the Mid-Century Modernist scene. Click through for details, photos, and to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Lake Wanaka Tree," by Shailendra Dhanoa | March 27, 2012
Today's photo: "Lake Wanaka Tree," by New Zealand photographer Shailendra Dhanoa. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 84: Author Bonnie Jo Campbell | March 26, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a one-hour talk with Michigan author Bonnie Jo Campbell, a past National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist whose latest novel, "Once Upon a River," has a strong chance of being nominated for this year's Pulitzer. Click through to download or stream right this moment. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Loulou, Saint Hilaire de Riez, Vendee," by Etienne Auguste | March 26, 2012
Today's photo: "Loulou, Saint Hilaire de Riez, Vendee," by French photographer Etienne Auguste. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "In Someone's Shadow" (first edition), by Rod McKuen (UPDATE: SOLD) | March 20, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a new listing in the center's rare-book selling service: A first-edition, first-printing copy of the 1969 poetry collection "In Someone's Shadow" by writer and pop musician Rod McKuen, an artist much maligned in his time but also a Grammy winner, Pulitzer and Oscar nominee, and one of the biggest selling poets in all of human history. Click through for details, photos, and to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Around Lolla Day 3 21," by Brad Bretz | March 20, 2012
Today's photo: "Around Lolla Day 3 21," by Chicago photographer Brad Bretz. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Sara Rojo | March 19, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Spanish photographer Sara Rojo. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Pictures of Fidelman" (first edition), by Bernard Malamud | March 16, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a new listing in the center's rare-book selling service: a first-edition, first-printing copy of Bernard Malamud's 1969 "Pictures of Fidelman," his first book after winning both the Pulitzer and the National Book Award for "The Fixer" two years previous, controversial at the time for its playful, sexy, countercultural tone and subject. Click through for details, lots of photos, and to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "The beach," by Victoriano Green | March 16, 2012
Today's photo: "The beach," by Flickr member Victoriano Green. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Ivy & Jimmy," by Jen Son | March 15, 2012
Today's photo: "Ivy & Jimmy," by Hong Kong photographer Jen Son. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Tessa Hirschfeld-Stoler | March 14, 2012
Today's photography mini-profile at CCLaP: New Yorker Tessa Hirschfeld-Stoler. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 83: Author Jonathan Evison | March 12, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's my recent one-hour talk with Washington writer Jonathan Evison, author of the popular novels "All About Lulu" and "West of Here," as well as an editor at such litblogs as "The Nervous Breakdown" and "Three Guys One Book." Click through to download or stream right this moment. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Pinhole: Fair Stool Sample," by Herschel Pollard | March 12, 2012
Today's photo: "Pinhole: Fair Stool Sample," by Tennessee photographer Herschel Pollard. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Adler After Dark48," by Christopher Hiltz | March 9, 2012
Today's photo: "Adler After Dark48," by Chicago photographer Christopher Hiltz. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Startling Exploits of Dr. J.B. Quies," by Paul Celiere | March 8, 2012
Today, a new listing in CCLaP's selling service of rare and unusual books: An 1887 edition of the fascinating and funny "anti-Jules Verne" tale from French author Paul Celiere, "The Startling Exploits of Dr. J.B. Quies," including 120 delightful illustrations and an interesting eight-page Victorian ad supplement in the back. Click through for details, photos, and to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "if not sky then cross the ceiling," by Nino Kharchilava | March 8, 2012
Today's photo: "if not sky then cross the ceiling," by Georgian photographer Nino Kharchilava. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Anatomy Lesson" (first edition), by Philip Roth | March 7, 2012
Today, a new listing for CCLaP's selling service of rare and unusual books: A first-edition copy of Philip Roth's 1983 "The Anatomy Lesson," the third book in his remarkable autobiographical "Nathan Zuckerman" series, written from the '70s to the 2000s and looking at the entire Postmodernist Era in general. Click through for details, photos, and to purchase it right this minute. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "My Two Maniacs," by Emery Way | March 7, 2012
Today's photo: "My Two Maniacs," by Arkansas photographer Emery Way. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Der Rosenkavalier" libretto and program, Chicago Civic Opera Company | March 6, 2012
A new listing for CCLaP's selling service of rare and unique books: A libretto and souvenir program for a Chicago Civic Opera Company production of "Der Rosenkavalier," circa 1922-1931. Click through for details, photos, and to purchase it right now. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Le Cercle Rouge | March 6, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by French Flickr member "Le Cercle Rouge." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Kit Baker | March 5, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Australian in New York Kit Baker. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Red All Over," by Andrew | March 2, 2012
Today's photo: "Red All Over," by Chicago Flickr member Andrew. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "this is a girl who feels very far away from the place where she should be," by Meghan J | March 1, 2012
Today's photo: "this is a girl who feels very far away from the place where she should be," by Flickr member Meghan J. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Petrol Station TS two2," by Andrew Pielage | February 29, 2012
Today's photo: "Petrol Station TS two2," by Arizona photographer Andrew Pielage. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Berta Pfirsich | February 28, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Spanish photographer Berta Pfirsich. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Disney World, Orlando 39/52," by Rachel Dowda | February 27, 2012
Today's photo: "Disney World, Orlando 39/52," by Florida photographer Rachel Dowda. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Jimmy Wang | February 24, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chinese-in-San-Francisco photographer Jimmy Wang. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "One-A-Day, 8/31/11 First Day of the Fair," by Mat Marrash | February 23, 2012
Today's photo: "One-A-Day, 8/31/11 First Day of the Fair," by Ohio photographer Mat Marrash. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "essaouira," by Thomas Wyler | February 22, 2012
Today's photo: "essaouira," by Swiss-in-Morocco photographer Thomas Wyler. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "903," by Frank Machalowski | February 21, 2012
Today's photo: "903," by German photographer Frank Machalowski. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Stacey McCool | February 20, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Canadian photographer Stacey McCool. | 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

CCLaP Podcast 82: Author Sally Weigel | January 31, 2012
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's my half-hour talk with Chicago author Sally Weigel, on the occasion of the release of her newest book with the center, the story collection "Get Up Tim." Also featuring the music of Coco Bryce and Earlimart. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "sitting nicely for the camera!," by Haley Redshaw | January 27, 2012
Today's photo: "sitting nicely for the camera!," by Flickr member Haley Redshaw. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by James Scott | January 25, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Londoner-in-Buenos-Aires James Scott. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Jon Hudak | January 24, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member Jon Hudak. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Sarah Benkiran | January 23, 2012
Today's photography mini-profile: Italian Sarah Benkiran. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Tiphaine Vasse | January 18, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by French photographer Tiphaine Vasse. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Tessa Beligue | January 17, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by New York photographer Tessa Beligue. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Amanda Jasnowski | January 13, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Ohio photographer Amanda Jasnowski. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Minimalism," by Alonso Reyes | January 12, 2012
Today's photo: "Minimalism," by Mexican photographer Alonso Reyes. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Satu," by Yashar Mansoori | January 11, 2012
Today's photo: "Satu," by Swede-in-Finland Yashar Mansoori. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Serengueti," by Hugo Bonnet | January 10, 2012
Today's photo: "Serengueti," by Flickr member Hugo Bonnet. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Sean Crawford | January 9, 2012
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Englishman-in-Scotland Sean Crawford. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Pushing Up Daisies," by Gerald Figal | January 6, 2012
Today's photo: "Pushing Up Daisies," by Nashville photographer Gerald Figal. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Haystacks 2," by Joanna Epstein | January 5, 2012
Today's photo: "Haystacks 2," by Flickr member Joanna Epstein. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "72 hours of solid rain," by Ellis Nadler | January 4, 2012
Today's photo: "72 hours of solid rain," by Londoner-in-Scotland Ellis Nadler. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "EDM #301 - Draw something cute.," by Marisol Covelo | January 2, 2012
Today's photo: "EDM #301 - Draw something cute.," by Spanish photographer Marisol Covelo. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "#1 Hotel room (Rain)," by Oscar | December 14, 2011
Today's photo: "#1 Hotel room (Rain)," by Spaniard-in-Malaysia Oscar. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "259-365," by Caito | December 9, 2011
Today's photo: "259-365," by Texas Flickr member Caito. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Mechelen restaurant Madrid," by Stanislav Sedlak | December 8, 2011
Today's photo: "Mechelen restaurant Madrid," by Czech-in-Belgium photographer Stanislav Sedlak. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "another revisitation," by 'thegoreyend' | December 7, 2011
Today's photo: "another revisitation," by Texas Flickr member 'thegoreyend.' | Read entire entry

CCLaP's two newest books are now (finally) here! | December 6, 2011
DOUBLE RAINBOW EXCITEMENT! Today sees the release of not just one but two new books at CCLaP: the electronic story collection "So Different Now" and the deluxe paper edition, "The New York Stories," both by Chicago author Ben Tanzer. Click through for lots more details, lots more photos, and direct links to both books' order pages. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 81: Author Ben Tanzer | December 6, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's an hour-long talk with Chicago author Ben Tanzer, on the occasion of the release of his two newest books with the center, the electronic story collection "So Different Now" and the deluxe paper version, "The New York Stories." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Pete Digital | December 6, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Irish Flickr member Pete Digital. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Live Forever," by Charles Gibson | December 2, 2011
Today's photo: "Live Forever," by New York photographer Charles Gibson. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Heaven and tripod," by Dave Robotham | December 1, 2011
Today's photo: "Heaven and tripod," by British photographer Dave Robotham. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Andrea K. | November 29, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Czech Flickr member Andrea K. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "otworek na kulkach malych," by ajotce | November 28, 2011
Today's photo: "otworek na kulkach malych," by Polish Flickr member ajotce. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 80: Mathrock Music Special | November 14, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a special themed music episode, this time looking at the genre of "mathrock," which my fellow clueless middle-agers can think of as a combination of Devo, club music, They Might Be Giants, '80s movie soundtracks, and the intense energy of a live punk show. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Happy accident," by Claire Chauvin | November 2, 2011
Today's photo: "Happy accident," by Flickr member Claire Chauvin. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Shower," by Jonny Sage | October 31, 2011
Today's photo: "Shower," by Londoner in Germany Jonny Sage. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Digital Liege," by Fred Gilderic | October 28, 2011
Today's photo: "Digital Liege," by Belgian photographer Fred Gilderic. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Jennifer Tomaloff | October 27, 2011
Today's photography mini-feature: Wisconsin artist Jennifer Tomaloff. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Night Ridin," by Drew Baker | October 25, 2011
Today's photo: "Night Ridin," by Chicago photographer Drew Baker. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Pilsen," by matthilvers | October 24, 2011
Today's photo: "Pilsen," by Chicago Flickr member 'matthilvers.' | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Monochrome Cloud Study, Cumulus Congestus," by Ame Inu | October 20, 2011
Today's photo: "Monochrome Cloud Study, Cumulus Congestus," by Virginia photographer Ame Inu. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "New York By pinhole," by Neill Cockwill | October 19, 2011
Today's photo: "New York By pinhole," by British photographer Neill Cockwill. | Read entire entry

Why I Signed 'Have You Seen Me' - An Apologia. | October 18, 2011
It's Katherine Scott Nelson Day at CCLaP! And in celebration of her new book with the center, the runaway coming-of-age novella "Have You Seen Me," here is an 'apologia' from me (or that is, a deliberately all-positive critical essay), on why I liked this manuscript enough to sign it in the first place. | Read entire entry

It's Katherine Scott Nelson Day at CCLaP! | October 18, 2011
It's Katherine Scott Nelson Day at CCLaP! And that's in honor of her new book with the center coming out today, the runaway coming-of-age tale "Have You Seen Me." Click through for a wealth of links, including to the book itself, a recent interview, its Goodreads listing, critical essays, a spoken-word MP3, info about the release party, and more! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 79: Author Katherine Scott Nelson | October 18, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's my twenty-minute talk with local author Katherine Scott Nelson, in celebration of her new book with the center, the runaway coming-of-age tale "Have You Seen Me." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "On the internet, aiming at nothing," by Jacob Martin | October 12, 2011
Today's photo: "On the internet, aiming at nothing," by Australian photographer Jacob Martin. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Sasha Kargaltsev | October 7, 2011
Today's photography mini-feature: Moscovian in New York Sasha Kargaltsev. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: John Kilar | October 3, 2011
Today's photography mini-feature: Venice, California photographer John Kilar. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "My station," by Saad Zniber | September 29, 2011
Today's photo: "My station," by French photographer Saad Zniber. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Mohican Market: No. 023," by Ross G. Williams | September 27, 2011
Today's photo: "Mohican Market: No. 023," by New York photographer Ross G. Williams. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Hans Proppe | September 23, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Turkish photographer Hans Proppe. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Federica Vangelisti | September 21, 2011
Today's photography mini-feature: Italian college student and world traveler Federica Vangelisti. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Rush Hour Regent Street," by Jonny Sage | September 20, 2011
Today's photo: "Rush Hour Regent Street," by British photographer Jonny Sage. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Flying away," by Peggy | September 19, 2011
Today's photo: "Flying away," by Flickr member Peggy. | Read entire entry

Kickstarter Alert: Eddie Wright | September 16, 2011
Today, the start of a new feature at the blog, pointing out Kickstarter campaigns from people who have been featured at the website before. Today features the latest project by Eddie Wright, whose surrealist drama "Broken Bulbs" I declared one of the best experimental books of the year in 2009. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 77: August/September Music Special | September 7, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the August/September edition of the center's monthly music special, in which I look back at all the recent music I've been downloading legally for free online, and present the best back to you college-radio style. Today's special features 13 songs and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Bogdan Seredyak (2011) | September 2, 2011
Today's photography mini-feature: A 2011 update from Ukrainian Bogdan Seredyak, currently an architecture student in New Jersey and whose work was featured here last year as well. | Read entire entry

CCLaP After Dark 08: The Printers Ball | August 30, 2011
Today in "CCLaP After Dark," the center's new video series on various live Chicago literary events: it's a report from this year's Printers Ball, a massive celebration of print media sponsored by Columbia College, the Poetry Foundation and more, one of the largest of its kind in the entire US. | Read entire entry

Help David David Katzman publish his new novel! | August 30, 2011
My friend David David Katzman, a surrealist author here in Chicago, has decided to go the Kickstarter route for his darkly bizarre new novel, "A Greater Monster." Click through for lots more details, as well as a highly entertaining video he put together about the subject. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 75: June/July Music Special | July 25, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the June/July edition of the center's monthly music special, in which I look back at all the music I myself have been finding free legally online in the last month, and present the best back to you college-radio style. Today's special features twelve songs and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Brandon Tietz | July 21, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Kansas City author Brandon Tietz. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Spidermen," by Dave Weekes | July 20, 2011
Today's photo: "Spidermen," by the Japan-residing Dave Weekes. | Read entire entry

The paper version of "Too Young to Fall Asleep" is here! | July 18, 2011
Happy day! The latest of CCLaP's special new "Hypermoden Editions," a series of high-quality, paper editions of all our electronic books, is now available; in this case it's Sally Weigel's youth/war novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep," originally published electronically in 2009. Click through for lots of photos and to order a copy right this moment! | Read entire entry

A chat with Sally Weigel | July 18, 2011
It's release day for CCLaP's latest "Hypermodern" paper book, in this case Sally Weigel's youth/war novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep," originally published electronically in 2009. Here I sit and talk with Sally via text chat about all the things that have been going on with her in the two years since the book first came out. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Jo | July 15, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Alabama photographer Jo. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Marie Noelle Taine | July 13, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by French photographer Marie Noelle Taine. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Patrick Joust | July 12, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Baltimore photographer Patrick Joust. | Read entire entry

Today's photo: "Into the darkness.," by Roy | July 11, 2011
Today's photo: "Into the darkness.," by Polish Flickr member Roy. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 74: Author Jason Fisk | July 5, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's my half-hour talk with Chicago author Jason Fisk, telling us everything we ever wanted to know about his new book with the center, the "micro-story" collection "Salt Creek Anthology" which came out right before the July 4th weekend. Click through to download or stream in real time. | Read entire entry

It's Jason Fisk Day at CCLaP! | June 30, 2011
Hooray! CCLaP's newest original book is finally here! It's the micro-story collection "Salt Creek Anthology" by local author Jason Fisk, and today the entire day has been given over to it here at the site, including a series of new essays, a "making of" photo essay regarding the paper book, a new interview with Fisk for the podcast, and more. Click through for links to them all. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Lost in the Labyrinth," by Evelyn | June 14, 2011
Today's photo: "Lost in the Labyrinth," by American Flickr member Evelyn. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Swans," by Matteo M. | June 13, 2011
Today's photo: "Swans," by Italian photographer Matteo M. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Jerusalem," by Shel Serkin | June 3, 2011
Today's photo: "Jerusalem," by Israeli photographer Shel Serkin. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Pau Cuyar | June 2, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Spanish photographer Pau Cuyar. | Read entire entry

Meet CCLaP's new cheap labor...er, summer intern! | June 1, 2011
Wow, whaddya know? CCLaP has a summer intern! Meet Traci Kim, a Chicago native who this fall will be starting her final year at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and learn more about the new anthology she will be putting together this summer for the center. Submissions being accepted as we speak! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "DISTANT VIEW," by Keith Kamicar | May 31, 2011
Today's photo: "DISTANT VIEW," by Colorado photographer Keith Kamicar. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 73: Author Justin Kramon | May 30, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's my talk with New England author Justin Kramon, a graduate of the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop whose first novel "Finny" was put out to critical acclaim last year by Random House. Click through to download, listen to a streaming version, or subscribe to our iTunes channel. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Double shadow at Iolani Palace," by Bill Sodeman | May 30, 2011
Today's photo: "Double shadow at Iolani Palace," by Hawaiian photographer Bill Sodeman. | Read entire entry

And did I mention the "Time Out" article? | May 27, 2011
And I can't send everyone off to their long Memorial Day weekends without first thanking Jonathan Messinger for so prominently featuring both CCLaP and the center's newest book, Mark R. Brand's "Life After Sleep," in a full-page cover story in the Books section of this week's "Time Out: Chicago." Click through for more! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "It rained and flooded somewhat," by Steven Vance | May 27, 2011
Today's photo: "It rained and flooded somewhat," by Chicago photographer Steven Vance. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "telepolaroidtation," by Pete Digital | May 26, 2011
Today's photo: "telepolaroidtation," by Irish Flickr member Pete Digital. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "wee!," by Sasha Willins | May 25, 2011
Today's photo: "wee!," by Flickr member Sasha Willins. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by PJ | May 24, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member PJ. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Red Army," by duncluk | May 23, 2011
Today's photo: "Red Army," by Hong Kong Flickr member duncluk. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "part-time cat," by Ronald Sarayudej | May 20, 2011
Today's photo: "part-time cat," by Flickr member Ronald Sarayudej. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "White House," by Shawn Bouckaert | May 19, 2011
Today's photo: "White House," by Seattle photographer Shawn Bouckaert. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Rooftop to Rooftop," by Edward Smith | May 18, 2011
Today's photo: "Rooftop to Rooftop," by Seattle photographer Edward Smith. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "?????????????????," by Sand Kao | May 17, 2011
Today's photo: "?????????????????," by Taiwanese photographer Sand Kao. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 72: May Music Special | May 16, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's the May edition of the center's monthly music special, in which I look back at all the free legal music I myself have been finding online in the last month, then present the best back to you college-radio-style. Today's episode features 14 songs and lasts right around 45 minutes. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "PRINT van dyke 004," by Charles Guerin | May 16, 2011
Today's photo: "PRINT van dyke 004," by French photographer Charles Guerin. | Read entire entry

CCLaP After Dark 03: Reading Under the Influence | May 13, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's episode 3 of the center's new "After Dark" video series, short recaps of various literary events going on around Chicago this summer and fall. Today's episode covers the sixth anniversary show of the popular "Reading Under the Influence," held at Sheffield's in the Lakeview neighborhood. | Read entire entry

The Making of a CCLaP Book: Part 1 | May 9, 2011
CCLaP's first paper book is finally available for purchase! And to mark the occasion, I'm running a special four-part photo essay at the site this week, showing in obsessive detail every single step that goes into making one of these handmade, special-edition titles. Today, printing and folding the manuscript, and cutting the materials needed for the covers. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Cross," by Eben Ostby | May 6, 2011
Today's photo: "Cross," by San Francisco photographer Eben Ostby. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast Extra: "Life After Sleep" commercial | May 5, 2011
Surprise -- I made a creepy-feeling sci-fi online video commercial for CCLaP's newest book, the day-after-tomorrow tale "Life After Sleep" by Mark R. Brand. Click through to watch it right this second, then please spread the word if you can and help make this a viral hit! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "backyard," by Nadine Targiel | May 5, 2011
Today's photo: "backyard," by Australian in Germany Nadine Targiel. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "boston waterfront powerplant towers," by Natalia | May 4, 2011
Today's photo: "boston waterfront powerplant towers," by Boston Flickr member Natalia. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "metal flower," by Shizuka Na Ame | May 3, 2011
Today's photo: "metal flower," by Canadian photographer Shizuka Na Ame. | Read entire entry

CCLaP After Dark 02: Ben Tanzer book release party | May 2, 2011
Today in episode 2 of CCLaP's new video series, "CCLaP After Dark," it's a recap of the recent release party for Ben Tanzer's new novel, "You Can Make Him Like You," hosted by Victor David Giron and Curbside Splendor at Beauty Bar in Bucktown. Also featuring Jason Fisk, Gina Frangello, Tim Jones-Yelvington and Lindsay Hunter. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Senza titolo-10," by Andrea Buzzichelli | May 2, 2011
Today's photo: "Senza titolo-10," by Italian photographer Andrea Buzzichelli. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Le Cercle Rouge | April 25, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by French Flickr member Le Cercle Rouge. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "69: Eureka!," by Dave Moore | April 22, 2011
Today's photo: "69: Eureka!," by St. Louis photographer Dave Moore. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Bim Hjortronsteen | April 21, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Swedish photographer Bim Hjortronsteen. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Middle School," by Shel Serkin | April 20, 2011
Today's photo: "Middle School," by New York photographer Shel Serkin. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "17th February," by Andrew Kyle | April 19, 2011
Today's photo: "17th February," by Scot in London Andrew Kyle. | Read entire entry

CCLaP After Dark 01: Orange Alert Reading Series | April 18, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, the debut of a new video series - "CCLaP After Dark," short recaps of various live literary events happening all around the Chicago area this summer and fall. Today's episode looks at the Orange Alert Reading Series at The Whistler in Logan Square, hosted by Jason Behrends of Orange Alert Press. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Burro in an Abandoned Building," by Joanna Epstein | April 18, 2011
Today's photo: "Burro in an Abandoned Building," by Flickr member Joanna Epstein. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Descent, Ascent, Descent," by Robin Rimbaud | April 15, 2011
Today's photo: "Descent, Ascent, Descent," by Londoner in Paris Robin Rimbaud. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Eggs," by Ahmad | April 14, 2011
Today's photo: "Eggs," by Florida Flickr member Ahmad. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Erin Wiechenthal | April 13, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member Erin Wiechenthal. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Cassidy Scanlon | April 12, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member Cassidy Scanlon. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 70: March Music Special | April 11, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the March edition of the center's monthly music special, the second of four new music specials coming every Monday throughout the month of April. Today's episode features 14 songs and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by "el_crater" | April 11, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by French Flickr member "el_crater." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Symphony," by James D'Ambrosio | April 8, 2011
Today's photo: "Symphony," by North Carolina photographer James D'Ambrosio. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Grit Hyrant," by Mat Heidelberger | April 7, 2011
Today's photo: "Grit Hyrant," by New York photographer Mat Heidelberger. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "43_365 (Exit)," by Darran J | April 6, 2011
Today's photo: "43_365 (Exit)," by Flickr member Darran J. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Chat Perdu," by keith15 | April 5, 2011
Today's photo: "Chat Perdu," by New York Flickr member keith15. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "night snow fall," by Anthony Wood | April 4, 2011
Today's photo: "night snow fall," by Philadelphia photographer Anthony Wood. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Sony Alpha NEX 5 with Skink Pinhole Pancake - Pinhole Munich," by Juergen | April 1, 2011
Today's photo: "Sony Alpha NEX 5 with Skink Pinhole Pancake - Pinhole Munich," by German Flickr member Juergen. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: Corner Building," by duncluk | March 31, 2011
Today's photo: Corner Building," by Hong Kong Flickr member duncluk. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Lorena Travassos | March 30, 2011
Today, a special photography mini-feature, showing off the work of Brazilian artist Lorena Travassos. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Run," by Miquel | March 29, 2011
Today's photo: "Run," by Spanish Flickr member Miquel. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Hold Your Breath 13/30," by Meechieze | March 28, 2011
Today's photo: "Hold Your Breath 13/30," by Flickr member Meechieze. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "PRINT van dyke 003," by Charles Guerin | March 25, 2011
Today's photo: "PRINT van dyke 003," by Flickr member Charles Guerin. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Phillip Cope | March 24, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by New York photographer Phillip Cope. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Twilight Vertigo," by Gerald Figal | March 23, 2011
Today's photo: "Twilight Vertigo," by Nashville photographer Gerald Figal. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "starBasilicaDome," by David Clifford | March 22, 2011
Today's photo: "starBasilicaDome," by Canadian in Portugal David Clifford. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Comme une éclaircie," by Jean-François Cossette | March 21, 2011
Today's photo: "Comme une éclaircie," by Flickr member Jean-François Cossette. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "+," by Sabina | March 17, 2011
Today's photo: "+," by mysterious Flickr member Sabina. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "The long path," by Alex | March 16, 2011
Today's photo: "The long path," by Scottish Flickr member Alex. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Städte für das Leben," by Matt Keyworth | March 15, 2011
Today's photo: "Städte für das Leben," by Englishman in Germany Matt Keyworth. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "NYC Subway," by Marcel Haas | March 14, 2011
Today's photo: "NYC Subway," by Dutch photographer in America Marcel Haas. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 68: Author Mark R. Brand | March 7, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's my talk with Chicago sci-fi veteran Mark R. Brand, detailing everything you ever wanted to know about his new book with the center, the day-after-tomorrow tale "Life After Sleep" which not coincidentally is also being released today. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Circles," by Eli of Wiretap Studios | March 3, 2011
Today's photo: "Circles," by Virginian Flickr member Eli (owner of Wiretap Studios). | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "speicherstadt," by Bernhard S. | March 2, 2011
Today's photo: "speicherstadt," by German Flickr member Bernhard S. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Massey Hall," by Mandeep Flora | March 1, 2011
Today's photo: "Massey Hall," by Canadian photographer Mandeep Flora. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "I Knew It Was You," by Edward Smith | February 28, 2011
Today's photo: "I Knew It Was You," by Seattle photographer Edward Smith. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Becca Skinner | February 25, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member Becca Skinner. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "385 thousand kilometers away," by Jorge Alves | February 23, 2011
Today's photo: "385 thousand kilometers away," by Dutch photographer Jorge Alves. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Matt Borkowski | February 22, 2011
Today's mini-feature: Brooklyn-based photographer Matt Borkowski. | Read entire entry

My talk with Nathan Rabin will be on Chicago television tonight! | February 18, 2011
Just a reminder that my recent talk with "AV Club" head writer Nathan Rabin will be airing on Chicago cable's public access tonight, 11 p.m. on channel 19. Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Relaxing Bath," by Pete Forde | February 18, 2011
Today's photo: "Relaxing Bath," by Canadian photographer Pete Forde. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "8/365 Flying the Flag," by Duncan MacKellar | February 17, 2011
Today's photo: "8/365 Flying the Flag," by British photographer Duncan MacKellar. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "On Fermoyle Strand," by Alkemi | February 16, 2011
Today's photo: "On Fermoyle Strand," by mysterious Flickr member "Alkemi." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Helsinki Cathedral," by Marco Hannula | February 15, 2011
Today's photo: "Helsinki Cathedral," by Finnish photographer Marco Hannula. | Read entire entry

New to the Reading List: 11 February 2011 | February 11, 2011
Today, a look at the three latest books to be added to CCLaP's unending "to-read" list, including a history of the Chicago Housing Authority's various debacles over the years, as well as the two latest novels by our friends at Akashic Books. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Atik," by Mika | February 11, 2011
Today's photo: "Atik," by Spanish Flickr member Mika. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Le Morte d'Arthur," by Sir Thomas Malory | February 10, 2011
Today in the "CCLaP 100" essay series on literary classics: It's Sir Thomas Malory's 1485 "Le Morte d'Arthur," the first-ever modern compilation of old medieval King Arthur oral legends, and the main inspiration for the myth's explosive popularity in the Victorian Age 400 years later. Classic or not? Click through for my opinion! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Anyone's ghost," by Alessandro Pautasso | February 10, 2011
Today's photo: "Anyone's ghost," by Italian photographer Alessandro Pautasso. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "everlong," by Kaicee | February 9, 2011
Today's photo: "everlong," by Canadian Flickr member Kaicee. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Claire Marie Vogel | February 8, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by California photographer Claire Marie Vogel. | Read entire entry

An interview with Jordan Castro | February 7, 2011
Our buddies at pop-culture guide Deckfight have started a new small press, so I thought I'd sit down and chat with their first published author -- the remarkable Ohio teen Jordan Castro, whose Deckfight title "Supercomputer" is actually the fifth book he's now put out before even graduating from high school yet. Click through for the full transcript of our interview. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 67: Winter 2011 Electronica Special | February 7, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's one of only two all-electronica music specials I allow myself to do each year, where songs are literally mixed together by beat like you would hear in a danceclub, and with only one short voiceover at the beginning of the episode. Today's mix features 18 songs and lasts just over an hour. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "am03:42," by Nicholas H. | February 7, 2011
Today's photo: "am03:42," by Taiwanese poster designer Nicholas H. | Read entire entry

New to the Reading List: 4 February 2011 | February 4, 2011
Today, a short look at the four latest titles to be added to CCLaP's unending "to-read" list, including a new history of the Bible's formation and three intriguing new character-based novels. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "??????," by Alexey Belov | February 4, 2011
Today's photo: "??????," by Russian photographer Alexey Belov. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "One thing is certain, I love a photowalk in the snow.," by Becca Heuer | February 3, 2011
Today's photo: "One thing is certain, I love a photowalk in the snow.," by Chicago photographer Becca Heuer. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "not look...," by Andrew Pielage | February 2, 2011
Today's photo: "not look...," by Arizona photographer Andrew Pielage. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Walking my bike across the bridge," by Steven Vance | February 1, 2011
Today's photo: "Walking my bike across the bridge," by Chicago photographer Steven Vance. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 66: January Music Special | January 31, 2011
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: After a holiday break, it's the triumphant return of the center's monthly music special, in which I present the best of the free legal online music I myself have been downloading over the last 30 days. Today's episode features 14 songs and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Tom Henkey | January 31, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chicago photographer Tom Henkey. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "...and for some reason, I felt I was looking out into a Phillip K. Dick novel.," by Bob Prosser | January 28, 2011
Today's photo: "...and for some reason, I felt I was looking out into a Phillip K. Dick novel.," by British photographer Bob Prosser. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Parking et lampadaire, Santiago de Chile," by Sébastien Gac | January 27, 2011
Today's photo: "Parking et lampadaire, Santiago de Chile," by Chilean photographer Sébastien Gac. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by "Le Cercle Rouge" | January 26, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by French Flickr member "Le Cercle Rouge." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Waiting Balloons," by "lacomj" | January 25, 2011
Today's photo: "Waiting Balloons," by Nevada Flickr member "lacomj." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by "la sucette" | January 21, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by the Finnish-in-Paris Flickr member "la sucette." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Totem tags," by "fotomattic" | January 20, 2011
Today's photo: "Totem tags," by Hyde Park Chicagoan "fotomattic." | Read entire entry

Meet Oriana Leckert, CCLaP's newest staff writer | January 19, 2011
I'm happy to announce that CCLaP's staff today has officially doubled, from one writer to two; meet Oriana Leckert, the center's latest book critic, who will be contributing both general reviews this year and a new special series on female-friendly graphic novels. Click through to learn more about her and what her new publishing schedule at CCLaP will be. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "last greens," by Jani Turunen | January 19, 2011
Today's photo: "last greens," by Finland photographer Jani Turunen. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "HK38," by Hsien-Ku | January 18, 2011
Today's photo: "HK38," by Berlin photographer Hsien-Ku. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 65: An Evening with Nathan Rabin | January 17, 2011
Today on the podcast, the long-awaited audio transcript of the center's most recent big live event, a long-form interview with AVClub.com head writer Nathan Rabin last month at Chicago's Stage 773 theater complex. The special 90-minute episode also features an opening story by local author Ben Tanzer. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "fall between the lines.," by Steven Bley | January 17, 2011
Today's photo: "fall between the lines.," by New Jersian Steven Bley. | Read entire entry

New to the Reading List: 14 January 2011 | January 14, 2011
Today, a look at the four newest books to be added to CCLaP's unending "to-read" list, including long-form journalism about post-Soviet Russia, a dark comedy about an off-the-rails pregnant suburban housewife, and the hot reverse-immigration memoir "India Calling." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Murphy Building," by Martin Gonzales | January 7, 2011
Today's photo: "Murphy Building," by Chicagoan Martin Gonzales, shooting here in East St. Louis. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Matthew Hardman | January 5, 2011
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chicago photographer Matthew Hardman. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: ".you closed my eyes we did not breathe," by Herr Benini | January 4, 2011
Today's photo: ".you closed my eyes we did not breathe," by Italian in Berlin "Herr Benini." | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2010: The CCLaP Guilty Pleasure Awards | December 31, 2010
Today at CCLaP, it's part four of the four-part look back I've been doing this week at my favorite reads of 2010; in this case, the revered Guilty Pleasure Awards, denoting excellence in the fields of nerdy steampunk, trashy melodrama and more. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2010: Best of the Cutting-Edge | December 30, 2010
Today at CCLaP, it's part 3 of my four-part look this week at my favorite books of 2010, this time concentrating on my ten favorite experimental or otherwise cutting-edge novels of the year. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Phone-mast_llysfaen," by Chris Bird | December 30, 2010
Today's photo: "Phone-mast_llysfaen," by Welsh photographer Chris Bird. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2010: Worth a Second Look | December 29, 2010
Today at CCLaP, part 2 of my look back at my favorite 40 books of 2010, this time looking specifically at ten titles that were excellent for what they were, but that will only appeal to a more select group of fans. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Tunnel," by David DeLaurier | December 29, 2010
Today's photo: "Tunnel," by Canadian photographer David DeLaurier. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2010: Best of the Best | December 28, 2010
Today at CCLaP, it's part one of the center's four-part look back at the best books of 2010, of the 150 titles that were read and reviewed here. Today's list looks at the ten top-scoring books of the year, all of which rated 9.4 or higher on a scale from 1 to 10. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "In Letting Go," by David Niddrie | December 28, 2010
Today's photo: "In Letting Go," by Canadian photographer David Niddrie. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2010: An Introduction | December 27, 2010
It's the last week of the year, which means it's time for CCLaP's four-part "Year In Books" roundup, taking a look again at my favorite 40 titles from the 150 I reviewed in 2010. Today, an introduction to what will be coming this week, plus some CCLaP statistics for those who are curious. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Shay Sapir | December 27, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Israeli photographer Shay Sapir. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Mat Ranson | December 22, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Brit-in-Sicily Mat Ranson. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "homecoming," by Mina Estevez | December 21, 2010
Today's photo: "homecoming," by mysterious Flickr member Mina Estevez. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "[eight-one] An eight-eyed adventure," by Zhuoshi Xie | December 20, 2010
Today's photo: "[eight-one] An eight-eyed adventure," by Massachusetts photographer Zhuoshi Xie. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by David Cubberly | December 17, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Illinois photographer David Cubberly. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Flight Over Walensee / Switzerland," by Lou.Cent | December 16, 2010
Today's photo: "Flight Over Walensee / Switzerland," by German Flickr member Lou.Cent. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "The Skydeck," by Pooria Koleyni | December 14, 2010
Today's photo: "The Skydeck," by Pooria Koleyni, an Iranian in New Zealand who here is shooting in Chicago. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Andres Medina | December 8, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Spaniard in Paris Andres Medina. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Fire Escapes," by Steve Kuenstler | December 7, 2010
Today's photo: "Fire Escapes," by Chicago photographer Steve Kuenstler. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "EXIT," by Stephen Kilkie | December 6, 2010
Today's photo: "EXIT," by Scot-in-Las-Vegas photographer Stephen Kilkie. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "stepping lightly," by Ernest McLeod | December 2, 2010
Today's photo: "stepping lightly," by Vermontian in North Carolina Ernest McLeod. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's event was a cold, rainy success! | November 30, 2010
We had eight hours of freezing rain in Chicago yesterday, which kept a lot of people home from CCLaP's "Evening with Nathan Rabin" event, but I and the intimate audience who made it out had a blast, and of course got a great recording to share with you via podcast next week. Click through for lots and lots of photos! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Watching," by Ricardo Wang | November 29, 2010
Today's photo: "Watching," by Portland photographer and musician Ricardo Wang. | Read entire entry

One week until my talk with Nathan Rabin! Volunteers needed! | November 23, 2010
Just one week to go until CCLaP's next live event, my talk with "AV Club" head writer Nathan Rabin! I'm still in need of a few more volunteers, so click through to learn how you too can earn yourself a free ticket and a cocktail after the show; plus, links and quotes from Rabin's latest book, the hilarious look at bad movies known as "My Year of Flops." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Matthew Kanbergs | November 19, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Brooklyn photographer Matthew Kanbergs. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Origins of Cubism: Flattening Black," by Jean Hirsch | November 18, 2010
Today's photo: Origins of Cubism: Flattening Black," by Chicago photographer Jean Hirsch. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "rollei bw 770," by Anton Singurov | November 17, 2010
Today's photo: "rollei bw 770," by mysterious Flickr member Anton Singurov. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "after hours.," by Karrah Kobus | November 15, 2010
Today's photo: "after hours.," by Minneapolis photographer Karrah Kobus. | Read entire entry

Contract: signed! Frightening amount of money: paid! | November 12, 2010
It's official -- the rental contract at Stage 773 has been signed, which means that CCLaP's next live event is a go, my coming long-form interview and Q&A session with Nathan Rabin, head writer of the AV Club. Click through for more, plus photos of the space I took while over there the other day. | Read entire entry

Naughty Netflix: The Brown Bunny | November 11, 2010
Today in CCLaP's "Naughty Netflix" essay series on mainstream movies featuring unsimulated sex: It's the flawed but also misunderstood 2003 "The Brown Bunny," Vincent Gallo's homage to the slow-paced character dramas of the '70s, otherwise known as "that film where Chloe Sevigny gives an on-screen blowj_b." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 64: October Music Special | November 9, 2010
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the October edition of the center's monthly music special, in which I share my favorites of the free legal online music I myself have been downloading in the last thirty days. Today's special features 16 musicians and lasts just over an hour. | Read entire entry

Announcing CCLaP's newest event: An Evening with Nathan Rabin | November 8, 2010
Happy day! It's time to announce CCLaP's newest live event -- a long "Charlie Rose" style interview I'll be doing on November 29th with Nathan Rabin, bestselling author and head writer of the cultishly popular AV Club, with an opening performance by local author Ben Tanzer. $6 tickets! At an actual theatre! Audience Q&A! Click through for all the details! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "241/365," by Ari Scott | November 4, 2010
Today's photo: "241/365," by New York photographer, actor and musician Ari Scott. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Patrick Carpentier | November 3, 2010
Today, a special mini-profile of Belgian photographer and filmmaker Patrick Carpentier. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 63b: Author Achy Obejas, part 2 | November 2, 2010
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's part 2 of my recent two-hour interview with Chicago author, Cuban-American activist, lesbian-fiction pioneer, Pulitzer-winning journalist and award-winning translator Achy Obejas. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Ania | November 2, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Polish Flickr member Ania. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 63a: Author Achy Obejas, part 1 | November 1, 2010
Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it's part 1 of my recent two-hour interview with Chicago author, Cuban-American activist, lesbian-fiction pioneer, Pulitzer-winning journalist, and award-winning translator Achy Obejas. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Under the Lusbian Sky," by Andre Easter | November 1, 2010
Today's photo: "Under the Lusbian Sky," by Maryland photographer Andre Easter. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Neurastenia at night," by Stanislas Coppin | October 29, 2010
Today's photo: "Neurastenia at night," by Parisian student Stanislas Coppin. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "nighttime playground," by oceandesetoiles | October 28, 2010
Today's photo: "nighttime playground," by Evanston Flickr member "oceandesetoiles." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Radisson," by Yanick Sasseville | October 27, 2010
Today's photo: "Radisson," by Montreal fine-artist Yanick Sasseville. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Blue Line," by Randy P | October 26, 2010
Today's photo: "Blue Line," by New-Yorker-in-Chicago Randy P. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: A mid-project report | October 25, 2010
Today at CCLaP, a special extra-long essay, examining all the surprises and things I've learned so far after recently completing the first half of the center's "CCLaP 100" essay series on so-called literary classics. Plus best-of lists! Lots and lots of best-of lists! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Ramp to the Clouds," by Jill of Blue MoonBeam Studio | October 25, 2010
Today's photo: "Ramp to the Clouds," by Philadelphian-in-Puerto-Rico Jill of Blue MoonBeam Studio. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "When It's Dark," by Cesar Gutierrez | October 22, 2010
Today's photo: "When It's Dark," by Venezuelan photographer Cesar Gutierrez. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Laura Findlay | October 21, 2010
Today, a special photography mini-feature, profiling the work of Canadian college student Laura Findlay. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Walden," by Henry David Thoreau | October 20, 2010
Today in the "CCLaP 100" series on literary classics: It's the 1854 Transcendentalism primer "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau, in which the environmentalism pioneer lives in the woods for two years and tells us what he found, embraced by some and ridiculed by others for well over a century now. Classic or not? Click through for my opinion! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "• • •," by awnoom | October 19, 2010
Today's photo: "• • •," by Thai Flickr member "awnoom." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Every Place is A House," by Andy Foster | October 18, 2010
Today's photo: "Every Place is A House," by Ohio college student and indie-rock drummer Andy Foster. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Rasputin Goes To The Fair," by Bob Pagani | October 15, 2010
Today's photo: "Rasputin Goes To The Fair," by Oregonian photographer Bob Pagani. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Pánico en el túnel," by Robert Martin | October 14, 2010
Today's photo: "Pánico en el túnel," by Spanish photographer Robert Martin. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "On a warm night by the pier," by squirreldelaplaya | October 13, 2010
Today's photo: "On a warm night by the pier," by Chicago Flickr member "squirreldelaplaya." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "lost," by "freetrader57" | October 12, 2010
Today's photo: "lost," by Dutch Flickr member "freetrader57." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Jerome Arfouche | October 7, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by French photographer Jerome Arfouche. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Mazeophobia.," by Jaz March | October 6, 2010
Today's photo: "Mazeophobia.," by teen British photographer Jaz March. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Dark Passage," by Edward Smith | October 5, 2010
Today's photo: "Dark Passage," by Seattle photographer Edward Smith. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Jules Andre Brown | October 4, 2010
Today, a special mini-profile of Vancouver photographer Jules Andre Brown. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "No Sign of Life," by Mark | October 1, 2010
Today's photo: "No Sign of Life," by North Carolina Flickr member Mark. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Limerick at night," by Lena Culhane | September 30, 2010
Today's photo: "Limerick at night," by Irish photographer and folk musician Lena Culhane. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Maria Kazvan | September 29, 2010
Today, a special mini-feature showcasing the work of Ukrainian photographer Maria Kazvan. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Solitude," by David Boynton | September 28, 2010
Today's photo: "Solitude," by Floridian-in-Hong-Kong photographer David Boynton. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Bogdan Seredyak | September 27, 2010
Today, a special mini-feature of photographer Bogdan Seredyak, raised in the Ukraine and now living the US. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Urban Fences," by Camille Lacroix | September 23, 2010
Today's photo: "Urban Fences," by Parisian-in-New-York engineering student Camille Lacroix. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "R S," by Brian Sutton | September 21, 2010
Today's photo: "R S," by Chicago-area photographer Brian Sutton. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 62: September Music Special | September 20, 2010
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the September edition of the center's monthly music special, where I share the best of the free legal online music I myself have been downloading in the last 30 days. Today's episode features a whopping 16 musicians and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "End of the Ride," by Mike Travis | September 20, 2010
Today's photo: "End of the Ride," by Chicago photographer, drummer and bicyclist Mike Travis. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Skyscraping," by Sascha Unger | September 17, 2010
Today's photo: "Skyscraping," by German media designer Sascha Unger. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Alessandro Potter | September 16, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Brazilian photographer Alessandro Potter. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Lauryn Holmquist | September 15, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Texas photographer Lauryn Holmquist. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: How do I create CCLaP's ebooks? | September 14, 2010
Today, a special personal essay, addressing a question I'm getting asked more and more often these days, of what exact software I use to create the center's electronic books, and how exactly I go about making them in the first place. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Rock Camp Road," by Andy Foster | September 14, 2010
Today's photo: "Rock Camp Road," by Ohio college student and indie-rock drummer Andy Foster. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 61: August Music Special | September 13, 2010
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the August edition of the center's monthly music special, where I present the best of the music I myself have been finding free legally online in the last 30 days, a little late this time because of a broken computer this summer. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Wald," by Stefan Dieterich | September 13, 2010
Today's photo: "Wald," by German photographer Stefan Dieterich. | Read entire entry

And now, Ben Tanzer being interviewed by an eight-year-old | September 10, 2010
And now for your Friday afternoon pleasure: Chicago author Ben Tanzer being interviewed by his eight-year-old son regarding his latest original book for CCLaP, the running/writing essay collection "99 Problems." YOU'RE WELCOME. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Hanging out," by Michael Dalby | September 10, 2010
Today's photo: "Hanging out," by Cleveland librarian and musician Michael Dalby. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Turner Brown | September 8, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chicagoland photographer Turner Brown. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Corridor 6.," by Simon Hadleigh-Sparks | September 7, 2010
Today's photo: "Corridor 6.," by British horticulturist Simon Hadleigh-Sparks. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 60: July Music Special | September 6, 2010
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's time for the center's July music special (a little late this time because of a broken computer this summer), in which I present the best of all the music I've been downloading free legally online in the last thirty days. Today's special features 16 bands and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Rock Copeland | September 6, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chicago photographer Rock Copeland. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "You don't want to throw it all away," by Jules Andre Brown | September 3, 2010
Today's photo: "You don't want to throw it all away," by Canadian photographer Jules Andre Brown. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Sky," by Fredrik Vee | September 2, 2010
Today's photo: "Sky," by Norwegian Flickr member Fredrik Vee. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 59: Author Ben Tanzer | August 30, 2010
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a 45-minute talk with local author Ben Tanzer, his third appearance on the podcast over the years, here this time to tell us everything we ever wanted to know about his latest book for the center, the running/writing essay collection "99 Problems." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "work to death," by Darragh Hehir | August 30, 2010
Today's photo: "work to death," by Irish-in-Italy photographer Darragh Hehir. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "oneAndAHalf," by Myshak | August 27, 2010
Today's photo: "oneAndAHalf," by Slovakian Flickr member Myshak. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "All Quiet on the Western Front," by Erich Maria Remarque | August 26, 2010
Today in the "CCLaP 100" essay series on literary classics: It's Erich Maria Remarque's 1929 World War One classic "All Quiet on the Western Front," which single-handedly established a dozen of the most well-known cliches now seen in almost every modern story about war. Classic or not? Click through for my opinion! | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Giacomo Cosua | August 26, 2010
Today, a special mini-feature, showcasing the work of Italian photographer Giacomo Cosua. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Old Pillars (Goa)," by Manpreet Singh Kohli | August 25, 2010
Today's photo: "Old Pillars (Goa)," by Indian photographer Manpreet Singh Kohli. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Warsaw - entrance to hell," by Konrad Olszewski | August 23, 2010
Today's photo: "Warsaw - entrance to hell," by Polish photographer Konrad Olszewski. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "maybe ducky," by Sasha Cooklin | August 20, 2010
Today's photo: "maybe ducky," by dog-loving Flickr member Sasha Cooklin. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "beyond the fence," by a n t j e | August 19, 2010
Today's photo: "beyond the fence," by German Flickr member a n t j e. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Lakefront morning," by Bill | August 18, 2010
Today's photo: "Lakefront morning," by Chicago Flickr member Bill. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's newest original book is finally here! | August 17, 2010
It's the release day of CCLaP's latest original book, the running/writing essay collection "99 Problems" by Ben Tanzer! Here, the official announcement, containing all kinds of information about the book itself, plus screenshots of it running on an iPhone and a Sony Reader. | Read entire entry

And by the way, have you read CCLaP's other books yet? | August 17, 2010
It's the release day of CCLaP's newest original book, the running/writing essay collection "99 Problems" by Ben Tanzer! In this entry, a fond adieu to the center's last book, Sally Weigel's "Too Young to Fall Asleep," which today leaves the site's front page for CCLaP's dreaded dusty archives. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Petromont Oil Refinery-13," by Sebastian T. | August 13, 2010
Today's photo: "Petromont Oil Refinery-13," by mysterious Flickr member Sebastian T. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Alexander Alekseenko | August 12, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Ukrainian photographer Alexander Alekseenko. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "The mill from rape fields," by Mark Nelson | August 11, 2010
Today's photo: "The mill from rape fields," by British photographer Mark Nelson. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Rock Love.," by Jim Downie | August 10, 2010
Today's photo: "Rock Love.," by Scottish photographer Jim Downie. | Read entire entry

Field report: Fifth House Ensemble at High Concept Laboratories | August 9, 2010
I had a chance earlier tonight to visit for the first time the new, absolutely astounding Chicago performance space High Concept Laboratories, where I watched the first concert of their new artists-in-residence, the avant-garde chamber-music group Fifth House Ensemble. Click through for details, links, and photos! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Unnatural Beauty," by Nathaniel Smith | August 9, 2010
Today's photo: "Unnatural Beauty," by Los Angeles photographer Nathaniel Smith. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "iPhoneography: Passage III," by Dirk Dallas | August 5, 2010
Today's photo: "iPhoneography: Passage III," by California photographer Dirk Dallas. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Børge Svingen | August 4, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Norwegian photographer Børge Svingen. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Edinburgh, Scotland," by Shailendra Dhanoa | August 3, 2010
Today's photo: "Edinburgh, Scotland," by Scottish photographer Shailendra Dhanoa. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Lower Wacker Dr.," by Marsin Iskra | July 29, 2010
Today's photo: "Lower Wacker Dr.," by Chicagoan Marsin Iskra. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "aberration," by Hilary Sol Allen | July 28, 2010
Today's photo: "aberration," by Phoenix photographer Hilary Sol Allen. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Ivanhoe," by Sir Walter Scott | July 26, 2010
Today in the CCLaP 100 essay series on literary classics: Sir Walter Scott's 1820 "Ivanhoe," not just one of the first books of the Romantic Era to reignite public interest in the Middle Ages, but which also established many of the modern tropes of the Robin Hood legend. Classic or not? Click through for my opinion! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "* * *," by kirill | July 26, 2010
Today's photo: "* * *," by Russian Flickr member kirill. | Read entire entry

An interview with Ian McDonald | July 23, 2010
It's Ian McDonald Week here at CCLaP; and to cap things off here on Friday, I thought I would publish my recent text-based interview with him, done from his home in Northern Ireland via Google Chat, a wide-ranging discussion that touches on hard versus soft science-fiction, the developing world, Star Trek novels and more. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Sara Karlstad | July 23, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Massachusetts photographer Sara Karlstad. | Read entire entry

Photography mini-feature: Jonathan Parker | July 22, 2010
Today, a special mini-feature on Chicago photographer Jonathan Parker. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Dead Advice | July 21, 2010
Today's obsession: The Chicago-based artistic experiment "Dead Advice," in which people pen letters on life lessons learned only after their theoretical death. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by sea kay | July 21, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Brooklyn Flickr member "sea kay." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "the mist," by Mark Hungsberg | July 20, 2010
Today's photo: "the mist," by Milwaukee photographer Mark Hungsberg. | Read entire entry

It's Ian McDonald Week at CCLaP! | July 19, 2010
One of my favorite living writers on the planet, British science-fiction author Ian McDonald, has not just one but two new books out here in the US this month; that's inspired me to dedicate the entire week here at CCLaP to him and his work, including not just reviews of his new books but reprinted reviews of four older titles, and a brand-new text-based interview with McDonald I recently conducted. Click through for more, and links to everything just mentioned. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Nietzsche Tree," by "Atom #28" | July 19, 2010
Today's photo: "Nietzsche Tree," by Spokane student "Atom #28." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Cristina," by Francesco Luciani | July 15, 2010
Today's photo: "Cristina," by Italian in Paris Francesco Luciani. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "gate to the hell," by Jenson Lee | July 14, 2010
Photo of the day: "gate to the hell," by Hong Kong photographer Jenson Lee. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Dreams are for Real," by Jordi V. Pou | July 13, 2010
Today's photo: "Dreams are for Real," by Spanish photographer Jordi V. Pou. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "142.365 (legs)," by John | July 12, 2010
Today's photo: "142.365 (legs)" by John, owner of San Francisco's Blowback Photography. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untited," by Kevin Dickert | July 9, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chicago commercial photographer Kevin Dickert. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "In Need Of Salvation.," by Rob | July 8, 2010
Today's photo: "In Need Of Salvation.," by British Flickr member Rob. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "KGB Soccer Ground," by Andreas | July 7, 2010
Today's photo: "KGB Soccer Ground," by Berlin photographer Andreas. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: The Canterbury Tales | July 6, 2010
Today in the "CCLaP 100" essay series on literary classics: Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales," the surprisingly sophisticated and bawdy "Middle English" experiment that helped move Western society from the Late Medieval Age of the 1300s to the Early Renaissance of the 1400s. Classic or not? Click through for my opinion! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Brian Soko | July 6, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chicago photographer Brian Soko. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 58: Summer 2010 Electronica Special | July 5, 2010
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's a special all-electronica show, one of only two I allow myself to do each year, with songs mixed together by beat like you would hear in a danceclub. Today's episode features 16 songs and lasts almost exactly one hour. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "The Wall B&W," by Hugo Urizar Rebollo | July 5, 2010
Today's photo: "The Wall B&W," by Spanish photographer Hugo Urizar Rebollo. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Milestone 2," by Tim Green | July 2, 2010
Today's photo: "Milestone 2," by British photographer Tim Green. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "IR + BW - Early Morning..." by Alfian Hashim | June 30, 2010
Today's photo: "IR + BW - Early Morning...," by Malaysian photographer Alfian Hashim. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Armitage," by Dale Winling | June 29, 2010
Today's photo: "Armitage," by Evanston photographer Dale Winling. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "?," by Patrick Joust | June 28, 2010
Today's photo: "?," by Baltimore photographer Patrick Joust. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 57: June Music Special | June 25, 2010
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: It's the June edition of the center's monthly music special, where I feature college-radio-style the best of the music I myself have been finding free legally online in the last thirty days. Today's episode features 15 songs and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "palau nacional," by Kirsten Thormann | June 25, 2010
Today's photo: "palau nacional," by German in Barcelona Kirsten Thormann. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "let me move my arms," by senorita m | June 24, 2010
Today's photo: "let me move my arms," by mysterious Flickr member "senorita m." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Path to Hell," by Gaylord Boussaud | June 21, 2010
Today's photo: "Path to Hell," by French photographer Gaylord Boussaud. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by |\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ | June 18, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by mysterious Flickr member "|\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Crystal Pier II," by Marcus Carvajal | June 17, 2010
Today's photo: "Crystal Pier II," by North Carolina photographer Marcus Carvajal. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "pola," by Garrett Faber | June 16, 2010
Today's photo: "pola," by Pennsylvania photographer Garrett Faber. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Petrified," by Sascha Unger | June 15, 2010
Today's photo: "Petrified," by German photographer Sascha Unger. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Southside Images | June 14, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Scottish Flickr member "Southside Images." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Kwun Tong. Hong Kong," by HL Tam | June 10, 2010
Today's photo: "Kwun Tong. Hong Kong," by Hong Kong photographer HL Tam. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "back home," by Andre Fromont | June 9, 2010
Today's photo: "back home," by Belgian photographer Andre Fromont. | Read entire entry

Photo(s) of the day: Various images by Carol Stiler | June 8, 2010
Today: A series of three images by Brazilian photographer Carol Stiler. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "afternoon stillness," by lanecia | June 7, 2010
Today's photo: "afternoon stillness," by Nashville Flickr member lanecia. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Sears Tower struck by lightning, July 2009," by JesterVora21 | June 4, 2010
Today's photo: "Sears Tower struck by lightning, July 2009," by mysterious Flickr member "JesterVora21." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "morning," by Laura Schmitt | June 1, 2010
Today's photo: "morning," by Wisconsin photojournalist Laura Schmitt. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Vers l'océan by Guizmo," by Thibaut Mittelstaedt | May 31, 2010
Today's photo: "Vers l'océan by Guizmo," by French Flickr member Thibaut Mittelstaedt. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "esp5," by Patty M | May 28, 2010
Today's photo: "esp5," by New York Flickr member Patty M. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Windows," by Michael Summers | May 27, 2010
Today's photo: "Windows," by Brit-in-Israel Michael Summers. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "sure," by Michelle Wotkun | May 26, 2010
Today's photo: "sure," by Chicago photographer Michelle Wotkun. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Macro: Flowers & loud hailer," by Joel de Courcy Browne | May 25, 2010
Today's photo: "Macro: Flowers & loud hailer," by Australian-in-Japan Joel de Courcy Browne. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Old Wyoming School," by Travis Dewitz | May 24, 2010
Today's photo: "Old Wyoming School," by Wisconsin photographer Travis Dewitz. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "The Plague," by Albert Camus | May 21, 2010
Today in the "CCLaP 100" essay series on literary classics: 1948's surprisingly mindblowing "The Plague" by Albert Camus, not just an ahead-of-its-time post-apocalyptic tale and a treatise on existentialism, but one of the most astute examinations of the Nazi years ever written. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by pineapple palace | May 20, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Philadelphia Flickr member "pineapple palace." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "16-02-10 Lift - 5/365," by .Ness | May 19, 2010
Today's photo: "16-02-10 Lift - 5/365," by French Flickr member ".Ness." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "autoritratto 41," by skarabokki | May 17, 2010
Today's photo: "autoritratto 41," by mysterious Flickr member "skarabokki." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: The Dinner Party Download | May 14, 2010
Today's obsession: The wonderfully entertaining weekly recap podcast "The Dinner Party Download," produced by KPCC in southern California and distributed by American Public Media. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "thirty one | 365 - hooligans," by Julie C | May 14, 2010
Today's photo: "thirty one | 365 - hooligans," by Latvian in Detroit Julie C. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "B is for Blue (Blue Pigment I)," by Dario Fuchs | May 13, 2010
Today's photo: "B is for Blue (Blue Pigment I)," by Swiss photographer Dario Fuchs. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "steeple chase," by digital_grid | May 12, 2010
Today's photo: "steeple chase," by Chicago Flickr member "digital_grid." | Read entire entry

Photography mini-profile: Kim Martin | May 11, 2010
Today, a special mini-profile of British teen photographer Kim Martin. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "191," by Cedrik Jaroslasson | May 7, 2010
Today's photo: "191," by Polish photographer Cedrik Jaroslasson. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Adventures of Twm," by Claire Sambrook | May 6, 2010
Today's photo: "Adventures of Twm," by Welsh photographer Claire Sambrook. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 54: Author Delphine Pontvieux | May 4, 2010
Today on the podcast, it's my interview with local writer and French transplant Delphine Pontvieux, author of the Basque political thriller "ETA." Also featuring the music of Edu K and Most Valuable Players. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Many secrets are shown here," by Michelle | May 4, 2010
Today's photo: "Many secrets are shown here," by Boston Flickr member Michelle. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Jonathan Seidman | May 3, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Pennsylvanian photographer Jonathan Seidman. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Morse -- Red Line," by Liz A | April 29, 2010
Today's photo: "Morse -- Red Line," by Chicago photographer Liz A. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Looking up, instead of looking at the drunks in the crosswalk.," by Todd Davis | April 28, 2010
Today's photo: "Looking up, instead of looking at the drunks in the crosswalk.," by Chicago photographer Todd Davis. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "St. Petersburg - 24 hours of flickr," by Tashi Delek | April 27, 2010
Today's photo: "St. Petersburg - 24 hours of Flickr," by Icelandic/Tibetan photographer Tashi Delek. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 53: April Music Special | April 26, 2010
Today on the podcast: It's the April edition of the center's monthly music special, where I feature the best of the free legal online music I myself have been downloading in the last month. Today's episode features 14 songs and lasts just under an hour. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Thilak Raj | April 26, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Indian photographer Thilak Raj. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Wojciech Zielinski | April 20, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Polish photographer Wojciech Zielinski. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "soul of a ...#2," by Alex Taran | April 19, 2010
Today's photo: "soul of a ...#2," by Ukrainian photographer Alex Taran. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Attimi rubati... - Stolen moments...," by Alessio B. | April 12, 2010
Today's photo: "Attimi rubati... - Stolen moments...," by Italian photographer Alessio B. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Oh, I don't know what love is.," by Bob Prosser | April 8, 2010
Today's photo: "Oh, I don't know what love is.," by English photographer Bob Prosser. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "place #027," by Mike | April 7, 2010
Today's photo: "place #027," by Polish Flickr member Mike. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "Jude the Obscure," by Thomas Hardy | April 6, 2010
Today in the "CCLaP 100" series of classics essays: Thomas Hardy's 1895 "Jude the Obscure," a surprisingly prescient look at Victorian morality that became the first widely banned book of the 20th century. Classic or not? Click through for my opinion. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Figure in the Mist," by Richard Moore | April 6, 2010
Today's photo: "Figure in the Mist," by Northern Irish photographer Richard Moore. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Luka Knezevic-Strika | April 5, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Serbian photographer Luka Knezevic-Strika. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Les enfants ratés," by André Fromont | April 2, 2010
Today's photo: "Les enfants ratés," by Belgian photographer André Fromont. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Black As The Devil Painteth," by Wojciech Zieli?ski | April 1, 2010
Today's photo: "Black As The Devil Painteth," by Polish photographer Wojciech Zieli?ski. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Borodin | March 31, 2010
Today's obsession: Chicago musician Patrick Spiroff, otherwise known as the one-man band Borodin. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by ramses1421 | March 31, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by mysterious Flickr member ramses1421. | Read entire entry

Sally Weigel virtual book tour: Day Two | March 30, 2010
It's day two of Sally Weigel's virtual book tour, in support of her CCLaP novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep!" Today, Sally joins Lori Hettler at the Next Best Book Blog, a side project from the single largest discussion club at Goodreads.com. Click through for the link. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by {*L*} | March 30, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by New York Flickr member {*L*}. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 52: Author Sally Weigel | March 29, 2010
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: Chicago author Sally Weigel, whose debut novella "Too Young to Fall Asleep" was published by the center last fall, today kicking off a two-week virtual book tour that will take her all over the web. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "la nebbia si dirada," by Claudio Scarponi | March 26, 2010
Today's photo: "la nebbia si dirada," by Italian photographer Claudio Scarponi. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Return to Narnia crunch-crunch," by Simon Gardiner | March 25, 2010
Today's photo: "Return to Narnia crunch-crunch," by English photographer Simon Gardiner. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "NYC from Rockefeller center," by Kiko Yera | March 23, 2010
Today's photo: "NYC from Rockefeller center," by Flickr member Kiko Yera. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by David Arvidsson | March 22, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Swedish photographer David Arvidsson. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by JL | March 19, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by French Flickr member JL. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Bill Hillmann | March 18, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chicago writer and event host Bill Hillmann. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Burçak Pekin | March 16, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Turkish photographer Burçak Pekin. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "begegnungen," by Manfred Huszar | March 15, 2010
Today's photo: "begegnungen" ("encounters"), by Austrian photographer Manfred Huszar. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Pigeons," by J. Knecht | March 12, 2010
Today's photo: "Pigeons," by Chicago photographer J. Knecht. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "X-Press," by Koen Colpaert | March 10, 2010
Today's photo: "X-Press," by Belgian photographer Koen Colpaert. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Restos," by Ibán Ramón | March 9, 2010
Today's photo: "Restos," by Spanish photographer Ibán Ramón. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Criminal Class Press | March 8, 2010
Today's obsession: The new Chicago dark-lit small publisher Criminal Class Press. Click through for more. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Summer time," by David Croft | March 8, 2010
Today's photo: "Summer time," by Welsh photographer David Croft. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "365 aztarna | 190.365," by Ion Markel | March 4, 2010
Today's photo: "365 aztarna | 190.365," by Basque photographer Ion Markel. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Windmill Farm," by Christopher Fecio | March 3, 2010
Today's photo: "Windmill Farm," by New York photographer and cyanotype fan Christopher Fecio. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "chester at night," by Paul Watson | March 2, 2010
Today's photo: "chester at night," by Australian in England Paul Watson. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Grazing Grey," by Menno de Ruiter | March 1, 2010
Today's photo: "Grazing Grey," by Dutch photographer Menno de Ruiter. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "driving home..." by Suzie Chaney | February 26, 2010
Today's photo: "driving home..." by French artist Suzie Chaney. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "greenlights," by Evelien Berger | February 25, 2010
Today's photo: "greenlights," by Dutch photographer Evelien Berger. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Mario Izquierdo | February 24, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Spanish photographer Mario Izquierdo. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Pom² | February 23, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by French Flickr member Pom². | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 50: Author Kyle Beachy | February 22, 2010
Today on the podcast: It's my recent 45-minute talk with local writer Kyle Beachy, author of the 2009 national sleeper hit "The Slide." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Backstage in Ahlen," by SHORTY | February 22, 2010
Today's photo: "Backstage in Ahlen," by German Flickr member SHORTY. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Place Dauphine without trees, Paris.," by avalonux | February 18, 2010
Today's photo: "Place Dauphine without trees, Paris.," by globetrotting Flickr member "avalonux." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Gebouw Handelskamer Rotterdam," by "jan 1968" | February 17, 2010
Today's photo: "Gebouw Handelskamer Rotterdam," by Dutch Flickr member "jan 1968." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "#1," by Ezerve | February 16, 2010
Today's photo: "#1," by Hungarian photographer Ezerve. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "untitled-23," by Olga Secerov | February 15, 2010
Today's photo: "untitled-23," by British photographer Olga Secerov. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Anthony Shea | February 12, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Boston photographer Anthony Shea. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "57/365 (1)," by Angélica Vis | February 10, 2010
Today's photo: "57/365 (1)," by Dutch photographer Angélica Vis. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Higashi-ginza Sta.," by Hidehiro Kigawa | February 9, 2010
Today's photo: "Higashi-ginza Sta.," by Japanese photographer Hidehiro Kigawa. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Railway station, Debrecen" by Attila Hupjan | February 8, 2010
Today's photo: "Railway station, Debrecen," by Hungarian photographer Attila Hupjan. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "de noite.," by Débora Paghi | February 5, 2010
Today's photo: "de noite.," by Brazilian photographer Débora Paghi. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "light in a dark world," by Dave | February 4, 2010
Today's photo: "light in a dark world," by Northern Ireland Flickr member Dave. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Sunset," by "nautiljon" | February 3, 2010
Today's photo: "Sunset," by French Flickr member "nautiljon." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Friched boat...," by ".MISTER T." | February 2, 2010
Today's photo: "Friched boat...," by Fiji Flickr member ".MISTER T." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Museum Guard," by Mike Watson | February 1, 2010
Today's photo: "Museum Guard," by New York photographer Mike Watson. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Jérôme M | January 28, 2010
Today's photo: "Untitled," by French photographer Jérôme M. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Night Walk Oct 2009," by "pony.rojo" | January 27, 2010
Today's photo: "Night Walk Oct 2009," by Las Vegas Flickr member "pony.rojo." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "~ Bulrushers & Cheese-Makers (A Man Hears What He Wants to Hear & Disregards the Rest)," by Wayne Mackeson | January 26, 2010
Today's photo: "~ Bulrushers & Cheese-Makers (A Man Hears What He Wants to Hear & Disregards the Rest)," by Portland photographer Wayne Mackeson. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "st. andrews children's choir.," by Catalina Damian | January 25, 2010
Today's photo: "st. andrews children's choir.," by Chicago photographer Catalina Damian. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Joshua Trees #2," by Blurrylens | January 22, 2010
Today's photo: "Joshua Trees #2," by California Flickr member "Blurrylens." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "My Motel Series Part II," by Michael Cole | January 21, 2010
Today's photo: "My Motel Series Part II," by New York photographer Michael Cole. | Read entire entry

Tales from the Completist: The "Oz" books, by L. Frank Baum | January 20, 2010
Today, a special look at all 14 "Oz" books written by series creator L. Frank Baum (all published between 1900 and 1919), not just a critical look at the books' quality but also a Wikipedia-style guide to his life and how it influenced the titles. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "[Industry at waterside I]," by PK | January 19, 2010
Today's photo: "[Industrial at waterside I]," by Dutch Flickr member PK. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "And yet another study of lines (infrared).," by Gabe | January 18, 2010
Today's photo: "And yet another study of lines (infrared).," by Flickr member Gabe. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Bryggen (Tilt-Shift)," by Chris-Havard Berge | January 15, 2010
Today's photo: "Bryggen (Tilt-Shift)," by Norwegian photographer Chris-Havard Berge. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "the gang," by "field_manual" | January 14, 2010
Today's photo: "the gang," by German Flickr member "field_manual." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 46: November Music Special | January 13, 2010
Today on the podcast, it's the fourth of four recent music specials, looking back at my favorite free online music of last autumn, from when I was in St. Louis with family recovering from a bicycle accident. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "hello ;]," by Amanda | January 13, 2010
Today's photo: "hello ;]," by Brazilian Flickr member Amanda. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "church in the fog," by Ian McNaught | January 12, 2010
Today's photo: "church in the fog," by British photographer Ian McNaught. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Empire State Building," by Sir Leif | January 11, 2010
Today's photo: "Empire State Building," by Flickr member "Sir Leif." | Read entire entry

"The Year In Books 2009" eBook is now available! | January 8, 2010
Happy day! The free downloadable eBook version of CCLaP's "Year In Books 2009" report is here! Available for laserprinters, Kindles, Sony Readers, iPhones and more! Click through for the direct download links! | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2009: The CCLaP Guilty Pleasure Awards | January 7, 2010
It's the final part of CCLaP's week-long look back at the best books reviewed in 2009; today is the much anticipated CCLaP Guilty Pleasure Awards, or a look at my seven favorite genre novels and comic books of last year. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Central Administration of Autonomous SSR Crimea," by Patrick | January 7, 2010
Today's photo: "Central Administration of Autonomous SSR Crimea," by German Flickr member Patrick. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 45: October Music Special | January 6, 2010
Today on the podcast, it's the third of four recent music specials, looking back at my favorite free legal online music from fall of 2009, when I was laid up in St. Louis recovering from a bike accident and away from my podcasting equipment. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2009: Best Experimental Novels | January 6, 2010
Today, it's part 3 of CCLaP's week-long look at the best books of 2009, this time concentrating on my eight favorite experimental novels of last year. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Emily," by Demi-Brooke Jennings | January 6, 2010
Today's photo: "Emily," by Christian portrait photographer Demi-Brooke Jennings. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2009: Worth a Second Look | January 5, 2010
Today, part 2 of CCLaP's week-long look back at the books of 2009, this time highlighting nine titles that may have not been the highest scorers of the year, but are well worth taking a look at again anyway. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Selfie," by Daisy | January 5, 2010
Today's photo: "Selfie," by Dutch Flickr member Daisy. | Read entire entry

The Year In Books 2009: Best of the Best | January 4, 2010
Today, part 1 of CCLaP's look back at the 90 books reviewed here in 2009, this time concentrating on the nine titles with the highest scores out of them all. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "[Fall To Fragments]," by Dan Scar | January 4, 2010
Today's photo: "[Fall To Fragments]," by Welsh photographer Dan Scar. | Read entire entry

Product review: Sony Reader PRS-600 "Touch Edition" | January 1, 2010
Today, my review of the Sony PRS-600 eBook reader, which I recently received for Christmas, including lots and lots of photos of the device in action. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "engine room elevator," by Baldo | December 29, 2009
Today's photo: "engine room elevator," by Italian Flickr member Baldo. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "150 of 365," by Ian | December 28, 2009
Today's photo: "150 of 365," by Mexican Flickr member Ian. | Read entire entry

Field report: Chicago Public Library mini-branch at Water Tower | December 28, 2009
Today, a field report with photos from the Chicago Public Library's new "mini-branch," inside the Chicago Visitor Center at the tourist-friendly Water Tower, carrying around 300 bestsellers and designed to boost awareness of the entire CPL system. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "U k?ivého psa, Frýdek," by Rob | December 10, 2009
Today's photo: "U k?ivého psa, Frýdek," by Czech Flickr member Rob. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "chatuge," by Daniel O | December 9, 2009
Today's photo: "chatuge," by St. Louis photographer Daniel O. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "you are..." by Nydia Lilian | December 8, 2009
Today's photo: "you are..." by Mexican photographer Nydia Lilian. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "O.o°•," by Mirko Garufi Scornaienchi | December 7, 2009
Today's photo: "O.o°•," by Italian photographer Mirko Garufi Scornaienchi. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: "Genteel literature and the tricky nature of artistic movements." | December 4, 2009
A recent mention during some research to an entire artistic movement I had never heard of before -- the supposedly popular "Genteel" writers of the early 20th century -- has had me doing a lot of reading and serious thinking this week. Here, a write-up of those thoughts. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Going up," by miquito | December 3, 2009
Today's photo: "Going up," By Swedish Flickr member "miquito." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 43: Monthly music special (August) | December 2, 2009
Today on the podcast, it's the first of four new music specials from now until Christmas, highlighting all the great music I found for free online in the last four months that I've been in St. Louis, recovering from a bad bicycle accident. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Garden Park," by Zak Rose | December 2, 2009
Today's photo: "Garden Park," by Connecticut photographer Zak Rose. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Utah Aspen," by "t knouff" | December 1, 2009
Today's photo: "Utah Aspen," by California Flickr member "t knouff." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "that ever elusive kudo (two)," by Andrew Pielage | November 30, 2009
Today's photo: "that ever elusive kudo," by Tempe photographer and past CCLaP feature Andrew Pielage. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Watch yourself..." by Tripp | November 25, 2009
Today's photo: "Watch yourself..." by Chicago Flickr member Tripp. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Beverly Birds," by Amy de Souza | November 24, 2009
Today's photo: "Beverly Birds," by Los Angeles photographer Amy de Souza. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "pumphouse," by Rudy | November 23, 2009
Today's photo: "pumphouse," by Californian in Ireland Rudy. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Beyond the Shadows," by halgil | November 19, 2009
Today's photo: "Beyond the Shadows," by New York Flickr member "halgil." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "There u go," by barack26 | November 18, 2009
Today's photo: "There u go," by Hungarian Flickr member "barack26." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Flatiron," by Laura Huben | November 17, 2009
Today's photo: "Flatiron," by New York photographer Laura Huben. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "dixi," by klaus | November 16, 2009
Today's photo: "dixi," by German Flickr member klaus. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Allan Barnes | November 13, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Detroit Collodion Ambrotype enthusiast Allan Barnes. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "last one standing," by Manveen Anand | November 12, 2009
Today's photo: "last one standing," by Indian photographer Manveen Anand. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Brian Sparks | November 9, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Irish-Swedish photographer Brian Sparks. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Steffen Tuck | November 6, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Australian-in-Italy Steffen Tuck. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Chicago," by Paolo Cordone | November 5, 2009
Today's photo: "Chicago," by Italian-in-New-York photographer Paolo Cordone. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Jorgen Karlsson | November 4, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Swedish photographer Jorgen Karlsson. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Juan de la Mora Monsivais | November 3, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chicago photographer Juan de la Mora Monsivais. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Penpont Church Infrared 02," by Keith Higham | October 29, 2009
Today's photo: "Penpont Church Infrared 02," by Scottish photographer Keith Higham. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "DINOSAUR LANDS," by "thisanjali" | October 28, 2009
Today's photo: "DINOSAUR LANDS," by Flickr member "thisanjali." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "decrepitude," by "Grape Cranberry" | October 27, 2009
Today's photo: "decrepitude," by Canadian Flickr member "Grape Cranberry." | Read entire entry

Photo feature: Andrew Pielage's "Fleeting Moments" | October 26, 2009
Today, a special photo feature -- a selection of images from Tempe photographer Andrew Pielage's newest series, "Fleeting Moments," shot during his recent trip to Yellowstone National Park. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Morningside Park @ Sunset," by Patrick Stahl | October 23, 2009
Today's photo: "Morningside Park @ Sunset," by New York photographer Patrick Stahl. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: David Eric Tomlinson | October 23, 2009
Today's obsession: Dallas author David Eric Tomlinson, whose clean yet text-heavy website is worth studying by all those other blogging, Twittering, self-publishing writers out there. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Return of the Photokids," by Matt Bell | October 22, 2009
Today's photo: "Return of the Photokids," by professional North Carolina photographer Matt Bell. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "estando en la estancia," by "carles.careless" | October 21, 2009
Today's photo: "estando en la estancia," by Spanish Flickr member "carles.careless." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Under the Pier," by Martin Finlayson | October 20, 2009
Today's photo: "Under the Pier," by British photographer and HDR enthusiast Martin Finlayson. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "pink wall," by "osanpo_traveller" | October 19, 2009
Today's photo: "pink wall," by Japanese Flickr member "osanpo_traveller." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Vessel in a bottle," by "fdecomite" | October 16, 2009
Today's photo: "Vessel in a bottle," by Flickr member "fdecomite." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Phare du Paon," by Marc | October 15, 2009
Today's photo: "Phare du Paon," by French Flickr member Marc. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Eddie Breidenbach | October 14, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Denver photographer Eddie Breidenbach. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Not The CNW Way," by Matt Lastovich | October 13, 2009
Today's photo: "Not The CNW Way," by Chicago-area photographer Matt Lastovich. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Antikörper / Antibodies | October 12, 2009
One of my friends in Germany, experimental poet Dirk Huelstrunk, has a new book out, in preparation for his second US tour coming this fall. Click through for a lot more about both. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "The Girl I Almost Was," by Tanya Simpson | October 12, 2009
Today's photo: "The Girl I Almost Was," by commercial Scottish photographer Tanya Simpson. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Fog - Clifton Suspension Bridge," by Sean Hickin | October 9, 2009
Today's photo: "Fog - Clifton Suspension Bridge," by British photographer Sean Hickin. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "424," by "Kaometet" | October 8, 2009
Today's photo: "424," by Amsterdam Flickr member (and Chaika camera owner) "Kaometet." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "*," by "*toki" | October 7, 2009
Today's photo: "*," by Japanese Flickr member "*toki." | Read entire entry

Farewell, Uptown Writers Space | October 6, 2009
Sad news in the Chicago literary community this week: Uptown Writers Space, an experiment in providing a "home away from home" for local authors, has sadly closed its doors. Click through for more details. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: TheMobileGarden.org | October 5, 2009
Today's obsession: "The Mobile Garden," an attempt to convert the back car of a Chicago "el" train into a flatbed full of local plants, chugging along throughout the city and reminding citizens of local green issues. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "reflections," by Andrea Mucelli | October 5, 2009
Today's photo: "reflections," by Italian-in-Scotland Andrea Mucelli. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Foggy Morning Arch," by Viqi French | October 2, 2009
Today's photo: "Foggy Morning Arch," by St. Louis photographer Viqi French. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "SkyScape," by Darwensi Majette | September 30, 2009
Today's photo: "SkyScape," by Chicago photographer Darwensi Majette. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Steps," by Jef Vandenhoute | September 29, 2009
Today's photo: "Steps," by German photographer Jef Vandenhoute. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Secondhand Book Shop," by "x GONZO x" | September 28, 2009
Today's photo: "Secondhand Book Shop," by British Flickr member "x GONZO x." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Gele Muur," by Xavier Peg | September 24, 2009
Today's photo: "Gele Muur," by Asia-based photographer Xavier Peg. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Elwyn Nekolas | September 23, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Japan-based photographer Elwyn Nekolas. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "St Malo," by Jerome Leoni | September 22, 2009
Today's photo: "St Malo," by French photographer Jerome Leoni. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Blue Yacht," by Buck | September 21, 2009
Today's photo: "Blue Yacht," by French Flickr member Buck. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "*," by *toki | September 16, 2009
Today's photo: "*," by Japanese Flickr member "*toki." | Read entire entry

Sally Weigel: The CCLaP Interview | September 14, 2009
It's Sally Weigel Day at the CCLaP website! And as part of promoting her new novella, "Too Young to Fall Asleep," I recently 'sat down' with Sally virtually over Google Chat, for a lengthy interview regarding writing, this book and more. Click through for the entire thing. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Waiting in Wicker Park," by Cody Stonerock | September 11, 2009
Today's photo: "Waiting in Wicker Park," by Chicago photographer Cody Stonerock. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit," by Christopher Brown | September 9, 2009
Today's photo: "Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit," by Flickr member Christopher Brown. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Stairway to Heaven?," by Steve Whiston | September 8, 2009
Today's photo: "Stairway to Heaven?," by American photographer Steve Whiston. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Tree Ghost," by Stan | September 7, 2009
Today's photo: "Tree Ghost," by New York Flickr member Stan. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Selling sucker," by Marcel Schmitz | September 4, 2009
Today's photo: "Selling sucker," by Portuguese photographer Marcel Schmitz. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Maiko is late to work," by Reynard Karman | August 31, 2009
Today's photo: "Maiko is late to work," by Singapore-based photographer Reynard Karman. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "[il] molo," by Zavisa Bjelogrlic | August 28, 2009
Today's photo: "[il] molo," by French/Italian photographer Zavisa Bjelogrlic. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Green Mill Cocktail Lounge," by the Comtesse DeSpair | August 27, 2009
Today's photo: "Green Mill Cocktail Lounge," by Chicago Flickr member "the Comtesse DeSpair." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Chicago Air and Water Show," by Brian Bonenberger | August 26, 2009
Today's photo: "Chicago Air and Water Show," by local photographer Brian Bonenberger. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Main Street," by Sean | August 25, 2009
Today's photo: "Main Street," by Dallas photographer Sean. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Amanda Vanvels | August 24, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Michigan-based photography student Amanda Vanvels. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Two Roads Diverge," by Jesse Sturgis | August 21, 2009
Today's photo: "Two Roads Diverge," by Flickr member Jesse Sturgis. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Rainy Saturday Night on Camden St.," by Suzie McCormack | August 20, 2009
Today's photo: "Rainy Saturday Night on Camden St.," by Irish Flickr member Suzie McCormack. | Read entire entry

Obsesson of the moment: Killin' It! with Paul Crik | August 19, 2009
Today's obsession: "Killin' It! with Paul Crik," the latest far-reaching crossmedia project by Montana conceptual-art collective Goatsilk, in which they create a new-age guru and corporate motivational speaker from scratch, then see how "real" they can make him in the eyes of the public. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "260: I am half and half.," by "bronx." | August 19, 2009
Today's photo: "260: I am half and half.," by British Flickr member "bronx." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "San Francisco, Construction 129," by Chris Goodwin | August 18, 2009
Today's photo: "San Francisco, Construction 129," by Boston photographer Chris Goodwin. | Read entire entry

Eddie Wright helps start new co-op publishing venture | July 20, 2009
I heard recently from self-publisher Eddie Wright, whose "Broken Bulbs" was favorably reviewed here earlier this year, on a new "publishing confederation" he has helped found, started by Henry Baum of the Self-Publishing Review. Click through for the details. | Read entire entry

The CCLaP 100: "The Age of Innocence," by Edith Wharton | July 8, 2009
Today's book in the CCLaP 100: Edith Wharton's 1920 "The Age of Innocence," which ingeniously combines a nostalgic look at upper-class Victorian New York with the contemporary angst of early Modernism. Classic or not? Click through for my opinion. | Read entire entry

Algren at 100: Never Come Morning | July 6, 2009
Today, part 2 of the essay series I'm doing here at the site this year, examining in detail the ouevre of controversial Chicago author Nelson Algren on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Here, a look at his second novel, the cultishly popular 1942 down-and-out tale "Never Come Morning." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 41: Monthly Music Special | June 22, 2009
Today on the podcast: It's the June edition of CCLaP's monthly music special, wherein I share the best of the music I myself have been downloading legally for free online in the last thirty days. Today's episode features 13 bands and lasts a little under 50 minutes. | Read entire entry

Algren at 100: An introduction | June 10, 2009
Announcing CCLaP's summer reading project for 2009, "Algren at 100," whereby I read for the first time nearly the entire ouevre of this controversial 20th-century Chicago author, on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Today, an introduction to Algren and the series. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Beach Huts," by Paddy | June 4, 2009
Today's photo: "Beach Huts," by British Flickr member Paddy. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Oak Park, Illinois," by "metaincognita" | June 3, 2009
Today's photo: "Oak Park, Illinois," by mysterious Flickr member "metaincognita." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "1/365," by Suzy Wimbourne | June 2, 2009
Today's photo: "1/365," by British arts student Suzy Wimbourne. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Life in the Fast Lane," by Jayanth Chennamangalam | May 29, 2009
Today's photo: "Life in the Fast Lane," by Indian photographer Jayanth Chennamangalam. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Straight down aerial of car," by Rob Huntley | May 28, 2009
Today's photo: "Straight down aerial of car," by Canadian photographer and travel professional Rob Huntley. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Etienne Mailhot | May 27, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Montreal photographer Etienne Mailhot. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Board of Trade," by Aaron Wolf | May 26, 2009
Today's photo: "Board of Trade," by Chicago-based globetrotting college student Aaron Wolf. | Read entire entry

Jeremy Shipp is selling his new story collection as a subscription service | May 21, 2009
CCLaP friend and alt-horror veteran Jeremy Shipp wrote recently about his new story collection, "Bizarro Bytes," and its unique pricing scheme: It's sold as a subscription service instead of a bound book, where a dollar a month gets you an eBook story per month via email. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Abbie Bellino | May 21, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Florida photographer Abbie Bellino. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 40: Monthly Music Special | May 20, 2009
Today on the podcast: It's the May edition of CCLaP's monthly music special, where I look back at all the music I've been downloading free legally online in the last 30 days, and present around an hour's worth of the best of it to you "college radio style." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Phonaroid-East 290," by Aaron TenHarmsel | May 18, 2009
Today's photo: The fake-retro "Phonaroid-East 290," by Chicago photographer Aaron TenHarmsel. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Garbage cans are ready for some football," by "Ralexman" | May 15, 2009
Today's photo: "Garbage cans are ready for some football," by Chicago Flickr member "Ralexman." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Triptyque," by "mrs_collapse" | May 13, 2009
Today's photo: "Triptyque," by mysterious Flickr member "mrs_collapse." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "vegas02," by Purdey Daubertes | May 12, 2009
Today's photo: "vegas02," by French photographer Purdey Daubertes. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 39: Gapers Block's Andrew Huff | May 11, 2009
Today on the podcast: It's my talk with next-wave journalist and serial entrepreneur Andrew Huff, best known as the founder of popular local arts-and-entertainment website GapersBlock.com. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "James Hate," by Bob Done | May 11, 2009
Today's photo: "James Hate," by British tattoo artist Bob Done. | Read entire entry

Photo(s) of the day: Pinhole images by Darius Kuzmickas | May 8, 2009
Today, a special mini-feature: A series of pinhole photos from Lithuanian-in-Portland Darius Kuzmickas. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Puerto Triste," by Debbie Martin | May 7, 2009
Today's photo of the day: "Puerto Triste," by Spaniard-in-Chicago Debbie Martin. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Santorini," by Renee Rendler-Kaplan | May 6, 2009
Today's photo: "Santorini," by Chicago photographer Renee Rendler-Kaplan. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by "kento_o" | May 5, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chinese Flickr member "kento_o." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Amsterdam's steps," by Carlo | May 4, 2009
Today's photo: "Amsterdam's steps," by globetrotting Flickr member Carlo. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Chicago - Skyline 3," by "Mr. BeBopp" | May 1, 2009
Today's photo: "Chicago - Skyline 3," by Flickr member "Mr. BeBopp." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Hidden [10//365]," by Anneliese Hilton | April 30, 2009
Today's photo: "Hidden [10//365]," by British photography student Anneliese Hilton. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Music For Midnight | April 27, 2009
Today's obsession: The weekly dark-electronica podcast "Music For Midnight," from Ohio-based media professional Austin Beeman. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Lorelei | April 27, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member Lorelei. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Tennessee," by "Available Light" | April 21, 2009
Today's photo: "Tennessee," by Flickr member "Available Light." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Chicago O'Hare Airport - ORD," by Jerry | April 20, 2009
Today's photo: "Chicago O'Hare Airport - ORD," by Chicago Flickr member Jerry. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by "mtlp" | April 16, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Canadian Flickr member "mtlp." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Kayak @ green Chicago River for St. Patrick's day," by Santi | April 15, 2009
Today's photo: "Kayak @ green Chicago River for St. Patrick's day," by Chicago photographer Santi. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Logan Square," by Tripp | April 14, 2009
Today's photo: "Logan Square," by Chicago photographer Tripp. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 37: Author Charles Blackstone | April 13, 2009
Today on the podcast: An hour-long talk with local author, editor, and sometimes public-radio contributor Charles Blackstone. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Pictorialism 1," by "Alan, Rosa and Evan" | April 13, 2009
Today's photo: "Pictorialism 1," by a trio of Bay-area photographers known as Alan, Rosa and Evan. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day; "Reflections of Amsterdam," by "AmsterS@m" | April 10, 2009
Today's photo: "Reflections of Amsterdam," by Dutch Flickr member "AmsterS@m." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Overwhelmed," by Tim King | April 7, 2009
Today's photo: "Overwhelmed," by suburban Chicago photographer Tim King. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Lindsay Haynes | April 6, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by London designer Lindsay Haynes. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Esperando en el hospital," by Xa Vi | April 3, 2009
Today's photo: "Esperando en el hospital," by Spanish photographer Xa Vi. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Urban Martian Female," by Lex | April 2, 2009
Today's photo: "Urban Martian Female," by New York photographer Lex. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "fragment/27," by Donatas Jaraminas | March 30, 2009
Today's photo: "fragment/27," by Lithuanian photographer Donatas Jaraminas. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "[04:03:09] - Wrong," by Joachim Game | March 27, 2009
Today's photo: "[04:03:09] - Wrong," by British photographer Joachim Game. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "the kite string tangle," by elasmotherium | March 25, 2009
Today's photo: "the kite string tangle," by mysterious Flickr member "elasmotherium." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "day 36. laundromatic again.," by Josh Pentasuglia | March 24, 2009
Today's photo: "day 36. laundromatic again.," by New Jersey photographer Josh Pentasuglia. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 35: Time Out's Jonathan Messinger | March 23, 2009
Today on the podcast: It's my long-awaited interview with "Time Out" Books editor Jonathan Messinger, who also happens to be the co-founder of Featherproof Press, the host of the Dollar Store reading series, and a published author himself. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Another snow day.," by Jesse Jacobs | March 23, 2009
Today's photo: "Another snow day.," by New Jersey photographer Jesse Jacobs. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "ineptus.," by Victor Bermudez | March 17, 2009
Today's photo: "ineptus.," by Spanish photographer Victor Bermudez. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "02/28/09," by Liz Carbone | March 16, 2009
Today's photo: "02/28/09," by mysterious Flickr member Liz Carbone. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "covered sky 2," by Viktória Szabolcsi | March 13, 2009
Today's photo: "covered sky 2," by Hungarian/German photographer Viktória Szabolcsi. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by tiram13 | March 12, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by mysterious Flickr member "tiram13." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Trump Tower," by Andy Reising | March 10, 2009
Today's photo: "Trump Tower," by Chicago photographer Andy Reising. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Vanishing into the depths of the bottomless hole of human desire," by "a_ninjamonkey" | March 9, 2009
Today's photo: "Vanishing into the depths of the bottomless hole of human desire," by Vancouver Flickr member "a_ninjamonkey." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Silhouette," by "oeildetat" | March 4, 2009
Today's photo: "Silhouette," by northern European Flickr member "oeildetat." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Window," by "deeeeaaaan" | March 2, 2009
Today's photo: "Window," by former Chicago Flickr member "deeeeaaaan." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Lake Shore Drive," by Marc McGowan | February 27, 2009
Today's photo: "Lake Shore Drive," by Chicago/Japan Flickr member Marc McGowan. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Invisible People," by Aditi | February 25, 2009
Today's photo: "Invisible People," by India/US photographer "Aditi." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 33b: Author John Domini | February 24, 2009
Today on the podcast: It's part two of my recent talk with American author and Pulitzer nominee John Domini. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "RDV.02," by Priscila Frossard | February 24, 2009
Today's photo: "RDV.02," by Brazilian photographer Priscila Frossard. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 33a: Author John Domini | February 23, 2009
Today on the podcast: It's part one of my recent talk with American author and Pulitzer nominee John Domini. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "poppy panorama," by Paul Wass | February 23, 2009
Today's photo: "poppy panorama," by mysterious Flickr member Paul Wass. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "19 Januari 2009 15.30," by Hjalmar | February 20, 2009
Today's photo: "19 Januari 2009 15.30," by Dutch Flickr member "Hjalmar." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "L Station 1018," by Vinnie Cozzi | February 19, 2009
Today's photo: "L Station 1018," by Chicago photographer and HDR enthusiast Vinnie Cozzi. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "I definitely see a shadow. Happy Groundhog Day!," by S. Gearhart | February 18, 2009
Today's photo: "I definitely see a shadow. Happy Groundhog Day!," by Chicago Flickr member S. Gearhart. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "filey24 18.01.09," by Paul Wass | February 17, 2009
Today's photo: "filey24 18.01.09," by British photographer and HDR enthusiast Paul Wass. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 32: Monthly Music Special | February 16, 2009
On today's podcast: It's another monthly music special, wherein I feature 14 great free songs that have all been released legally online in the last month. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "chicago at night.," by Danielle | February 16, 2009
Today's photo: "chicago at night.," by Michigan Flickr member "Danielle." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Alexander Rempt | February 10, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chilean photographer Alexander Rempt. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Mønster - Pattern on oil drum," by Erling Sivertsen | February 6, 2009
Today's photo: "Mønster - Pattern on oil drum," by Norwegian photographer Erling Sivertsen. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "chicago," by Gustavo Barreto | February 4, 2009
Today's photo: "chicago," by Brazillian photographer Gustavo Barreto. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Köln," by Arne Böll | February 2, 2009
Today's photo: "Köln," by German photographer Arne Böll. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Grotte di Matera," by "valentura" | January 30, 2009
Today's photo: "Grotte di Matera," by Italian Flickr member "valentura." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "People on the plaza.," by Edin Andre Ødegaard | January 28, 2009
Today's photo: "People on the plaza.," by Norwegian photographer Edin Andre Ødegaard. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "München III," by Sven Scholz | January 26, 2009
Today's photo: "München III," by German photographer Sven Scholz. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "below zero," by Brian Bobek | January 23, 2009
Today's photo: "below zero," by Chicago-area photographer Brian Bobek. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Gary Boodhoo | January 22, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by San Francisco photographer and designer Gary Boodhoo. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "susy, an old style girl," by Marco | January 21, 2009
Today's photo: "susy, an old style girl," by Italian Flickr member Marco. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Dimitri Hepburn | January 19, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chicago photographer and teacher Dimitri Hepburn. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by "nholtra" | January 16, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by New York Flickr member "nholtra." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Stephanie Kimberly | January 15, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Texas photographer Stephanie Kimberly. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Derrick Fore | January 14, 2009
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Texas musician Derrick Fore. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Yes We Can," by "mbaltstiel" | January 12, 2009
Today's photo: "Yes We Can," by Chicago Flickr member "mbaltstiel." | Read entire entry

Photo: "???????????????," from "Nagoya Art Life" | January 9, 2009
Today's photo: "???????????????," being presented online by "Nagoya Art Life," an arts-and-culture blog for that Japanese city. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Incontro," by "rotondetta58" | January 8, 2009
Today's photo: "Incontro," by Italian Flickr member "rotondetta58." | Read entire entry

Announcing CCLaP's new microblog -- the "CCLAPocracy" | January 6, 2009
Announcing the latest online experiment from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography: The center's own Twitter-style microblog, in which readers debate recent reviews, announce local artistic events, post goofy personal updates and more. Today, all the details. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "London eye long exposure," by Wilfried B | January 5, 2009
Today's photo: "London eye long exposure," by French chef (and UK resident) Wilfried B. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Day 123," by "nettlefairy" | January 1, 2009
Today's photo: "Day 123," by Flickr member "nettlefairy." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "espejo 005," by Yapci Gómez Lima | December 30, 2008
Today's photo: "espejo 005," by Spanish photographer Yapci Gómez Lima. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "New York Skyline," by Tanya Codispodi | December 29, 2008
Today's photo: "New York Skyline," by New York photographer Tanya Codispodi. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "337/366," by Nadja | December 22, 2008
Today's photo: "337/366," by Sarajevo Flickr member Nadja. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: Various, by Marty Coleman | December 18, 2008
Today's photo is actually a series of images, all by Tulsa-based professional photographer Marty Coleman. | Read entire entry

Announcing CCLaP's newest book: "The Great iPod Indie Rock Challenge of 2008." | December 16, 2008
Today, I'm happy to announce CCLaP's third book, the second in its "White Paper" series, minor reprints of longer material that original ran at the site; in this case, a new collection of the four essays that originally chronicled the "Great iPod Indie Rock Challenge of 2008," in which I dared my lazy middle-aged self to get all my sad old '80s and '90s rocks off my little 1-gig iPod Shuffle and replaced with brand-new music by brand-new bands as quickly as possible. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Day 36," by "yablocko" | December 16, 2008
Today's photo: "Day 36," by Slavic-speaking Flickr member "yablocko." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 30: Monthly Music Special | December 15, 2008
Today on the podcast: It's the last monthly music special of 2008 (doubling as the last podcast episode ever of 2008), wherein I look back at all the songs I've been downloading legally online in the last month, and share around a dozen of them with you "college radio style." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "freezing," by Ari Winkle | December 15, 2008
Today's photo: "freezing," by Minneapolis photographer Ari Winkle. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Orange Alert Holiday Guide 2008 | December 12, 2008
Today's obsession: The fantastic little downloadable holiday guide from cultural website "What To Wear During an Orange Alert," even cooler because of it being made in a way that almost anyone could, but that only OA thought of and actually executed. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "176/365 - and I once thought I was sure," by Leah Louise Gorospe | December 10, 2008
Today's photo: "176/365 - and I once thought I was sure," by Philippine photographer Leah Louise Gorospe. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "50/365," by Ashley | December 9, 2008
Today's photo: "30/365," by Chicago Flickr member Ashley. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Diamond Ranch High School," by "DisneyKrayzie" | December 8, 2008
Today's photo: "Diamond Ranch High School," by mysterious Flickr member "DisneyKrayzie." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Naty," by Tamara Jiménez | December 7, 2008
Today's photo: "Naty," by Chilean photographer Tamara Jiménez. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by K Lam | December 5, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Hong Kong Flickr member "K Lam." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Cheval," by Jonathan Martz | November 29, 2008
Today's photo: "Cheval," by French photographer (and Canon G9 owner) Jonathan Martz. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by mar vicens | November 28, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Brazilian Flickr member "mar vicens." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Maru," by Jael Levi | November 25, 2008
Today's photo: "Maru," by Spanish photographer Jael Levi. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Ca va faire mal..." by Stéphane Giner | November 24, 2008
Today's photo: "Ca va faire mal..." by French photographer Stéphane Giner. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Three Gorges Dam. China," by HL Tam | November 19, 2008
Today's photo: "Three Gorges Dam. China," by Hong Kong photographer HL Tam. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 29: Monthly Music Special | November 17, 2008
Today on the podcast: It's the November edition of CCLaP's monthly music special, wherein I highlight my favorite dozen indie-rock bands of that month, of the 30 or 40 I've come across for free online. Today's episode features 13 bands, with songs that have all been released within the last 30 days. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by "lamancia" | November 17, 2008
Today's photo of the day: "Untitled," by Taiwanese Flickr member "lamanchia." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "time enough," by "death and gravity" | November 13, 2008
Today's photo: "time enough," by mysterious Flickr member "death and gravity." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "F-Kurs 3.4.08," by "babyschwimmkurs" | November 12, 2008
Today's photo: "F-Kurs 3.4.08," by "babyschwimmkurs," which turns out to be the official Flickr account of Germany's Institut für Physikalische Therapie und Manuelle Medizin. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Yo," by "Justina" | November 11, 2008
Today's photo: "Yo," by Argentinean photographer "Justina." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Lucia Green | November 10, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Spanish photographer Lucia Green. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Timeless," by Daniel Jackson Dickman | November 8, 2008
Today's photo: "Timeless," by Idahoan Daniel Jackson Dickman. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Space invaders!," by Gabriel Reiss | November 3, 2008
Today's photo: "Space invaders!," by mysterious Flickr member Gabriel Reiss. | Read entire entry

It's Ben Tanzer Day at CCLaP! | October 27, 2008
Happy day! It's the official release day of CCLaP's first-ever original book, the story cycle "Repetition Patterns" by local author Ben Tanzer. Here, a little reminder of the fact, and an explanation for all the supplemental "Patterns" entries you're seeing at the blog today too. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 28: Author Ben Tanzer | October 27, 2008
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: A new interview with local author Ben Tanzer, chatting exclusively about his new book "Repetition Patterns," which happens to be CCLaP's first-ever original publication as well. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Hulu | October 24, 2008
Today's obsession: The surprisingly perfect online video site Hulu.com, the high-profile joint venture from such corporate giants as NBC, PBS, Fox, Comedy Central, the Sci Fi Channel and more. Yeah, you'd think it'd suck, just like all other online experiments from corporate groups, right? Surprise! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Kolumba Museum," by Brad Haynes | October 22, 2008
Today's photo: "Kolumba Museum," by British photographer Brad Haynes. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Carnegie Council Podcast | October 21, 2008
Today's obsession: The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, a thinktank for fascinating lectures on global politics, who have recently started making those lectures available to the public as part of a free podcast. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Garage," by Morgan Smith | October 21, 2008
Today's photo: "Garage," by British photographer Morgan Smith. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by "solbana" | October 20, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by mysterious Flickr member "solbana." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "des catacombes," by Terri Tu | October 15, 2008
Today's photo: "des catacombes," by Canadian photographer Terri Tu. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "red rehab," by "theo79" | October 14, 2008
Today's photo: "red rehab," by mysterious Flickr member "theo79." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 27: Monthly Music Special | October 13, 2008
Today on the podcast: It's the October version of CCLaP's new monthly music special, featuring 13 bands from around the world over the course of 45 minutes, cut together with voiceovers like a college-radio show. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Olly Crook | October 13, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by mysterious Flickr member Olly Crook. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Óculo," by Juan de Dios Santander Vela | October 6, 2008
Today's photo: "Óculo," by Spanish photographer Juan de Dios Santander Vela. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Net," by "TK21HX" | October 3, 2008
Today's photo: "Net," by Japanese Flickr member "TK21HX." | Read entire entry

Obesssion of the moment: Douglas Rushkoff at Boing Boing | October 2, 2008
Today's obsession: The deliriously great guest-entries this week at pop-culture journal Boing Boing, from futurist and professor and author and philosopher Douglas Rushkoff. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled, by "joan200207" | October 2, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by a Flickr member in Japan known as "joan200207." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "simulacrum ~9.9," by Alex Zhul | October 1, 2008
Today's photo: "simulacrum ~9.9," by Russian photographer Alex Zhul. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Colonna," by Franco Campigotto | September 30, 2008
Today's photo: "Colonna," by an Italian photographer living in Ecuador named Franco Campigotto. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Newsless.org | September 29, 2008
Today's obsession: The new "future of journalism" blog Newsless.org, started and run by a fascinating academic fellow at the Unviersity of Missouri "J School" named Matt Thompson. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "zigzagBW," by Frank | September 29, 2008
Today's photo: "zigzagBW," by Ecuadoran Flickr member Frank. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Signs," by Alan Healy | September 25, 2008
Today's photo: "Signs," by mysterious Flickr member Alan Healy. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 26: Monthly Music Special | September 22, 2008
Today on the podcast: My first new episode in three months! Yeehaw! Here, in honor of the coming autumn, another of CCLaP's occasional all-music specials (now expanded to once a month), 46 minutes featuring twelve bands, cut together with voiceovers radio-style. Enjoy! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Tops: Trump International," by Angela Manginelli | September 22, 2008
Today's photo: "Tops: Trump International," by Chicago photographer and comedian Angela Manginelli. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "251/366," by Nadja | September 17, 2008
Today's photo: "251/366," by Bosnian photographer "Nadja." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Welcome To The Whitney," by "Paddy" | September 16, 2008
Today's photo: "Welcome To The Whitney," by mysterious Flickr member "Paddy." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "***," by Slawomir Pisz | September 15, 2008
Today's photo: "***," by French/Polish/UK photographer Slawomir Pisz. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "?," by MB Ching | September 12, 2008
Today's photo: "?," by Hong Kong resident (and current California college student) MB Ching. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Authonomy | September 11, 2008
Remember HBO's "Project Greenlight?" Where a bunch of unpublished screenwriters all uploaded their scripts to a website, then argued and argued until one finally won and was produced? Ever wonder why a publishing company has never tried that for unpublished novels? Wonder no more. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "ss12 - project," by Christian Facchini | September 10, 2008
Today's photo: "ss12 - project," by Italian photographer Christian Facchini. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "On our way up..." by Jaana-Marja Rotinen | September 9, 2008
Today's photo: "On our way up...," by Icelandic photographer Jaana-Marja Rotinen. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "This one goes to the one i love," by Roman Krikheli | September 1, 2008
Today's photo: "This one goes to the one i love," by Russian photographer and designer Roman Krikheli. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Simmons Hall, MIT," by Ed Brodzinsky | August 29, 2008
Today's photo: "Simmons Hall, MIT," by retired architect and New Yorker Ed Brodzinsky. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by David O'Brien | August 22, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by the mysterious Flickr member David O'Brien. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Túnel," by Gustavo Gomes | August 20, 2008
Today's photo: "Túnel," by Brazilian photographer Gustavo Gomes. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "1950's," by Alba RM | August 19, 2008
Today's photo: "1950's," by Spanish Flickr member "Alba RM." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Salk Institute for Biological Studies @ La Jolla, CA," by "mad-za" | August 18, 2008
Today's photo: "Salk Institute for Biological Studies @ La Jolla, CA," by Italian Flickr member "mad-za." | Read entire entry

Photos of the day: 2008 Olympic coverage by Kris Krüg | August 15, 2008
Today, a special look at a whole set of photos: Editorial photographer Kris Krüg's stunning candid look at the backstreets of Beijing and obscure events of the 2008 Olympics. Highly, highly recommended. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "tate modern 1," by Robert Götzfried | August 11, 2008
Today's photo: "tate modern 1," by German designer and photographer Robert Götzfried. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "BEYOND THE LIGHT," by "Treforlutions" | July 21, 2008
Today's photo: "BEYOND THE LIGHT," by Canadian visual artist "Treforlutions." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Follinger Night Time," by Cynthia Lou | July 17, 2008
Today's photo: "Follinger Night Time," by University of Illinois Flickr member Cynthia Lou. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Nuvole rapide 2," by Benedetto Tarantino | July 15, 2008
Today's photo: "Nuvole rapide 2," by professional Italian photographer Benedetto Tarantino. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Starwars FTW!," by Kate Namestnik | July 14, 2008
Today's photo: "Starwars FTW!," by Australian photographer Kate Namestnik. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by "G" | July 11, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by the Spanish-writing Chinese Flickr member "G." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Luis Angel Molina Quiñones | July 7, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Puerto Rican college student Luis Angel Molina Quiñones. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "qui a pissé dans les poissons rouges?," by Frederic schizoo | July 3, 2008
Today's photo: "qui a pissé dans les poissons rouges?," by French photographer Frederic schizoo. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Albuquerque, NM," by Monika M | July 2, 2008
Today's photo: "Albuquerque, NM," by German Flickr member Monika M. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "the colours in Rome," by Michele Castellano | July 1, 2008
Today's photo: "the colours of Rome," by highly popular Italian photographer Michele Castellano. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Neal Reed | June 30, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by British professional photographer Neal Reed. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Of late..." by Patricia VH | June 27, 2008
Today's photo: "Of late..." by Mexican Flickr member Patricia VH. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Kissy~Face Fashion Faux-Pas 2," by Nick Choquette | June 26, 2008
Today's photo: "Kissy~Face Fashion Faux-Pas 2," by the mysterious Nick Choquette. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "INSIDE, dirty soul," by Rocío Montoya | June 25, 2008
Today's photo: "INSIDE, dirty soul," by Spanish photographer Rocío Montoya, part of a Spanish artistic collective known as Movimente Colectivo Diseñado. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Underground," by "urbiex" | June 24, 2008
Today's photo: "Underground," by Italian Flickr member "urbiex." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "America's Cup Headquarters #3," by "Mario" | June 23, 2008
Today's photo: "America's Cup Headquarters #3," by Spanish Flickr member "Mario." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "drs," by "Dusia" | June 20, 2008
Today's photo: "drs," by Russian Flickr member "Dusia." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Split Tone Sepia, variations 6," by Enric Martinez | June 19, 2008
Today's photo: "Split Tone Sepia, variations 6," by Spanish expat and current Netherlands resident Enric Martinez. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Me and you," by "orangemania" | June 18, 2008
Today's photo: "Me and you," by Canadian Flickr member "orangemania." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "...i 200mm.," by "Sphinx!" | June 17, 2008
Today's photo: "...i 200mm.," by Spanish Flickr member "Sphinx!" | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Fkn Hostile," by "Mario" | June 16, 2008
Today's photo: "Fkn Hostile," by Libyan Flickr member "Mario." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "The Geometry of the Night," by "Madison Guy" | June 6, 2008
Today's photo: "The Geometry of the Night," by Wisconsin Flickr member "Madison Guy." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Barcelona, 7:30AM," by "Ona" | June 5, 2008
Today's photo: "Barcelona, 7:30AM," by Spanish Flickr member "Ona." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: The Collective Family | June 3, 2008
Today's obsession: The indie-rock free download site "The Collective Family" (cllct.com), which also doubles as a tight-knit community for the artists themselves. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "318," by "under tow" | June 2, 2008
Today's photo: 318," a Chicago image from French Flickr member "under tow." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "no way out pt. 2," by "melanie" | May 30, 2008
Today's photo: "no way out pt. 2," by German Flickr member "Melanie." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "black palace 10," by "urbiex" | May 29, 2008
Today's photo: "black palace 10," by Flickr member "urbiex." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "LA Cathedral," by Ken McCown | May 28, 2008
Today's photo: "LA Cathedral," by Los Angeles architecture professor Ken McCown. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 24: Author Cory Doctorow | May 27, 2008
Today on the podcast: A one-hour talk with a personal hero of mine, Cory Doctorow, a popular and award-winning novelist as well as one of the four editors of Boing Boing, currently acknowledged by most as the most popular blog on the planet. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "walk the walk," by Tomasz Wysocki | May 27, 2008
Today's photo of the day: "walk the walk," by Australia-based Polish Swede Tomasz Wysocki. | Read entire entry

Field report: Pilcrow Literary Festival | May 26, 2008
Today, a field report from the highly entertaining Pilcrow Literary Festival, which just pulled off its first successful year here in Chicago last weekend. Click through for photos and an analysis of what went right. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Black symphony," by "mwasila" | May 26, 2008
Today's photo: "Black symphony," by Papua New Guinea photographer "mwasila." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "The biggest tomb in the cemetary," by Casey Early | May 23, 2008
Today's photo: "The biggest tomb in the cemetary," by Flickr member Casey Early. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "MAC Niteroi #1," by Stephan Leyk | May 22, 2008
Today's photo: "MAC Niteroi #1," by German photographer Stephan Leyk. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "sun," by Olga Pogorelova | May 21, 2008
Today's photo: "sun," by Moscow photographer and designer Olga Pogorelova. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 23: Author Amy Güth | May 19, 2008
Today on the podcast: A one-hour talk with Chicago author Amy Güth, founder of the new Pilcrow Literary Festival. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "handddd," by Abel Rodriguez | May 19, 2008
Today's photo: "handddd," by Venezuelan photographer Abel Rodriguez. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by "bunny boiler" | May 16, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member "bunny boiler." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Muxtape.com | May 15, 2008
Today's obsession: The brand-new, user-driven, streaming-music service "Muxtape," in which random visitors are given a chance to upload exactly 12 songs as their own personal mix tape to share with others. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "insomnia," by Augusto Rosa | May 15, 2008
Today's photo: "insomnia," by Maine photographer Augusto Rosa. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Sebastien Kunert | May 14, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Paris-based photographer Sebastien Kunert. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: "Iron Sky" | May 13, 2008
Today's obsession: The new and extremely impressive trailer for "Iron Sky," the homegrown retro action thriller feature film by Timo Vuorensola and Samuli Torssonen, the Finnish team behind the cultishly popular "Star Wrecks." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Solitude," by Chris Dessaigne | May 13, 2008
Today's photo: "Solitude," by French photographer Chris Dessaigne. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Colonies,"by Olivier Gilet | May 12, 2008
Today's photo: "Colonies," by Belgian photographer Olivier Gilet. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Valencia Science Museum," by Roland Ellison | May 9, 2008
Today's photo: "Valencia Science Museum," by London-based photographer Roland Ellison. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "X," by "twO®" | May 8, 2008
Today's photo: "X," by French graffiti artist "twO®." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by "Peter" | May 7, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by German Flickr member "Peter." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "velvet," by Trane DeVore | May 5, 2008
Today's photo: "velvet," by Westerner-in-Japan Trane DeVore. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Night shoot St James Square Grimsby," by Gary Stafford | May 2, 2008
Today's photo: "Night shoot St James Square Grimsby," by British adult photography student Gary Stafford. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by "welovetaipei" | April 30, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member "welovetaipei." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Did you meet Rabelais?" by Olivier Gilet | April 29, 2008
Today's photo: "Did you meet Rabelais?" by Belgian photographer Olivier Gilet. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "BACK TO THE FUTURE," by "rober2010" | April 28, 2008
Today's photo: "BACK TO THE FUTURE," by Miami-based Flickr member "rober2010." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: modyfier | April 25, 2008
Today's obsession: The extra-smart electronic-music blog "modyfier," and especially their "Process" series of long-form mix-tapes that I thought had died with cassettes back in the '90s. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "last ones up," by "Felix Constantinople" | April 25, 2008
Today's photo: "last ones up," by Canadian Flickr member "Felix Constantinople." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "BUILDING DING-DONG," by Cala Morlanda | April 24, 2008
Today's photo: "BUILDING DING-DONG," by Spanish photographer Cala Morlanda. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "finestre di Bruno Schulz," by Eugenio Azzola | April 22, 2008
Today's photo: "finestre di Bruno Schulz," by Italian-Austrian Eugenio Azzola. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 22: Author Nick Ostdick | April 21, 2008
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: A 45-minute talk with Chicago author, small publisher and event organizer Nick Ostdick (RAGAD, "Sunbeams and Cigarettes"). | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by David Zimand | April 21, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by New York professional photographer David Zimand. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Vanishing Point," by Eddie Moy | April 16, 2008
Today's photo: "Vanishing Point," by Chicago college student Eddie Moy. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Carpet rolls," by Sandor Weisz | April 15, 2008
Today's photo: "Carpet rolls," by Chicago blogger Sandor Weisz. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Getty Beams," by Dave Miller | April 14, 2008
Today's photo: "Getty Beams," by Santa Monica-based professional photographer Dave Miller. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Paenitentia," by Chris Dessaigne | April 11, 2008
Today's photo: "Paenitentia," by French photographer Chris Dessaigne, taken during an obscure Christian ritual held in his town each Good Friday called the "Procession de la Sanch." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "southwest winds," by Augusto Rosa | April 10, 2008
Today's photo: "southwest winds," by Maine-based photographer Augusto Rosa. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Abigail's X-Rated Teen Diary | April 9, 2008
Today's obsession: The deceptively smart and cynical video podcast "Abigail's X-Rated Teen Diary," from "Goodnight Burbank" creator Hayden Black. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Craig Turner | April 9, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Yorkshire (UK) photographer Craig Turner. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "tin soldier," by Evgeniy Nelmin | April 8, 2008
Today's photo: "tin soldier," by Russian photographer and Hasselblad owner Evgeniy Nelmin. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "1888, Kitchen Road.," by Emmanuel Breton | April 7, 2008
Today's photo of the day: "1888, Kitchen Road.," by French photographer Emmanuel Breton. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Melanie," by Tara Sloan | April 6, 2008
Today's photo: "Melanie," by Seattle-based professional photographer Tara Sloan. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Piotr," by "Hudi" | April 4, 2008
Today's photo: "Piotr," by a Polish photographer named "Hudi" currently living in Los Angeles. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by "Juergen" | April 3, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by German (living in China) photographer "Juergen." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: For Tax Reasons | April 2, 2008
Today's obsession: The comedy duo and animation team "For Tax Reasons," including an embedded video of some of their work. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "my very first cyanotype [yay]," by Emily Barrera | April 2, 2008
Today's photo: "my very first cyanotype [yay]," by Chicago photography student Emily Barrera. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "venice beach fishing," by Sheila Bocchine | March 31, 2008
Today's photo: "venice beach fishing," by professional Phoenix photographer Sheila Bocchine. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "rust," by Bunny McIntosh | March 29, 2008
Today's photo: "rust," by Louisville-based Bunny McIntosh. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Chicago Board of Fog," by Brad Bretz | March 28, 2008
Today's photo: "Chicago Board of Fog," by Chicago photographer Brad Bretz. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: "The Reprover/Le Réprobateur" | March 27, 2008
Today's obsession: The witty, experimental hyperfiction project "The Reprover/Le Réprobateur," by French artist and CCLaP reader François Coulon. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "On my way..." by Ilona Olkonen | March 27, 2008
Today's image: "On my way..." by Russian photographer Ilona Olkonen. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Green Hose," by Danny Putrus | March 26, 2008
Today's photo: "Green Hose," by Chicago-based CCLaP regular Danny Putrus. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: FriendFeed.com | March 25, 2008
Today's obsession: The free "super aggregation" service FriendFeed.com, in which you type in all the accounts where you do little updates (Flickr, YouTube, Twitter, etc) and it spits out a "master feed" to all this information. Click through for more. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "14," by "Yan" | March 25, 2008
Today's photo: "14," by Chinese London college student "Yan." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by David Drennon | March 21, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Nashville Hasselblad owner David Drennon. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 21: All-Music Special | March 17, 2008
Today's episode: It's yet another cold, dreary, gray day here in Chicago, which means it's time for another all-music special, collecting up all the indie-rock I've been recently enjoying and sharing it all with you. I hope you like! | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Google Docs as mobile eText reader | March 17, 2008
Today, a simple "lifehack" to share -- how I use the free online webapp "Google Docs" as a surprisingly good eBook reader for my mobile device. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "I'm blurry.," by Jenna Noll | March 17, 2008
Today's photo: "I'm blurry.," by Kentuckian Jenna Noll. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Michael Green | March 14, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Californian (I think) Michael Green. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "biarritz-mgla," by "janusz.st.a" | March 13, 2008
Today's photo: "biarritz-mgla," by Portuguese Flickr member "janusz.st.a." | Read entire entry

The latest "Creative Screenwriting" podcast is their best yet | March 12, 2008
Just wanted to mention that one of my favorite podcasts, the one produced by "Creative Screenwriting" magazine, just put out their best episode yet -- a 90-minute talk with Drew Goddard, writer not only of "Cloverfield" but also "Lost," "Alias," "Buffy" and "Angel." (Whew!) Click through for more. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "This Way," by DROOO | March 12, 2008
Today's photo: "This Way," by Flickr member "DROOO." | Read entire entry

RIP Gary Gygax, and a personal story | March 5, 2008
Sad news from the world of gaming this week: E Gary Gygax, one of the creators of legendary roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons, has died. Click through for a personal story I happen to have about the man. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Thomas Anderson | March 5, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chicagoan Thomas Anderson. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Malvolio," by Danny Putrus | March 3, 2008
Today's photo: "Malvolio," by Chicagoan Danny Putrus. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Chicago Transit Abstraction," by Reinhardt Schoenfeld | February 29, 2008
Today's photo: "Chicago Transit Abstraction," by Reinhardt Schoenfeld. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Summerdale Community Church," by Comtesse DeSpair | February 28, 2008
Today's photo: "Summerdale Community Church," by Chicagoan Comtesse DeSpair. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "exhaustion," by Christine Clemens | February 27, 2008
Today's photo: "exhaustion," by British California transplant Christine Clemens. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Urbino," by "dearlove.cc" | February 26, 2008
Today's photo: "Urbino," by Italian Flickr member "dearlove.cc." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "benched," by Joseph Palmer | February 25, 2008
Today's photo: "benched," by Chicagoan Joseph Palmer. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 20: 37signals' Jason Fried | February 19, 2008
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: An interview with tech guru and gentleman philosopher Jason Fried, one of the founders of highly popular Chicago software company 37signals. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Chicago," by "reservoir osprey" | February 19, 2008
Today's photo: "Chicago," by Flickr member "reservoir osprey." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "The Silent Fog," by "Audrey" | February 18, 2008
Today's photo: "The Silent Fog," by Chicago Flickr member "Audrey." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Playground," by "QuantumJedi" | February 15, 2008
Today's photo: "Playground," by Chicago Flickr member "QuantumJedi." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Chicago looking a bit like a space station," by Rebecca Whitney | February 13, 2008
Today's photo: "Chicago looking a bit like a space station," by Rebecca Whitney. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Broken Dreams 5509," by "Joe M500" | February 12, 2008
Today's photo: "Broken Dreams 5509," by Chicago Flickr member "Joe M500." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Jesus," by Thomas Anderson | February 11, 2008
Today's photo: "Jesus," by Chicago college student Thomas Anderson. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Drop.io Voice | February 8, 2008
Today's obsession: The new voice option for media-management system Drop.io, which lets you call a phone number and leave a message like normal, but then converts it into an MP3 for mobile podcasting. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by RK | February 8, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member RK. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Nine," by Mike Innocenzi | February 7, 2008
Today's photo: "Nine," by Chicagoan (and frequent CCLaP feature) Mike Innocenzi. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Chicago River," by Mike Gonzalez | February 6, 2008
Today's photo: "Chicago River," by Mike Gonzalez. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "pin mill," by Paul Hockett | February 5, 2008
Today's photo: "pin mill," by Nottingham (UK) photographer Paul Hockett. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Tooble | February 4, 2008
Today's obsession: The simple freeware program "Tooble," which downloads YouTube videos, converts them into MP4s, and adds them to your iTunes movie library. Pretty simple and pretty cool. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "sleepshop," by Michael | February 4, 2008
Today's photo: "sleepshop," by Canadian photographer Michael of HighPlainsDrifter Photography. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Matiasma," by "Miladysparis" | February 1, 2008
Today's photo: "Matiasma," by Flickr member "Miladysparis." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: The Take Away Shows | January 31, 2008
Today's obsession: The unique video-based music podcast "The Take Away Shows," in which indie-rock bands are dragged through the streets of Paris and filmed as they perform songs live. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "The place where we met," by Bernard Mosselmann | January 31, 2008
Today's photo: "The place where we met," by Belgian Bernard Mosselmann. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: LEGO Moonbase | January 30, 2008
Today's obsession: The shared standard "Moonbase" for the LEGO building-block toy company, created by a passionate builder so that other passionate builders can hook their unrelated creations together at weekend conventions. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Central Iron Works," by Mike Innocenzi | January 30, 2008
Today's photo: "Central Iron Works," by Chicagoan Mike Innocenzi. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: EveryBlock.com | January 29, 2008
Today's obsession: The new info-rich neighborhood-news aggregation site EveryBlock.com, now working for the cities of Chicago, New York and San Francisco. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Jason Regan | January 29, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Californian Jason Regan. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Regeneration and Wrigley," by "Stephen S" | January 24, 2008
Today's photo: "Regeneration and Wrigley," by Milwaukee-based Flickr member "Stephen S." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "dewy," by Jessica Leigh | January 23, 2008
Today's photo: "dewy," by South Carolinian Jessica Leigh. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Lines," by Danny Putrus | January 22, 2008
Today's photo: "Lines," by Chicago artist Danny Putrus. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by "¢am β" | January 21, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Winnipeg-based Flickr member "¢am β." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Evening," by "lamiller1963" | January 18, 2008
Today's photo: "Evening," by the mysterious Flickr member "lamiller1963." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Walk the Line," by James Marsh | January 17, 2008
Today's photo: "Walk the Line," by London-based James Marsh. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "a quiet street in rogers park on a snowy new year's eve," by "deep blue skies" | January 15, 2008
Today's photo: "a quiet street in rogers park on a snowy new year's eve," by Chicago Flickr member "deep blue skies." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Auksinis-sniegas," by Julius Narkunas | January 14, 2008
Today's photo: "Auksinis-sniegas," by Lithuanian artist Julius Narkunas. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Protagonize.com | January 10, 2008
Today's obsession: The collaborative "Choose Your Own Adventure" style literary website, Protagonize.com. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Road construction," by Amy Strass | January 10, 2008
Today's photo: "Road construction," by Chicagoan Amy Strass, a photographer who's been featured here before. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Revolution," by Amanda McCracken | January 9, 2008
Today's photo: "Revolution," by Washington-state resident Amanda McCracken. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Urban Snowfall," by Thomas Anderson | January 8, 2008
Today's photo: "Urban Snowfall," by Chicago college student Thomas Anderson. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "monroe," by "wvallen" | January 7, 2008
Today's photo: "monroe," by Chicago doctoral student "wvallen." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Carey Primeau | January 4, 2008
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chicago urban-architecture photographer Carey Primeau. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: The Open Architecture Network | January 3, 2008
Today's obsession: The non-profit Open Architecture Network, in which a series of smart builders around the world openly share plans for affordable sustainable constructions, from third-world villages to disaster camps and more. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "on Francisco b/t Wellington & Nelson," by Andrew Ciscel | January 3, 2008
Today's photo: "on Francisco b/t Wellington & Nelson," by Midwestern nomad Andrew Ciscel. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "under tree, drinking tea," by Mel Vyvyan | January 2, 2008
Today's photo: "under tree, drinking tea," by Wisconsin Flickr member Mel Vyvyan. | Read entire entry

Personal essay: The Year in Books, 2007 | December 31, 2007
Today, CCLaP's look at the year in books for 2007; not a look at the entire industry, of course, but rather the 50 or so books I personally got to read and review this year, including new synopses of the ones I found the best. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Day 72: Decidingly Subded," by "Luca of Lollibomb" | December 28, 2007
Today's photo: "Day 72: Decidingly Subdued," by Flickr member "Luca of Lollibomb," uncoincidentally the owner of beauty-supply company Lollibomb. | Read entire entry

Congratulations to Nathan Rabin and his "Year of Flops" | December 27, 2007
Today, a small fan entry about a group that usually gets nothing but criticism, the 800-pound indie gorilla The Onion; specifically, an entry about how much I loved Nathan Rabin's essay series "My Year of Flops," which is just about to end its remarkable run. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "day42/light scar," by "Bryan" | December 27, 2007
Today's photo: "day42/light scar," by Flickr member "Bryan." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Afterworld | December 21, 2007
Today's obsession: The new online "vertical science-fiction project" Afterworld, which not only uses multiple media to tell its story but also to distribute its content. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by "a n g e l a" | December 21, 2007
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Flickr member "a n g e l a." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: The Bowery Boys | December 20, 2007
Today's obsession: The New-York-centric podcast "The Bowery Boys," co-hosted by Tom Meyers and Greg Young; Greg and I, in fact, are old college-radio buddies from our '90s University of Missouri days. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Batty," by " I.C.SillyPeople" | December 20, 2007
Today's photo: "Batty," by mysterious Flickr member "I.C.SillyPeople." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 19: Author Ben Tanzer | December 18, 2007
Today's episode: An interview with Chicago writer Ben Tanzer, author of the coming-of-age novel "Lucky Man," specifically on the trials and tribulations of being a working day-to-day artist in a large Midwestern city. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Steve Ibsen, AKA "G-Shack" | December 18, 2007
Today's obsession: College student Steve Ibsen (aka "G-Shack"), creator of one of the silliest online guilty pleasures of recent memory, the instantly addictive "Kitty Cat Dance." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Spitzer Telescope podcast | December 17, 2007
Today's obsession: The new high-definition podcast for NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, showing off the latest infrared images combined in an engaging slideshow style. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "wells st. bridge," by Andy Marfia | December 17, 2007
Today's photo: "wells st. bridge," by Chicago photographer Andy Marfia. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Danny Putrus | December 14, 2007
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chicago photographer Danny Putrus. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Toghaus | December 14, 2007
Today's obsession: Chicago t-shirt company Toghaus, which among other things sells shirts representing each and every one of the 144 train stations of the city's transit system. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: 11 Dec 2007 | December 11, 2007
Simple links to interesting things I've come across on the web in the last day or two, for December 11, 2007. | Read entire entry

Yet more interestingness: An explanation | December 11, 2007
Today, announcing a new type of blog entry that will start getting published here -- a daily roundup of interesting stuff I come across on the web, otherwise known as a "link blog." Click through for more on how I compile this list, and what software I use. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 18: All Music Special | December 10, 2007
Today on the podcast: It's been a cold and snowy week here in Chicago, hence this all-music episode, aka "I didn't feel like going out in the snow and cold and getting an interview done this week." Seven indie-rock bands featured! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "massive," by Jimmy Walker | December 10, 2007
Today's photo: "massive," by Chicago photographer Jimmy Walker. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "or white?" by Jon Beardsley | December 7, 2007
Today's photo: "or white?," by Flickr member Jon Beardsley. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Monitor Mix | December 5, 2007
Today's obsession: The new National Public Radio blog "Monitor Mix," written by former Sleater-Kinney guitarist and current "ThunderAnt" comedian Carrie Brownstein. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: Untitled, by "Fozzie" | December 5, 2007
Today's photo: Untitled, by Chicago Flickr member "fozzie." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Movable Type 4 | December 3, 2007
Today's obsession: The newest version of content management system Movable Type, the "engine" behind many popular blogs, including CCLaP's. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Flight," by Bob Long Jr | December 3, 2007
Today's photo: "Flight," by Chicago photographer and fisherman Bob Long Jr. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Uptown weed," by Amy Strass | November 30, 2007
Today's photo: "Uptown weed," by Chicago-based Amy Strass. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: IWantSandy.com | November 29, 2007
Today's obsession: The new cutting-edge "Sandy," personal-assistant software that works through plain-language messages, sent through email or SMS or Twitter notes to a central AI database. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "newspapers," by Renzo Borgatti | November 29, 2007
Today's photo: "newspapers," by Chicago-area photographer Renzo Borgatti. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 17: Musician Ken Kase | November 28, 2007
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: A special St. Louis edition, featuring a talk and lots of songs from an old friend of mine, musician Ken Kase. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Ferran Nogués | November 28, 2007
Today's photo: Untitled, by Catalan photographer Ferran Nogués. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Moi," by Matteo Fava | November 26, 2007
Today's photo: "Moi," by Italian photographer Matteo Fava. | Read entire entry

Announcing the CCLaP winter project: Gilbert & Sullivan | November 21, 2007
Now that it's winter and I'm doing a lot less bicycling and exercising here in Chicago, I've decided that it's time to take on an extended research project in the arts. This winter's research subject is Gilbert & Sullivan; click through for a lot more. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "High-Roller.," by "Sand Between My Toes" | November 21, 2007
Today's photo: "High-Roller.," by an Idaho-based photographer known at her Flickr account as "Sand Between My Toes." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 16b: Public Radio International's Jesse Thorn | November 20, 2007
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: Part 2 of my extra-long talk with Jesse Thorn, host of Public Radio International's "The Sound of Young America." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: Untitled, by Susanna Bedohazy | November 20, 2007
Today's photo: Untitled, by the mysterious Susanna Bedohazy, which I'm only assuming at this point was taken in Egypt. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 16a: Public Radio International's Jesse Thorn | November 19, 2007
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: Part 1 of my extra-long talk with Jesse Thorn, host of Public Radio International's "The Sound of Young America." | Read entire entry

Field report: Erato Chamber Orchestra at the Chicago Cultural Center | November 19, 2007
Today, photos and a report from the inaugural concert of Chicago's new Erato Chamber Orchestra, dedicated to the showcasing of experimental and minor orchestral work, held down at the Chicago Cultural Center in the Loop. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "School grounds," by "Eric" | November 19, 2007
Today's photo: "School grounds," by Sussex (UK) Flickr member "Eric." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: LostAtEMinor.com | November 16, 2007
Today's obsession: The highly addictive pop-culture journal LostAtEMinor.com. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "beautiful people," by Charlie Cravero | November 16, 2007
Today's photo: "beautiful people," shot in Chicago by Italian photographer Charlie Cravero. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "purple line," by "yenna" | November 15, 2007
Today's photo: "purple line," by Chicago Flickr member "yenna." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: MoleskineCity.com | November 14, 2007
Today's obsession: The new notebook/guidebook hybrid experiment "City Notebook" from Moleskine, and the information-packed website supporting the project. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "No Reason at All," by Seth Anderson | November 14, 2007
Today's photo: "No Reason at All," by Chicago photographer and marketing consultant Seth Anderson. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 15: Split Pillow's Jason Stephens | November 1, 2007
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: A 20-minute talk with Jason Stephens, founder of the Chicago film organization Split Pillow, a group that helps underground filmmakers finish and distribute their experimental projects. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 14: Author Elizabeth Crane | October 22, 2007
Today's episode: A half-hour conversation with Chicago writer Elizabeth Crane, author of the story collections "When the Messenger is Hot" and "All This Heavenly Glory." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Rsizr | October 15, 2007
Today's obsession: The free online image resizer application "Rsizr..." which, by the way, also has an intriguing cutting-edge resizing algorithm you can play with too. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Windows," by Amy Strass | October 15, 2007
Today's photo: "Windows," by Chicago-based Amy Strass. | Read entire entry

Field report: "Petersburg" screening at Chicago Filmmakers | October 9, 2007
Today, photos and thoughts from my recent screening of the low-budget political thriller "Petersburg," produced by a great filmmaking non-profit in Chicago named Split Pillow. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Metra Train," by Merrick Brown | October 9, 2007
Today's photo: "Metra Train," by Chicago-based Merrick Brown. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 13: Reading Under the Influence | October 8, 2007
Today's episode: An eight-minute video report from the fun monthly drunken Chicago literary event "Reading Under the Influence." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Utata | October 8, 2007
Today's obsession: The thousands-strong photography community Utata, born from the ambitions of a highly active Flickr group. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Outrunning the Sea," by Brian Krummel | October 8, 2007
Today's photo: "Outrunning the Sea," by Pittsburgh-based Brian Krummel. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "billboard city," by Andy Marfia | October 5, 2007
Today's photo: "billboard city," by Andy Marfia. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! | October 4, 2007
Today's obsession: The National Public Radio humorous game show "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!," which I'm probably the last intellectual in America to actually learn about. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Blue Sky," by M.Réza | October 4, 2007
Today's photo: "Blue Sky," by experimental photographer M.Réza. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Wilson Avenue L Station, Chicago, 1988," by "Genial23" | October 2, 2007
Today's photo: "Wilson Avenue L Station, Chicago, 1988," by Flickr member "Genial23." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 12a: Filmmaker Joe Swanberg, part 1 | October 1, 2007
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: Part 1 of my recent interview with Chicago filmmaker Joe Swanberg, one of the more well-known of the so-called "mumblecore" filmmakers getting so much attention these days. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Eric Wenger | October 1, 2007
Today's obsession: Eric Wenger, not only the brains behind the U&I Software company and their series of tools for artistic professionals, but also the creator of lots of short films highlighting the ways the software can be used. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Illumination?," by "Hanifa824" | October 1, 2007
Today's photo: "Illumination?," by Flickr member "Hanifa824." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: The Yamagato Fellowship | September 28, 2007
Today's obsession: The Yamagato Fellowship, a cool fake "viral" website created to support the NBC cult hit "Heroes." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Noto," by "pamperoloco" | September 28, 2007
Today's photo: "Noto," by Italian Flickr member "pamperoloco." | Read entire entry

Mumblecore: A friendly beginner's guide | September 27, 2007
Today, finally, part 1 of CCLaP's mini-feature on Chicago filmmaker and "mumblecore" pioneer Joe Swanberg. Here, a gentle introduction to Swanberg's work, and a detailed look at what the hell mumblecore is anyway, including lots and lots and lots of online samples. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Layer Tennis | September 27, 2007
Today's obsession: The new live design competition "Layer Tennis," produced and sponsored by Chicago-based design firm Coudal Partners. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: Chicago00516, by Eduardo Angel | September 27, 2007
Today's photo: "Chicago00516," by Brooklyn-based Eduardo Angel. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Song-of-the-day podcasts | September 26, 2007
Today's obsession: Song-of-the-day podcasts, which simply deliver what the title promises. Click through for a better explanation, the reasons why I love such podcasts so much, and links to my six favorites. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Lot Light 2," by Ed Luschei | September 26, 2007
Today's photo: "Lot Light 2," by Madison, Wisconsin agronomy professor Ed Luschei. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Metaplace | September 25, 2007
Today's obsession: The new virtual-reality interface "Metaplace," by revered industry veteran Raph Koster; if it works like he claims, it could very well forever change the way we look at persistent distributed virtual realities online. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "The beautious side of Idaho Burning," by "capitalist_b" | September 25, 2007
Today's photo: "The beautious side of Idaho Burning," by Flickr member "capitalist_b." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: ThunderAnt | September 24, 2007
Today's obsession: Online video comedy troupe "ThunderAnt," which just happens to be comprised of former Saturday Night Live comedian Fred Armisen and former Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein. Yeah, I know! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: Lightshow, by Jesse Crockett | September 24, 2007
Today's photo: "Lightshow," by Seattle-based (I think) Jesse Crockett. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by "orseolo" | September 17, 2007
Today's photo: "Untitled," by the mysterious "oseolo" at Flickr. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall," by "TechnoAtheist" | September 14, 2007
Today's photo: "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall," by Chicago-based "TechnoAtheist." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Nerve Video | September 14, 2007
Today's obsession: The very naughty Nerve Video, featuring dozens upon dozens of smart, dirty online videos from very good-looking nerds. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: HBO Voyeur | September 12, 2007
Today's obsession: The surprisingly cutting-edge (but still troubled) online/cable-TV hybrid project "HBO Voyeur." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Mélancolie," by Clara L. | September 12, 2007
Today's photo: "Mélancolie," by Montreal-based Clara L. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Julie & Jackie | September 11, 2007
Today's obsession: The Los Angeles comedy duo Julie & Jackie (Julie Klausner and Jackie Clarke), who have lots and lots of free and very funny online video available for your downloading pleasure. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "gas," by Genevieve Renee | September 11, 2007
Today's photo: "gas," by southern Californian Genevieve Renee. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 11: Uptown Writers Space | September 10, 2007
Today on the CCLaP Podcast: An interview with Julie Saltzman and Susan Karp, co-founders of the Uptown Writers Space in my Chicago neighborhood, along with an "audio tour" of the facilities supplemented with still photos. Click through to listen and see for yourself. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: DAVE School | September 10, 2007
Today's obsession: the Digital Animation & Visual Effects (or DAVE) School in Orlando, Florida, which offers its students a real-world project to work on at the end of every school year (and a page of free downloads for the public of all projects completed). Click through for more! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by Brian Heiser | September 10, 2007
Today's photo: "Untitled," by Chicago-based Brian Heiser. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 10: PursueThePassion.com's Brett Farmiloe | September 4, 2007
Today's episode: A talk with Brett Farmiloe, founder of the intriguing creativity/business website PursueThePassion.com. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: The Midwest Teen Sex Show | September 4, 2007
Today's obsession: The funny and frank new "Midwest Teen Sex Show" podcast. | Read entire entry

Gridhopping: Jon Brouchoud's "Reflexive Architecture" | August 31, 2007
Today, the first in a new series of reports here, concerning cutting-edge artistic experiments going on within the virtual world of Second Life. Here, real-life architect Jon Brouchoud, who has been creating what he calls "reflexive architecture" in the Grid -- buildings that change based on interaction from its visitors. Click through for a lot more. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 09: The Brew N View | August 27, 2007
Today's episode: A three-minute video tour of the infamous Brew N View (held at Lakeview's Vic Theatre at Belmont and Sheffield), wherein recent movies are shown on a giant screen and liquor sold as well, and audience members encouraged to drunkenly shout at the films. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: BookSwim.com | August 27, 2007
Today's obsession: New "Netflix for books" service BookSwim.com. Pay a flat fee per month, check out a certain amount of books, which are shipped for free and which you can ship back for free. Good service? Bad? Check this entry's comments for more! | Read entire entry

The new Star Trek fan movie is here! The new Star Trek fan movie is here! | August 24, 2007
Fun news for Star Trek fans: The newest episode of the fan series "New Voyages" is now finished and online, starring none other than George Takei ("Sulu") from the actual original series. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 08: FearlessRadio's Scott Ridgway | August 22, 2007
Today: An interview with an old friend of mine named Scott Ridgway, a writer and on-air personality at online radio station FearlessRadio.com, along with a "soundscape" audio tour of their downtown facilities. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Bird Cinema | August 10, 2007
Today's obsession: The deceptively simple BirdCinema.com, which simply features user-submitted videos of birds around the world with a well-working and fast onscreen interface. Surprisingly addictive! | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: "The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai" | July 25, 2007
Today's obsession: The 2005 Japanese postmodern porn film "The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai," one of a growing amount of smart modern "pink films" to come out of that country these days. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Day 155" by Sean Tierney | July 25, 2007
Today's photo: The self-portrait "Day 155," by Scotland-based Sean Tierney. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: Untitled, by "saraaar!" | July 24, 2007
Today's photo: Untitled, by the mysterious woman known online only as "saraaar!" | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Vermin on the Mount | July 24, 2007
Today's obsession: The Los Angeles literary showcase "Vermin on the Mount," organized by award-winning writer Jim Ruland in the heart of LA's Chinatown. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 05: Greater Wealth Productions | July 23, 2007
Today: A five and a half minute interview with GW Welsh of the multimedia production company Greater Wealth, shot at a recent fundraiser at Lakeview's Spot6 nightclub. Also includes footage of Chicago writer Kate Cullen, Indiana cartoonist Andrew Dimitt, and Georgia band The North And South, plus the visual artwork of "Corey." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Dystopian Paradise," by Matt Sabo | July 23, 2007
Today's photo: "Dystopian Paradise," by Chicago-based photographer and biological engineer Matt Sabo. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Ascension," by "ClaraL13" | July 20, 2007
Today's photo: "Ascension," by the mysterious Flickr member "ClaraL13." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "alone into alone 0001," by "Eugenia" | July 18, 2007
Today's photo: "alone into alone 0001," by a Moscow-based photographer known online only as "Eugenia." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 04: The Harold Washington Library Center | July 16, 2007
Today's episode: A four-minute video tour of the Harold Washington Library Center -- not only the central branch of the entire Chicago Public Library system, but also the largest public library on the planet according to the Guinness Book of World Records. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Ken Levine | July 16, 2007
Today's obsession: Veteran television screenwriter Ken Levine (M*A*S*H, Cheers, Frasier), who maintains a great daily blog about the "Hollywood machine." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "The stillness of thought," by Fadil Elmansour | July 16, 2007
Today's photo: "The stillness of thought," by Chicago-based musician and architect Fadil Elmansour. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 03: The Dollar Store Show's Jonathan Messinger | July 9, 2007
Today's episode: A four-minute video interview with Jonathan Messinger -- host of the monthly literary event "The Dollar Store Show," co-founder of small press Featherproof, and Books Editor of "Time Out: Chicago." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled," by 'palmea' | July 9, 2007
Today's photo: "Untitled," by a woman known online only as 'palmea.' | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: The Elm Creek Quilts saga | July 9, 2007
Today's obsession: The author-led media empire "Elm Creek Quilts," by Madison-based Jennifer Chiaverini. Click through to see all the ways this quilting lover has turned an accidental success into a full-time living. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "30-June-2007," by James P. Berry | July 6, 2007
Today's photo: "30-June-2007," by North London-based James P. Berry. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Small Dogs Press | July 6, 2007
Today's obsession: Self-publisher Susan Sabo of Small Dogs Press, who has sadly decided to pack things in; but not before offering to send off the remainder of her inventory for free to anyone who wants a copy. Click through for all the details. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Tim Goodman | July 5, 2007
Today's obsession: Tim Goodman, television critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "- < -," by Sergio Recabarren | July 5, 2007
Today's photo: "- < -," by Santiago (Chile) based professional photographer Sergio Recabarren. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Deep Blue," by Michiel Schipper | July 4, 2007
Today's photo: "Deep Blue," by Amsterdam-based Michiel Schipper. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Brenda Staudenmaier | July 4, 2007
Today's obsession: Erotic postmodern photographer (and new Flickr friend) Brenda Staudenmaier. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: The Chicago Library adult summer reading program | July 3, 2007
Today's obsession: the Chicago Public Library system's new summer reading program for adults, the first year in the library's history it's tried such a thing. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Holocaust Memorial," by Adam M.B. | July 3, 2007
Today's photo of the day is entitled "Holocaust Memorial" and is by Adam M.B. Adam is from Madison, Wisconsin, and refers to himself as an amateur photographer and more serious woodworker; the particular memorial we're seeing here is located... | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 02: GapersBlock.com's Andrew Huff | July 2, 2007
Today, episode 2 of the CCLaP Podcast: a four-minute video interview with Andrew Huff, editor-in-chief of Chicago arts-and-entertainment website GapersBlock.com. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: KarmaCritic | July 2, 2007
Today's obsession: "KarmaCritic," a new online video-sharing site and ongoing contest, started by a whole bunch of angry former contestants and fans of the Fox reality show "On The Lot." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Player Vs Player | June 29, 2007
Today's obsession: The hilarious online comic strip "Player Vs Player." | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Power and the Glory," by David Storey | June 29, 2007
Today's photo: "Power and the Glory," by London-based photographer David Storey. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: QuickMuse | June 28, 2007
Today's obsession: The cutting-edge website QuickMuse, which literally records poets composing new poems in real time, so that you can watch the creative process yourself later. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "The Triplets of Kenmore," by Mike Innocenzi | June 28, 2007
Today's photo: "The Triplets of Kenmore," by Chicago-based office worker Mike Innocenzi. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Madness" by "Sandra" | June 27, 2007
Today's photo: "Madness," by London-based non-profit administrator "Sandra." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: The Sound Of Young America | June 27, 2007
Today's obsession: The public-radio interview show and popular podcast "The Sound Of Young America." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Podcast 01: Literago launch party | June 25, 2007
Welcome to the new CCLaP Podcast! Today, episode 1: a two-minute video report from the recent launch party for Chicago literary website Literago.org. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Jessica Smith | June 25, 2007
Today's obsession: East-coast conceptual poet and self-publisher Jessica Smith. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Sears Tower" by Cheryl Lemanski | June 25, 2007
Today's photo: "Sears Tower," by Chicago-based travel writer Cheryl Lemanski. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "stair," by Jennifer Brown | June 22, 2007
Today's photo: "stair," by Chicago-based professional photographer Jennifer Brown. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: YesButNoButYes | June 22, 2007
Today's obsession: The smartly-written pop-culture blog "YesButNoButYes." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: The 1982 Knoxville World's Fair | June 21, 2007
Today's obsession: the 1982 world's fair in Knoxville, Tennessee. Yeah, I know, I'm not sure why I've been obsessing on this lately either. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Calligraphie," by Emma Viguier | June 21, 2007
Today's photo: "Calligraphie," by French photographer and model Emma Viguier. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: "Duchess" chess rival | June 20, 2007
Today's obsession: "Duchess," a board game from Australian computer professor Alan Blair, which both simplifies and makes more complex the original game of chess, so that groups of people can play together at once. Free download! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Chicago (blur #2)," by Christian Gates St-Pierre | June 20, 2007
Today's photo: "Chicago (blur #2)," by Montreal photographer Christian Gates St-Pierre. | Read entire entry

And this is why I no longer play Second Life | June 20, 2007
Okay, not really, but you should check out this hilarious real-world parody of Second Life anyway, embedded in the main entry courtesy YouTube. Click through to watch. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "downsky," by Balogh Attila | June 19, 2007
Today's photo: "downsky," by Hungarian artist Balogh Attila. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: The Millions | June 19, 2007
Today's obsession: The already well-known (in certain circles) literary-criticism blog "The Millions." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Cross-Media Entertainment | June 18, 2007
Today's obsession: Christy Dena's "Cross-Media Entertainment" blog, which takes an intellectual look each day at the various ways entertainment projects are hopping across different mediums and formats. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled" by Ryan Hunn | June 18, 2007
Today's photo of the day: "Untitled," by Manchester (England) DJ and music-industry administrator Ryan Hunn. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "beach_path," by Mark Wisniowski | June 15, 2007
Today's photo: "beach_path," by Chicago-based professional photographer Mark Wisniowski. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Helvetica (the movie) | June 14, 2007
Today's obsession: The new documentary "Helvetica," examining both the history of "the world's most perfect font," and the various ways it's been used over the decades. Opening tomorrow in Chicago, with the filmmaker on hand too! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "241," by W Vallen | June 14, 2007
Today's photo: "241," by Chicagoan W Vallen. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Good Night," by Pierluigi | June 13, 2007
Today's photo: the self-portrait "Good Night," by Italian photographer Pierluigi. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Chicago st" by Jovan J. | June 12, 2007
Today's photo: "Chicago st," by Flickr member and professional video editor Jovan J. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: The Independent Film Channel blog | June 12, 2007
Today's obsession: The staff blog for the Independent Film Channel, a cable network devoted to small and artsy movies. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Sears Tower @ 70th Floor," by Leif Johnson | June 11, 2007
Today's photo: "Sears Tower @ 70th Floor," by Chicago-based magazine editor and history doctorate Leif Johnson. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: David Louis Edelman revisits "Lord of the Rings" | June 11, 2007
Today's obsession: Science-fiction author and Campbell Award nominee David Louis Edelman, who at his blog this week revisits the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy in book form for the first time since seeing the Peter Jackson film versions. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: moleskinerie | June 9, 2007
Since I mentioned my Moleskine blank notebook in a previous entry today, I thought I'd also take the time to mention moleskinerie, a fantastic blog maintained by the company that manufactures the notebooks. It is in fact one of... | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Steampunk Star Trek | June 8, 2007
Today's obsession of the moment -- a fan-made, turn-of-the-century, silent-movie version of Star Trek. Rock! | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "A Disappearance on Wacker Drive," by Jonathan Lurie | June 8, 2007
Today's photo of the day -- "A Disappearance on Wacker Drive," by Chicago-based Jonathan Lurie. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: PSST! Pass It On... | June 7, 2007
Today's obsession of the moment: "PSST! Pass It On..." an ongoing experimental animation series, curated by designer Bran Doughterty-Johnson. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Untitled" by Jan Kretschmer | June 7, 2007
Today's photo of the day: "Untitled," by Munich-based photographer and architectural student Jan Kretschmer. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: City Creator | June 6, 2007
Today's Obsession of the Moment is the online game/design challenge "City Creator," kind of like SimCity but just the fun "actually creating the city" part, designed as a fun diversion by designers and programmers Denise Wilton and Cal Henderson. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "Jasmine off the beaten path," by "rip_curled" | June 6, 2007
Today's photo of the day -- "Jasmine off the beaten path," by Flickr member "rip_curled." | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: kuler | June 5, 2007
Today's obsession -- the free online color-scheme application "kuler," created and maintained by Adobe, makers of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and others. | Read entire entry

Photo of the day: "eyes in the sky," by Andy Marfia | June 5, 2007
Today's photo of the day -- "eyes in the sky" by Chicagoan Andy Marfia. | Read entire entry

Obsession of the moment: Sunset Gun | June 4, 2007
Today, a profile of film critic Kim Morgan, LA Weekly contributor and author of the movie blog "Sunset Gun." | Read entire entry