Monthly Archive: October, 2012

The Radix, by Brett King @ Joe Bob Briggs

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If you liked “the Da Vinci Code” or similar books involving conspiracies and ancient artifacts, “The Radix,” by Brett King may be the book for you.

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Translation Tuesdays: The Kindly Ones, by Jonathan Littell

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These remarks will be classified in The Critic’s Notebook. Unlike a more tightly constructed and formal book review, these notes will possess a larval nature: impressionistic, half-formed, spontaneous.

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Podcast Dreadful, Episode 9 of 12

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Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it’s episode 9 of A Podcast Dreadful, the center’s 12-part serial-fiction audiobook anthology taking place every Monday this autumn. Today’s episode includes: “Steamhouse,” part 9 of 12, by… Continue reading

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An Interview with Joan Frank

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I recently reviewed Joan Frank’s Make It Stay, a story of love and loss set in North California wine country. In the interview, we talk about the writing process, unreliable narrators, and the volatility of literary taste.

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Podcast Dreadful Episode 8 of 12

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Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it’s episode 8 of A Podcast Dreadful, the center’s 12-part serial-fiction audiobook anthology taking place every Monday this autumn. Today’s episode includes: “Steamhouse,” part 8 of 12, by Davis Schneiderman; “The Pool,” part 4 of 8, by Jim Ruland; “The Gothickers,” part 8 of 12, by Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack; “The Preacher Man,” part 5 of 6, by Jason Fisk; and “Dr. Lazarus Faust and the Anarchist Masquerade,” part 8 of 12, by Karl Wolff.

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CCLaP Fridays: On Being Human: The Trilogy, by Samuel Beckett

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This week in the CCLaP series “On Being Human,” Karl Wolff analyses Samuel Beckett’s groundbreaking “Trilogy,” where the famed avant-garde writer sought the essence of what it is to be human by stripping away the setting, plot, and characters of three small novels in a row.

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Translation Tuesdays: Firefly, by Severo Sarduy

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Karl Wolff reviews Firefly by Severo Sarduy (release date, March 2013), a writer praised by Roland Barthes, for his verbal richness and dreamlike evocation of pre-Castro Cuba.

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Podcast Dreadful Episode 7 of 12

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Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it’s episode 7 of A Podcast Dreadful, the center’s 12-part serial-fiction audiobook anthology taking place every Monday this autumn.

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Podcast Dreadful @ Quimby’s … now with video clips!

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Video clips from the CCLaP Podcast Dreadful series held at Quimby’s Bookstore in Wicker Park, Chicago.

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CCLaP Fridays: The Passage of Power, by Robert Caro

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This week I review “The Passage of Power,” Robert Caro’s 4th volume in his epic biography of Lyndon Johnson.

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