Monthly Archive: November, 2012

CCLaP Fridays: Squinting Over Water: Stories, by Mary Kennedy Eastham

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This week I review Mary Kennedy Eastham’s short story collection, “Squinting Over Water,” where characters have to come to terms with loss.

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Reviews in Brief: Werewolves and Other Shapeshifters in Popular Culture, by Kimberley McMahon-Coleman and Roslyn Weaver

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This book proves its usefulness in its good timing. Coleman and Weaver investigate the numerous pop cultural pieces here, analyzing how specific treatments reflect attitudes of society at large.

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Podcast Dreadful, episode 12 of 12

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Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it’s the conclusion 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 12 of 12, by Davis Schneiderman; “The Pool,” part 8 of 8, by Jim Ruland; “The Gothickers,” part 12 of 12, by Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack; “Cure,” part 4 of 4, by Ben Tanzer; and “Dr. Lazarus Faust and the Anarchist Masquerade,” part 12 of 12, by Karl Wolff.

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CCLaP Fridays Bonus: The Kickstarter Letters, by David David Katzman (not a review)

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What is The Kickstarter Letters?
Jason Pettus funded the entire print run of Katzman’s second novel, A Greater Monster, through a Kickstarter project.* As a reward, Katzman wrote each of his 128 contributors a stream-of-consciousness email or handwritten letter. This book is a signed & numbered handmade, hardback collection of 52 of those letters.

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On Being Human: “The Killer Inside Me,” by Jim Thompson

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In this week’s penultimate installment of “On Being Human,” Karl Wolff reviews Jim Thompson’s 1952 underground classic “The Killer Inside Me,” a book told from the perspective of a small town deputy sheriff from Texas who also happens to be a serial killer.

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Podcast Dreadful, episode 11 of 12

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Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it’s episode 11 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 11 of 12, by Davis Schneiderman; “The Pool,” part 7 of 8, by Jim Ruland; “The Gothickers,” part 11 of 12, by Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack; “Cure,” part 3 of 4, by Ben Tanzer; and “Dr. Lazarus Faust and the Anarchist Masquerade,” part 11 of 12, by Karl Wolff.

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The Christopher Bernard Interview

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I recently reviewed A Spy in the Ruins, by Christopher Bernard. I talk with him about the novel’s genesis, the writing process, and the need to maintain autonomy in public art.

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Podcast Dreadful, 10 of 12

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Today on the CCLaP Podcast, it’s episode 10 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 10 of 12, by Davis Schneiderman; “The Pool,” part 6 of 8, by Jim Ruland; “The Gothickers,” part 10 of 12, by Keith McCleary and Sophia G. Starmack; “Cure,” part 2 of 4, by Ben Tanzer; and “Dr. Lazarus Faust and the Anarchist Masquerade,” part 10 of 12, by Karl Wolff.

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CCLaP Fridays: The Cage, by Gordon Weiss

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This week at CCLaP, Karl Wolff reviews “The Cage” by Gordon Weiss, a former UN worker who writes about the human rights disaster of Sri Lanka in its battle with the Tamil Tigers.

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Democracy is not for the People, by Josef Kaplan @thethepoetryblog

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Are Michael Bay’s Transformers movies and the trend of using drones for assassination part of the same moral sickness?

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