Monthly Archive: September, 2013

CCLaP: “Sweet Thunder” by Ivan Doig and the upcoming release of “On Being Human,” by Karl Wolff

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Last week I reviewed “Sweet Thunder,” by Ivan Doig, about a newspaperman doing battle with a colossal mining company in Butte, Montana and details on my upcoming book of essays, “On Being Human.”

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The Ivan G. Goldman Interview

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In this interview, I talk with Ivan Goldman about our damaged and corrupt justice system, media scaremongering, and those annoying (and seemingly omnipotent) Koch brothers.

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80sSFF: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

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A series dedicated to examining the science fiction and fantasy films from 1979 to 1989. The series will investigate whether these films possess certain ineffable qualities missing from today’s films of the same genres. This time, “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

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CCLaP Fridays: The Early Parking Garages of San Francisco, by Mark D. Kessler

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This week at CCLaP Karl Wolff reviews, “The Early Parking Garages of San Francisco,” by Mark D. Kessler, an obscure topic that may reward a specialized type of reader.

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The Megapolitan Flaneur, Part 2: Making and Meaning

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In this installment of The Megapolitan Flaneur, I get a crash course in bookbinding from Jason Pettus, founder of CCLaP.

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I Don’t Know: In Praise of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn’t), by Leah Hager Cohen @ NYJB

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“I Don’t Know: In Praise of Admitting Ignorance (Except When You Shouldn’t),” by Leah Hager Cohen is a slim hardcover packs in plenty of information and does so in a way that entertains and enlightens. Like a Science Friday broadcast, one can read this short book during a couple of commutes.

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CCLaP Fridays: “In Thunder Forged: Iron Kingdom Chronicles (The Fall of Llael: Book One),” by Ari Marmell

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This week at CCLaP I review “In Thunder Forged: Iron Kingdom Chronicles (The Fall of Llael: Book One),” by Ari Marmell, an exciting RPG tie-in novel full of intrigue, set-piece battles, and steampunk mecha.

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The Megapolitan Flaneur: Part 1: Making the Literary Scene @ Quimby’s (9/5/13)

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The Megapolitan Flâneur is a series of short travel essays. These essays will focus on my trip to Chicago – September 4 – 6, 2013 – and what I experienced. Neither chronology or inventory, the essays will be reflective, free associative, and impressionistic.

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A Guide for the Perplexed: A Novel, by Dara Horn @ NYJB

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At the New York Journal of Books I describe Dara Horn’s newest novel, A Guide for the Perplexed as “. . . a nerve-wracking international thriller and a group portrait of individuals dealing with circumstances beyond their control.”

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Week in Reviews: Zbig @ NYJB and Trade @ CCLaP

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I review Zbig, an anthology about Jimmy Carter’s national security advisor, and Trade, a dystopian novel about the commodification of sex.

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