Photo of the day: “film,” by La fille renne

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Today’s photo of the day is entitled “film,” and is by French photographer La fille renne (Flickr | Instagram | Facebook | Tumblr | website). To nominate a photo of the day yourself, drop us a line at cclapcenter@gmail.com; or see our Flickr favorites page and Instagram account for all the online images we’ve recently liked.

Jason Pettus is the owner of CCLaP, and a former novelist, slam poet and travel writer. During the day he is a front-end software developer within the Chicago tech startup community. Goodreads | LibraryThing | Twitter | Instagram | Letterboxd
Photo of the day: “b Katinka, 24,” by Ian Allaway

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Today’s photo of the day is entitled “b Katinka, 24,” and is by British photographer Ian Allaway (Flickr | Instagram | Facebook | website). To nominate a photo of the day yourself, drop us a line at cclapcenter@gmail.com; or see our Flickr favorites page and Instagram account for all the online images we’ve recently liked.

Jason Pettus is the owner of CCLaP, and a former novelist, slam poet and travel writer. During the day he is a front-end software developer within the Chicago tech startup community. Goodreads | LibraryThing | Twitter | Instagram | Letterboxd
Photo of the day: Untitled, by Le Cercle Rouge

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Today’s photo of the day is untitled, and is by French photographer Le Cercle Rouge (Flickr | website). To nominate a photo of the day yourself, drop us a line at cclapcenter@gmail.com; or see our Flickr favorites page and Instagram account for all the online images we’ve recently liked.

Jason Pettus is the owner of CCLaP, and a former novelist, slam poet and travel writer. During the day he is a front-end software developer within the Chicago tech startup community. Goodreads | LibraryThing | Twitter | Instagram | Letterboxd
Photo of the day: Untitled, by J Biochemist

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Today’s photo of the day is untitled, and is by photographer J Biochemist (Flickr). To nominate a photo of the day yourself, drop us a line at cclapcenter@gmail.com; or see our Flickr favorites page and Instagram account for all the online images we’ve recently liked.

Jason Pettus is the owner of CCLaP, and a former novelist, slam poet and travel writer. During the day he is a front-end software developer within the Chicago tech startup community. Goodreads | LibraryThing | Twitter | Instagram | Letterboxd
CCLaP and Ben Tanzer celebrate 2017 National Hide A Book Day in the Chicago Loop!

I’ve been on book-nerd social network Goodreads.com since they started, which means that I’m celebrating my tenth anniversary with them right now even as the site celebrates ten years of being open; and among the celebratory events they’ve been planning this year, they recently partnered with British organization The Book Fairies to create essentially a new informal national holiday, “National Hide A Book Day” each September 18th.

CCLaP thought it’d be fun to participate in this year’s observance; so armed with a backpack full of copies of local author Ben Tanzer‘s 2015 story collection with us, The New York Stories, yours truly ran around this morning from the northern extreme edge of the Loop to the southern extreme edge, zigzagging back and forth and putting in a total of four miles on my feet, hiding* copies of the book at various downtown Chicago landmarks. [*I didn’t hide them very well.]

You can see all the drop-off points in the gallery, also listed by location below. To see all the various books hidden around the US today, search social media for the hashtags #ibelieveinbookfairies, #hideabookday and #goodreadsturns10. I hope these copies made it into the hands of ten enthusiastic readers (and of course, if you are one, make sure to tag your own social media about it with @cclapcenter and @bentanzer), and I’m looking forward to an even bigger and more extensive Hide A Book Day in 2018!

See @cclapcenter and @bentanzer celebrate #hideabookday 2017, celebrating #goodreadsturns10 Click To Tweet

Locations:
Michigan Avenue Bridge
The Bean
The Chicago Theater
State of Illinois Building
Picasso Sculpture in Daley Plaza
City Hall
Chagall “Four Seasons” mosaic
Calder Sculpture at Mies Van Der Roe’s Federalist Plaza
Harold Washington Public Library
Little Free Library, Buena and Marine in the Uptown neighborhood (where I live)

Jason Pettus is the owner of CCLaP, and a former novelist, slam poet and travel writer. During the day he is a front-end software developer within the Chicago tech startup community. Goodreads | LibraryThing | Twitter | Instagram | Letterboxd
Photo of the day: Untitled, by Chambershines

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Today’s photo of the day is untitled, and is by Chicago photographer Chambershines (Flickr). To nominate a photo of the day yourself, drop us a line at cclapcenter@gmail.com; or see our Flickr favorites page and Instagram account for all the online images we’ve recently liked.

Jason Pettus is the owner of CCLaP, and a former novelist, slam poet and travel writer. During the day he is a front-end software developer within the Chicago tech startup community. Goodreads | LibraryThing | Twitter | Instagram | Letterboxd
Photo of the day: “Santa Monica, California, US,” by Tiberio Frascari

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Today’s photo of the day is entitled “Santa Monica, California, US,” and is by Italian photographer Tiberio Frascari (Flickr). To nominate a photo of the day yourself, drop us a line at cclapcenter@gmail.com; or see our Flickr favorites page and Instagram account for all the online images we’ve recently liked.

Jason Pettus is the owner of CCLaP, and a former novelist, slam poet and travel writer. During the day he is a front-end software developer within the Chicago tech startup community. Goodreads | LibraryThing | Twitter | Instagram | Letterboxd
Photo of the day: “Greenhouse #2,” by Chris Ngbrx

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Today’s photo of the day is entitled “Greenhouse #2,” and is by Swiss photographer Chris Ngbrx (Flickr). To nominate a photo of the day yourself, drop us a line at cclapcenter@gmail.com; or see our Flickr favorites page and Instagram account for all the online images we’ve recently liked.

Jason Pettus is the owner of CCLaP, and a former novelist, slam poet and travel writer. During the day he is a front-end software developer within the Chicago tech startup community. Goodreads | LibraryThing | Twitter | Instagram | Letterboxd
Book Review: Sip, by Brian Allen Carr
Sip, by Brian Allen Carr
Sip
By Brian Allen Carr
Soho Press
Reviewed by Jason Pettus

Of all the kinds of bizarro novels that one can write, Brian Allen Carr’s Sip is an example of my favorite kind, because it has an actual three-act plot that goes from a recognizable beginning to middle to end, unlike so many other bizarro books that are essentially written-out versions of cartoons, just one random outlandish vision strung after another with no narrative thread holding them together. That said, though, I still found myself with a short tolerance for Carr’s manuscript, one of those kinds of books that’s much more interested in being poetic than in telling a truly great story.

The central premise is that one day the human race wakes up to discover that they can now not only “drink shadows,” but that it produces a better high than any other drug yet invented; the narcotic mania swiftly becomes a global panic and then apocalypse, destroying civilized society as out-of-control addicts knock out power grids and enslave entire populations in order to chase the purest high possible, the shadows of humans as given off by the light of the moon. Our story, then, takes place 150 years later, in an America that’s now been transformed into a kind of post-apocalyptic “working wasteland;” as we follow the misadventures of the teenage Mira (who now has a psychic connection to forest animals from all the shadow-bits she’s stolen from them), her addict friend Murk, and a man named Bale who has recently been exiled from the safe but harshly regimented domed cities that dot the landscape, where diffuse lights from all directions produce no shadows at all.

#BrianAllenCarr's #Sip is not a bad bizarro novel at all, although it'll still grate some Click To Tweet

It’s certainly not bad as far as all this stuff goes, with prose that resembles Cormac McCarthy in its rough-edged poetry; but with a storyline that floats this much out in the ether of beautifully strange unbelievability, it’s hard to stay attached to any of the characters or care much about what happens to them, knowing as we do with these kinds of stories that there’s always a random chance of a magic fairy floating in and making everything right again. A book more to be experienced than read in a traditional sense, your enjoyment of Sip will depend directly on how much you can align your mindset with Carr’s when he was writing it, destined to be a wonderfully delicate surprise for some and a head-scratching disappointment for others.

Out of 10: 8.0, or 9.0 for fans of extra-literary bizarro fiction

Read more about Sip | Official site | Amazon | Goodreads | LibraryThing | Wikipedia |

Jason Pettus is the owner of CCLaP, and a former novelist, slam poet and travel writer. During the day he is a front-end software developer within the Chicago tech startup community. Goodreads | LibraryThing | Twitter | Instagram | Letterboxd
Photo of the day: “blur baby blur,” by Mark Lange

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Today’s photo of the day is entitled “blur baby blur,” and is by American-in-Sweden photographer Mark Lange (Flickr | Twitter | Facebook | website). To nominate a photo of the day yourself, drop us a line at cclapcenter@gmail.com; or see our Flickr favorites page and Instagram account for all the online images we’ve recently liked.

Jason Pettus is the owner of CCLaP, and a former novelist, slam poet and travel writer. During the day he is a front-end software developer within the Chicago tech startup community. Goodreads | LibraryThing | Twitter | Instagram | Letterboxd