Your micro-review roundup: 30 June 2010
Today, short reviews of three books recently read: The poetically delightful "Water Ghosts" by Shawna Yang Ryan, the unfortunately unreadable "Pen of Iniquity" by Deno Sandz, and the surprisingly good but still pretty silly "World Made by Hand" by "peak oil" doom-n-gloomer James Howard Kunstler. Posted on by Jason Pettus 
Justify My Netflix: Surrogates
Today's movie: 2009's "Surrogates," based on the 2006 graphic novel I've also reviewed in the past, which is the second sci-fi actioner I've seen this month to feature a surprisingly smart script and extra-subtle and hence extra-powerful special effects. Posted on by Jason Pettus 
Justify My Netflix: Avatar
Today's movie: James Cameron's "Avatar," which now upon my second viewing (I also saw it in the theatre) makes its plodding, insultingly simple storyline just that much more nakedly obvious, not to mention its Rudyard-Kipling-style accidental backwards "noble savage" racism. We should all be ashamed of ourselves. Posted on by Jason Pettus 
CCLaP Podcast 57: June Music Special
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. Posted on by Jason Pettus 
Naughty Netflix: Emmanuelle
Today in CCLaP's "Naughty Netflix" series on explicit mainstream films: It's the surprisingly complex 1974 countercultural classic "Emmanuelle," which not only spawned dozens of sequels but virtually kickstarted the entire "softcore" adult industry as we now know it. You're welcome, late-night cable! Posted on by Jason Pettus