The Book Booth: The Sweetest Sounds Edition



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The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. @SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore here, as well as a brick and mortar storefront mini-store in Hoquiam, WA at 706 Simpson Ave (Route 101 South). Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

The Book Booth: The Sweetest Sounds Edition

Sunday marks the 113th birthday of one of the most dominant persons of the American musical stage during the 20th century, Richard Rodgers. Rodgers was very attuned to the world of books. He and his lyricist Lorenz Hart adapted John O'Hara stories for their production of Pal Joey. And nearly all of Rodgers collaborations with Oscar Hammerstein had sources in books, including Oklahoma and Carousel (both based on stage plays), South Pacific, The King and I, Flower Drum Song and The Sound of Music. So a big Happy Birthday to Richard Rodgers.

Rodgers did encounter stiff resistance to the song Carefully Taught in South Pacific; both he and Hammerstein were resolute in keeping the song in the show. But banning songs and books is still part of the anti-intellectual stream among some Americans. Interestingly, over at 538, they couldn't find what book was the most banned in America. The reasons why are explained here.
Banned Books in America

One of the victims last week in the Charleston shootings was librarian Cynthia Hurd. So it was fitting and fine that the Charleston County Council stepped up and renamed the library she worked at for her.
Librarian Cynthia Hurd, Charleston Shooting Victim

I've noted in previous posts the problems David Brooks had with the "facts" in his latest opus, The Road to Character. Other similar problems have shown up now in some other works, prompting to wonder when publishers will start using fact checkers. And it seems some are now.
It's High Time Publishers Used Fact Checkers!

The novelist Milan Kundera has recently published a novella, The Festival of Insignificance, which has received atrocious reviews. How do we deal with a bad book by a great writer? Colton Valentine tackles the question over at HuffPo.
When Good Writers Write Bad Books

Miguel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote, and father or the modern novel, lived a life full of romance and excitement. Yet his remains are buried underneath a Spanish convent. NPR explains how this came to be here.
Cervantes's Final Resting Place

Yes, opening lines are important. Marley was dead. Call Me Ishmael. We remember them, if we remember nothing else about the book. Buzzfeed has come up some fifty plus of the greatest of the opening lines in literature.
Opening Lines of Great Books

I guess it comes as no shock that Powells Bookstore in Oregon is regarded as one of the best. So no wonder, then, that the Guardian has listed it as THE best bookstore in the world! It certainly has quite the inventory. From OregonLive.
Powells: The Best Bookstore in the World

Literature can inspire other kinds of artists to new heights. The folks at QuirkBooks recently listed their favorite top ten love songs based on good books. I was happy to see Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights on that list, a song about as haunting and eerie as the novel itself.
10 Love Songs Based on Good Books

I leave you now to a great weekend, filled with books and reading. And with great music. Here from Richard Rodgers musical, ground-breaking for its time, No Strings with Diahann Carroll and Richard Kiley singing The Sweetest Sounds.

Also...from South Pacific...'You've Got to Be Carefully Taught'


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A musical salute to the candidate who doesn't understand the Neil Young song he used without permission (and who is God's gift to comedians!)


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The Weekly Upchuck June 21, 2015

Abortion, Contraception And Other Women’s Issues

Begin The Crusades


Fifty Shades Of Hate

  • #UncleTom Black pro-gun pastor, E. W. Jackson, tells Fox: ‘Hate crime’ means shooter is prejudiced against ‘biblical views’ — not race
  • #ForTheLoveOfGod 30 of the Most Violent Exhortations from the Bible, Torah and Quran
  • #HittingBottom Sandy Rios of The American Family Association: Obama ‘Enjoyed’ Charleston Shooting
  • #EwwwwJackson Fox News pastor EW Jackson links gay people to #CharlestonShooting, says they created anti-Christian climate
  • #OilySickSlick Texas Oil Exec Stops His Car to Punch a Gay Pedestrian Unconscious

Fifty Shades Of Lies And Propaganda

  • #OrkinMan Tom DeLay fears martial law is coming, hails Cliven Bundy over armed standoff
  • #OrkinRedux Tom DeLay pledges to defy the “ten” justices on the Supreme Court over marriage equality
  • #FalseFlag Lindsey Graham downplays race after black church shooting: People ‘looking for Christians to kill them’
  • #Goebbelesque Why (Racist) Conservatives Only Talk About ‘Religious Liberty’ Re Charleston

Fifty Shades Of Stark Raving Mad

  • #PropheticPoop Apparently, American Pharoah’s Triple Crown is a prophetic sign that Christians are poised to take over the culture
  • #NastyRacistAssholes NRA board member blames Charleston shooting deaths on pastor’s vote against guns in churches

If Media’s The Message

  • #HasHeReadTheBible? Fox pundit warns of polygamy if marriage laws aren’t based on ‘scripture’
  • #TheComfortOfHate Ray Comfort has a new movie coming out aimed at helping Christians defend their “convictions about homosexuality and gay marriage.”
  • #MarxistInTheFOXhole Fox host freaks out over ‘Marxist’ Pope Francis: He is ‘the most dangerous person on the
  • #SavageIgnoramus Michael Savage: Pope Francis Like False Prophet ‘Directing Mankind To Worship The Antichrist’
  • #AmberGrainsOfHomophobia Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson furious about the LGBT “freak show,” Caitlyn Jenner’s transition
  • #HereATrollThereATroll Houston man trolls airwaves with anti-gay ads
  • #DoocyDoozer Fox’s Steve Doocy: In the wake of Charleston, we must arm our pastors and priests.- it’s an attack on Christians
  • #TruthBusters Fox News contributor dismisses claim that #CharlestonShooting was racial hate crime, says it’s about abortion rights

Israel, End Times And Hagee

  • #SpawnOfBill Anne Graham Lotz says gay marriage is Satanic and pushing the world into the End Times
  • #BecauseEndTimes Greg Laurie on Israel and End Times Prophecy: ‘America Needs Israel More Than Israel Needs America’
  • #DanceWithTheirDevil Israeli schools are using a Bible curriculum designed by Hobby Lobby’s team of Evangelical scholars
  • #WakeUpDiaspora! Israel’s Religion Minister: ‘Reform Jews Are a Disaster to the Nation’
  • #ComeOneComeAllAndJoinTheApocalyse When it comes to inciting a clash of civilizations, no one trumps the fundie Xtians
  • #BeginTheEnd Israel Church Set Ablaze in Possible Jewish Extremist Attack
  • #UppingTheAnte Netanyahu refuses U.S. request to disavow Michael Oren’s claims Obama abandoned Israel

LGBT Issues

  • #BoycottLouisiana Bobby Jindal will not be deterred: Standing firm against SSM
  • #WhatAFeteItWillBe 175,000 Pledge To Party If Anti-Gay Australia Couple Divorces Over Same-Sex Marriage
  • #WhyAreThereSoManySongsAboutRainbows? Homophobic “Christian” Threatens to Call Police On Widow
  • #InTheirFaces Baltimore Woman Vows To Make Her ‘Relentlessly Gay’ Yard Even Gayer After Homophobic Note

Politics Nation

  • #BatsInHisBelfry Greg Gianforte, aspiring Republican governor of Montana, urges college students to reject policy that favors savings plans and retirement options because, like Noah, Christians have “an obligation to work” until they are hundreds of years old
  • RememberThis? Jebya Tells Pamela Geller He Will ‘Trust His Brother’ to Deal With the ‘Islamic Threat’
  • #PureFroth Rick Santorum says he will fight a court ruling for gay marriage as part of “protecting children”
  • #BringsToMindPedophileForHuckabee Rick Santorum asked about child molestation, answers by boasting about his opposition to gay marriage
  • #PartyOfFools Why Bush, Rubio Can’t Quit the Radical Right
  • #SprigOHate FRC’s Peter Sprigg cannot support Donald Trump in his run for president because Trump invited Catilyn Jenner to be a judge at the Miss USA Pageant.
  • #BecauseTheyVote If US nones are growing, why does the Republican campaign often feel like a revival meeting?
  • #BecauseGOP Why Do Republican Officials Keep Partnering With Christian-Nation Extremist David Lane?
  • #LovesGlocksHatesHumanity Huckabee: If Only Somebody in That Prayer Meeting Had a Concealed Carry…
  • #RacistToTheMarrow Lindsey Graham: The Confederate flag is “part of who we are” in South Carolina — even if “it’s a racist symbol”
  • #NeverForget Jeb Bush Brags About Interfering In Schiavo Case At Conservative Conference
  • #HawkALoogie Huckabee: ‘One Racist Lunatic’ Doesn’t Mean The Confederate Flag Is Problematic
  • #RacistPedophileLovingPig Huckabee: South Carolina Can’t Be Racist Because They Elected Haley And Scott
  • #BigFrothyPussy Rick Santorum won’t say if he thinks the Confederate Flag should come down. His opinion is that he should keep his mouth shut and look the other way. Rick Santorum is a coward.

Religion Gone Mad Gone Bad

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • #HotMess GOP Rep. Jody Hice claims that secularism breeds Big Government, divorce, crime and gang violence
  • #StateElectionsMatter Michigan lawmaker Gary Glenn wants school officials held criminally liable for teaching students about homosexuality
  • #AndHeNeverWIll Iowa’s Governor Branstad is the only man in the state who can authorize payment for an abortion He’s never done so.

  • #PersistenceAndTheLongGame Michigan Republicans Cindy Gamrat & Todd Courser introduce bills setting the stage for “RFRA for Marriage”
  • #GoodChristianManspeak Bobby Jindal Attacks President Obama’s Gun Violence Comments As ‘Completely Shameful’
  • #RacistPigs Mike Huckabee, Lindsey Graham and Rick Perry have all defended states flying the Confederate flag
  • #RememberPencesFolly IBM Punishes Louisiana For Governor’s Anti-Gay Executive Order


Science/History – - Or Not

  • #TangledUpInMiley Creationist Ken Ham on Miley Cyrus’ sex life: If evolution is true, why not involve an animal?
  • #Truthbomb The Founders Loathed Superstition and We Were Never a Christian Nation
  • #Boom! How Pope Francis just destroyed the GOP’s religious con artists

Theocracy Rising

  • #WontStand Michigan And North Carolina Republicans Enact Un-Constitutional Theocratic Laws
  • #AntiAmerican Matt Staver: Christians Must Stand Their Ground, ‘Disobey’ Unjust Laws Limiting Religious Freedom
  • #WhatsNext?TheGuillotines? When the Creation Museum is named a ‘top workplace,’ we’re in trouble
  • #TheocracyRisen Sen. James Lankford will receive the D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship’s Distinguished Christian Statesman Award at a ceremony on Capitol Hill
  • #GameOn Southern Baptists declare ‘spiritual warfare’ on Supreme Court with resolution denying marriage authority
  • #BiblicalLaw Texas GOPers Take Anti-Constitutional Position on Supreme Court and Marriage
  • #GrandOldPukes NH GOPers demand RNC official shut up or resign after learning she supports gay marriage
  • #TheocracyAlert Jeb Bush Says Catholic Dogma Trumps US Government
  • #GohmertsTheocraticPile Louie Gohmert tells the Supreme Court: Jesus’ law more important than constitutional law



The Book Booth: Fathers Day Edition



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The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. @SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore here, as well as a brick and mortar storefront mini-store in Hoquiam, WA at 706 Simpson Ave (Route 101 South). Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

The Book Booth: Fathers Day Edition

Happy Fathers Day to all you good dads out there. This year we have both Fathers Day and the summer solstice on the same day, which must mean something profound, though what that may be, escapes me. In any event, Happy Summer and do something fun with your ol' man.

I know I've indulged many a time, book vacations abroad. Which are totally great, if you happen to have the time and the money. But summer is also a great time to get outdoors and commune with nature. Bustle has some good recommendations, including Dharma Bums, to take along in your backpack.
Backpack Reading Worth Its Weight

Speaking of old Beats, NPR recently caught up with poet and bookseller, Lawrence Ferlinghetti. At age 96, he seems to be going strong, still writing and still generous with his time.
Interview with City Lights Publisher Owner Lawrence Ferlinghetti

A bit younger than Ferlinghetti, Anne Roiphe, only 79 years of age, has been writing novels for fifty years. Always a well-regarded author, her work has not received the attention it should. Here she reflects on what those many years of writing have taught her.
Anne Roiphe: Lessons From 50 Years of Writing

Summer movies! There are a ton of them, or at least so it seems to me. And many are based on books. This years batch include two classics, Far From the Madding Crowd and Madame Bovary, both of which have had previous adaptations. Honestly, I've never thought Bovary to be a particularly cinematic read, but I'd be happy to be proven wrong. HuffPo has a list of eleven summer film adaptations here.
Films Adapted from Books On Your Movie Screens This Summer

The latest installment of the Jurassic Park enterprise has already become this year's mega-hit at the box office, earning nearly a bazillion dollars so far. There are, as Sarah Brown at Quirk reminds us, other classic books about man's encounters with the big lizards, including Arthur Conan Doyle's other hero, Professor Challenger who ventured off to The Lost World. Sadly, she does not feature my favorite, Syd Hoff's magnificent Danny and the Dinosaur.
Dinosaurs As Fiction Heroes

Good news for Neil Gaiman fans from the Starz network. Gaiman's American Gods has been picked up for serialization and it sounds like it's a go. I wont be surprised to see other adaptations be realized now that Game of Thrones has taken the television world to new and illustrious heights.
American Gods to be Serialized on Starz

Alas, Gaiman's graphic novel, The Sandman, along with three other graphic novels, were the subject of one student's attempt to have them "eradicated" from the syllabus in an English class at Crafton Hills College in California. Perhaps this young woman would be happier at Bob Jones University or Liberty College, where I'm sure these books are not among the assigned readings.
College Says No to Censorship

I've tried to imagine the work that goes into the graphic novel. Obviously, there is a lot of work from inception to finished product. Jonathan Case is an artist and author of the new graphic novel The New Deal. He discussed the making of the book here for Publishers Weekly.
How Do You Make a Graphic Novel?

And then there is the terror of the blank page. Here are some authors who faced the demon of writers block. Some of these authors never really got over it.
The Demon of Writers Block

Please do enjoy your weekend with lots of books. Give your dad a hug and buy him lunch. And give him a book he'll love..