The Book Booth: Deflation 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.

After last weekend, it would seem that the Packers were deflated spiritually and the Colts literally. In our little town, due to its proximity to the Big City, one can see that every other car, house and business sports a 12th man sign, which leads me to believe that the Seahawk roster exceeds the 53 person limit. But who's counting?

I suppose enjoying sports helps one to be a well-rounded person, though I would never claim it is essential. Apparently neither do the folks at BuzzFeed, who, in asking how well-rounded your book collection is, don't include sports as a qualification.
Book Collection Suggestions

If you aren't exactly well-rounded, you could become more interesting by reading some of the books Emily Temple suggests at Flavorwire.
Well-Rounded Book Collection Suggestions

If you wish to be interesting by being au courant, Jane Ciabattari over at the BBC suggests her top twelve novels of this current young century. And anything by Michael Chabon is well worth your time.
12 Novels of the 21st Century

Of late there has been a resurgence of interest in books about revolution and revolutionaries. Neel Mukherjee at the Guardian reviews the top ten books of the genre. I was happy to see Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent included. Go read it if you haven't before.
You Say You Want a Revolution?

Perhaps you're more in the mood for a good horror novel, but you've exhausted your Stephen King collection. Nick Cutter, author of very recently published novel entitled The Deep, suggests ten good horror novels that you may possibly be unaware of.
Got Horror?

Of course the first American master of the horror genre was Edgar Allan Poe. Ernest Hemingway contended that Mark Twain was the source from which modern American literature descended; Gore Vidal insisted it was Poe. (Poe was certainly very influential among the late 19th century French symbolist poets). I'd go with Herman Melville myself. Nevertheless, author Marilynne Robinson has written a very good appreciation of Poe at the New York Review of Books. I have not read Poe's late work, Eureka, but it sounds fascinating.
Edgar Allan Poe

Speaking of works that may seem obscure, I've never heard of William Hill Brown, or his novel The Power of Sympathy, which seems to be regarded as the first true American novel. I don't think I'm going to rush to the library to get a copy or anything, but Dan Piepenbring at the Paris Review gives it an overview.
The Power of Sympathy

If it were not bad enough that the NSA already knows my thoughts, it seems that publishers now have a source to tell them whether you have finished a book or not. Fortunately for me, I don't have an e-reader and have to make do with heavy tomes with paper pages. The rest of you may want to watch out though. Joseph Bernstein at Buzzfeed explains.
The NSA Knows When You've Been Sleeping, Knows When You're Awake, and Knows What You've Been Reading

Well my friends, have a most wonderful weekend, filled with books and words to cherish. Please let us know what books have you enthralled.


Bill Day: 'Martin Luther King'



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Lauren Mayer: 'Welcome Back Mitter'



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Deja vu all over again - Romney's return is worthy of a sitcom theme song

From Lauren's email to me earlier:

The 2016 campaign season is shaping up to be 'deja vu all over again' (and bonus points if you know the origin of that quote). So I couldn't resist a little musical nostalgia myself:


Your Weekly Upchucks: Shocking Religion News by Author @KCBoyd3



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She is the go-to blogger for religion, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state.  You can read her earlier posts on The Political Carnival here and more about who she is on her own website here


The Weekly Upchuck January 18, 2015

In honor and memory of my sweet, sweet dog, Reilly.

Abortion, Contraception And Other Women’s Issues




Fifty Shades Of Hate

If Media’s The Message


Israel, End Times And John Hagee

  • Foreign Policy Pukes: With Christian Fundamentalist encouragement, US Senate prepares new Iran sanctions bill, in hopes of scuttling deal.
  • Wrong Place, Wrong Toilet: Benjamin Netanyahu ridiculed over appearance at Paris solidarity march
  • Joe Blows: Former Dem, Joe Lieberman picks back up the Neo-con cudgel
  • Blah, Blah, Upchuck: Having recently apologized for calling President Obama anti-Semitic, John Hagee says it all over again.
  • Nous Vomissons: Minister: Expand settlements to absorb French immigrants
  • Call It Messianic Chuck: How Netanyahu’s Policies (and the alliance with John Hagee Are Fueling Anti-Semitism
  • Bienvenue To The World Of Upside-Down Upchuck: Israel wants to house French Jewish immigrants in the West Bank
  • Gett Thee To The Toilet: Israel, despite being a secular state, has no civil procedure for marriage/ divorce except the two differ in religious affiliations”


Fifty Shades Of Stark Raving Mad

LGBT Issues

Politics Nation

Religion Gone Bad Gone Mad

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • Hurling Into The 114th: Four New Anti-Choice Bills Introduced in U.S. Senate
  • When The Last Tree Dies, Upchuck: The Anti-Science Climate Denier Caucus: 114th Congress Edition
  • Cruz-ing While Hurling: Ted Cruz, on-record for denying climate change as well as having regularly pushed for govt cutbacks, appointed to oversee NASA in Congress
  • Tangled Up In Vomit: Gov. Bobby Jindal Says “We have tried everything and now it is time to turn back to God.”
  • The Lunatics In Charge Of The Asylum. Praise Be Upchuck: “The last 15 yrs, there has been no recorded warming” Ted Cruz, the newly appointed head of the Space, Science and Competitiveness Committee. You know, the one that funds NASA. The same NASA he vowed to defund.
  • Of Course They Hurl: House GOP Schedules Vote On A National Abortion Ban
  • Lurching Toward The Toilet. And Missing: Acting as both state senator & demon-hunting anti-gay exorcist, Klingenschmitt is proud to wear “two hats”
  • Wy-O-Wy Chuck? Wyoming bill would allow Christians to discriminate, sue over ‘oppression’ of gay marriage
  • Crimson Tide Of Vomit: Yes, in Alabama, a fetus can call witnesses to testify against its carrier



Science – Or Not

Supremes And Lower Courts

Theocracy Rising