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..


Lauren Mayer: "Voter Fraud is (Still) a Fraud''



Lauren Mayer is a singer/songwriter/pianist who writes comedy songs about everything from Supreme Court decisions to the Kardashians. She proudly supports leftist causes including equal pay, reproductive choice, fair minimum wage, addressing climate change, and marriage equality.
Note: Check out Lauren's CDs, including her latest, "If My Uterus Were A Gun (And Other Musical Rants From The News)" - available at "" as well as on iTunes and Amazon. Her website is She's on Twitter at @laurenscomedy
Lauren's podcasts are on IndieMediaWeekly.

From YouTube:

Once again, fraudulent claims of voter fraud to fraudulently justify voter suppression have fraudulently turned this suburban Jewish mother into a fraudulent blues singer (talk about your sematic satiation!)


Who knew an issue I'd mentioned 2 years ago would still be a problem?, so I've updated my song from back then.

From Lauren's email to me:

Some politicians are trying to make it harder to vote by recycling the same old myth about voter fraud, so I'm recycling the gist of a song I did on the subject 2 years ago, and updating it (as well as borrowing from one of my own songs, in true Andrew Lloyd Weber style).


Your Weekly Upchucks: Shocking Religion News by Author @KCBoyd3



K. C. Boyd, is the author of Being Christian - A Novel,: A black comedy guaranteed to take you on a wild and frightening ride deep into the dark side of the religious right. It is available on Amazon in multiple formats.

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 June 14, 2015

Abortion, Contraception And Women’s Issues


  • #NoBrainer Americans United wants school to stop field trips to creationist museum
  • #Nope An Indiana school district told a student to ‘get along’ with his coaches when he objected to Christian prayers
  • #FastTrackToDoom: Idaho Republicans: Public schools should use the Bible as a science and law textbook
  • #MuchIsTheMatterWithKansas Creationist Group: Kansas Schools Are Indoctrinating Students into Atheism by Teaching Them ‘Science’
  • #TheDumbingOfAmerica The Bible v. the Constitution Politicians, school boards, principals, and teachers are pushing creationism on kids
  • #DestroyingChildrenOneDayAtATime Florida teacher believes she did nothing wrong by outing girl and asking boy if he’s gay

Fifty Shades Of Stark Raving Mad

  • #OffTheDeepDeepEnd Owners of non-kosher cell phones banned from prayer roles
  • #BrainLeak Pat Robertson: Comfort grieving mom by saying God stopped her dead baby from becoming next Hitler
  • #PlaysTheNaziCard Pastor Fears America Will Start Exterminating Christians, Nazi-Style
  • #BuhByeSeeYaWouldntWannaBeYa Utah Politician Won’t Eat Until The State Bans Same Sex Marriage

If Media’s The Message

  • #ManipulativeKaKa Racist anti-choice billboards now targeting Black communities in #Atlanta
  • #YouCanWantButYouCantHave Family Research Council spokesman wants to recruit LeBron James to be a Religious Right leader
  • #HoistedOnHerOwnPetard Sarah Palin goes after the “lame stream media” that is Fox.
  • #LandsARagin Richard Land warns that the new “Lucifer” TV show is evidence that Fox is “being influenced by satanic forces”
  • #ConflatingInsanity Radio host Michael Savage: gay U.S. soldiers and ISIS terrorists are really “two sides of a coin”

Israel, End Times And John Hagee

  • #SingHallelujah Megachurch Pastor Greg Laurie Says Rapture Next Event on End Times Prophetic Calendar
  • #RippedFromTheGoodBook End Timer predicts that Russia Will Invade US As God’s Judgment ‘For Becoming A Land Of Sodomites’
  • #YawnSigh End Times alert: Franklin Graham blames Last Days on gays and Obama, Cal. GOPer blames drought on abortion rights


  • #NowhereToRun Franklin Graham Urges Boycott of Wells Fargo for Featuring Same-Sex Couple in Ad
  • #PornosTinFoilHat Peter LaBarbera Encourages Callers Who Speculate The Government & Gay People Are Intentionally Spreading HIV
  • #SchadenfreudeRulesTheDay Franklin Graham Drops Bank Over LGBT Rights Stance, Joins Bank That’s Sponsoring A Pride Event
  • #CrikeyCreepers Christian ‘ex gay’ group hit with £100,000 bill over banned bus ad
  • #BlowinInTheWind Clayton, NC Pastor Speaks Out About Discriminatory Marriage Law
  • #MichiganBlue Michigan GOP lawmakers send antigay ‘religious refusal’ adoption bills to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk
  • #TalibanY’All Pastors Pledge Civil Disobedience If Supreme Court Redefines Marriage
  • #GearingUp Two states passed anti-LGBT bills this week–and the Supreme Court hasn’t even ruled on marriage equality yet
  • #LandOfInsanity Richard Land warns that gays have seized “cultural icons” like the military, Boy Scouts & Disney

Lies And Propaganda

  • #ElectionThiefInChief Ken Blackwell: Response To Gay Marriage Decision On Par With 9-11, Civil War
  • #GodsBattlefield The inescapable paradox of American Christian fundamentalism
  • #SingHallelujahTheEndIsNear! Rick Joyner warns that a SCOTUS ruling legalizing gay marriage will be a “trial run” for the Mark of the Beast:
  • #MileysBugUpKensArse Ken Ham in a snit over ‘Sexual Perversion’ After Pop Star Calls Belief in Noah’s Ark ‘Insane’

Military – Crusaders In Our Midst

  • #OopsTheyDidItAgain Chaplain violated Army rule in promoting book
  • #OopsHeDidItAgain Pat Robertson Calls Mikey Weinstein “One Little Jewish Guy” … AGAIN

Politics Nation

  • #EatingTheirOwn Fox host hammers Santorum for trying to muzzle the pope on climate change To what purpose? Must be to elevate whoever they think has the best chance against Hillary.
  • #LetTheGamesBegin Lindsey Graham: The GOP Tent Is Big Enough For Caitlyn Jenner
  • #WhereDidOurLoveGo? Huckabee Camp Says Removal of Duggars From Website Was Planned; ‘It Will Be Up to Them’ If They Join Campaign Trail
  • #GeezLouise Huckabee Stands By ‘Commonsense’ Transgender Locker Room Joke
  • #OnTheRag Scott Walker says he’d consider a constitutional amendment allowing states to ban same-sex marriage
  • #WhoLetTheAirOutOfFrothysFroth? Rick Santorum finds only one voter waiting at Iowa campaign event, warns her about gay marriage
  • #DukingItOutForTheBase Scott Walker Drafts a Home-Schooled Army
  • #NeedsToBeOuted Lindsey Graham Says He’ll Have A ‘Rotating First Lady’ If Elected President
  • #Huckajesus ‘Stunned & Shocked’ by Media ‘Exploitation’ of Christian Duggar Family
  • #Pedophiles4Mike Mike Huckabee has a brand new child molester problem — the co-author of his
  • #QuietlyBornAgain John Kasich joins 2016 GOP presidential candidates at corrupt Ralph Reed’s Religious Right summit
  • #ThumbsDownOnFrothy: Rick Santorum Vows to Fight Supreme Court to Keep Gays Oppressed
  • #LittleBobbyGiveItUp Bobby Jesus Jindal to participate in SC prayer rally this weekend
  • #ButFirstHeGotOffOnThem Dennis Hastert kept file sliming “homosexuals” as child molesters
  • #PanderWhore Jebya clarifies remarks on stigma attached to kids born out of wedlock.
  • #PanderGraham Graham has made it clear he doesn’t expect [the 20-week ban] to be passed into law.”
  • #PanderNation Jebya is chasing the 2016 evangelical vote (just like he said he wouldn’t.)

Religion Gone Mad Gone Bad

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • #SCROTALWorries Sen. Mike Lee says SCOTUS marriage decision could disrupt entire “constitutional order”
  • #FreedomFROMWorship Senator Rebukes DHS for Suggesting Freedom of Religion Is Only Freedom to Worship
  • #ScareMongeringOfTheGOPKind Churches Could Be Forced To Close If Supreme Court Rules For Same-Sex Marriage
  • #BlameItOnTheGaysSigh California Assemblywoman: Drought Represents God’s Wrath Over Abortion
  • #KingsASickPuppy Steve King On Sex Abuse Scandal: ‘The Only Victim Here Is Denny Hastert’
  • #CryUsARiver North Carolina Lt. Gov. says the only people facing marriage discrimination are Christians
  • #This.Happened. Marco Rubio And Five Members Of Congress Voted For Florida’s ‘Scarlet Letter’ Adoption Bill


  • #FamilyValuesAShowin ‘Christian’ school board candidate held on $15 million bail for attempting to have wife murdered
  • #PraiseJesus Duggars’ 15 minutes is over: They’re ‘on life support and the plug is going to be pulled’
  • #ItsAboutRepressionStupid Did Jim Bob Duggar admit that fundamentalist families have a sibling molestation problem?
  • #SadSoVerySad. Josh Duggar’s Sisters, Jill and Jessa, Says Entire Family Has Forgiven Him; Lash Out at In Touch’s Parent Company as ‘Major Porn Provider’
  • #OfficerKrupke!!! Catholic cops involved in cover-up of child abuse by priests
  • #DoneInByThePenisHouse Hillsong church drops controversial US preacher Mark Driscoll from conferences
  • #ButOfficer ‘Wicked’ Seventh-day Adventist jailed for inflicting two-year reign of terror on her niece
  • #WheresOliviaPopeWhenYouNeedHer Watching the Duggar daughters defend brother Josh was like another truly creepy religion
  • #PlainUpchuckery 5 Most Appalling “Christian” Defenses of Duggars
  • #IfItQuacksLikeADuck Warning over bogus ‘miracle cure’ sold by Genesis II Church
  • #DownForTheCount GOP’s Hastert: The Little Boy Version of Cosby; More People Come Forward
  • FiftyShadesOfHypocrisy Looking at Dennis Hastert’s Secret Gay ‘Misconduct’ in Light of His Terrible Voting Record on Gay Rights
  • #TailBetweenHisLegs Josh Duggar Moving Back to Arkansas, Hires Kate Gosselin’s Bodyguard
  • #LinkedInSin The Duggar PR Crisis Is Being Handled by Huckabee’s Political Adviser
  • #YeahWhy? Why Are Christian Conservatives Remaining Silent About the Dennis Hastert Affair?
  • #CouldaWouldaShoulda Under Arkansas law, if Josh had been forced to register as a sex offender, Jim Bob and Michelle would not have been allowed to homeschool their if he’d stayed in their home.
  • #WhenAbuseIsTheNorm “Like Duggar girls, I wasn’t aware I was being abused… I didn’t understand what was happening”
  • KnockKnockKnockinOnJimBobsDoor What goes around: Duggar Family Reportedly Under New Investigation By Arkansas Department Of Human Services
  • #EvenTheHomeschoolersShunYa Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar pull out of homeschool conference in light of new investigation Science Or Not
  • #DrJekyll Meet The Doctor Social Conservatives Depend On To Justify Anti-Transgender Hate
  • #EverHamheaded Creationist Ken Ham freaks out at Miley Cyrus topless photos: ‘The origin of clothing is in Genesis’
  • #RunningScared Republicans’ leading climate denier tells Pope Francis to butt out of climate debate
  • #StickItFrothy Angry US Republicans tell Pope Francis to ‘stick with his job and we’ll stick with ours’

Supremes And Lower Courts

Theocracy Rising





The Book Booth: Happy Bloomsday 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: Happy Bloomsday Edition

Despite the fact that Google spellcheck doesn't like how I spelled Bloomsday, the anniversary of Leopold Bloom's trek around Dublin on June 16th 1904 is upon us. So grab yourself a gorgonzola sandwich, pour yourself a glass of burgundy and if you happen to be in Dublin, stop into Davy Byrne's pub to celebrate.  #Bloomsday

The summer season is fast approaching with the solstice but days ahead. With that in mind those of us lucky enough to live near large bodies of water can head out to the beach with lotions and books at hand. Bustle has these recommendations for good beach reading. I can't say I'm familiar with any of these titles, but then again, I'm old.
Beach Reading Suggestions

For those of us who'd prefer literary titles, MentalFloss collected these favorite books by well-known authors. Scroll past the Ayn Rand, whom they feature first as she wouldn't have known good literature from a hole in the ground. The rest of them are good. Who knew that Samuel Beckett loved Catcher in the Rye?
What Books Do (or Did) Famous Authors Recommend?

Then there are the stories about the glamorous and not so glamorous in Hollywood. Author Michael Friedman, whose novel Martian Dawn was recently republished, had these novels of Tinseltown on his personal list of the best over at Publishers Weekly. Of course both The Last Tycoon and Day of the Locust are must reads.
10 Best Tinseltown Novels

The New York Times Book Review recently had this short interview with Stephen King. Asked about some of his favorite non-fiction writers, I was pleased to see him name Rick Perlstein, author of some very fine modern American histories, Nixonland and The Invisible Bridge. And I was taken by his selection of Don Robertson as his numero uno novelist.
Stephen King's Favorite NonFiction Writers

You know what modern novels lack? A good duel. I'm sure there is plenty of fisticuffs in today's fiction, but no ten paces, turn around and fire stuff. So it's good to see James Guida at the New Yorker discuss the swashbuckling duels in literature.

Not too long ago, I noted here that Kazuo Ishiguro had recently published a new novel, his first in years, The Buried Giant, and that it contained elements of fantasy. Apparently the book has stirred a bit of controversy among fantasy novel fans and brought out the issues of genre. So at The New Republic, Neil Gaiman and Ishiguro recently discussed the notion of genre and what it means for the literary writer.
What is 'Genre'?

In other book news, the successor to Charles Wright as US Poet Laureate was announced this week. He is the poet Juan Felipe Herrera, author of such collections as Half of the World in Light and Senegal Taxi. I salute the former UCLA Bruin and hope he enjoys his tenure.
New US Poet Laureate is Former UCLA Bruin! is no stranger to legal probes and the behemoth gets some more scrutiny as European Union regulators will soon examine its dealings in e-readers. NPR reports here.
Amazon and the European Union Antitrust Probe

I know I can be fairly obsessive about books and so can my wife. But I guess I'd really start worrying if either of us displayed any of these symptoms of serious book collecting from this amusing list provided by the New Antiquarian.
How Are Serious Book Collectors Different From You and Me?

Have a splendid weekend my book loving friends and please let us know what books you are enjoying on an early summers day.