The Book Booth: An Odds and Ends 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: An Odds and Ends Edition

It is certainly Autumn here in our little town. Storms moving in from the Pacific, as they will in November, with plenty of wind and rain to keep us entertained during the day. And excellent weather to sit down and enjoy some good books.

I can't say that I'm the biggest American Football fan around, but I follow it a little bit. So it was pleasant for me to learn that Andrew Luck, quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, is not only a reader, he reads good books and recommends them to his teammates. It's like their locker room is an extended book club.
The Andrew Luck Book Club

November is Native American Heritage Month and the staff at the Indian Country Today Media Network discusses some worthwhile books here. H/T to Seattle Tammy for finding this interesting link.
Native American Heritage Month Reading

I've mentioned recently that Patti Smith has a new volume in her memoirs, M Train, published this Fall. But she is not the only rock 'n' roller to have written a memoir. Among other pop stars with books out are Chrissie Hynde, Grace Jones, John Fogerty and Elvis Costello. Here are some brief descriptions of those autobiographies and they all look intriguing.
Pop Star Autobiographies

In the realm of literature, Vladimir Nabokov's biographer, Brian Boyd, recently helped edit the recently published Letters to Vera, a collection of the letters Nabokov wrote to his wife over a fifty year period. Here Boyd ranks his top ten Nabokov novels and I pretty much agree with his list. I'm not sure Pale Fire is "better" than Ulysses, but it is certainly one the greatest novels of the twentieth century.
Nabokov: Letters to Vera

I don't think Paul Theroux's The Mosquito Coast quite ranks up there with Nabokov or Joyce, but I liked the novel immensely when I read it many years ago. Theroux is still writing, with his latest work Deep South having been recently published. The New York Times Book Review caught up with him recently and offers this interview with the author.
The New York Times Interviews Paul Theroux

Calling Bill O'Reilly a historian is an insult to anyone who has taken up history as a profession. So it is much fun for me to see his right-wing colleagues take him to task, as George Will recently did over O'Reilly's opus Killing Reagan.
George Will on Bill O'Reilly's Killing Reagan

Pretty much confirming what most of us have thought since the Pinochet coup in 1973, the Chilean government now says that the poet Pablo Neruda was probably murdered by the army there and did not die conveniently from cancer as had been reported.
Pablo Neruda's Death - by Cancer or Assassination Squad?

Yes! Authors do shop at their local independent bookstores. Mental Floss featured 21 writers who talked about their favorite places here. H/T to Lucian for finding the link.
Writers' Favorite Independent Bookstores

I'm really terrible at memorizing phone numbers. I still have to look up the last four digits of my landline. Of course, I rarely call myself. But home addresses? Really? Here's a quiz to see if you know some of these literary addresses. I actually knew a couple of them.
Do You Know These Literary Addresses?

I've never commuted to work by subway, but I have ridden the bus for many years to and from work. I always got a lot of reading done that way. One time in Seattle, while riding home, I overheard two young women discussing characters from Djuna Barnes' novel Nightwood and remember thinking to myself, only in Seattle. Bustle offers some advice here on how to judge our fellow commuters from what they are reading.
Wondering Who Your Fellow Travelers Are? Check Out What They Read.

Have a pleasant weekend with many books, and with warm drinks to keep you cozy. And please do share with us what books you are enjoying!


Lauren Mayer: "Jeb Can Fix It"



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.
And be sure to listen to her podcast: "Musical Mayhem w/Lauren Mayer"
From YouTube

Here's a theme song for what sounds like a fun new kid's show!

From Lauren's email to me:

Twitter users have had a field day with Bush's ill-fated campaign reboot slogan, so you didn't think I could resist, did you? (Not only that, my 19-year-old son told me it was a hot subject and I should really write a song about it . . . . )


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 November 8, 2011

Abortion, Contraception And Other Women’s Issues

  • #ThisDoofusGraduatedMiddleSchool? Ben Carson Is Saying Stupid Things About Abortion—Again
  • #WomenBadgered There’s Now Only One Abortion Provider For Every Million Wisconsin Women
  • #WhenProLifeMeansProCancer Colorado County Nixes Funds for Planned Parenthood Cervical Cancer Program
  • #BecauseDuh Republican ‘Abstinence-Only’ Crusader’s 17-Year-Old Daughter Is Pregnant
  • #ScrotallyYours BREAKING: The Birth Control Wars Return To The Supreme Court
  • #WastingNoTime Kentucky House Republicans pre-file bill to end state funding for Planned Parenthood clinics


Education – Or Not

  • #BayouBlues Students in public school say Christianity is being forced on them.
  • #WhyAreWeStillHavingThisFight Holy war: Louisiana students fight Christian indoctrination at public high school

Fifty Shades Of Barking Mad

  • #WhatPlanetAreWeO?n Conservative Texas court to decide if homeschoolers can wait for the Rapture instead of teaching their kids

Fifty Shades Of Hate

  • #HoodedHate KKK leader found guilty of molesting girls: ‘I will always hate the Jew — and please vote for Trump!’
  • #TexasTwoStep It’s Legal Again to Discriminate Against Houston’s LGBTQ Community

If Media’s The Message

  • #InvestedinTheRapture Pat Robertson: God Will Kill Stock Market Because of ‘Sodomites’
  • #FoxBlows After Houston LGBT equality defeat, Fox’s Erickson Calls Transgender Americans “Perverts” And “Mentally Ill
  • #SlimySleazyHuckster Huckajesus: “When will Obama defend Christians and defeat radical Islam?

Israel, End Times And The Likes Of John Hagee

  • #ThinkAboutIt End Timers Tony Perkins, Ken Blackwell and Jerry Boykin tour #Israel w/messianic prophet Joel Rosenberg
  • #RapturousInvestment Over the years, John Hagee’s CUFI has raised some $95 million for Israel. Money talks, which is why he has so much influence with today’s political establishment.
  • #StayAwayFromOurForeignPolicy! End Times Prophet Joel Rosenberg and FRC’s Tony Perkins: “Appreciated time today w/@Tzachi_Hanegbi, chmn of Knesset’s Foreign & Defense Affairs Comm., discussing Iran threat.”
  • #OhMagog Politically connected End Timer Joel Rosenberg argues genocidal versions drive Iran/ISIS
  • #WrongKindOfJews Union for Reform Judaism Adopts Transgender Rights Policy
  • #WithFriendsLikeThese In a Faustian bargain, the leaders of today’s institutional Judaism hold their collective noses, supporting the lie that Christian Zionists like John Hagee have no desire to proselytize and convert them. In welcoming their dollars and ‘friendship,’ bringing on the Final war is really whatJudaism is buying into. If you don’t think such an alliance won’t ultimately increase anti-Semitism, think again. There will be a price to pay for Jews willing to partner with this despicable group of Far RW Conservatives, a politically powerful group that discourages and damages peace efforts n the Middle East at every turn, all the while purporting to love ‘Zion.’

Politics Nation

  • #SittingCongressman Rep. Randy Forbes tells his church that there is a massive & terrifying conspiracy afoot to destroy faith in America
  • #WhosTedsDaddy? Rafael Cruz “It is appalling in a city like Houston, right in the middle of the Bible Belt, we have a homosexual mayor.”
  • #LionsAndTigersAndTinfoil Rep Randy Forbes (R-VA) panics over anti-faith conspiracy so huge he can’t even prove it
  • #VotingMatters Texas Governor Tweets That Discrimination Is A ‘Texas Value’
  • #HasntworkedOutBefore Guatemala Elected an Evangelical Entertainer as Its New President
  • #FatherOfFrankenstein Rafael Cruz is giddy that David Barton is leading one of Ted Cruz’s super PACs because Barton “is a man of unquestionable integrity” and “a man that America highly, highly respects.”
  • #TwoByTwoAndOutOfMarbles Carson sees a political significance to Noah’s Ark
  • #YouAreTheCompanyYouKeep Texas GOP congressman and Kansas Sec. of State Kris Kobach address White Nationalist-tied group
  • #TheIrrepressibleKimmie Kim Davis Is Kentucky’s Governor Now
  • #LongTimeComin The GOP is a neo-Confederate party now: The South and the religious right have devoured the Republicans whole
  • #DumberThanDust Ben Carson: My ideas about creationism and pyramids are ‘not silly at all’ — they’re in the Bible
  • #SingeringOffKey? Marco Rubio’s views on gay rights don’t exactly mesh with his latest mega donor’s actions.
  • #BachmannCarsonOverdrive Carson” is, basically, this cycle’s version of Michele Bachmann, except instead of maxing out at one-sixth of the Republican electorate, like she did in the summer before the primaries, he’s running at the head of the pack—and much closer to the day when voters start stepping into the booth.”
  • #PantsOnFireComeUnzipped Ben Carson Admits He Lied About Inspirational West Point Story

Religion Gone Bad Gone Mad

  • #SubmitWoman! Arkansas Pastor On Reproductive Rights: A Woman Thinks ‘She Has Rights Over Her Own Body’ But ‘That’s Not True!’
  • #VileMan n Moscow visit, Franklin Graham praises “gay propaganda” law, saying gays need to “take other people’s children
  • #WeSeeTheFutureAndItsNotJesus Young Americans are becoming less religious — and anti-science, anti-gay rhetoric may be a factor
  • #SubmitWomanII Tennessee man charged with raping wife in church parking lot: ‘I am your husband, I can get it anytime I want’
  • UmYeah Family questions faith after lamb sacrifice backfires — and cousin is hurled against freeway sign
  • #YourVoteReallyMatters A Brutal Christianity We’ll See More Cruel Laws like Indiana’s Until the Christian Right Is Defeated
  • #SmellsLikeChristianShariaToMe In Religious Arbitration, Scripture Is the Rule of Law
  • #ConstitutionallyCompromised U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) seems to believe that church-state separation is harming American society.
  • #TheocraticPronouncement Seven Mountains Advocate Declares That God Has Given Donald Trump ‘An Anointing For The Mantle Of Government’

Scandals, Scams And Like Flim-Flammery

Science Or Not

  • #DoctorHealThyMind Ben Carson touts creationism during Nashville speech
  • #FierceArsehole! Mankind Created From DUST: Carson Explains Creationism
  • #StartlingIndeed Alarming Video of Ted Cruz Attacking Climate Change as a Religion
  • #Brilliant Neil deGrasse Tyson debates pastor: Killer asteroids and genitalia debunk God as intelligent designer
  • #AndTheMoonsMadeOfCheese Morning Joe hosts scorch Ben Carson: Does he think Noah built the Eiffel Tower, too?
  • #MoreFromTheBrainSurgeon Ben Carson: Humans walked on the moon because America was founded on God

Theocracy Rising

  • #UnconstitutionalHuck Mike Huckabee At “Death To Gays” Convention: As President I Will Ignore Obergefel
  • #TodayInPresidentialNews Cruz: ‘Any President Who Doesn’t Begin Every Day On His Knees Isn’t Fit To Be Commander-In-Chief Of This Nation’
  • #SoMuchForSisterlyLove Philly adopts religious exemption policy for publicly funded clinic doctors.
  • #TheocracyRisen It’s not clear that Netanyahu is in charge of the Netanyahu government


  • Take heart: America Is Getting Less Religious, But The Religious Are More Accepting Of LGBT Rights
  • After Listening To Women, Longtime Anti-Abortion Congressman Becomes Pro-Choice
  • Conservative Colorado School Board Members Who Pushed For ‘Patriotic’ History Get Booted
  • Christian pregnancy centers freak out after California turns tables and forces them to disclose abortion rights
  • George H.W. Bush: I Have ‘Mellowed’ On Gay Marriage
  • “People should be able to do what they want to do, without discrimination. People have a right to be happy.”
  • Husband named and shamed by Jewish religious court for refusing his wife a divorce


The Book Booth: Autumn Leaves Edition



Image: Brain Pickings

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: Autumn LeavesEdition

Oh, the leaves are turning and falling. The colors around here are so vibrant and beautiful. And I read an article this week that tells us that we should not be raking those leaves! No! Unraked leaves provide an eco-system for the insect world that benefits both them and ourselves. Do the world a favor and do not rake the leaves! this week opened up its first brick and mortar store in the University Village shopping mall in Seattle. The mall itself is close to the University of Washington campus, and the neighborhood is up-scale. (I think most Seattle neighborhoods are up-scale now). Once upon a time the mall featured a quaint independent book store and a wonderful independent record store. Ah, fond memories! In any event, as the writer from Forbes points out, this Amazon outlet is not really about selling books. It is about collecting data.
Amazon Wants To Know Even More About You!

Former bookseller Dustin Kurtz, writing for the New Republic, was equally unimpressed with the store. In fairness, he found the staff to be very good and it is a good thing that the staff are paid well, at least by industry standards. But the store resembles the front page of Amazon website and the selection is limited.
Amazon's Brick-and-Mortar Store Reviewed

We are beginning to approach that time of year. You know. The holiday season. And most retailers are gearing up. I know, I know. We haven't had Veterans Day yet, much less Thanksgiving. Nevertheless, most of the publishers have released all their major titles for the year, as buzz and promotion on book titles gets lost after Halloween. And thusly, Publishers Weekly has announced what it considers to be the best titles for the year here. It is designed by subject and offers one the opportunity to purchase books from independent booksellers.
Publishers Weekly Wants You to See the Titles You Might Miss in the Hubbub of the Christmas Rush

A more interesting list comes from Patti Smith, whose new memoir M Train was recently released. Here she chose her fifty favorite books for Brain Pickings and the titles are ambitious.
What Books Does Patti Smith Read?

If you have not had the chance to see Ridley Scott's adaptation of Andrew Weir's The Martian, do yourself a favor and go see the movie. Until then, take a look at Weir's interview with the Daily Beast. He loved the film and dismissed the scientific errors as fairly trivial, considering that the story is a drama and not a science project.
The Man Behind 'The Martian' 

I keep thinking I should do more with the Twitter. I look at it briefly every day, and I get too easily distracted to keep up with it. But there are some fun things to read there and Buzzfeed found some of the better grammar nazi tweets, which are pretty funny.
Twitter and Grammar Nazis

I have to admit that when I enter a home or apartment I haven't been to before, I do check out, almost immediately, the bookshelves. But as the folks at Bustle point out, it's not just the titles one should look at; look at the shelves themselves. And what do they say about you? I am somewhere between alphabetical and cluttered and full.
What Do Your Bookshelves Say About You? 

Do take a book down from the shelves this weekend and treat yourself to a good read. And please do let us know how you're liking the book you choose! Have a most splendid Autumn weekend.