The Book Booth: What's In That Pipe? 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: What's In That Pipe? Edition

It's another opening, another show! Time to brush up our Shakespeare! Everyone's favorite bard, it appears, was no stranger to the use of marijuana. Now may be the time to, um, re-read those plays and sonnets.
Don't Bogart That Pipe, Will

When we think of summer beach reading, we tend to think of thrillers or romances, or both. Vanity Fair thinks we should look at some darker themes while basking in the sun and has these suggestions for the ocean.
Summer's Here And the Time Is Right for Reading on the Beach

Then, again, if you'd like something a bit more substantial, the readers at Buzzfeed recommended these under-rated books. Topping that list is Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain, which probably isn't neglected, but if you haven't read it, do so.
Under-Rated Books You Should Read

The poet and novelist Naja Marie Aidt, whose new novel is entitled Rock, Paper, Scissors, also has some reading ideas of novels written by poets. Though I think most people regard Gertrude Stein, no relation to Garth, as a novelist; her poetry is pretty forgettable. Otherwise it is an interesting list.
Novels Written by Poets

With the recent departures of both Jon Stewart and David Letterman from the late night airwaves, authors will be missing those venues to promote their books. Those guys were terrific at interviews and the art of book placement in front of a camera. How important are these promos? Publishers Weekly tells us we should just ask Jon Stewart's wife.
How Important Are TV Book Promos? Ask Jon Stewart's Wife

From the world of the bizarre department. It seems children's author and illustrator Mary Engelbreit has drawn some severe criticism for her recent art concerning the death of Michael Brown a year ago in Ferguson, Missouri. Truth be told, I have not been a fan of hers, but I am now.
A Children's Book Illustrator Getting Hate Mail?

Not to be out-done when it comes to removing books from the classroom, Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Florida has pulled Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night. Apparently it has swearing in it. Oops.
The [expurgated] Incident of the Dog in the Night And A Florida High School

Finally, I think you all need one of these. This handy little gizmo will calculate how long it will take you to read the books in your TBR, or To Be Read, list. Mine looks to be seven months. What's yours?
How Long Will It Take to Read All Those Books on Your Bedside Table? 

It's the weekend! Break out those books and start turning the pages and enjoying some good writing. And do let us know what books you are loving now.


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 August 2, 2015

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 August 9, 2015

Abortion, Contraception And Other Women’s Issues

  • #BackwaterBlues Jindal cuts off state Medicaid funds for Planned Parenthood YouSirAreNoFanOfWomen Manchin backs defunding Planned Parenthood
  • #RepeatALieOftenEnough 4 More Deceptive Edits In The Fifth Video Attempting To Smear Planned Parenthood
  • #TheirWarOnPoverty Planned Parenthood: Only 3% of Services Are Abortions, 97% Health Care for the Poor
  • #WhoKnew? Jeb Bush’s Grandfather Was A Founding Member Of Today’s Planned Parenthood
  • #ProLifeMyBippy NPR fact-check: Defunding Planned Parenthood would lead to more spending, not to mention more unintended pregnancies.
  • #TeensShaltNotCopulate Jeb wants to ‘redirect’ Planned Parenthood funding to abstinence-only programs, just like in FL
  • #StateBySouthernState Alabama Governor terminates Medicaid contract with #PlannedParenthood
  • #ClearAsDay Jeb Bush Didn’t Misspeak: The GOP Wants to Dismantle Reproductive Health Programs


  • #SoHelpUsGod Indiana public school punishes 7-year-old with ‘banishment’ for not believing in God
  • #GenDumbDown According to the National Research Council report, only 28% of high school science teachers consistently follow the National Research Council guidelines on teaching evolution, and 13% of those teachers explicitly advocate creationism or “intelligent design;” \ A 2008 University of Texas study found that 25 percent of public school biology teachers believe that humans and dinosaurs inhabited the earth simultaneously.
  • #ALaDavidBarton Texas public school district promotes Christianity with made up Ronald Reagan quote
  • #UnhingedAndComingForYourBirthControl Anti-choice organization warns that contraception is evil

Fifty Shades Of Hate

  • #ForJesus Arizona pastor prays for God to rip out Caitlyn Jenner’s heart: ‘I hate him with a perfect hatred’
  • #GodsWarrior Anti-Choice Activist To Face Jury For Threatening Abortion Provider

Fifty Shades Of Stark Raving Mad

  • #FreakShow After none of his Jade Helm 15 predictions came true, Rick Wiles now claims Obama will nuke Texas during Jade Helm 16

If Media’s The Message

  • #NineteenAndCounting Are The Duggars Broke? The Family Is Asking Fans For Cash
  • #LogCabinCaitlyn Caitlyn Creeps Her Transgender Pals Out With Her Right Wing Dogma: Go Figure!
  • #MoreLikeTheBloodOfSandyHookChildren Bryan Fischer: God didn’t stop Sandy Hook because He couldn’t hear prayers over “pleas of the blood of the unborn
  • #AsOnlyFoxCanPoll: Christians feel under attack
  • #FoxSurprise Former SportsBroadcaster Thinks He Shouldn’t Have Been Fired Over Anti-Gay Statements
  • #PurseDogs? Fox Host: Trump Is Popular Because Americans “Don’t Want One Of Those Metrosexual Purse Dogs, They Want A Pit Bull”
  • #O’Really? O’Reilly: “Planned Parenthood is an Abortion Factory That Sells the Body Parts of Dead Babies or Fetuses”

Israel, End Times And John Hagee

  • #SchmuckSchumer Chuck Schumer is getting an earful from opponents of the Iran nuclear deal. Growing signs he will oppose Iran deal
  • #LastBestChance An Iran-Deal Skeptic Becomes a Supporter
  • #Encouraging AntiSemitism Washington battle rages over Iran nuclear deal’s fate
  • #TisAllAboutEndTImes Christian Zionists are gearing up for a battle where money is no object, facts pose no impediment, and where anti-deal activists will be flooding as many meetings with members of Congress as possible.
  • #GarbageMan David “Horsesh*t” Horowitz: “Obama Hates Jews, America, Marines and is a NAZI”
  • #MoneyTalks AIPAC taking all but 3 freshmen Congresspeople to Israel in effort to sabotage Iran deal
  • #ThinkNukes Jewish settler climbs Dome of the Rock. If Bibi doesn’t get there first, it will be a settler who starts next world war, the war to end all wars.
  • #FundedByAIPAC US lawmakers to meet Netanyahu in Israel
  • Sen. Tom Cotton: “Iran Deal Is Like The Crucifixion Of Jesus”
  • #HotMess In a fit of reckless ignorance, Tom Cotton advocates bombing Iran “back to day zero.” Literally no experts agree.
  • Brought to you by Israel’s best friends:
  • #SonOfHagee/IsraelsBestFriends Matthew Hagee: Evolution is a “lie from the pit of Hell” that has “cost us 55 million Americans”
  • #LovingIsraelButOnlyForItsRealEstate Israel’s abortion law now among world’s most liberal
  • #SchmuckSchumerPlacesHisBet Schumer won’t just oppose Iran deal but would also join a veto override.
  • #NoPerhapsAboutIt Would you take advice on the Middle East from a man who believes the world is about to end? The answer for millions of Americans, perhaps even for conservative members of Congress, is yes.
  • #ItsAnEndTimesIssue John Hagee “Israel is not a political issue. Israel is a Bible issue.”
  • CruzJoinsHuckASchmuck Cruz Joins Huckajesus In Praising SchmuckSchumer For Opposing Obama’s Iran Deal
  • #BibleNation Ben Carson’s Bible-Based Tax System and Other GOP Adventures In ‘Biblical Economics’
  • #MakinItUpChuck Huckleberry Says Obama is Reading a Christian Bible that No One Else Has


  • #WaaaayOff LibertyCouncil argues that marriage equality imposes an unconstitutional “religious test” for public office
  • #ByStealthOrByMight How Indiana Conservatives Are Winning The Fight Against LGBT Protections With Fear

Politics Nation

  • #Really? Why Right-Wing Evangelicals Are Infatuated With Donald Trump
  • DisdainingTrump GOP 2016 Contenders Are Courting Erick Erickson, The Anti-Gay Pundit With A “Pattern Of Being Disrespectful To Women”
  • #VerrrryInteresting Sanders plans to speak at Liberty University next month
  • #However Sen. Bernie Sanders isn’t the first liberal to speak at Liberty University. So did Ted Kennedy.
  • #StalkedByGod Texas Sen. Ted Cruz ties every move he makes, every breath he takes, to God
  • #NoFriendToWomen Jebya laid out his record as prolife’ champion who defunded Planned Parenthood
  • ChristianBonaFides Jebya: “We were only state to provide money to crisis pregnancy centers and first state to have a ‘Choose Life’ license plate”
  • #TheMcCarthyismOfJesus Huckajesus: “My Dept of Justice & Attorney General will prosecute attacks on people of faith and religious freedom.”
  • #HuckAPuke Huckajesus ”Trust & vilify” – He (PBO) trusts our enemies & vilifies anyone who disagrees with him.”
  • #BloodComingFromWhere? Scott Walker: “I’m certainly an imperfect man. And it’s only by the blood of Jesus Christ that I’ve been redeemed from my sins. So I know that God doesn’t call me to do a specific thing, God hasn’t given me a list, a Ten Commandments, if you will, of things to act on the first day.
  • #Every.Single.Day Cruz: “Well, I am blessed to receive a word from God every day in receiving the scriptures and reading the scriptures. And God speaks through the Bible.”
  • #GiftFromGod Rubio is now saying that he doesn’t think victims of sexual assault should have access to abortion.
  • #NoneDareCallItTheocracy Huckabee:” It’s time that we recognize the Supreme Court is not the supreme being, and we change the policy to be pro-life and protect children instead of rip up their body parts and sell them like they’re parts to a Buick.”
  • #HomeschoolHuck “I pledge to kill Common Core & restore common sense. Education is a family function, not a fed function.”
  • #CruzsVeryScaryTerribleHorribleFirstDay 5 Actions Ted Cruz Says He Would Take on His First Day in the Oval Office
  • #ErNo Scott Walker claims that Americans share his anti-choice extremism. He’s not even close to right.

Propaganda, Lies And Other Hypocrisies

  • #OrNot God Using Donald Trump And Fox News To Save America
  • #PsstTheyreNotReallyProLife Abortion opponents waging war on fetal research are also at war with improvements in prenatal care
  • #OnlyTheBeginning God And The GOP: The Almighty Gets A Shout-Out During Republican Presidential Debate


  • #WhatsALittleRapeBetweenPastorAndCHild Australia may deport South African preacher, David Volmer, accused of repeatedly raping 13-year-old girl
  • #TheFaceOfIsraeliTerrorism An Israeli teen has died of injuries from stabbing at Jerusalem Gay Pride parade last week.
  • #GoinWithGreedy The Duggars Are Broke or Just Greedy as Hell
  • #AnotherDayAnotherFamilyValuesHypocrite Tea Party Attorney General of Texas Turns Himself in for Felony Fraud
  • #DarknessRising The Mistreatment Of A Dying Gay Man In Texas Goes ‘A Step Beyond Even Westboro Baptist Church’
  • Former NC pastor accused of raping several children
  • #CantMakeItUp Anti-Gay Lawmakers Caught In Affair, Bizarre Cover-up
  • #WhoDaThunk Wealthy pastor charged with hiding money from feds
  • #Derp Florida pastor: The national debt will end ‘immediately’ when Planned Parenthood is defunded

Religion Gone Bad Gone Mad

  • #ScamOfTheCentury Hate Obamacare? Wanna Fire Gays? Create a Fake Church!
  • #AndThisIsNewsBecause?Here’s hoping they didn’t have sex. Right Bristol? Josiah Duggar& Marjorie Jackson Split After 4 Months of Courtship

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • #How.Dare.He. GOP senator: I can lecture women on pregnancy because abortion is a ‘men’s issue’
  • #TheEndOfProgress Rep. Doug Lamborn pushes CSU to halt HIV research over fetal-tissue stings


  • #FridayTheRabbiMolestedSaturdayTheRabbiRanAway Wanted in Israel, alleged sexually abusive rabbi fled Netherlands for Caribbean
  • #AntotherDayANotherReligiousPedophile Predatory HIV+ Pastor Gets 15 Yrs For Long History of Child Sexual Abuse

Supremes And Lower Courts

  • #SoMuchForTheOath Texas refuses to issue same-sex couples death certificates
  • #SoMuchForTheOathII Kentucky Clerk Sues Governor For Making Her Do Her Job And Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Theocracy Rising

    • #Aaaarrrrgggghhhhh Greenup County Kentucky has now added “In God We Trust” to their police cars…their tax-payer funded police cars.

  • #SoMuchForReligiousFreedom NC Politico Walks Out of Board Of County County Commissioners Meeting Because of Muslim Reading a Prayer for Tolerance
  • #DescriminateMuch? Unwed Oregon Christian university professor asks for maternity leave — gets fired instead for her ‘lifestyle’
  • #WhateverHappenedToServeAndProtect? Bumper stickers saying ‘In God We Trust” showing up on cars driven by police officers, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters in Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina and elsewhere.
  • #HappeninNow Judge Orders Man To Marry His Girlfriend And Write Down Bible Verses Or Go To Jail


  • Catholic Teacher Fired For Being Lesbian Fights Back
  • Will they boycott Facebook? Mark Zuckerberg Donates $992 Million to Charity Funding Planned Parenthood






Lauren Mayer: "Yes, Dear!''



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

A musical reflection on making marriage work (from a real-life musical marriage)

From Lauren's email to me:

Hi everyone -
My husband & I are taking an actual vacation, so I will have to miss commenting on the first GOP debate. However, there will be plenty more, and in the meanwhile, here's our musical commentary on marriage.


The Book Booth: Midsummer Nights 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: Midsummer Nights Edition

The other night the cats dragged in a small branch for some cat reason, and the leaves were already brown. It made me think that the Fall isn't that far away. But I'm not quite ready to give up the I'm going with mid-summer as long as I can. With maybe slightly cooler afternoons.

There is no holding off the march of time completely, and Fall is the colorful season, and quite lovely around here. And the Fall is the time of year publishers tend to schedule their Big books, for the holiday season. Publishers Weekly has a list here of the most anticipated titles, including new novels from John Irving, Jonathan Franzen and Orhan Pamuk.
Anticipated Fall Big Books

Time does pass by so quickly, the older one gets. I was recently reminded that it has been 26 years since Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses was published. In these days, Rushdie believes he would not have received the same level of support from the writing community that he did back in 1989, due to political correctness. I tend not to agree, but he may have a point.
What Would Happen if The Satanic Verses Were Published Today?

From the New Yorker, a couple of articles of interest. First, a remembrance of novelist James Salter from Mary Norris who attended a memorial for the man up in the Hamptons.
Mary Norris Remembers James Salter and His Commas

And then, Benjamin Moser wrote this appreciation of Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, who passed away in 1977, but whose stories examined the links between literature and witchcraft. I have not read Ms.Lispector, but it seems I need to check her out.
Bell, Book, Candle, Witchcraft and Literature?

The World Science Fiction Convention is coming up on August 22nd, near Spokane, Washington. At the Convention, the Hugo Awards will be announced.You can see some of the details here.

The folks at io9 suggested these classic titles to read, in case you haven't, which might be a good idea, if you're planning to attend the convention.
Classic Titles to Actually Read Before the World SciFi Convention

My guess is that most of you have read L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz, published a mere 115 years ago. MentalFloss listed some thirteen facts about the book that you may not know about the book or its author.
Oz and L. Frank Baum Facts

(And for a deeper look at the book with its political overtones, you may enjoy this article)
Following the Yellow Brick Road

With the many changes now occurring at the Vatican, this is welcome news. The library there is now being put on-line, and it looks to be amazing.
The Vatican Library Online For Free!

For those of us who enjoy a scandalous read now and then, check out Nick Tosches new novel Under Tiberius. Scott Simon interviewed the author for NPR here.
Looking For Some Scandal? Look No Further.

Novelist Alan Cheuse recently died at age 75 from injuries sustained in a car accident. I always enjoyed his book reviews at NPR. I didn't always agree with him, but he was a book enthusiast, and I will miss his commentaries.
Alan Cheuse Has Left Us at 75

Embrace the summer and enjoy! And please let us know what books you are savoring this weekend.