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The Book Booth: The Bard 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.  It is written by @SeattleDan and SeattleTammy, operators of an on-line bookstore (which you can find here) , who have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

The Book Booth: The Bard Edition

Today, Saturday, is the 400th anniversary of the passing of the Bard in 1616. And it was possibly his birthday as well, making him 52 when he left this mortal coil. He left us with his plays, poetry and introduced as many as 1700 words into the language. Not too shabby!

At Signature, 25 authors, including Margaret Atwood, Lee Child and others were asked about Big Bill and here are there responses. He still retains quite a fan club.
So What Do You Think About This Guy Shakespeare's Work?

In honor of his birthday, Rosie Schaap at the New York Times has created a new punch to celebrate the day, and it looks to be quite tasty.
Yum! A Shakespeare Punch! Raise a Glass!

Miguel Cervantes was a contemporary of Shakespeare's and it may be that they both died on the same day. But there may be more connection between the two writers than that possible coincidence. David Kipen explores that bond here for the LA Times.
Will and Miguel

I suppose many of the lines Shakespeare wrote could be proclaimed on stage and not necessarily shouted. However there are some lines that Electric Literature suggests should be shouted. Loudly.
To Shout or Not to Shout?

If you don't feel like yelling, you can still throw out some quotes from the writers of the "absurd", if you don't mind being thought as another psychotic wandering the streets. Or as Beckett said, I can't go on, I will go on.
Unleash Your Inner Psychotic With These Absurdist Quotes

Like other states in the deep south, Mississippi recently passed legislation that allows for discrimination against the LGBT community there, based on some quaint notion of religious liberty. But we should not take the bigotry as symptomatic of everyone who lives in that great state. A number of writers there have taken a stand against the law, and good on them!
Not All Mississippians Are Bigots.
Read What these Mississippi Writers Have to Say about New Anti-LGBT Laws

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced this week and you can see the list of winners here. I admit that I am not familiar with the fiction winner, The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, but from what I've subsequently seen, I need to take a look at it.
2016's Pulitzer Prize Winners

I know that Spring is only a month old at this point, but we've been teased by summer like weather here this week, which puts me into the mood. And it looks like there will be a lot of good books arriving soon, including new works from Russell Banks, Don DeLillo, Annie Proulx as well as Richard Russo who has written a sequel to his very fine novel Nobody's Fool, called Everybody's Fool. Publishers Weekly has its summer recommends here.
Good Books Arriving In Time For The Summer

I have to admit that when it comes to genre writing, I am not much for romance novels. However, Lucian noticed that a pair of sisters has opened a bookstore devoted to romances called the The Ripped Bodice and I have to admire their ambition. Much good luck to them.
This Bookstore Carries Every Romance You Would Ever Want to Read!

I have a new hero. Abdel Kader Haidara is a book collector and librarian in Mali who managed to save many, many old manuscripts and books in his hometown of Timbuktu when it was occupied by an extreme Islamist group. The Wall Street Journal has the story here.
Abdel Kader Haidara Saves Manuscripts Islamist Group Would Destroy

To all of you, a fine weekend filled with books and reading. And hoist one, or two in remembrance of the Bard of Avon. And by all means let us know what books you are enjoying.


Afternoon-Evening Links


links Stephen Colbert

Colbert's Brilliant Move To Strike Back At Amazon

Immigrants in Federal Prisons ‘Subjected to Shocking Abuse and Mistreatment’

Vermeer's paintings might be 350 year-old color photographs

The Freezing, Hungry Lives of NHL "Ice Girls"

Islamist Militants Aim to Redraw Map of the Middle East

The O.J. Simpson Saga Began 20 Years Ago Today — Here's Why His Son Should Be A Suspect

John McCain Tweets Congratulations to George W Bush on his 'victory' in Iraq.

Sarah Palin Threatens To Leave The GOP Unless Obama Flies Abandoned Kids to Mexico

Americans Will Tolerate a Variety of In-Laws. One Exception: Atheists.

Free speech or illegal threats? Justices could say

Is Fox News Trying To Kill The Republican Party? Or Is It Just A Happy Accident?

Stephen Colbert on Ted Cruz's citizenship

Tesla Release Electric Car Patents To Public

The Trader Joe's Incident: What Do We Do About Everyday Sexism In Our Lives?

Why Is a Most Prestigious Medical Journal Promoting the Feds' Anti-Marijuana Propaganda Line?

Why you should root for the World Cup protesters

Soccer and Internal Discord, on Display for World to See

Nadezhda Popova, WWII ‘Night Witch,’ Dies at 91

Separatists Down Military Transport Jet, Killing 49 in Eastern Ukraine


President Obama Addresses New Iraq Insurgency


Iraq President Obama

From all reports the Iraqi security forces just abandoned their posts and turned tail and ran - this after millions of dollars spent on weapons and training. President Obama discussed possible US reactions to the crisis this morning.

From YouTube:

President Obama told reporters on Friday that the escalating conflict in Iraq is not only a military matter. He stressed that leadership in Iraq needs to engage in the crisis and that the US will take several days to assess the situation there before taking any action.


Overnight: Iraqi Police Flee Mosul Attack by Al-Qaeda-Affiliated Group


Iraq Map Mosul

From the video page:

'Questions rise after US trained Iraqi police flee for lives in Mosul'

This is a very serious development which I am not seeing covered by US news media unless I've missed it.

From a Facebook post by Michael Moore:

So today, Mosul fell. Mosul is the second largest city in Iraq. The Iraqi government we "installed", has now lost Fallujah, Ramadi, Mosul and other large swaths of the country we invaded at the cost of thousands of American lives, tens of thousands of Iraqi lives and a couple trillion dollars. (What could your school district do with a trillion dollars?).

More information from the BBC