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The Book Booth: First We Take Manhattan 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: First We Take Manhattan Edition

It's been a hard week, but we have managed to get through it. The struggle for justice and peace will continue in spite of our setbacks. And, for now, life goes on.

The Awards continued with the announcement of the National Book Award winners at a ceremony this past Wednesday night. Larry Wilmore hosted the event, and as NPR reported "Host Larry Wilmore set the tone early, taking aim at the president-elect with a series of quips and barbs in his opening monologue. Of Trump's election last week, Wilmore noted: "It's exciting in the way that an asteroid hurtling toward Earth is exciting." Among the winners were novelist Colson Whitehead for his novel Underground Railroad and Representative John Lewis for his collaboration on a young adult book March: Book Three.
NBA Awards

As it turns out, Bob Dylan will not be attending the ceremony for the Nobel Prize. He cited schedule conflicts. He would not be the first laureate not to attend, and must only deliver or have delivered a lecture of some kind in the next few months.
Bob Dylan Will Not Attend Nobel Prize Ceremony

Obviously there has been a lot of reaction in the literary world to the election of Donald Trump. There is much wariness and alarm. Here you can read the statement from the Authors Guild which is frightening.
Authors Guild Statment On President-Elect Trump

The New Yorker asked several writers for short essays on the election results, including novelists Hilary Mantel, Toni Morrison, as well as political writer Jeffrey Toobin and the aforementioned Larry Wilmore. The responses are well worth your time.
New Yorker Authors on President-Elect Trump

For what is in store for us, who can tell. But the calls for resistance are beginning and not without cause. Emily Temple at Lithub suggests 25 books for dealing with the anger and for action.
It's Time for Action

Andrew Liptak at The Verge has some suggestions as well, including the best of the dystopian novels that the Sci-fi genre has to offer.
Get Ready for Dystopia Right Here in the US

Another writer we should be reading in these times would be Kurt Vonnegut. His writing was always perceptive, interesting and, at times, very funny, and who couldn't use a laugh? Marc Leeds has recently compiled The Vonnegut Encyclopedia and here, for Publishers Weekly, he lists his top ten books by that master of the word.
Best Kurt Vonnegut Books

Billy Pilgrim was Vonnegut's character in Slaughterhouse Five, a man who survived the fire bombing of Dresden and was a spastic in time. Time travel has long been a staple in science-fiction. Here John Lanchester reviews for the New York Review of Books a new work by James Gleick, Time Travel: A History, which gives a good overview of the subgenre.
Time Travel

One of the good guys in modern literature is Michael Chabon, author of many novels, including his latest one, Moonglow, a fictional memoir of his family. Here Doree Shafrir profiles the man and his work for Buzzfeed.
Michael Chabon: An Underdog On Top of the World?

Sadly this past week we also lost poet, novelist and songwriter Leonard Cohen, who'd only recently released a new album of songs. I remember in my late teens when I first heard him sing Suzanne, Sisters of Mercy and That's No Way to Say Goodbye on his first album. There were more great songs to come, and now he will be sorely missed.
Leonard Cohen

Again, do not despair. Find a good book, take some time to breathe and have the best possible weekend you can. Enjoy this tune by Mr. Cohen and please let us know what books you are loving.


Video- Bill O’Reilly Psychoanalyzes Atheists: So Much ‘Anger,’ ‘Are They That Bitter Against Religion?”


Dunno where Bill hangs out, but this atheist is cheery as ever. Via.


Oh great, now we all have to go to prison. Thanks, Alec.


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alec baldwin apologyVia MSNBC :

I would like to address the comments I made this past week.

I did not intend to hurt or offend anyone with my choice of words, but clearly I have – and for that I am deeply sorry. Words are important. I understand that, and will choose mine with great care going forward. What I said and did this week, as I was trying to protect my family, was offensive and unacceptable. Behavior like this undermines hard-fought rights that I vigorously support. I understand “Up Late” will be taken off the schedule for tonight and next week.

I want to apologize to my loyal fans and to my colleagues at msnbc – both for my actions and for distracting from their good work. Again, please accept my apology.

To be honest, I didn't think Alec Baldwin's show on MSNBC would last, and to be honest squared, this is about how long I figured it would stay on the air. I'm surprised he's only going to be off the schedule for two weeks.


Alec Baldwin's new weekly MSNBC talk show was suspended for two episodes after the actor was videotaped using an anti-gay epithet against a photographer during a New York street encounter. [...]

... Baldwin reportedly lost his cool again Friday when a reporter for a New York TV channel asked about the [stalker] trial and, according to, Baldwin called him "dumb."

Baldwin has had well-publicized issues like this before, so nobody is surprised. It's really a shame, because he's talented, hilarious, and bright. None of that excuses his behavior in the least, nor was it an attempt to. Just lamenting out loud.

Anyway, thanks a bunch, Alec. Because of you, we're right back to this:


'America Needs A White, Republican President' Says Joe The Plumber


Joe the plumber

You all remember Joe, Joe Wurzelbacher. That Joe the Plumber guy from the McCain for President ads. The guy who the Conservative media hopped, skipped and jumped into national figure with the Joe the Plumber campaign and then... poof.  Like McCain's aspirations for the presidency, he was gone.

Well, he's been located, not as part of a "where are they now" show, but on the internet and in the twittersphere. Here's what ol' Joe has been writing as reported on MailOnline:

in an article posted to his website on Thursday, Joe Wurzelbacher assured readers that wanting a 'white Republican president doesn’t make you a racist, it just makes you American.'

The controversial post contended that '[i]n the pre-black president era, criticizing the president was simply the American thing to do. An exercise of one’s First Amendment right. Criticism had nothing to do with color, because there had never been a black president.'

But posting to his site isn't all Joe's done. As I said, he's been tweeting:

The Daily Edge wrote: '#ThatAwkwardMoment when racist Joe the racist Plumber says wanting racist things doesn't make him a racist #racism'.

John wrote: 'A white President killed 100.000's in Iraq. A black President gives healthcare to kids with cancer. Joe the Plumber wants the white one. #p2'

This is the guy Republicans spent millions of dollars promoting. He was their front man. Is he still?

Is this what Republicans are thinking? Is this why our government is shutdown -- to show up the Black president? It's becoming way too evident that race and politics are at a schism. Those who want to make things work are stymied by those wearing racially tinted lenses.

Our movement as a country is sadly going backwards after years of progress. Racial profiling is more out in the open now with Bloomberg's New York stop and frisk. We're seeing a Congress where most of the Black elected officials are from one party. From the other party two of the most outspoken Republicans are minorities. Rubio and Cruz are Hispanics in an old white man's party. It leads you to ask, when you see such bigotry as well as dysfunction by the GOP, how did they become part of the old white man's society? Are they really wolves in sheep's clothing?

How else did they get elected. And look what they did when they got their senate seats -- both of them (Cruz/Rubio) are pushing to deny citizenship to those undocumented folks already here. Granted, Rubio signed onto the senate immigration bill, but then has since walked back his pro-citizenship stance.

Where we go is up to us. It's not up to the government because the current elected officials have proven they can't work together. So we must. We must push to replace these elected officials. Some good will be swept out with the bad. But this is no time to start picking and choosing -- it's time to speak out with a clean sweep -- Dump the Chump!

We have to put aside color, race, religion and become a United States once again. Getting rid of the current ineffective and painfully infected Congress will be that crucial step if we're going to move forward.