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, as well a brick and mortar in small town Washington State. Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.
Somehow I ended up with many links this week that featured books in graphic form, one way or another. So prepare to be dazzled graphically. At least I hope you are.
First, the folks at Visual.ly prepared a graphic of the most read books in the world. The titles probably wont surprise you. Well, Twilight Saga surprised me somewhat. But I'm pleased that 50 Shades of Gray isn't included.
I mentioned Classics Illustrated last week, but only discovered (thanks to my friend Nakaima Oh) this week that Julian Peters illustrates famous poems. Here is his take on The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, and it is very good. Take a look, dare to eat a peach and wear the bottoms of your trousers rolled.
NPR featured a new book by graphic artist Joe Sacco, The Great War, which tells the story of the battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest battles ever fought. The text folds out to a length of 24 feet, so be sure you have some room.
Medieval book copiers often would use old, washed out paper to do their handiwork. Now some European scholars have been able to use Science, and see just what texts got copied over and the results are stunning. Thanks to SeattleTammy for finding this one.
Other arts inspire the writer as well. Jason Diamond at Flavorwire examines seven books that have an architectural bent.
Then, again, books inspire others in the arts. This coming week marks the unveiling of the new Harry Potter stamps from the United States Postal Service. USA Today has the story.
I wouldn't want to leave out animators. Here is a cool representation of novelist Stephen Millhauser's Home Run.
Paddy found some very small bookstores, while perusing Boingboing. First off, a very small and well-lighted place in San Francisco. Then there is this one in Helsinki which reminds me of SeattleTammy's nightstand.
As does this one in Paris.
Finally, for all you Dr. Who nerds out there, and you know who you are, Tom Hawking of Flavorwire has this history of the good doctor...as pictured on the Bayeux Tapestry! Enjoy.
A good weekend for us all! And let us know what you're reading to pass the time away.