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.
As an old friend used to say, the odds are good, but the goods are
odd. So what do we have this week here in the world of books?
Well, this is odd, because I don't think I've ever linked to a Parade
Magazine article. And odd because some of these books seem odd to me
as the most popular read books in the various states. What would be
the most read book in your state and, do you believe it?
Moira Redmond at the Guardian has some peeves about some authors and their narrative mistakes. I have to agree about some pop culture references. If you are going to make them, do it subtly.
And then there's this from Bored Panda. The forty worst titles and book covers ever. This is probably not safe for work. (By the way, I remember Eating People is Wrong as a Flanders and Swann tune; I didn't realize it had once been the title of a book.)
This past Monday was Read Across America day. In observance, HuffPo offered up 19 quotes that may inspire you to keep reading, as if you needed them.
Recently John Le Carre talked about the real life model(s) for his most famous character, George Smiley. Apparently there is some controversy and he was defending his creation, who is, after all, fictional.
Speaking of George Smiley, I do enjoy re-reading the Karla Trilogy from time to time. I know that there are some people who think re-reading favorite novels is a waste of time. I disagree, of course.
I mean, really, you don't re-watch movies you enjoy. In any event, Kit
Steinkellner argues for visiting old book friends again at the Book
I recently talked about the banning of Wendy Donigers' book The Hindus: An Alternative History in India. Ms. Doniger talks about the experience here in a piece for the New York Times.
Ever read a novel that ends in mid-sentence? They do exist and Gabe Habash examines the whys and wherefores at his blog from Publishers Weekly.
I have not watched True Detective on the teevee machine as of yet, and will have to wait for when it shows up on Netflix. But everyone seems to love it. Buzzfeed has this reading list for understanding some of the subtext for the series, and for the Southern Gothic genre.
Tyler Coates had this article at Flavorwire not too long ago, of 15
writers reading from their own work. And it is very cool. Be warned
some of the videos are pretty long, so you'll need a relaxing
afternoon if you want to enjoy them all at once.
Wishing everyone a good weekend, filled with books and reading. And
just what are you reading today? Let us know.