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The Book Booth: The Solstice Edition



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.

Happy Summer everyone! Yes, it is here, or just about here, depending
on when you read this. I've been posting several lists recently for
summer reading. NPR provides even more lists for the summer, no matter
how you are getting to your destination and they seemed to have had a
good time compiling them. So here you go! Reading is About the Journey

Planning to attend the World Cup games in Brazil? YahooTravel has a
list of five defining books about that immense country. But please
note that the author of Dona Flor is Amado and not Amando. Brazil

Armchair travel is a fine tradition and the next best thing to being
there. Of course, there are some lands that are only accessible by the
written word. And a map can help. The Guardian wonders if you can identify the book from the map.

In other book news, the battle between Amazon and the Hachette Book
Group continues. Not to mention the on-going struggle for independent
stores to keep some market share from the on-line behemoth. Susie
Madrak at Crooks and Liars reports on how some independents are doing
it in the UK

In much happier news, twenty unpublished poems written by the great
Chilean poet Pablo Neruda
have been recently discovered, and they are
supposed to be wonderful. It seems we will find out sometime later
this year or early next.

We have all struggled with certain books. Some seem unreadable period
and others are daunting due to length. Two critics at Publishers
Weekly discuss some of the favorite "difficult" books and suggest some
approaches to tackling the works. Difficult Books

Of all the genres, Science-fiction seems to be the one that has the
best cover art. Publishers do spend a great deal of money to get your
eye's attention when you browse, and considering the number of sci-fi
titles put out every year, it is probably money well-spent. Short list
featured what they consider to be the forty best covers.

I've never had a book dedicated to me. No, I'm not whining. Actually
I'm kind of grateful, considering some of the dedications Buzzfeed has
found. 27 Greatest Book Dedications

I doubt that a lack of a book dedication was the root cause for some
of these literary squabbles reported on by Flavorwire. But a good one
might have smoothed things over. At least for a while. Literary Dedications

Finally, in the just to make you feel old department, Bustle listed
five outstanding children's books that are now fifty years old. Ah,
and it seems like only yesterday.

Go out and enjoy the first weekend of summer. Find a good book, soak
up some rays and let us know what good reading you have discovered.


6-19-14 Nicole Sandler Show - From Rio with Love...and Balls


This is the lead banner for Sunday's protest that was gassed by Brazil’s military police. June 15, 2014. (Photo by Dave Zirin)

I am not a soccer fan. That makes me in the distinct minority among the world's population, as most of the planet is is in the throes of fútbol mania as the "FIFA World Cup" is underway in Brazil.

My favorite sports writer, Dave Zirin of The Nation, has been ready for this global event for a while now, as he'd been working on his new book, Brazil's Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy in anticipation of the agony and ecstasy now underway.

His dispatches at The Nation are fascinating and required reading and, as is the case every time I speak with Dave, it was a fascinating conversation that also covered the racist name of the Washington DC NFL team, and the latest news surrounding the calls for the team's owner to change it!

For more background information on FIFA, we turn to John Oliver:

I started the show today with a two-fer of awards for the World's Biggest Asshole.

Award #1 went to former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer who, in a far-reaching profile called "The Gonzo Option" at National Journal, said some pretty unbelievable things!

The first one that got people asking, "Did he really say that?" was this, in response to Eric Cantor's primary defeat in Virginia last week:

"Don't hold this against me, but I'm going to blurt it out. How do I say this ... men in the South, they are a little effeminate," he offered when I mentioned the stunning news. When I asked him what he meant, he added, "They just have effeminate mannerisms. If you were just a regular person, you turned on the TV, and you saw Eric Cantor talking, I would say—and I'm fine with gay people, that's all right—but my gaydar is 60-70 percent. But he's not, I think, so I don't know. Again, I couldn't care less. I'm accepting."

And another, this on the subject of Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein

She was the woman who was standing under the streetlight with her dress pulled all the way up over her knees," Schweitzer says of Feinstein, "and now she says, 'I'm a nun,' when it comes to this spying I mean, maybe that's the wrong metaphor—but she was all in!"


For the second day in a row, we had to call out the biggest Dick of 'em all, Cheney. He and his daughter Liz co-penned an op-ed published yesterday by the Wall Street Journal in which the war criminal actually wrote, among other incendiary statements

Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many.

When asked about it by ABC's Fox correspondent wannabe Jonathan Karl, outgoing White House Press Secretary Jay Carney merely responded by asking

Which president is he talking about?

Hell froze over for a second day in a row, as Megyn Kelly challenged the evil Cheney duo about their self-righteousness in an interview last night

"But time and time again, history has proven that you got it wrong as well in Iraq, sir," Kelly said. "You said there was no doubt Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. You said the Iraq insurgency was in the last throes, back in 2005. And you said that after our intervention extremists would have to 'rethink their strategy of jihad.'"

"Now with almost a trillion dollars spent there, with 4,500 American lives lost there, what do you say to those who say you were so wrong about so much at the expense of so many?" she asked.

"No, I just fundamentally disagree, Reagan -- Megyn," Cheney responded. "You've got to go back and look at the track record. We inherited a situation where there was no doubt in anybody's mind about the extent of Saddam's involvement in weapons of mass destruction."

Kelly continued to grill the Cheneys on the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. At one point Liz Cheney said that Kelly's line of questioning demonstrated why she and her father formed a nonprofit organization, the Alliance for a Strong America, to combat Obama administration policies they believe undermine American security.

"There's no surprise, frankly, that there are a lot of people now who would like to say let's blame the Bush-Cheney administration for what happened," she said. "That's a pretty routine thing we hear from this administration."

That sound you hear is heads exploding all over Faux News land!

Also on the show today, Amy Simon of She's History with some fabulous pacifist female facts about Jeanette Rankin, Bella Abzug and Barbara Lee.   If you're in the Los Angeles area, you can go see a reading of the new version of the play "She's History"

And we wrapped things up with our weekly NO MORE BULLSHIT MINUTE with Stephen Goldstein, author of The Dictionary of American Political Bullshit.   Today, we discussed the truly bullshit term "Boots on the Ground." It's not boots we're concerned with, it's human lives.

We'll be back tomorrow with the Friday edition of the show, featuring your calls and, from the archives, my interview with Randy Newman, plus performance, from 1999. See you then, radio or not!



Overnight: John Oliver Explains FIFA


FIFA soccer John Oliver

John Oliver is a very funny man as you will see in this highly-instructive video about FIFA, the International Federation of Soccer Associations.



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