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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In much happier news, twenty unpublished poems written by the great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


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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


Overnight: Carnival in Rio



I had no idea when I thought of themes for these overnights how different 'Carnival' or 'Mardi Gras' traditions would be celebrated throughout the world.. The carnival tradition I know best is from the Black Forest.

Here's an ITN video from the Carnival in Rio. Quite a difference from Venice or Basel or Cologne!

From the 'About' information on YouTube:

Scantily-clad beauty queens lead thousands of samba dancers through Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome as the 15-day party reaches its final blow out. Report by Matt Blake. Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at . Subscribe to ITN News! Visit our homepage at


Overnight: Black Orpheus / Orfeu Negro - Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Black OrpheusI just finished watching the Oscars and I'm glad I taped them so that I could skip through passages which meant nothing to me.  It looks as many of them have excellent special effects, but I doubt I'll see them.  There's just something too slick, too perfect about them (based on the excerpts I saw).  I still prefer simple films and simple stories like Black Orpheus.

I chose it for this evening's overnight for two reasons. One is that it's a beautiful film. Two that it takes place during the carnival in Rio. Netflix, unfortunately, does not stream it, but it is available from them on DVD.

Black Orpheus (Portuguese: Orfeu Negro)

is a 1959 film made in Brazil by French director Marcel Camus. It is based on the play Orfeu da Conceição (pt) by Vinicius de Moraes, which is an adaptation of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, set in the modern context of a favela in Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval. The film was an international co-production between production companies in Brazil, France and Italy.

The above is from the Wiki where you can read more about the film.


How Many Times Can You Be A Virgin?


Catarina_Migliorini-615x345Virgin For Sale: Catarina Migliorini

Okay, let's get this straight. A 21-year-old Brazilian woman who last year auctioned off her virginity online for a whopping $780,000 now says she wants to sell it again.

Yes, Play It Again, Sam. This sounds outrageous on so many levels, but let's take them one at a time.

You only get one shot at being a virgin or so I've been told. That kind of goes with the definition. But, in the case of  Catarina Migliorini, she changed her mind when she met the man who first bought the rights to deflower her and they evidently didn't consummate the act. So, she's still a virgin. Oh what a relief that is.

Wondering how that all went down? The first time she put herself up for auction, a Japanese man, identified only as Natsu beat out competition from 14 other men, mainly from Brazil, but also from India, Australia and the United States. When she met up on the day of the event, she found out that the 53 year old Japanese man wasn't who he said he was. He turned out to be a 21 year old Japanese guy. I guess she was looking for for the "daddy" type so she rejected him. Maybe she secretly suffers from reverse ageism. Or maybe just the fear of the second syllable.

She's not saying how much of the promised consideration (money) if any that she got for refusing to go along with the initial consummation service. But the experience didn't turn her off, totally. She's prepared to go through with the "sacrifice" and this time for sure. Apparently, she's lowered her expectations.

She told the Brazilian showbiz website Pure People that she hopes to bring in at least $680,000. But anyone who's shopped on an line auctions knows, sometimes the prices for an item can rise as the bidding can become heated and the competition stiffens.

Money for sex sounds like prostitution. Is this whole thing legal? If that's the case, why did Craig's list have to shut down it's sex for money section a year or so back? How is that any different? Just the advertising campaign here seems to separate it - maybe if Craig's List had called the ads, Used Virgins for Sale it might have been okay... or maybe I'm simply missing something here.

Actually, she did take the legal considerations under advisement. Further research claims she is planning to "give it up" while flying in an airplane -- the "mile high club" so it's  somehow, not illegal? Just think, you not only get the girl, you get to claim her in an exclusive club -- the Mile High Club. Geez, this story just gets better and better.

Catarina Migliorini2Catarina Migliorini, Playboy

As covered by The Raw Story:

The young woman, who posed nude next to a pink teddy bear in Playboy magazine, opened her own website to hold a second sale of her virginity to the highest bidder.

“I decided to open my own webpage to auction off my virginity and this time it will be for real. So those interested, men or women, can make their bids,” she said.

Well, I have to hand it to Miss Migliorini, she doesn't care who pops her cherry. She doesn't discriminate based on sex. She's an equal opportunity "f**ker. Now my parting comments are this:  I wish this brave entrepreneur all the best -- she keep it safe. And good luck getting the lube past the TSA security.