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The Book Booth: Tax Time 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: Tax Time Edition

Yes, tax filing day is Monday, the day all procrastinators fear. For the first time in a long time, we had to write the IRS a check and although I don't mind paying my fair share, it seemed a little odd to write them a check. Fortunately, it was not a huge check. But still...

It's also campaign season, and considering the horror show over in the GOP, where there is only a choice of extreme right-wingers, I suppose there are some of us contemplating a move to Canada or beyond. If you happen to be considering such a move, you may want to check out the books about ex-pats suggested by Signature.
Moving Away from the US

Back in the day when I mentioned that I was a bookseller, the response was often, "Oh, must be nice to sit around all day and read". As if the books magically appeared in the store, shelved themselves and rang up the sales when they exited the shop. Or paid the bills. So I can sympathize with authors who often get responses like, "Oh, have you written anything I may have read?". Our own Lucian found this link of other plausible silly responses here.
So You're A Writer? Have I Read Anything Of Yours?

From Publishers Weekly, Philip Ball talks about the revised edition of his Patterns in Nature, first published in 1999. There are some stunning images and well worth your time to peruse.
Patterns in Nature

One of the most important publishing houses of the 20th Century was Alfred Knopf's. It published many of the most significant works of the time. A recent book by Laura Claridge, titled The Lady with the Borzoi, argues that Knopf's wife, Blanche, was equally important to the publishing firm, if not mores than her husband. Charles McGrath reviews the book here in the New Yorker, and the details are very interesting.
The Borzoi Book Publisher

Of all the wits that populated the Algonquin Round Table back in the twenties and thirties, there was probably no one sharper and funny than Dorothy Parker, and whose own life was sadly troubled. Robert Gottlieb reviewed her life and her work here for the New York Review of Books.
Brilliant, Troubled Dorothy Parker

I'll bet that on the occasions you've surfed the internet, you have run across the occasional cat picture or video. Probably more than once. Cats have long been a feature in bookstores and not just because they're some sort of cute fixture. Bookstores can be infested with rodents, who, believe me, will munch on tasty book bindings. Having a cat around keeps the mice scarce.
Bookstores and Cats

Seattle Tammy and I have been spring cleaning and rearranging nearly everything in our home. And we have a few books. Well, more than we have shelves for. So we can relate to the Bustle article about the lack of space for books in our home.
Where to Put All Those Books?

Here's hoping everyone has a wonderful weekend, and that you all receive tax refunds this year. And please let us know what reading you've got going on.


The Book Booth: Summer Days Edition


book necklace

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.

Some of us enjoy a cool, refreshing drink on a weekend summer day. Others are busy penning the worst opening line for a novel, hoping to win the distinguished Bulwer-Lytton Prize. Keep writing and better luck next year as this years winner has been announced. And it is worthy.  The Winner!

Earlier in the month, Rick Perlstein's The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan was published. His previous history of the sixties, Nixonland, received great acclaim (as it should have, it is a terrific read). However Right-Wing critics took the opportunity to impugn Perlstein with charges of plagiarism. Laura Miller at Salon, however, says enough is enough and looks at the issue here. Plagiarism?

And then there is quoting out of context. Which, it seems, Amazon has been doing using no less a personage than George Orwell in its on-going battle against the Hachette Publishing Group. According to the Guardian, the Orwell estate is not happy, not happy at all.  Amazon Misquoting

In sadder news this week, we saw the passing of Robin Williams (Laffy had a sweet tribute here  Laffy's post on Robin Williams). His comic legacy is huge, as is his cinema performances, among them Dead Poets Society. His contribution to keeping literature alive is examined by Roger Tagholm at Publishing Perspectives. Robin Williams's Legacy

As we have talked about here many times, film adaptations of written works often spark a lot of controversy, especially if an author loves or hates the adaptation. Shortlist. com has thirty such responses in a fun presentation. Film Adaptations Not Everyone Is Happy With

The Telegraph recently weighed in on the top 100 novels everyone should read. I found the rankings a bit odd, but there are some interesting choices.  The Telegraph's Top 100 Novels

Then there are the well-meaning English teachers who seem to have a literary canon of their own. George .R.R. Martin had little use for them or their canon. He seems to have made out ok...  SciFi Will Rot Your Brain - or Maybe Not

We all have our own passions when it comes to books, or any art medium for that matter. iO9 has this list of books that will make one more passionate about science and scientists.

You are reading this post on the internets, of course. And we all know that the internets are meant to post cute cat pictures. So enjoy some cats and their literary names, courtesy of Buzzfeed.

Looking for something weird and good to read for the weekend? Novelist Stephanie Feldman recommends these ten creepy novels that will give you the shivers. From Publishers Weekly.

Finally if you are looking for something "crafty" to do this weekend, and you want some inspiration, take a look at these book-related projects from Buzzfeed. Book-related art.

So kick back, enjoy that chilled drink, and let us know what great book you are reading. And by all means, have a great weekend.


Friday Links

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This wonderful photo is from this page: - i.e., the Reef before the Abbott Point coal terminal dumps its dredge spoil into it

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority approves plan to dump Abbot Point spoil

Montana Ranks 3rd Nationally in Tea Party Members per Capita
(from the Montana Cowgirl Blog)

A Few Things to Know About Angry Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm

Here's How to Know if Your GMail has Been Hacked (Note: this is very easy to check.

Cat angrily defends home against the mailman through the mail slot.

US-Built Afghan Roads Turn into Death Traps

Indiana Police Believed Woman's Tale of Supernatural Haunting That Ended in Exorcism


Video Mid Day Distraction- Cats Massaging Dogs Compilation


Via Sullivan.