Image: The Independent
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: Fruition Edition
It seems to me to be a bit early, but our apple trees have many, many apples, all of them reddening. Our blueberries are ripening and although we don't have a bumper crop, after last year when we had so few, we have quite a few for our enjoyment, as does as our box turtle who is feasting.
So, like Pharrell Williams, we're happy. Which brings me to this story about the Happiest words in literature. The Atlantic Magazine has the 200 top happy words here for us and, of course, it includes rainbow. It also has the least happy words and currently Terrorist tops that list. I doubt that would have been the case 100 years ago.
Happy Words (And Some Not So Happy Ones)!
Many authors start their stories with working titles, that often are not the final choices for the published work. As you can tell from the following article from the Independent UK, those working titles aren't very good and the final ones much better. War and Peace published as All's Well That Ends Well wouldn't have worked for me.
From the literary history department we have this exploration by Yuval Taylor of the lives and friendship between Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, during the heyday of the Harlem Renaissance. Once very close to one another, the relationship ended in acrimony.
A Friendship Which Ended in Acrimony
And then there was Djuna Barnes, who seemed to have only complicated relationships until the time she became a recluse. In this article at the Awl, Timothy Beckwerth looks at what he thinks may be the first trans character in western literature, Dr. Matthew O'Connor, whose monologue is at the center of Barnes's best known work, Nightwood.
Djuna Barnes's Transexual Character
The king of complicated relationships may have been the painter Vincent Van Gogh. Perhaps when one possesses genius, nothing comes easily. Here at WorksinProgress, an excerpt from Bernadette Murphy's book Van Gogh's Ear, where she searches for the woman "Rachel" to whom Vincent's ear was given.
Where is Rachel?
From the gift department we have a couple of ideas. (You may just want these things for yourself.) During the election year it seems that every politician has to wear an American flag pin, or be considered unworthy. But for us book lovers, we can wear other pins that reflect our love of reading and BuzzFeed offers some examples.
Yes, You Need a Book Pin!
As it is still summer, most of us run around in our tee-shirts, soaking up the warmth of the sun's rays. Here Bustle offers us some nice literary tees that will make you look very smart and learned. I particularly like the Book Club shirt.
And here's hoping that your days are summery and pleasant, filled with fine books. By all means, let us know what those books are and have a great weekend.