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The Book Booth: Happy Easter and Opening Day 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. @SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore here, as well as a brick and mortar storefront mini-store in Hoquiam, WA at 706 Simpson Ave (Route 101 South). Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

The Book Booth: Happy Easter and Opening Day Edition

Every few years Easter and baseball's opening day more or less coincide. So my best wishes to you celebrating Easter, and for those of you who belong to the Church of Baseball, happy opening day!

Spring is the time when, at least in popular lore, love blooms. And with love comes sometimes comes frustration. Unrequited love also rears its ugly head. Over at BBC Culture, Textual Healing offers guidance who suffer from all sort of love's maladies. H/T to Lucian.
Lovesick? Try Textual Healing

Love inspires passion, both in spirit and in carnal ways. MentalFloss recently featured some famous poets who, in their spare time, indulged themselves in writing some "dirty" verse.
NSFW Poems from Poets You Know
For myself, I only know some limericks that aren't safe for work.

Among those characters in literature that suffered in love's game was Jay Gatsby and his obsession with Daisy Buchanan. Anne Margaret Daniel gives some background to the novel and to the whereabouts of the Scott Fitzgerald's first draft here in this interesting post from HuffPo.
Some Insights Into The Great Gatsby

If springtime is not your cup of tea, and you'd rather get down and dirty with your reading, check out some Southern Gothic. Jamie Kornegay, a bookseller from Greenwood, Mississippi, has recently authored another addition to the genre, a new novel entitled Soil. And also chose for Publishers Weekly, his favorites. Some of the usual suspects are here and also some interesting titles I'm not familiar with.
Some Southern Gothic Titles You May Not Know

One of the best loved and best selling titles in Science Fiction of recent years has been Ernest Cline's Ready Player One. Well, it will be now made into a film and with a director no less than Steve Spielberg set.
Ready Player One to Become a Spielberg Film

Although Thomas Pynchon's novels are not science fiction per se, science plays a major thematic background, especially his early books, which concern themselves with entropy and the second law of thermodynamics. But could it be that the author predicted parallel universes and mini-black holes so many years ago in Gravity's Rainbow? Could be, says Jonathan Sturgeon at Flavorwire.
Parallel Universes Predicted by Thomas Pynchon?

Pynchon famously avoids the public eye. He has said he's not reclusive; he merely doesn't like to talk to the press. Of course, that said, few have seen him and photos are rare. (Well there is the paper bag disguise he cleverly used when appearing on the Simpsons>) Again from BBC Culture, Lucy Scholes talks about Pynchon and the idea of being "reclusive".
The Author No One Has Ever Seen

Tired of reading? Like to use your fingers and be creative? Try one of these coloring books featured recently at NPR.
Coloring Books for Grownups? Why Not?

Finally, does anyone really know what time it is? Does anyone really care? Via SeattleTammy comes this clock.
What Time is It?  Book O'Clock of Course!

A Happy Easter to all of you celebrating the day! And may your favorite team go to the World Series this season and be defeated by the mighty Seattle Mariners. And, let us know what books you've got going! We'd love to hear about them.


Friday Links



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Sex Scandal Rocks the Duggars’ Christian Patriarchy Movement

Religious Right Claims Obama Desecrated Easter, a Holiday to Which They Have no Right

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The Book Booth: Easter Edition


easter bunnies

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.

We have a fine Spring weekend to look forward to in our little town, with sun, mild temps. After a winters long rain, SeattleTammy and I are anxious to get out into the garden, plant some stuff, and bicycling around the town. Not to mention the big house projects. We may even get around to doing some reading.

The big book news this week was the purchase of Goodreads by Amazondotcom. I do have a Goodreads account, but I have never bothered with it much. And many of my learned friends have deleted theirs, once they heard the news. Wired had this rather acerbic view of the matter.

And I have heard this alternative site may be the place to turn to, if that is the way your literary soul leads you.

Publishers Weekly recently concluded its poll on The Great American Novel. As these things go, I guess I am not surprised that Mockingbird headed the list, although I didn't vote for it. The PW blog had these reflections.

Meanwhile, over at the Atlantic Monthly, there are some authors who actually liked the film adaptations of their books. I liked this article, in part because that except for Cloud Atlas, I have both read and seen these movies, and enjoyed them all in varying degrees. (I can certainly recommend both Orchid Thief and Adaptation, with its very quriky screenplay by Charlie Kaufmann).

I can't recommend breaking the law, but Buzzfeed found some great graffiti examples of literary worth to share.

The folks at Buzzfeed had a busy week. They also found some very cool bookplates of celebrities past for our enjoyment.

It is always interesting to see famous writers correspondence and it is even more interesting to see the fan letters they can write to other authors. Emily Tempe at Flavorwire culled these examples. Nine fan letters and one not so fawining.

Not often do I see works of fiction in newspapers. The Guardian, the best paper on American politcs, as someone noted ironically, ran this short story by Neill Gaiman. Take the time to read it. Gaiman is always worth it.

I'll sadly note the passing of writer and journalist Anthony Lewis this week. His book Gideon's Trumpet is still used in law schools and will be for years to come. Another voice we shall miss.

Finally, the good folks at Maria's Bookshop in Colorado explain why we love bookselling. Hat tip to my old friend and colleague, Michael Coy for finding this YouTube:

A Happy Easter to everyone celebrating and a great weekend for us all. Tell us what's on your nightstand.


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