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The Book Booth: Small Business Saturday Edition

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Image via The Guardian

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.

Today is Small Business Saturday and it is my fervent prayer that you all saved your pennies and did not shop any of the retailers open on Thanksgiving (and aid the corporate bastards) or get suckered into a Black Friday deal. Maybe next year when Black Friday comes we can all stand by the door and catch the gray men when they dive from the fourteenth floor.

One of the more interesting things that happened during the week was the discovery of a First Folio Shakespeare in a library in France. Only some 230 copies exist. When originally published in 1623, the cost was four pounds, which was a considerable amount of money then. I wonder if they'd sell it to me now for that much. I sort of doubt it.  Shakespeare

Another find during the week is the fabled "Joan Anderson" letter that a young Neal Cassady wrote to Jack Kerouac in the early fifties that ultimately changed Kerouac's prose style. NPR had the story here and is worth a listening. Kerouac

One of the perks of being a novelist (unless you're J.D.Salinger) is that sometimes you end up as a character in another writer's novel. Shakespeare, Dickens, Austen, Poe...and many others feature in this list of fifty novels with characters based on real authors from Flavorwire. Authors as Characters

Or you could end up, or have one of your characters, on a tee-shirt. Lucian passed along this selection of T's from Buzzfeed.
Literary T-Shirts

On the flip side from Buzzfeed, authors certainly hope that they're not put into these embarrassing situations at your local bookstore. Watch the signage folks!
Signage!

And speaking of fails, this is why local elections are important. You could have the Texas Board of Education making atrocious decisions on textbooks that affect the rest of the nation.
Texas Textbooks

It is coming on Winter and the days are growing shorter. And darker. Those afflicted with SAD probably should not take up the recommendations from Emily Temple at Flavorwire of the fifty gloomiest novels written.
Winter Literary Gloom

If civil war is more to your tastes, the Guardian had these suggestions, which is more international in scope. However, in my most humble opinion, there are much better books out there about the American Civil War than Gone with the Wind. Read Daniel Woodrell's A Woe to Live On, or Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain. Or The Red Badge of Courage.
Civil War Books

Sadly we note the passing of British mystery writer P.D. James at age 94. NPR has the story here.
P.D James has moved on.

Finally here is a sweet remembrance of the founder of the great New Directions publishing company James Laughlin by his friend Jonathan Galassi. It is not always the big publishing houses that bring out "litertature", but those small houses like ND or City Lights that make perusing a bookstore so delightful.
Smaller Publishers

We hope everyone had a most wonderful and splendid Thanksgiving. And please, if you are going to do some shopping today, please patronize your local small business. And by all means, let us know what books you're reading! We want to know.

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GOP's Gone With The Wind

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Tara - AKA The Capitol Building

John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, found a little budget money that wasn't effected by the government shutdown and he made an educational short to demonstrate how he plans on handling the problem of The Affordable Care Act with his close buddy Rafael 'Ted' Cruz.

In this clip, John Boehner is played by Vivian Leigh and Ted Cruz  is played by Butterfly McQueen. Oh, and the birthin' babies is played by Obamacare.

C'mon, you gotta believe this is how Boehner feels right about now. Talk about your betrayal. America, time to step into Vivian Leigh's shoes and show Ted Cruz how you really feel.

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Michele Bachmann missed every House vote in September

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Meet the Hypocridiot-O'-The-Day, Representative Michele Bachmann. Via The Hill:

After Standard and Poor’s downgraded the U.S. credit rating in August, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) called for Congress to return immediately from its recess to restore the nation’s AAA rating. [...]

The House held 60 votes during the month of September, and the Minnesota Republican missed them all.

Tsk, tsk, tsk, some-body's been out campaigning and straw polling  instead of doing her day job:

Bachmann arrived in the Capitol in time to hold a press conference rebutting Obama, and she left town before the first votes the next morning. Bachmann last voted on Aug. 1.

Kristin Sosanie, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (the state’s affiliate of the national Democratic Party) said that even before Bachmann started campaigning, she'd missed more House votes than any other member of the Minnesota delegation.

But as her spokesperson says, at least she keeps in touch with her staff. That's clearly exactly the same as casting votes that supposedly represent the voters in her district.

Bachmann’s scant voting record complicates her argument on the campaign trail that she is leading the fight against over-spending in Washington. She did not participate in the congressional dispute last month over spending levels for fiscal 2012, and she did not vote on measures to keep the federal government running past Sept. 30.

Of course, the Republican leadership is fine with all this, because Bachmann often votes against her own party. And ours. 

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Video- Bill Maher to the Sons of Confederate Veterans: Gone With the Wind Was Just a Movie Made in Culver City - By Jews

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Via Heather.

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