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Lauren Mayer: "Eight is Better than One"

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Please note:
If you're in the SF area, Lauren will be performing at Society Cabaret on Dec. 12th - tomorrow! - "Christmas Classics & Chanukah Shtick" (Guess which part applies to me), along with 'the Great Scotts' (Husband Scott Grinthal, singer-pianist Scott Lacy, and several other wonderful local performers)
Get your tickets here from Ticketmaster


Lauren Mayer is a singer/songwriter/pianist who writes comedy songs about everything from Supreme Court decisions to the Kardashians. She proudly supports leftist causes including equal pay, reproductive choice, fair minimum wage, addressing climate change, and marriage equality.
Note: Check out Lauren's CDs, including her latest, "If My Uterus Were A Gun (And Other Musical Rants From The News)" - available at "http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/laurenmayer8" as well as on iTunes and Amazon. Her website is laurenmayer.com. She's on Twitter at @laurenscomedy
Lauren's podcasts are on IndieMediaWeekly.
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And be sure to listen to her podcast: "Musical Mayhem w/Lauren Mayer"
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From YouTube

A celebration of diversity by Dr. Dreidl & MC Menorah (the first, and perhaps only, mother-son Jewish rap act)

From Lauren's email to me:

Comic relief for the holidays (but also a reminder of religious diversity), by the first (and possibly only) mother-son Jewish rap act . . . . (and featuring my younger son at ages 15 and 19, what a difference!)

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Lauren Mayer: Good Ol' Down Home Country Hanukkah?

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Lauren Mayer is a singer/songwriter/pianist who writes comedy songs about everything from Supreme Court decisions to the Kardashians. She proudly supports leftist causes including equal pay, reproductive choice, fair minimum wage, addressing climate change, and marriage equality.
Note: Check out Lauren's CDs, including her latest, "If My Uterus Were A Gun (And Other Musical Rants From The News)" - available at "http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/laurenmayer8" as well as on iTunes and Amazon. Her website is laurenmayer.com. She's on Twitter at @laurenscomedy

From YouTube:

Relatives, fried food, and hunky Maccabean men . . . what could be more country than Hanukkah?

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Lauren Mayer: Don't They Know (Not Everyone Does Christmas)?

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Lauren Mayer is a singer/songwriter/pianist who writes comedy songs about everything from Supreme Court decisions to the Kardashians. She proudly supports leftist causes including equal pay, reproductive choice, fair minimum wage, addressing climate change, and marriage equality.
Note: Check out Lauren's CDs, including her latest, "If My Uterus Were A Gun (And Other Musical Rants From The News)" - available at "http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/laurenmayer8" as well as on iTunes and Amazon. Her website is laurenmayer.com. She's on Twitter at @laurenscomedy

From Lauren's email to me:

This week I'm taking on Bob Geldof's latest resurrection of his pretentious, patronizing monstrosity/holiday classic (depending on your perspective), to raise awareness of my own cause: Don't They Know (Not Everyone Does Christmas)?

From YouTube:

A plea for tolerance, in the grand tradition of overblown rock anthems

I get tired of explaining I don't WANT a Chanukah Bush!

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The Book Booth: Happy Hanukkah Edition

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Image via Taste of Home

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 Festival of Lights begins on the evening of Tuesday the 16th and so we wish all of you celebrating a big Happy Hanukkah. Unfortunately, Governor Walker was unable to pass along his own special greeting here, as he's still boning up on Jewish customs and holidays.

For those of you still holiday shopping, and I'm guessing that is most of you, Maria Popov at Brainpickings found this new reissue of East of the Sun, West of the Moon with beautiful illustrations by Kay Nielsen.
East West

However, if you'd been intending to put in the winning bid on the fabled Joan Anderson Letter that we discussed a couple of weeks ago, don't be in a hurry. Both the estates of Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady have made legal claims to the letter and it may not be auctioned at all.
Kerouac letter

Kerouac's novels were in the roman a clef genre, with the names changed to protect the innocent. But recently some authors have dispensed with the name change, and insert themselves right into the story. MentalFloss talks about the authors here.
Authors As Characters In Their Own Books

Truman Capote famously once called Jack Kerouac a typist, not a writer. I think time wasn't on Capote's side in his judgment. And then sometimes, in inventing the non-fiction novel, Truman sometimes bent the truth. But does it matter?

Laura Miller at Salon talks about In Cold Blood here.

First impressions are important, or so they tell me. The same is true with a book's first line, or first page. Publishers Weekly recently found several contemporary first pages that do suck the reader into the story immediately.
Those All Important First Lines

It's not surprising that David Foster Wallace was included in the above mentioned article. He is regarded as a modern master now. Adam Kirsch offers this appreciation at Salon.
David Foster Wallace

Another modern master is the poet (and baseball fan, having ghosted the Doc Ellis autobiography among other works) Donald Hall.

His book of poems Without You, written after the passing of his wife, the poet Jane Kenyon, is an astonishing work. At age 86, he is no longer writing poems, but he still works on essays.

NPR caught up with him in this recent interview.
Donald Hall

In the Who Knew? department, an early work of Raymond Chandler has recently been discovered. It was copyrighted soon before he joined the Canadian military in 1917, and, oddly, does not feature his most famous literary creation, Philip Marlowe. Instead, it is a libretto to an opera. Hmm.

Raymond Chandler's Opera Libretto

I have to admit that I'm not a big fan of A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh. But it has never occurred to me that the Bear was somehow controversial. At least there is a town in Poland that thinks his sexuality is a bit too much. Or too little. Or something. H/T to my friend Caleb Bullen for sharing the link.

Winnie the Pooh Banned in Boston? No, in Poland.

Finally, the never-ending cycle of book to movie continues. The International Business Times recently covered some of the films you can expect to see next year, in AD 2015. And let us hope that the trend of dividing some adaptations into multiple films is laid to rest. I mean, really. Two movies of Mockingjay? Three of The Hobbit? Will the madness never end?
Books Adapted to Movies in 2015

Happy Hanukkah and good reading to you all. Be sure to let us know what great books you're absorbed in and have a great weekend.

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