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The Book Booth: What's In That Pipe? 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: What's In That Pipe? Edition

It's another opening, another show! Time to brush up our Shakespeare! Everyone's favorite bard, it appears, was no stranger to the use of marijuana. Now may be the time to, um, re-read those plays and sonnets.
Don't Bogart That Pipe, Will

When we think of summer beach reading, we tend to think of thrillers or romances, or both. Vanity Fair thinks we should look at some darker themes while basking in the sun and has these suggestions for the ocean.
Summer's Here And the Time Is Right for Reading on the Beach

Then, again, if you'd like something a bit more substantial, the readers at Buzzfeed recommended these under-rated books. Topping that list is Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain, which probably isn't neglected, but if you haven't read it, do so.
Under-Rated Books You Should Read

The poet and novelist Naja Marie Aidt, whose new novel is entitled Rock, Paper, Scissors, also has some reading ideas of novels written by poets. Though I think most people regard Gertrude Stein, no relation to Garth, as a novelist; her poetry is pretty forgettable. Otherwise it is an interesting list.
Novels Written by Poets

With the recent departures of both Jon Stewart and David Letterman from the late night airwaves, authors will be missing those venues to promote their books. Those guys were terrific at interviews and the art of book placement in front of a camera. How important are these promos? Publishers Weekly tells us we should just ask Jon Stewart's wife.
How Important Are TV Book Promos? Ask Jon Stewart's Wife

From the world of the bizarre department. It seems children's author and illustrator Mary Engelbreit has drawn some severe criticism for her recent art concerning the death of Michael Brown a year ago in Ferguson, Missouri. Truth be told, I have not been a fan of hers, but I am now.
A Children's Book Illustrator Getting Hate Mail?

Not to be out-done when it comes to removing books from the classroom, Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Florida has pulled Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night. Apparently it has swearing in it. Oops.
The [expurgated] Incident of the Dog in the Night And A Florida High School

Finally, I think you all need one of these. This handy little gizmo will calculate how long it will take you to read the books in your TBR, or To Be Read, list. Mine looks to be seven months. What's yours?
How Long Will It Take to Read All Those Books on Your Bedside Table? 

It's the weekend! Break out those books and start turning the pages and enjoying some good writing. And do let us know what books you are loving now.

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The Book Booth: St. Valentines 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: St. Valentines Day Edition

A Happy Valentines Day to all you lovers and sweethearts out there. May you all have a candy tray filled with messaged hearts!

For those of you without a loved one to share the day, perhaps if you were even more interesting than you already are, your love life would spark up. With that in mind, take a look at Emily Temple's list of books that will make you more attractive intellectually. Or maybe not. In any event, Flavorwire has the list here.

The fallout from the news that there is another Harper Lee novel, a sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, continues. For a more detailed look at the controversy, The New York Times devoted a lengthy article. Mockingird Prequel/Sequel?

But yet more controversy! Who exactly owns the screen rights to the new novel? Well, my guess is Ms. Lee does. But that doesn't stop people in Hollywood from talking. The Los Angeles Times reports. Mockingbird / Watchman Screen Rights?

Still, really, the big media news story this past week was Jon Stewart's announcement that he would be leaving the Daily Show later this year. Surely, we will all miss the caustic humor of Jon Stewart. But who will miss him the most? Why book publicists, of course, says the Washington Post.
Jon Stewart Is Moving On

Americans are woefully ignorant of literature written outside the United States. That so many of us had never heard of Patrick Modiano until he won the Nobel Prize for literature last year is evidence of that. That used not to be true. I remember when South American writing was all the rage and lively discussions were to be had over many European writers. Why this has come to pass, I don't really know. Bill Morris at the Daily Beast tackles the question here.
European Writers / Foreign Fiction

Maybe we should all try to adopt the plan of English writer Ann Morgan, who tried to read a different book from a different country, all within one year. She described how she blogged her activities and turned those posts into a book for the BBC. H/To to Lucian for finding this one.
Read the World!

In the used book business, we get lots of folks looking for out-of-print tomes all the time. Some are very easy to find. Yet others are obscure and difficult to obtain without a lot of cost. Bookfinder.com has come up with its list of the most requested OP titles for the past year. Not a lot of surprises, but I was sort of stunned to see Stephen King titles in the list. Who lets King go out of print? Thanks to our friend Mark McKay for sending the link along.
Stephen King Out of Print? Say It Isn't So!

To become a good Antiquarian bookseller, it takes a good eye and a lot of knowledge about the history of books, including types of paper, printing processes, etc. Susan Halas knows a great deal more than I do and shared the information some time ago here. Another h/t to Lucian.
Things to Know If You're a Newcomer in the Book Biz

Over the years, Margaret Atwood's A Handmaids Tale has been a classic of dystopian literature. Surprisingly for me, at least, the current Freshman class at West Point was required to read the book. And, even more surprisingly, Ms. Atwood ventured to the Academy to discuss the work and take questions from the cadets. Laura Miller at Salon has the story here.
Margaret Atwood at West Point

Perhaps some sort of dystopia is not that far away. And in the wrong hands, technology just might become evil! What of a future where the book cover judges you? A scary thought that is on the verge of happening. As Kevin McCarthy shouted, They're here, they're here!
Dystopia is Already Here

A Happy Valentines Day for us all. And whether the current book you are reading is romantic or not, let us know what good books you have piled up.

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Your Weekly Upchucks: Shocking Religion News by Author @KCBoyd3

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K. C. Boyd, is the author of Being Christian - A Novel,: A black comedy guaranteed to take you on a wild and frightening ride deep into the dark side of the religious right. It is available on Amazon in multiple formats.

She is the go-to blogger for religion, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state.  You can read her earlier posts on The Political Carnival here and more about who she is on her own website here

The Weekly Upchuck, February 1, 2015

Abortion, Contraception And Other Womens’ Rights

 

Creationism – - Or Not

  • Ham-Chuck – The Missing Link: 55,000-year-old human skull found in Israel sheds light on migration and sex with Neanderthals
  • Cherry-Picking Science Chuck: Many Americans reject evolution, deny climate change yet find GM food unsafe
  • The Consequence Is Upchuck: Consequence of ‘School Choice:’ Creationism spreading in schools, thanks to vouchers

Education

Fifty Shades Of Bark Raving Mad

LGBT Issues

  • Whooopsie: Alabama seeks to stay order overturning gay marriage ban

Fifty Shades Of Hate

Fifty Shades Of Lying Propaganda

If Media Is The Message

 

Israel, End Times And John Hagee

  • True Spew: Who will cheer Adelson Netanyahu Boehner and war with Iran? Evangelicals who want the Middle East to go up in flames.
  • Rich, Rich Spew: Some 60 members of the Republican National Committee, including its chairman, are heading to Israel at the end of the month on a trip fully paid for by an organization described as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Upchucking Bry-Bry: WILL GETTING RID OF BRYAN FISCHER GET RID OF THE AFA’S PROBLEM?
  • Lane’s Highway Of Hurl: David Lane, the man behind Rick Perry’s and Bobby Jindal’s ‘Response’ prayer rally and the man whose goal is mobilizing pastors and pews to restore America to her Judeo-Christian heritage, is now leading AFA’s all-expenses paid GOP trip to Israel.
  • Highway Hurl II: This is the guy now leading the RNC trip to Israel: David Lane Predicts Car Bombings in LA, DC and Des Moines over Gay Inauguration Prayers
  • Faustian Doo Doo: While Christian Zionist endtimers rally behind Bibi: Netanyahu Hungers For War With Iran
  • Highway Hurl III: “It is His land and I believe He (God) will reclaim it in time,”

LGBT Rights

  • For The Love Of Big Hate Chuck: Mormon Church Wants To Protect LGBT People, But There’s A Catch
  • For The Continuation Of Big Hate Chuck: Despite Its Announcement, The Mormon Church Hasn’t Actually Done Anything For LGBT Equality

Politics Nation

  • The Barf Amendment That Will Never Happen: Jindal: Amend Constitution To Stop Marriage Equality
  • Lend Me Your Barf Bag? Who Fears God More? The Iowa 2016 GOP Race Begins
  • Ban Jindal Poop: Bobby Jindal Endorses Ted Cruz’s Push To Ban Same-Sex Marriage
  • Cruz-ing The Toilet: Iowa Freedom Summit: Ted Cruz Pushes ‘Reigniting the Miracle of America’ Theme
  • Frothy Sputum: “I don’t believe life begins at conception,” Santorum told a crowd during an address at the fourth annual Siouxland Rally For Life. “I know life begins at conception.” Meanwhile, Santorum 2.0 plans to push Republicans to unify as “the party of the worker.”
  • Sshhh. Don’t Let ‘Em Know WhatWe’rPuking: Conservatives At Iowa Freedom Summit Preferred Not To Talk About Gay Marriage
  • Lane’s Highway Hurl III: THE BID TO TURN PASTORS INTO POLITICIANS
  • Quivery Upchuck: Romney urges students to marry young & “have a quiver full of kids”; He even cracks jokes about Joseph Smith’s polygamy”
  • Puking On The Constitution: Ben Carson Says Congress Should Remove Pro-Equality Judges, Which Is Unconstitutional
  • Calling Tina Fey Chuck: Run Sarah Run. Desperate For Cash Sarah Palin Says God Will Tell Her Whether Or Not To Run In 2016
  • Hucking Hard: Huckajesus says he can win because ‘real America’ agrees with his anti-choice, anti-gay views

 

Religion Gone Bad Gone Mad

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

Scandal

Science – Or Not

Supremes And Lower Courts

Theocracy Rising

 

Antidotes

 

 

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Your Weekly Upchucks: Shocking Religion News by Author @KCBoyd3

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K. C. Boyd, is the author of Being Christian - A Novel,: A black comedy guaranteed to take you on a wild and frightening ride deep into the dark side of the religious right. It is available on Amazon in multiple formats.

She is the go-to blogger for religion, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state.  You can read her earlier posts on The Political Carnival here and more about who she is on her own website here

The Weekly Upchuck January 25, 2015

Abortion, Contraception And Other WOmens’ Issues

Creationism

  • Hurling As One: Movie extolling Book Of Genesis as world guide features Huckajesus, Dershowitz, Ken Ham & other nutters.
  • Tetch Of Ham In My Upchuck: Forecast for Ark Park attendance cut by half of what Hamhead claims
  • Papal Smear: Santorum needn’t have flipped about Pope Francis’ birth control remarks when in reality, they toe the same conservative line
  • The Method To Their Upchuck: Inside the Secret History Behind the GOP’s Latest 20-Week Abortion Ban

Education

Fifty Shades Of Lies And Propaganda

Fifty Shades Of Stark Raving Mad

 

If Media Is The Message

Israel, End Times And John Hagee

LGBT

Politics Nation

Religion Gone Bad, Gone Mad

Scandal

Supremes And Lower Courts

Theocracy Rising

Antidotes

 

 

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