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Video Mid Day Distraction- Raw: George Takei Leads 'Chicken Dance' at Oktoberfest in Ohio


It's always a good time for The Chicken Dance. More here.


The Book Booth: Oktoberfest Redux‏


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.

October approaches with its brilliant colors. Time to pull out those sweaters and head to your nearest Independent Bookstore.

And as we are civic-minded, we present to you via the Huffington Post for all our single readers out there. I think flirting in a bookstore beats the hell out of flirting in the produce aisle of the grocery store.

But, wait! We're not finished with public service announcements. Publishers Weekly offers you James Joyce's Ulysses in pie-chart form. It's funny if you have read the book. And useful if you haven't.

You might want to check out your bookshelves to see if you happen to have a first edition of The Great Gatsby slotted in them. We recently observed Fitzgerald's birthday. And Gatsby remains a timeless treasure of American Literature. ABE Books will tell you how much your first edition may be worth.

J.R. Moehringer, author of the memoir The Tender Bar, has recently published a novel entitled Sutton. It is a fictionalized account of bank robber Willie Sutton, who famously answered the question of why he robbed bands by replying, "Because that's where they keep the money". Here is a short book trailer with him discussing his reasons for writing the novel.
Terry Gross had an in-depth interview with Moehringer on Fresh Air which you can listen to here.

With October comes thoughts of Halloween and scary stuff. (Well, many retailers have been thinking about Halloween since Flag Day, considering how early they put their displays up). Flavorwire has good list of famous ghosts in literature. The one I think they forgot, or didn't think was creepy enough, was Cathy in Wuthering Heights, who scared the heck out of me when I read. If you haven't heard Kate Bush's eponymous song, I promise it condenses the novel into about four more minutes of music that is chilling...and beautiful.

Publishers Weekly also had its own list of scary stories that you may want to check out.

Again from Flavorwire comes a list of cocktails you may enjoy while perusing some great books. Remember, please don't read and drive, though.

I finally finished Dennis Lehane's wonderful historical novel about Boston, The Given Day. I have now embarked on James Lincoln Colliers biography of the sublime Duke Ellington. Tell us what's on your nightstand this weekend! And please enjoy some fine reading.