The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. It is written by @SeattleDan and SeattleTammy, operators of an on-line bookstore (which you can find here) , who have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.
The Book Booth: Storming the Fortress Edition
By this time I think the French people are in recuperation mode after celebrating the 227th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison, as well as the horrific attacks in Nice. We also celebrated the 104th birthday of Woody Guthrie, who left an incredible legacy of music. He stormed a few fortresses himself and his guitar killed fascists. Well done, sir.
Most fans of Philip K. Dick know that in 1974 he underwent what was either a psychotic breakdown or a mystical experience that informed his later work. Either way, he experienced visions, and being the highly intelligent man he was, he tried to understand them. Kyle Arnold explores the visions here for Publishers Weekly.
Philip K Dick
This past week also the anniversary of the birth of French master Marcel Proust, born on 10 July 1871, not long after the days of the Paris Commune. Always precocious, he answered a questionnaire sent to him by Antoinette Faure, daughter of a French politician of some renown, at the age of 14. That questionnaire had some long-lasting cultural ramifications as Evan Kindley explains here for the New Yorker.
Marcel Proust Questionnaire
Proust remains a literary treasure for serious readers. But in case you are dubious, six contemporary writers, including Edmund White and Francine Prose, make the case for reading him here for LiteraryHub.
Why Read Proust?
The memory of the Spanish Civil War continue to linger, some 80 years after it began. The Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca was executed early in that conflict by Fascist forces. Now his new memorial in Granada is experiencing a dispute between the poet's family and the Spanish government.
Garcia Lorca Memorial Dispute
Poetry can be our refuge from the world and Lord knows,we have had a couple of trying weeks. Here BuzzFeed suggests seventeen poems to help us struggle through them.
17 Poems to Help You Through Life
They keep finding some very cool stuff at the Folger Library. Here Sarah Hovde shares an illustrated French edition from 1910 of Macbeth, with the illustration by Swiss artist Carlos Schwabe (probably).
An Illustrated French Macbeth at the Folger
This coming week we will, in all likelihood, see the anointing of Donald Trump as the presidential nominee of the Republican Party. The Guardian recently interviewed American writer Walter Mosley about the Donald, among other things. And congrats to Walter for the recent publication of his novel Charcoal Joe, another installment in his Easy Rawlins series. If you have never read him, go do so now. We'll wait.
Walter Mosley on the Presumptive GOP Nominee
Have a most pleasant weekend. Rest now after making the charges against the barriers and enjoy some great books. And please let us know what those books are.