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Lauren Mayer: "Fox Bimbos''



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.
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Just when you think the airheads on Fox News couldn't sound any stupider, they do . . . .


The Book Booth: Memorial Day Edition

Is this Shakespeare? A 400-year-old book says it is.

Is this Shakespeare?
A 400-year-old book says it is.

Image: BBC

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: Memorial Day Edition

We enter our long weekend that honors those men and women who have, as Lincoln said, given their last full measure of devotion in service to their country. It is good to have a long weekend, but let's do take a moment to remember those people who have served us to their utmost.

Memorial Day does mark the unofficial start of summer (though I object; summer starts when summer starts and not a second sooner), and with the coming of the warmer months, many of us plan traveling vacations. The folks at Bustle suggested a few places to visit that are the settings for some pretty good books here.

Of course Paris holds many a literary landmark. So those traveling abroad may want to consider these places, too. Again, from the well-traveled folks at Bustle.
Literary landmarks in Paris.

If the Far East, and specifically Tokyo, is your destination, check out the Tsutaya Bookstore, which sent Tom Downey, a writer at Gone, into paroxysms of delight. Via my friend Naka Oh.
Must Visit Tokyo bookstore.

James Joyce once remarked that Italian literature was Dante and that was saying quite a lot. No figure dominates the landscape as the master of terza rima. And it seems the poet turns 750 years old this year. He remains well worth anyone's time to read. John Kleiner at the New Yorker has this appreciation.
Dante would be 750 Years Old This Year

The same may be said of Shakespeare for English literature. But we've never been quite sure what the man looked like. The English magazine Country Life thinks his contemporary likeness has been found in, of all things, a book of botany that came out in the 1590s.
What Did Shakespeare Look Like?

In the Lost and Found Department, it seems that over the years filmmaker Orson Welles worked on his memoirs, tentatively titled Confessions of a One Man Band. Archivists at the University of Michigan have found extensive fragments. When and if published, they should be a very interesting read.
Orson Welles's Memoirs (Fragments)

And then there has been found an early unpublished work by Anton Chekhov, The Frank. The book is a collection of humor pieces and short fiction and will soon be published by the New York Review of Books. Jonathan Sturgeon at Flavorwire has the story here.
Unpublished Chekhov Work: The Frank

Earlier this week, I listened to a delightful interview by Robert Siegel of famed cartoonist Jules Feiffer on NPR. You can read the highlights or listen yourself here:
Jules Feiffer on NPR

So it is fitting that a new book has been published about him, Out of Line: The Art of Jules Feiffer. At age 86, the man is still working and recently wrote a graphic novel, a form new to him, called Kill My Mother. In conjunction with the publication of Out of Line, Feiffer had this conversation with Neil Gaiman, which you can read about here.
Jules Feiffer Talks With Neil Gaiman

And at last, we'll go out with a little quiz. Buzzfeed wants to know how many of these film adaptations of books you have seen. It seems I've not seen enough of them, much less read all the books.
Film Adaptations Quiz
Have a fine weekend working your way through your large pile of books and let us know which ones you are currently devouring.


The Book Booth: Mid-May Musings Edition



Image: John Green via AP

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: Mid-May Musings Edition

Here we are at mid-Spring and the flowers are just bursting. Our rhodies are amazing at this time and looking out our kitchen window is a visual pleasure. My hopes that you are enjoying this time of year as well.

The world of books is not without its share of controversy this time of year, as Jon Krakauer discovered when he gave a talk on his new book Missoula: Rape and Justice in a College Town. He doesn't usually do the author book tour thing, but thought the issues in the book important enough to address them at the University of Montana. He was heckled for his efforts as The Big Story reports.
Krakauer Hecklers in Montana

Mark Harvkey's novel In the Course of Human Events examines the life of a man who becomes mesmerized by a right-wing cult and its leader. Most of us don't meet these wackos on an every day basis. But their literature is out there and pretty scary. Harvkey looked at some of their books for Publishers Weekly.
Controversial Books in Print Today

Most of those tomes are obscure and known only to its fans or detractors. There are other books, maybe good ones, that have disappeared. MPR recently discussed three such lost works by Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Hardy and Sylvia Plath.
Lost Works by Major Authors

Most writers hope that their work will in some way make a difference in our world, in some way enhance our enjoyment at being on this planet. Jane Hirshfield recently talked about her new book Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World with the Washington Post. She has also authored a new book of poems, The Beauty.
Jane Hirschfield

We've just passed Mothers Day, but this story by Nick Bilton for the New York Times Style magazine poignantly talks about his shared love of books and reading with his mother. Mothers can and do make a big difference for us.
Mothers and Books

Language is such a fascinating phenomenon. We speak words and we can read words. And yet, it seems the ability to do both come from different parts of our brains, as the LA Times tells us.
Language and Our Brains

Words certainly mattered to William Zinsser whose book On Writing Well can usually be found on the bookshelf next to Elements of Style. He recently passed away at the age of 92. The New York Times had this remembrance.
William Zinsser Has Left Us

This week marks the "friendeversary" of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien who met in 1926. Remarkably, the story of their friendship will soon be a motion picture. I guess it will be along the lines of Shadowlands, the movie about Lewis's marriage to Joy Davidman. Sarah Seltzer examines the friendship of Tolkien and Lewis here at Flavorwire.

And speaking of film adaptations, Hilary Mantel is no stranger to having her work appearing on the screen, with the big success of her Wolf Hall series. Now she will have her novel of the French Revolution, A Place of Greater Safety, (and a very good book, if you have not read it), adapted by the BBC as The Bookseller reports.
Hilary Mantel

Have a great weekend, filled with the joy of words. And let us know what books you happen to be devouring.


Your Weekly Upchucks: Shocking Religion News by Author @KCBoyd3



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


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
  • 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
  • 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


Science – Or Not

Supremes And Lower Courts

Theocracy Rising