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The Book Booth: Mid-May Musings 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: 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.
Friends

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.

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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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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 18, 2015

In honor and memory of my sweet, sweet dog, Reilly.

Abortion, Contraception And Other Women’s Issues

Education

 

 

Fifty Shades Of Hate

If Media’s The Message

 

Israel, End Times And John Hagee

  • Foreign Policy Pukes: With Christian Fundamentalist encouragement, US Senate prepares new Iran sanctions bill, in hopes of scuttling deal.
  • Wrong Place, Wrong Toilet: Benjamin Netanyahu ridiculed over appearance at Paris solidarity march
  • Joe Blows: Former Dem, Joe Lieberman picks back up the Neo-con cudgel
  • Blah, Blah, Upchuck: Having recently apologized for calling President Obama anti-Semitic, John Hagee says it all over again.
  • Nous Vomissons: Minister: Expand settlements to absorb French immigrants
  • Call It Messianic Chuck: How Netanyahu’s Policies (and the alliance with John Hagee Are Fueling Anti-Semitism
  • Bienvenue To The World Of Upside-Down Upchuck: Israel wants to house French Jewish immigrants in the West Bank
  • Gett Thee To The Toilet: Israel, despite being a secular state, has no civil procedure for marriage/ divorce except the two differ in religious affiliations”

 

Fifty Shades Of Stark Raving Mad

LGBT Issues

Politics Nation

Religion Gone Bad Gone Mad

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • Hurling Into The 114th: Four New Anti-Choice Bills Introduced in U.S. Senate
  • When The Last Tree Dies, Upchuck: The Anti-Science Climate Denier Caucus: 114th Congress Edition
  • Cruz-ing While Hurling: Ted Cruz, on-record for denying climate change as well as having regularly pushed for govt cutbacks, appointed to oversee NASA in Congress
  • Tangled Up In Vomit: Gov. Bobby Jindal Says “We have tried everything and now it is time to turn back to God.”
  • The Lunatics In Charge Of The Asylum. Praise Be Upchuck: “The last 15 yrs, there has been no recorded warming” Ted Cruz, the newly appointed head of the Space, Science and Competitiveness Committee. You know, the one that funds NASA. The same NASA he vowed to defund.
  • Of Course They Hurl: House GOP Schedules Vote On A National Abortion Ban
  • Lurching Toward The Toilet. And Missing: Acting as both state senator & demon-hunting anti-gay exorcist, Klingenschmitt is proud to wear “two hats”
  • Wy-O-Wy Chuck? Wyoming bill would allow Christians to discriminate, sue over ‘oppression’ of gay marriage
  • Crimson Tide Of Vomit: Yes, in Alabama, a fetus can call witnesses to testify against its carrier

 

Scandal

Science – Or Not

Supremes And Lower Courts

Theocracy Rising

 

 

Antidotes

 

 

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