Archive for rejection

The Book Booth: Back To School Edition



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: Back to School Edition

Yes, school is back! As I type, I can see all those kids, ages 5 to 18, backpacks laden with books, heading on home for the day. (I don't see them leave for school, because who gets up that early when you don't have to?). My best wishes to all the students and may you have successful academic years.

For the fashion-minded English major who really wants to show off his or her literary cred, Litographs has this cool selection of t-shirts.
Literary T-Shirts

Or if none of those please, take a look at the stylings from Bustle.
And More Literary T-Shirts!

The James Bond franchise keeps chugging along. The British novelist Anthony Horowitz is the most recent author to take on 007 in an new novel, Trigger Mortis. He has tried to up-date the suave spy into the 21st century, but lest the past be forgotten, he has also re-introduced Pussy Galore into Bond's life. Horowitz talked to NPRs Robert Siegel. (And if anyone is seeking my opinion, I think Idris Elba would make a terrific Bond. Just saying.)
Bond, James Bond

Keith Rice at Word and Film had these thoughts on the best horror films based on books. It is a good selection, and I feel good to know that I'm not the only one who thinks highly of Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining. Personally, I've never been an Exorcist fan, and kind of wish he'd included James Whale's The Bride of Frankenstein, even if the screenplay doesn't resemble Mary Shelly's work much at all.
"The Book Was Better" - or Not?

Speaking of Stephen King, as I just was in an oblique sort of way, Congrats to the horror novelist for being one of this years honorees for the National Medal of Arts. President Obama gave him the award this past Thursday night.
Stephen King a National Medal of Arts Honoree

If you have the time, this essay by Dan Chiasson on Ralph Waldo Emerson is worth a read. I'm not sure why Emerson isn't talked about more these days. I think he still remains relevant to our times, and it is good to see him appreciated.
Emerson Appreciated

This article by Art Winslow about a novel entitled Cow Country, authored by one Adrian Jones Pearson, is worth a look, too. He offers the opinion that in fact, author Pearson is none other than Thomas Pynchon, or his twin brother, or something. I'm not quite sure what to make of it, but his description of the work would certainly remind many of the old recluse himself.
So Who Really Wrote 'Cow Country'?

If you are heading to your favorite independent bookseller or to the library this weekend, you may want to check out this list of women authors in translation for ideas on what to pick up. An impressive group from Flavorwire.

Finally, a mystery solved for those of you who wonder what your cats are up to while you are not at home. And this wouldn't be the internets, if we didn't include cute cat pictures. H/T to my friend from Second Life, Stranger Nightfire.
It's The Internet So It's Cat Picture Time

Please have a great weekend, filled with lots of reading and many books. And please let us know what good books you've got going.


The Book Booth: Labor Day Edition



Image: FlavorWire

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: Labor Day Edition

I guess Labor Day is supposed to mark the end of summer in some cultural sense. Certainly there is the nip of Fall in the air here and in our little town, school is set to begin again. Let's all enjoy the long weekend, and let us honor those men and women who really built America, and continue to do so.

Some colleges and universities have begun their school years already, while others will gear up at the end of September. Flavorwire recently suggested some book titles that may appear in some curricula that you may want to take a gander at. The fifty or so books here are slanted well towards the modern and post-modern, but it is an interesting list, nonetheless.
Assigned College Textbooks You Might Want to Read Whether You're in College or Not

Presidential election politics are heating up, about six months too soon, if you ask me, but there we are. All the major candidates will author (or, more probably, have ghost-written) books about themselves, or have books written about them. Not to worry. The election is a mere 14 months away and the 2020 campaign wont start until six to eight months later. That said, Publishers Weekly notes that Bernie Sanders leads the way in book publishing. So you can feel the Bern here.
Bernie Sanders Books

So many books get published every year. And yet many more languish in editor's slush piles and get either a cursory reading or just plain rejected. Few books by unknown authors see the light of day. Judith Guest's Ordinary People comes to mind. A Confederacy of Dunces went from publisher to publisher before Louisiana University Press finally issued it. Ruth Gaim, whose novel Into the Valley was just published by the Soho Press after sixty rejections. She details her thoughts about rejection here for Publishers Weekly.
So A Publisher Rejects Your Manuscript? So What?

Then again, can a writer have too many works published? There are many authors out there who seem to publish yearly and often more than that. James Patterson. Joyce Carol Oates. Stephen King offers an interesting explanation on being prolific here for the New York Times.
Being Prolific - What Does It Say About an Author?
(written by Stephen King)

By the way, the Nobel Prizes will be announced in October, and Joyce Carol Oates should be happy to know that she is in the top five, according to the odds makers at 13 to 1.
Who Are the Nobel Prize in Literature Contenders?

Good news for the fans of Eoin Colfer's eight book Artemis Fowl series. Disney Studios has tapped Kenneth Branagh to develop the books into cinema. The man has done Shakespeare well! He can certainly do Artemis
Kenneth Branagh to Develop Eoin Colfer Book

As you may remember, the beloved Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series, passed away from complications from Alzheimer's Disease last March. The good news is that his 41st book of the series, The Shepherd's Crown, has been published and it has received some fine reviews.
5 Stars for Terry Pratchett's Final Novel

Finally we note the passing of Dr. Oliver Sacks this week. His books were fascinating explorations of the brain. I remember how much I loved his Awakenings, which I read some forty years ago now (and filmed nicely with Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro). His books will always be a source of pleasure and interest.
Dr. Oliver Sacks Has Left Us

Have a terrific long weekend and enjoy some good books! And, as always, please do let us know what books you are loving.


Cartoons of the Day- Buh Bye Anthony Weiner



Mike Smith


Jimmy Margulies


Gary Varvel


VIDEO- Lindsey Graham: "I will not raise tax rates... but Grover is wrong... I will violate the pledge." Former Bushie: "Increase taxes on wealthy."


We don't always agree with Mediaite, but they do give good video:

Lindsey Graham on ABC’s This Week:

“I’m willing to generate revenue. It’s fair to ask my party to put revenue on the table. We’re below historic averages. I will not raise tax rates to do it. I will cap deductions. ... But to do this, I just don’t want to promise the spending cuts. I want entitlement reforms... What I’m looking for is more revenue for entitlement reform before the end of the year.”

"Republicans should put revenue on the table. We’re this far in debt. We don’t generate enough revenue. Capping deductions will help generate revenue. Raising tax rates will hurt job creation.”

“So I agree with Grover, we shouldn’t raise rates, but I think Grover is wrong when it comes to we can’t cap deductions and buy down debt. What do you do with the money? I want to buy down debt and cut rates to create jobs, but I will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country, only if Democrats will do entitlement reform.”

Think Progress counters with some, you know, facts:

Graham’s insistence on entitlement reforms ignores that Democrats have already made significant changes to Medicare (as part of the Affordable Care Act) and have proposed reforms to Social Security, even though the program is not in need of an immediate fix. And his claims that raising tax rates will kill jobs is tenuous, if oft-used. Reports from the Congressional Research Service and the Congressional Budget Office, both non-partisan agencies, have shown that allowing the expiration of the high-income Bush tax cuts would have little impact on economic growth.

As for Grovie, “an increasing number of prominent Republicans are dismissing Norquist as a pest.” His majority in Congress is all but gone, and GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss brushed off Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge.

So the good news is that Grover's fading fast. The bad news? The tone deaf GOP is still hoping to pull revenue miracles out of their elephantine hineys without allowing the Bush tax cuts, which were designed to expire, to expire.


Matthew Dowd, a former Bush administration official, hasn't been shy about disagreeing with his own party. Here he goes again. And will someone please give Peggy Noonan sincerity lessons? Her condescension is positively gag-worthy.


"If there's some way you could substitute truth serum into the water in the Capitol... they all know... revenue has to be raised, and the only way to raise real revenue is to increase the tax rate on the wealthy. It's the only way. Cuts have to be done, including defense cuts... defense can be cut without hurting our security... And they also know Grover Norquist is an impediment to good governing. The only good thing about Grover Norquist is that he's named after a character from Sesame Street. And that's I hope the last we can hear of it..."

One more thing: The word "entitlements" has been given such a negative connotation by the GOP that it's time we replace it with "earned benefits." That's what they are, earned. We may be entitled to them, but Republicans have turned that word on its head, as they've done with so many others.