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The Book Booth: Why Am I Soft in the Middle 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.

With all the wet weather recently, we've been using the car much more than the bicycles and I'm beginning to feel the lack of exercise. It'll be fine with me when the sun returns on a more permanent basis; and the days are now beginning to lengthen. Spring can't be too far away.

It may be sometime this spring when the conservative celebrity, Dr. Ben Carson, will make his decision about running for President next year. But Dr. Carson seems to have a problem with thinking originally. His 2012 book America the Beautiful seems to have plagiarized several of his conservative buddies, as BuzzFeed reports.
Ben Carson's Plagiarism

Carson and his publisher have issued apologies. Sort of. But I'm sure all of you will be glad that future printings will make the necessary corrections.
Ben Carson's Plagiarism -2-

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings, Rupert Murdoch help all Muslims accountable, because, you know...jihad. J.K. Rowling responded in kind and with great wit. Salon has the story here.

Those of us who have traveled abroad and ventured into foreign bookstores have noticed that very often the cover art for books are much different than the American counterpart. The Millions recently examined the jackets for these new books as seen here in the States and in the U.K. And there are some major differences.
Major Differences in Cover Art

There's sexy and then there's sexy. And there may be nothing more seductive than literary villains. Emily Temple listed her favorite fifty (!) sexy bad folk and the list is a lot of fun. I'm not thinking of any omissions off the top of my head, but you might.
Sexy Villains

Who doesn't love a good graph now and then? By the book has this one graphing the ages of some writers when they both first published and their "breakthrough" novels were written.
Age of Writers When They Wrote Their Breakthrough Books

Quiz time! Writers have used pen names for a long, long time. Can you match the pseudonym to the actual writer, asks Buzzfeed.
So Who Is Really Who?

Sigh. Another of my favorite authors, Robert Stone, has passed. He is probably best known for his novel Dog Soldiers, but his Flag for Sunrise and Children of Light were equally powerful. He will be missed.
Robert Stone Has Moved On

It may be January, but it is never too early to think about traveling and listing sights to see. ABEBooks, via HuffPo, has this list of spectacular bookstores.
Spectacular Bookstores - Your Home Away from Home

And if you're going to stop into the bookstores, you may as well take in some of the libraries that our own Lucian found on the BBC.
And Don't Forget Libraries - They're There for You!

Warm dreams and good reading, my friends. Please let us know what books are keeping you enthralled!


Secret recordings of Rupert Murdoch and Sun staff: "We will hit back."



Rupie was caught on tape, and Gawker has video and more details here:

ExaroNews a British investigative web site, has just published the full transcript of a secretly recorded meeting between media mogul Rupert Murdoch and the staff of The Sun, a U.K. tabloid owned by News Corp., in which Murdoch admitted that he was aware for decades that journalists from his newspapers had been bribing both police and public officials. [...]

The Sun staffers were irate over Murdoch's decision to supply mass internal communications to the police "that had betrayed confidential sources, some of whom were public officials who received no payment for information," reports ExaroNews.

This little chat happened in a boardroom at The Sun's headquarters in East London. Here's a snippet (bolding is Gawker's):

Murdoch acknowledges that illegal newsgathering practices were a long-standing part of the culture (emphasis added):

"I guarantee you that [medical support] will continue. And I will do everything in my power to give you total support, even if you’re convicted and get six months or whatever. I think it’s just outrageous, but—and I don’t know of anybody, or anything, that did anything that wasn’t being done across Fleet Street and wasn’t the culture. And we’re being picked on. I think that it was the old right-wing establishment, [Lord] Puttnam, or worse, the left-wing get-even crowd of Gordon Brown. There was a sort of—we got caught with dirty hands, I guess, with the News of the World, and everybody piled in. It was a get-even time for things that were done with The Sun over the last 40 years, 38 years, whatever it is."

Aww, poor wittle tings. They were being "picked on."

Watch and read more here.


Rupert Murdoch seeks divorce from Wendi Deng



Who in the world would ever want to share a bed room meal anything marriage with Rupert Murdoch? Apparently Wendi did.

She has now been liberated. All together now:


Via an email alert from the Los Angeles Times:

News Corp. Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch filed for divorce today, seeking to break up his 14-year marriage to third wife Wendi Deng.

News of the marriage split comes just two weeks before Murdoch plans to break apart his global media empire -- which includes the 20th Century Fox movie studio, the Fox television network, satellite TV services and newspapers -- into two separate companies.

News Corp. confirmed that its 82-year-old chief executive has filed for divorce in New York state court. Murdoch and Deng, 44, have two children, Grace, 13, and Chloe, 10. Murdoch also has four children from his previous marriages.

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Looks like Rupie is splitting at the seams: His wife, his empire. Per MSNBC just now, his last wife got over a BILLION dollars in her divorce settlement. I wonder what Wendi will end up with. And of course, that is the only reason imaginable that anyone would agree to holy matrimony with him.

By the way, how's that Fox Family Values thing workin' for ya, Rupe?


More at Deadline.


VIDEO-- How to stop the Koch Bros, take power back from corporations: "Reinvent the way media looks and acts."


koch bros murdoch buying newspapers

In November 2012, I wrote BIG problem: Former News Corp. exec expected to head Tribune Co., Rupert Murdoch eyes LA Times, Chicago Tribune.

Back in April, I wrote The Koch Bros., who plan to buy up 8 major newspapers, “see the conservative voice as not being well represented.” Um…:

Think Progress:

Right-wing funders and business industrialists David and Charles Koch may purchase the Tribune Company newspapers, which include the Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, and the Los Angeles Times. The brothers are “interested in the clout they could gain through the Times’ editorial pages,” the Hollywood Reporter notes.

Under the circumstances, saying this is a serious concern is an understatement.

I'm an L.A. Times subscriber and if these corporate conservative monsters take over, it would be disastrous. I would immediately cancel my subscription and campaign for others to do the same.

Or I could introduce a lot of people to this. Via Free the Press, Buy the Tribune Company:

Corporate media is ruining the integrity of news. Winning the Tribune Company back might just start moving the tide in a different direction. Consider this an experiment that could have an enormous positive ripple effect for democracy.

Americans have said, time and time again, that they trust public and community media much more than corporate media. What if that extended not just to their radio or TV set but their local paper again?

Together we can make history. Really.

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Spread the word, tell your social network on Facebook and Twitter. We're going to need as many people as possible to help out if we are going to meet our goal of raising $660 Million.

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Please watch the entire video and then link over, there is much more, including a bunch of cool graphics.