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, as well a brick and mortar in small town Washington State. Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.
Signs of spring are sparse, though we have some early budding Rhodies.
But fear not. Spring is only a month away and all this madness about
climate change will go away. Or maybe not.
But for those of you still blanketed by snow, or shriveled by the
rain, you may want to look at a list of 19 short novels recommended by
Buzzfeed to pass the time until the flowers bloom again.
Ah, celebrate good times, come on! For those of us still updating our
calendars with an eye to having a good time, Mental Floss has some
literary holidays to observe. There are two in early March, including
Dr. Seuss Day and National Grammar Day. I am thankful they are not on
the same day.
The feisty reader may want some titles to enhance their stands and
views of the political world. Kenneth Wishnia at alternet gives you
five reasons to take a look at crime fiction as a progressive genre.
Even booksellers can get into activism. Recently a French politician suggested censoring a children's book, Everybody Gets Naked. The
French bookselling community, always in the avant garde, protested.
I mentioned some weeks ago that author James Patterson would be
donating a million dollars of his own money to some booksellers across
the country. I am happy to let you know that he is carrying through on
his promise. I've mentioned before that I am not a big fan of his
writing. But I am very pleased that he has taken this stance and
applaud him heartily. From the Gray lady.
Apparently retirement becomes Philip Roth well. Even at age 80, he
finds many things to occupy himself that do not involve sitting at the
desk and finding the mot juste. Read about them here.
Garrison Keillor has long had standing jokes about English majors.
Here are some tell-tale signs that you were, or should be, an English
And if you are or were an English major, you just may have been
over-exposed to Hemingway. And feel that you may be a character in one
his books. Mallory Ortberg at The Toast offers some symptoms.
Whatever became of the literary bad boys? We seem to have none to follow, no Lord Byrons, or Dylan Thomases to regale us with shamelessexploits which make us wonder when did they ever find the time to write anything. James Parker and Rivka Galchen explore the idea here.
Finally, Simon Braund at Publishers Weekly had this list of ten movies
that were, for the most part, based on books that never were made.
(Dune eventually was by David Lynch; I watched and I didn't have a
clue as to what was going on). Another film that has not seen the
light of day is Jerry Lewis' The Day the Clown Cried, which, over the
years, has acquired the reputation as being really, really bad. But
what could have been worse would have been his portrayal of Holden
Caulfield, an ambition that Mr. Lewis long had.
Enjoy your weekend, dear reader, and please let us know what books you