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The Book Booth: Deflation 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.

After last weekend, it would seem that the Packers were deflated spiritually and the Colts literally. In our little town, due to its proximity to the Big City, one can see that every other car, house and business sports a 12th man sign, which leads me to believe that the Seahawk roster exceeds the 53 person limit. But who's counting?

I suppose enjoying sports helps one to be a well-rounded person, though I would never claim it is essential. Apparently neither do the folks at BuzzFeed, who, in asking how well-rounded your book collection is, don't include sports as a qualification.
Book Collection Suggestions

If you aren't exactly well-rounded, you could become more interesting by reading some of the books Emily Temple suggests at Flavorwire.
Well-Rounded Book Collection Suggestions

If you wish to be interesting by being au courant, Jane Ciabattari over at the BBC suggests her top twelve novels of this current young century. And anything by Michael Chabon is well worth your time.
12 Novels of the 21st Century

Of late there has been a resurgence of interest in books about revolution and revolutionaries. Neel Mukherjee at the Guardian reviews the top ten books of the genre. I was happy to see Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent included. Go read it if you haven't before.
You Say You Want a Revolution?

Perhaps you're more in the mood for a good horror novel, but you've exhausted your Stephen King collection. Nick Cutter, author of very recently published novel entitled The Deep, suggests ten good horror novels that you may possibly be unaware of.
Got Horror?

Of course the first American master of the horror genre was Edgar Allan Poe. Ernest Hemingway contended that Mark Twain was the source from which modern American literature descended; Gore Vidal insisted it was Poe. (Poe was certainly very influential among the late 19th century French symbolist poets). I'd go with Herman Melville myself. Nevertheless, author Marilynne Robinson has written a very good appreciation of Poe at the New York Review of Books. I have not read Poe's late work, Eureka, but it sounds fascinating.
Edgar Allan Poe

Speaking of works that may seem obscure, I've never heard of William Hill Brown, or his novel The Power of Sympathy, which seems to be regarded as the first true American novel. I don't think I'm going to rush to the library to get a copy or anything, but Dan Piepenbring at the Paris Review gives it an overview.
The Power of Sympathy

If it were not bad enough that the NSA already knows my thoughts, it seems that publishers now have a source to tell them whether you have finished a book or not. Fortunately for me, I don't have an e-reader and have to make do with heavy tomes with paper pages. The rest of you may want to watch out though. Joseph Bernstein at Buzzfeed explains.
The NSA Knows When You've Been Sleeping, Knows When You're Awake, and Knows What You've Been Reading

Well my friends, have a most wonderful weekend, filled with books and words to cherish. Please let us know what books have you enthralled.


Mo' Ne Davis, Born To Pitch a Sacred Hardball or Softball and Hear "3 Strikes!"




This is one remarkable high school student with a hell of an arm and dedication to the coaches who, in turn, rarely get to steward or walk along side of.

Ms. Mo'ne Davis, first young woman ever to make the cover of Sports Illustrated in a couple of categories.

From MSNBC and I'm going to leave it lie but for a couple of excerpted passages. They took time off from 'theatre' and Grandiose Aspects of the Optics. The ever-loving Optics.


Image, Sports Illustrated Cover

Here's a smackerel of details about the youngest star at the mound for some time, from the marvelous Mother Jones.

Davis, who pitches for South Philadelphia's Taney Dragons, received national attention last week when she threw a two-hit shutout and struck out eight in the Dragons' Little League World Series opening victory over Nashville, Tennessee. On Sunday she became the sixth girl to get a hit in the LLWS, a first-inning RBI singlethat helped Philadelphia to a 7-6 win over Pearland, Texas.

And the 5-foot-4 right-hander's fastball, clocked at 71 mph, is roughly equivalent to a 93 mph pitch thrown on a big-league-size field.

Image, Wall Street Journal

As Albert Chen writes in the Sports Illustrated story, "She's a lot of things to a lot of different people, all of them good things: a totem for inner-city baseball, a role model for your 10-year-old niece, a role model for your 10-year-old nephew. Most of all, she's a laid-back kid just having a really good time." NBA superstar Kevin Durant was just one of a number of pro athletes to tweet their support: "This youngster is striking everyone out and she is a girl. I love it."


You go Mo'Ne! CBS has rockin' footage of her talent:


LeBron Is Leaving the State that Refuted Medicaid and Returning to O-hi-o, Which Did Not!


That terrific line is courtesy a Twizzerz genius that MSNBC's Joy Reid had spotted, noted and repeated on UP with Steve Kornacki who is being ably subbed for by the amazing Jonathan Martin this fine Saturday morning.

GO LeBron! I don't get all het up over sports apart from the Red Sox and World Cup fever, either, but did think that Cleveland hasn't gotten this much press in centuries ... first the GOP insults them by using their poor, unsuspecting town as the 2016 Gathering Place of strung out General Campaign GOPpers, Tea Party Edition [and satisfying early, if you are a liberal observer ].

LeBron Meme 6_0

Catch Jonathon and round table's discussion, featuring the question of Bo(eh)ner's lawsuit aimed at President Obama, and I'll meet you with a conspiratorial grin on the other side of the vid.

The LeBron Mania was impressive. Again, not a sports guru, but did have a few Hoya victories to cheer for back in the university day, so I can understand the excitement that Cleveland feels to have LeBron return to the fold.

You become personally invested in these players, as fans, you make them your family.


Ironically, Melissa Harris-Perry had done a couple of terrific in-depth segments, below, about L.B. James and his unique branding just recently, which is splendid background ... and even more interesting following the news that James is fleeing Florida as fast as Charlie Crist.

The second portion has new meaning knowing that not only was LeBron 'free', he is heading 'home'.

Wouldn't YOU have fled FloridaFloridaFlorida as fast as Charlie Crist? I have friends who are guaranteed sainthood [doesn't matter that we don't believe in it!] for just spending parts of their lives in that political zoo of asshattery of a state.



The Greatest Loss In the World, FIFA 2014 #USAUSAUSA - VIDEO


"I believe that we can win!"

Tell me that most of us aren't at least part footballer, now.

Soccer is contagious. Once bitten, you don't find an antidote that readily. The heroic U.S. goalie who took FIFA 2014 by storm was something else, and the whole team did us proud.

I think we might have finally tipped the scale on the sport? It’s got so much more room for a good upset, and Americans love an underdog game … and some of us can’t always stand American football, let's just be honest. Probably mentioned that in my FIFA story last week.

Granted, it would be a far different morning after had Belgium not scored those two goals in Extra Time - but the USA showed the world what it's made of on a global field, and it was a proud moment.


Suck on that, Ann Coulter, who actually took soccer on as a librul pinko Kenyan force of moral decay, riffed on here.

'Keeper' Tim Howard blocked an unprecedented 16 goals, against the undefeated and terrifying lads from Belgiumt, in the second half alone, and was so impressive that a Belgian victor Tweeted him one simple hashtag following their jubilant FIFA victory:


The highlights have been widely broadcasted, aught-aught until Extra Time … it's as high drama as it gets, and by gawd we brought it Hollywood, Broadway and USA USA USA style.


It's an emotional game. Like politics.

Lawrence O'Donnell and Rachel, in their evening MSNBC programming, both dedicated opening blocks to the odd FIFA triumph, and are they ever different. And equally enjoyable.

Maddow is up first. She hilariously explains the old soccer trick of exaggerating injury. Then ties it to the GOP!! Goal.

Lawrence is among the highly pumped recently converted.

Don't take this the X-Rated way, but I had the distinct pleasure of dancing with an entire team of UK World Cup footballers in their version of Spring training in Mombasa, Kenya. They'd play hard until formal tea time, then it was sedate dining and night-clubbing. I had a few good dance moves and a true fondness for the sport - so had possession of a megaphone by day three.

Morning Joe scored an interview with hero Tim Howard this morning, and he was as humble and admirable as one might have expected. Good sportsmanship personified. Have a look. Roger Bennett, Brit and futball expert, and Bobby Gosh, were on hand with the "Keeper".

This sport is an addictive hoot, and the roller coaster thrills of FIFA are hard to beat unless you're already a Red Sox fan.