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.
The Book Booth: St. Patrick's Day Edition I know today is actually the Ides of March, but I know few people who actually still celebrate the assassination of Julius Caesar these days. And I'm not at all sure what such a celebration would entail. I have the feeling I wouldn't like it. But St. Patricks Day....it's time to break out the green beer. Because nothing says all things Irish like green beer. Speaking of odd things like green beer, you may have seen this floating around the internets. The Meta Picture had these books you may not have realized were real. I can attest to many of them. And possibly NSFW.
For those of you looking for a craft project this weekend, check out some of these book dioramas that Flavorwire posted.
But if you anything like SeattleTammy and me, what you really need are more bookshelves. So to inspire you, check out these bookshelves provided by Bustle. Some of these are simply stunning. What wouldn't look better on those shelves than some 19th century editions of Charles Dickens featuring some of these illustrations? A question that has been probably plaguing you for weeks, if not years and decades, is who is the most influential writers out there in today's modern world. Well, based on twitter followers, the Millions has the top five. I have to say I'm pleased to see Stephen Fry in there. I love that guys stuff, whether it is his writings or his other work.
One of the social media modes I personally have not checked out is Tumblr. Apparently I need to do so. Mashable had these places to explore if you happen to be a book nerd. And if you are reading this, you are.
From the book to movie department comes the books one should read before the movie is released from Word and Film. I am particularly looking forward to the adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice. I don't think Pynchon has been filmed before. Not to be outdone, MentalFloss featured six books that took some time from print to celluloid.
Though the last pick is a stretch, and not one I'm going to rush out and see. I am a big fan of Latin American literature and especially of magical realism. For those who'd like to look into this world of fiction, the Latin Times has this excellent list. It seems odd but a number of first-person narratives are unnamed. More than I would have thought as this list from Flavorwire shows.
Good people, I hope all of you have a pleasant weekend with many books to read. And if you plan to party on St. Pat's day, be careful and be good. St. Patrick wants it that way. And let us know what books you got in your pile!