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Video Overnight Thread- A Muppet "Danny Boy"

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The Book Booth: Saint Patrick's Day 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, 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.

Well, we don't have a lot of Irish content in this weeks post, but SeattleTammy and I wish you all a fine weekend celebrating the patron saint of Ireland who, legend has it, drove the snakes from the Emerald Isle. Be sure to be wearin' the green and singin' along with some Clancy Brothers.

I'd never stereotype the Irish as a pugnacious group, but there have been a few Irish that have been known to throw a punch or two. With that in mind, we'll start with literary battles of past years. Joseph Brassey over at HuffPo remembers a few classic fight scenes, among them, The Princess Bride. Hello, My name is Inigo Montoya, You killed my father. Prepare to die.

Of course, the pen is mightier than the sword. Instead of fisticuffs, one could write a book and simply be inspired by the nasty dedications provided by Mentalfloss.

From the feisty to the sublime. Flavorwire, our favorite list place, has ten literary lists that read as poetry. I particularly like Thelonious Monk's advice to avoid the hecklers.

Venturing into the annals of literary history, The Guardian posted this essay on Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels and the satire of the scientific age of early 18th century England. (Swift, I should note, was Irish).

I am told that the film version of On the Road is in theaters in selected venues, which means it will never come to my little town. It would have been interesting to see what Marlon Brando would have done with it, had he taken up Kerouac's suggestion to make the movie. From Letters of Note, via Publishers Weekly.

And the Hemingway Project has this lovely profile of Sylvia Beach, bookseller and first publisher of Joyce's Ulysses. I spent many a fine hour to her successor store, Shakespeare and Company, many years ago. I'd love to return, one of these days.

There is a new entry into the PBS series, American Masters, which profiles Philip Roth. The New York Times featured the film and its subject here, in what looks to be a fine way to spend some time with one of our best authors.

Mr. Roth's authorized biographer, Blake Bailey, has some pointers on writing non-fiction, all of which are good suggestions, if not easier said than done.

Many writers feel the tyranny of the blank page. Others, like Flaubert, spend hours trying to find just the right word, le mot juste. But what if the word you want, doesn't exist? It's time to make a new word up and, once again, The Guardian tells us what those words just might be.

Ever want to open your own bookstore? Right in your own home? If we ever got this place cleaned up, why, it could look like one of these fine places as featured (once again) in Flavorwire.

Slainte! and Happy St. Patrick's Day to one and all! Let us know what is on your nightstand this weekend.

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Video- White House St. Patrick's Day Reception

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Raw VIDEO: President Obama hits pub on St. Patrick's Day, raises a pint

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President Barack Obama is sipping a Guinness at an Irish bar [The Dubliner] to observe St. Patrick's Day. At the White House, the main South Lawn Fountain is burbling green water. (March 17)

Via CNN:

Obama’s Irish roots have been well explored in the three years he’s been in office. In May 2011 he visited Moneygall, in central Ireland, to visit the town his great-great-great grandfather emigrated from in the nineteenth century. [...]

Obama’s reelection campaign also got into the holiday mood Saturday, offering a special price on green t-shirts proclaiming: ‘I (shamrock) O’Bama.”

What, no Palin-gaffey "O'Biden" shirts?

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The Book Booth: St. Patrick's Day 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, 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.

A good St. Patrick's day to everyone and be sure you're wearing the green! But if not, you're in luck. I'm not in a pinching mood today.

The big news in publishing this week was the announcement that the Encyclopedia Britannica is going out of print, at least in volume form. Another one bites the dust, I guess, but with so much information available on the internet tubes (including the Britannica itself), and the costs of publishing in dead tree format, I suppose it was inevitable.

Others remain undeterred. The Occupy movement now has a publishing arm, and have initially published some pamphlets, including one by Noam Chomsky. You can see the first list here.

I like lists and I love baseball. Here is a good list from Huffington Post, and having read most of the books listed, I agree with much of it. But, even knowing this kind of list making is entirely subjective, I have quibbles. For one thing, although he mentions Ball Four in passing, it isn't listed at all. Most assuredly, Jim Bouton's classic work rates in the top five. Not mentioned at all is Lawrence Ritter's Glory of Their Times, the great volume of interviews of ball players who played during the turn of the previous century. And our friend, Dirk Hayhurst, the Garfoose, isn't included either. And I could have done without the snarky comment about Moneyball, the movie, and the daughter singing a song to Billy Beane. I liked that scene. And I love that song. Okay, off my high horse now. And be sure to check out Hayhurst's blog here,

Turning to the world of other media and connections to the book world, here is an interesting article from Slate regarding the novelist/essayist Marilynne Robinson and filmmaker,Terrence Malk, both of whom are fine artists.

Paddy (once again) beat me to the punch and posted Friday this video of Christopher Walken's, um, er, reading of Where the Wild Things Are. It is certainly worth repeating.

Finally, I mentioned last week the film version of Jack Kerouac's On the Road. I guess it will be released sooner than I thought. Here's the trailer for it and it looks very, very good. Oh, I know trailers are supposed to make the movie look really, really good. But I"m willing to believe.

So raise a pint and sing a song for the old sod and we'll see you next week. Until then, what's on your nightstand?

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Video Mid Day Distraction- Guinness St Patrick's Day Ad

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Video Overnight Thread- The History of Saint Patrick: A Short Story

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