Archive for Valentine’s Day

The Book Booth: Valentine's Edition


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.


As I learned earlier this week, Valentine was sainted in AD 496 by
Pope Gelasius 1. Virtually nothing is known of him, other than he was
martyred on February 14 in 314. But somehow, that seems appropriate,
for who does know the mysteries of love?

Literature is replete with the stuff of love. Flavorwire had its top
25 great love affairs
. Be sure to check out number 8, which has the
Alan Ladd movie tie-in cover art for The Great Gatsby. If that doesn't
make you want to read it, I don't know what will.

Of course, nothing says I Love You like having it eternally etched
into your skin. BuzzFeed featured some "epic" literary tattoos here.

And book lovers suffer more than the world can understand. HuffPo

featured eleven "conundrums" that only we are aware of.

Not all love affairs endure. In fact, some writers are bold enough to
avenge themselves through their writings. MentalFloss shared some of
these misguided relationships here.

For whatever reason, love has often been linked to war. I suppose it
shouldn't be remarkable, if we remember the Greek god of war Ares was
the brother of the goddess of love, Aphrodite. In any event,
Publishers Weekly recently discussed ten of the best contemporary war
novels here.

If you are between books and wondering what to read, you might want to
check out Kim Stanley Robinson's discussion of three science fiction
novels with modernist overtones

Or if you are feeling more ambitious, one the librarians from the New
York Public Library offered up 25 books that changed the world. A
list, by the way, not everyone loved; check out the comments below the article.

A new offering in historical fiction comes from the author of
Fatherland, Robert Harris, who has just had published his take on the
affair Dreyfus, An Officer and a Spy. The Wall Street Journal examined
it here.

There has been something of a dust up this week when Penguin Books
India has decided to pulp religious historian Wendy Doniger's The
Hindus: An Alternate History. Doniger has long been a professor at the
University of Chicago and is well respected in the field. Of course,
she's none too happy. Story here.

Penguin Books India defended their decision here.

Finally, I wanted to share this very insightful essay from George
Packer in the New Yorker on the history of Amazon and its impact on
books and book selling. If you read no other links from today's post,
read this one.

I hope everyone enjoyed their Valentines Day with someone or something
you love. And I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that Monday is
Presidents Day. Ah, I remember the days when we got two days off from
school for both Washington and Lincoln's birthdays. Those days are
long gone. I shall spend Monday contemplating the presidential term of
the long-neglected William Henry Harrison.

Let us know what books you're enjoying this long weekend!


Overnight: Another Valentine's Day Flash Mob!



Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!


Friday Links



10 Strange and Wonderful Valentine’s Day Traditions from Around The World

The Dark Origins of Valentine's Day (NPR)

GOP Hypocrites Interfere With Private Business to Keep Union Out of Tennessee VW Plant

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Is in Trouble Thanks to Grassroots Pressure

Billionaire CEO To 99 Percent: Stop Whining, You'd Be The One Percent In India

How Money Changed Sochi

Rachel Maddow: Federal probe of NC toxic polluter could be bad news for Gov. McCrory

Ann Coulter: I can’t live in America

Meet the World's Filthiest River

Video Portraits: Life at Minimum Wage


Overnight: Kennett Timepieces Valentine's Day Flashmob in Glasgow


I love flash mobs!

There's a long, solo saxophone solo. Skip ahead to around 1:50 or, since it's almost Valentine's Day, to 2:14 when the magic starts.

The video is by Dominic Martin Photography.


VIDEO: John Boehner puckers up


boehner kiss


"What did you get Mrs. Boehner for Valentine's Day?"

John Boehner:

"Same thing I got you..."

His verbal reply wasn't the part that will require brain bleach.

We can thank BuzzFeed for this Moment of Ew, or as they called it, "John Boehner sexing it up for Valentine's Day."

We here at The Political Carnival sincerely apologize for subjecting you to said "sexing it up" gesture from the Republican Speaker of the House, but we feel an obligation to share all the news, whether good, bad, or ugly.

Oh, but I kid the Boehner. I'm sure his wife finds His Orangeness very alluring.

Here's a little something to cleanse your palate:

chocolate strawberry

Happy Valentine's Day.

H/t: @francie57


Thursday Links



Manufactured b.s.. Hope you have a good one! ADDED- Sorry for being late, WP was taking a nap.

Happy Valentine’s Day, I Hate You

Two hearts really DO beat as one if you're in love: Scientists find couples' vital signs mimic each other

Video: Get Ready For Valentine's Day With Hot Couples Kissing in the Rain

From Nob Hill to Poo via Tittybong: Hilarious map reveals the vaguely rude place names from around the world

Cooked: an arctic wildlife animated Valentine short film

The perfect proposal according to WOMEN: Their ideal man would pop the question after two years, on a deserted beach, on Valentine's day

Utah high School says gay students can receive singing Valentines

Sea slug's 'disposable penis' surprises

CHARTS: The Economics of Valentine's Day

Washington DC is America's least faithful city according to married affairs website (or just ask Petraeus)


Video Overnight Thread- Adorable child explains how to bake vegan red velvet cupcakes for Valentines Day


Via Boing Boing.