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.
The kids returned to school this week, after Labor Day. It seemed odd to see the younger ones playing in the school yard during lunch and the older ones walking home with their backpacks. Didn't summer just start? And today our small town celebrates its heritage of logging with a parade, competitions and fun for all. And it looks like the sun will be shining.
Logging is certainly not an easy job, and it can be very dangerous. But there are much worse jobs and Emily Temple at Flavorwire examined a few of the worst ones. (And for those of you who haven't read Orwell's Down and Out in London and Paris, check it out sometime. It has some great writing in it.) Worst Jobs
Margaret Atwood made the above list with her The Handmaid's Tale. And she is keeping herself busy. She is currently working on a piece that will be sealed for the next 100 years and chances are very good that you and I will never read it. Margaret Atwood Project
Atwood's novel also made this list from the Guardian about literary child-bearing. Reading it made me recall a long ago essay by Elizabeth Hardwick that argued Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was an allegory on childbirth. But Shelley didn't make this list. Literary Childbearing
So who was the most important writer of the 20th Century? James Joyce? William Faulkner? Not so fast, argues Jane Ciabattari of the BBC. Take a look at the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges first. H/T to Lucian!
Borges, like Joyce, never received the Nobel Prize for literature. This year's favorite, Haruki Murakami will have a new (and short) novel translated into English this December. NPR had this piece on it, and it looks to be good. New Murakami Novel.
Ever want to sleep where the famous authors have slept? Here's your chance! Mashable has listed eight homes or apartments where you can book a room. Sleep Where Famous Authors Slept.
In Big Town America, New York always seems to grab the literary cache. But the Windy City is no slouch. The Guardian recently listed some fine books about the Second City. Chicago, You're My Kind of Town!
Speaking of Frankenstein, as I was earlier, it seems there will be yet another film adaptation soon. And also Animal Farm as well as The Sound and the Fury. Shortlist has coming adaptations from classic novels here.
Some of the best adaptations in the noir genre were originally penned by one of the most neglected writers of the previous century, Jim Thompson. Watch The Grifters or The Getaway. Thompson himself was a very good screenwriter whose credits include Stanley Kubrick's The Killing and Paths of Glory. I love the man's novels and it is great to see them get republished by Mullholland Books. Jim Thompson's Books
Finally who doesn't like a good literary tiff? The history of literature is replete with them. Heck, I think even Homer had a score to settle with some other epic poet. MentalFloss takes a look at a few here. Famous Author Contretemps
I want to take a minute to take a minute to thank Laffy for her years of support and kindnesses to me and to SeattleTammy. She has been a good friend and I will certainly miss her around this place. I'm glad she's found a new home that will make it easier for her and I know she wont be a stranger. Thank you, my dear, from the both of us!
Have a glorious weekend. And please let us know what good books you are reading!