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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.
We have survived yet another New Years Eve here in our little town. There were surprisingly few fireworks shot off at midnight this year; that is was below freezing outside may have had something to do with it. But there were enough pyrotechnics that the animals were not happy.
We may have begun a new year, but the winter remains, and will so for the next couple of months. The good news is that the sun has started to move north again (ok, the earth's axis is tilting to the north again), and the hope of new spring can give solace to our souls. But the winter remains an inspiration to some writers as the Guardian show us with its list of the ten memorable literary works featuring the chilly days and nights.
Winters in Literature
Other writers take the chill off by imbibing spirits that warm the body. And perhaps give some inspiration as well. Flavorwire has these photos showing us some authors enjoying a drink. Or two.
Authors and Booze
A good snack can take the edge off the alcohol. Some cheese and crackers at the desk can help the writer to ponder the next bon mot. MentalFloss shared recently some snacks authors in the past have enjoyed.
Authors and their Snacks
One could enjoy a good snack,a glass of wine and be inspired while reading some of the finest works around. BuzzFeed gives us what they consider to be the 51 most beautiful sentences in literature. And they're pretty darn good.
As we begin the year, we need to know what is hip and what is not. So when it comes to overused words and phrases, the folks at Lake Superior State University has compiled the words to avoided for the coming year. Ah, "skill set", we hardly knew ye.
Words Which Are Already Hackneyed
I used to read literary magazines frequently. But for whatever reason, I grew out of the habit. So it is good to be reassured that they're still around and being read, as Juan Vidal at NPR tells us.
When I first began working in the book biz lo these many years ago, Mass-Market paperbacks were still disdained by "bookpeople" and you could still find bookshops that would not stock them. I didn't quite ever get that attitude inasmuch as I devoured them while growing up. Louis Menand at the New Yorker offered up this fine meditation on the "pulps" and their impact on the world of books.
Of course there was a lot of crap published by mass-market houses (and there still is), but not much was crappier than the works of Ayn Rand. So it was nice to see that Dick Cavett refused to have her on his show, not because of her writings themselves, but for the demands she made in order for her to make her appearance.
No Ayn for Dick Cavett
Finally, SeattleTammy found this photo slideshow. It's pretty amusing, but probably not safe for work. So save it for the home computer. #NSFW
Reading Weird Books in Public
Happy New Year!
May 2015 send many a good book your way. And tell us what you're loving in the world of printed matter.