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The Book Booth: Midsummer Nights 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 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 Book Booth: Midsummer Nights Edition

The other night the cats dragged in a small branch for some cat reason, and the leaves were already brown. It made me think that the Fall isn't that far away. But I'm not quite ready to give up the I'm going with mid-summer as long as I can. With maybe slightly cooler afternoons.

There is no holding off the march of time completely, and Fall is the colorful season, and quite lovely around here. And the Fall is the time of year publishers tend to schedule their Big books, for the holiday season. Publishers Weekly has a list here of the most anticipated titles, including new novels from John Irving, Jonathan Franzen and Orhan Pamuk.
Anticipated Fall Big Books

Time does pass by so quickly, the older one gets. I was recently reminded that it has been 26 years since Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses was published. In these days, Rushdie believes he would not have received the same level of support from the writing community that he did back in 1989, due to political correctness. I tend not to agree, but he may have a point.
What Would Happen if The Satanic Verses Were Published Today?

From the New Yorker, a couple of articles of interest. First, a remembrance of novelist James Salter from Mary Norris who attended a memorial for the man up in the Hamptons.
Mary Norris Remembers James Salter and His Commas

And then, Benjamin Moser wrote this appreciation of Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, who passed away in 1977, but whose stories examined the links between literature and witchcraft. I have not read Ms.Lispector, but it seems I need to check her out.
Bell, Book, Candle, Witchcraft and Literature?

The World Science Fiction Convention is coming up on August 22nd, near Spokane, Washington. At the Convention, the Hugo Awards will be announced.You can see some of the details here.

The folks at io9 suggested these classic titles to read, in case you haven't, which might be a good idea, if you're planning to attend the convention.
Classic Titles to Actually Read Before the World SciFi Convention

My guess is that most of you have read L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz, published a mere 115 years ago. MentalFloss listed some thirteen facts about the book that you may not know about the book or its author.
Oz and L. Frank Baum Facts

(And for a deeper look at the book with its political overtones, you may enjoy this article)
Following the Yellow Brick Road

With the many changes now occurring at the Vatican, this is welcome news. The library there is now being put on-line, and it looks to be amazing.
The Vatican Library Online For Free!

For those of us who enjoy a scandalous read now and then, check out Nick Tosches new novel Under Tiberius. Scott Simon interviewed the author for NPR here.
Looking For Some Scandal? Look No Further.

Novelist Alan Cheuse recently died at age 75 from injuries sustained in a car accident. I always enjoyed his book reviews at NPR. I didn't always agree with him, but he was a book enthusiast, and I will miss his commentaries.
Alan Cheuse Has Left Us at 75

Embrace the summer and enjoy! And please let us know what books you are savoring this weekend.


John Boehner, The Warlock Of Oz


Yellow Brick Road

Well, I guess this has to be expected. The Republicans prove once again they are a people of their convictions -- anti-gay, anti-equality, anti-women's rights,  anti-immigrant and anti-anything fair and just. They're back to their old tricks. They're the obstructionist party.

If a return to slavery came up, Speaker Boehner would most certainly bring it to the floor for a vote. After all, oppression is the "O" in the GOP. And without slavery, the price or running a small business has increased. That's not good for business. And Boehner's party is already grumbling about the child labor laws. What's the problem with kids working for a dollar a day for 12 hours a day. They're young. They can handle it. Forget giving them an education. Leave that to the white rich kids. And think of the savings to business if the weren't taxed for education. Given a chance, Boehner would do away with the minimum wage, too.

Today, the Senate is poised to pass ENDA: the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. And what does that bill do? It protects individuals rights so that workers can't be fire for their sexual orientation. Mind you, this is not a quota bill, it doesn't force any business to hire or have a certain percentage of LGBT employees. It just guarantees that they can't be fired just because of their sexual orientation.

Where's the controversy there?

Passing the bill in the Senate is very important. But it appears it's the yellow brick road leading up to a house run by the Wicked Warlock of Oz, Speaker Boehner. Throw open the curtain and you'll find the same warlock who caused the government shutdown for his own selfish, personal reasons. He's a petulant child who belongs in Oz. He's a coward,who lacks a heart and a brain.

He doesn't like anyone other that old, white, conservative gentiles. He's anti-Semitic -- not one Jew on his executive staff, he's anti-black and immigration -- look at his refusal to bring up SNAP votes and a pathway to citizenship for immigration. He's against women's rights, and was on record against the Lilly Ledbetter legislation. This is the Right-wing party leader.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) affirmed on Monday morning that he would oppose a law that would prohibit discrimination against gay and lesbian employees in the workplace, citing the possibility that it would put a financial burden on businesses.

How does this moron see this as an additional cost burden on business? Fairness in hiring doesn't cost a penny more. Breaking the law might cost additionally, but that's the reason we have these laws. To protect businesses and workers. The Speaker claims there will be more frivolous lawsuit claims. Maybe in his office. But not in the real world.

It's against the law to turn down hiring minorities. It's against the law to pay women less than men for an equal position. That doesn't change the cost of the business. It's a matter of practice, fairness and not cost.

straw man Speaker John Boehner

Grow up, Boehner. Picking on minorities doesn't make you a bigger man, it makes you a child. A petulant one at that. So why don't you travel down that yellow brick road with Dorothy and Toto and if you're lucky, you'll find what you're lacking-- a heart, courage and a brain.


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