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Bad Sex
The Literary Revue has announced its nominees for the annual Bad Sex in Fiction award, and they've been tweeting some icky samples.

Specimens
Speaking of icky, some scientists in Antwerp tested the ten most-borrowed books in the city's lending library. All ten tested positive for cocaine and Fifty Shades of Grey showed traces of herpes.

Yawns

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Clingy
A new book featured on Boing Boing showcases photographs of stuffed animals that have pretty much been loved to death. It achieves that rare state of being both cute and creepy the same time.

McBullshitey's
You know what? I loathe McSweeney's. Always have. I know I can't be alone in that sentiment, but I've yet to meet another person who feels the same way. But whatever. The whole project has maintained an air of oh-so-clever superiority and smugness from the get go. Here's a fine example of what I'm talking about.

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

A touch late but no less enjoyable, here's a Halloween-inspired edition of Sundries.

Monster
Ten things you may not know about Frankenstein. Worth the click through just to check out the 1910 Thomas Edison film adaptation.

Death
The dying words of twenty famous authors.

Afterlife
In the Netherlands, someone is converting old churches in to beautiful bookstores.

Horror

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

5 Seconds
Too busy to read? A clever new book from design firm H-57 delivers a few hundred stories in pictograms.

Stacks
The librarian’s dream desk.

OED3
The third edition of the Oxford English Dictionary is 18 years behind schedule. But no rush.

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Spills

Librarians confess their shame (anonymously): "I spilled a 12 pack of Purple Mountain Dew on our freshly shampooed carpet."

Lurid

The Wall St Journal provides a fascinating look behind the scenes of the new film, "The Counselor", which was written and executive-produced by the novelist Cormac McCarthy: "A lurid, adrenaline-fueled thriller about a lawyer who tries to get rich quick by dabbling in the drug trade, 'The Counselor' marks a career milestone that has eluded the 80-year-old writer for decades."

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Scandal
From the world of punctuation, the Financial times brings us "four scandalously overlooked typographic outliers".

And
Daily Writing Tips tells us how to properly use a comma with conjunctions.

Couplandnomics
Not satisfied with fiction and art, Douglas Coupland has branched out into economics.

Display

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Titillations

"Back in the early 1950s, comic books were the Grand Theft Auto of the day..." writes Michael Dooley on printmag.com. Herewith, his roundup of naughty and raunchy kid-corrupting comics from that bygone era.

Underpants

Speaking of filthy books, The Guardian has posted a gallery of the American Libraries Association's most frequently challenged books for 2012, leading with none other than that beacon of perversion: Captain Underpants.

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