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SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Grammar
Everything you think you know about grammar is wrong, says The Smithsonian. Well, a bunch of things anyway.

Notsotruman
WSJ reports that newly surfaced documents cast serious doubt on the verisimilitude of In Cold Blood.

Grey

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Baltimore
You could have bought F. Scott Fitzgerald's Baltimore townhouse yesterday if you'd moved quickly enough. But no, you missed your chance. It's now off the market.

IBGD

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Porn
It's been a while since I posted some library porn. Here are "The 10 Most Beautiful Libraries in the United States" according to Mental Floss. Worth checking out for the Skywalker Ranch library.

Harbinger
What was the first book ever ordered on Amazon?

Stitched
How to bind your own books: a Pinterest tutorial. (The Internet really is all about self publishing these days.)

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Distro
Here's a fascinating little sidebar in the content vs paper wars: Some bookstores aren't selling Amazon-published books. (Amazon publishes under the deviously ironic imprint New Harvest.) Also of note: apparently Club Monaco is not selling Roots pants, Ford is not selling Hondas, you can't buy President's Choice cookies at Sobey's, and they won't serve you a Big Mac at a Burger King. Life goes on.

Covers

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Marianne
This long and very readable excerpt from Sylvie Simmons' new biography of Leonard Cohen, I'm Your Man, describes how the poet met and fell in love with Marrianne Jensen on the Greek Island, Hydra.

Contents
30 tables of contents

Charlotte

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Thirty
The Guardian explains how to write a book in thirty days. But then think about all those wonderful grant opportunities you'd miss out on!

Frankenstein
The New Yorker looks at the digital monsters that are being presented under the guise of books at The Frankfurt Book Fair.

Deadwood

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Underground
A very cool library underground: The Delft Technical Library (with a checkout desk made out of books).

Floating
A very cool bookstore in a 430-foot ship: Logos Hope.

No
Better, actually, because I don't believe for one millisecond that the average grade-ten student has read all of the books in this CS Monitor quiz: "Are you as well red as a average grade-ten student?"

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Hobbits
For your next vacation, head to Hobbiton. (video)

Tunes
The fun (or frustrating) thing about the Literary Jukebox is trying to understand why specific songs are paired with specific literary quotes. No explanations are given.

Gimmicks
Flavourwire gives us 10 books to restore our faith in printed books. Heh! As if we ever lost it.

Shhhh!

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