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SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

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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.

Meat #1

We may have missed national punctuation day, but we can still enjoy its official meatloaf.

Meat #2

Not up for meatloaf? Try Hemingway's favourite hamburger recipe instead. (Worth clicking just to read Papa's grocery list.)

Slaughterhouse

Check out Michael Crichton's 1969 Review of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five: "There is also some business about a distant planet and flying saucers, but that does not make the book science fiction, any more than flippers make a cat a penguin." Huh?

Laughingstocks

Enjoy publishers making asses of themselves.

Flops

Hollywood loves turning multi-book YA blockbuster series into movies. But not all have turned out so well. Here are ten that flopped despite the success of the books.

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SHAUN SMITH is a novelist and award-winning journalist in Toronto, Canada. His young-adult novel Snakes & Ladders was published in 2009 by the Dundurn Group. His book Magical Narcissism: Selected Writings on Books, Writers, Food, and Chefs was published by Tightrope Books in June 2013. shaunsmith.ca

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

Shaun Smith

Shaun Smith is a novelist and journalist living in Toronto. His young adult novel Snakes & Ladders was published in January 2009 by the Dundurn Group.

Go to Shaun Smith ’s Author Page