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SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Getting outta here
There will be no Sundries next week, as I am heading to Spain for a week of drinking wine and eating pintxos in La Rioja. In light of that, I'll start off this week's Sundries with the London Times' new "top 20 travel books" list. There's some great stuff here for anyone looking to get away without moving an inch, though it should be noted that columnist Steve Keenan admits it is a highly subjective list, compiled by himself based on recommendations from authors, readers and the Times' archives. (There's even a video interview with some authors.) He's open to further suggestions, so I'll add John Barlow's fascinating and entertaining Everything But the Squeal, published last year, about eating pork in, yeah, you got it, Spain.

Signs of mass stupidity
According to boingboing the release of Dan Brown's latest book has driven the gullible to not only fork out their hard-earned money for twaddle, but also to visit the California freemason's site in such sheepish droves that the site had to be shut down. Sheesh. Don't people have better things to do with their money and time?

I like this guy
"The rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated" - The Book. Or in other words, as Harvard University library director Robert Darnton writes on PW: "The current obsession with cellular devices, electronic readers and digitization has produced a colossal case of false consciousness." No kidding.

Try doing that with a kindle
Dan Wagstaff has posted a great interview with Penguin Press cover designer Coralie Bickford-Smith on the Casual optimist, worth checking out if only to see her gorgeous designs of the Penguin Classics hardcovers. E-books ain't got nothin' on these babies.

"Immediately, though, something felt wrong. Very wrong."
Good old, decrepit Ozzy Osbourne recounts in his new autobio (excerpted on the Times site) how he came to bite the heads of doves and bats. Yum!

"He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff..."
LIFE has just published a set of never-before-seen photos of Ernest Hemingway (and environs) taken in 1952 by Alfred Eisenstaedt in Cuba. The photos were taken to run alongside a new novella by Papa that LIFE was about to publish called "The Old Man and the Sea".

"Quick. Name ten dead redheads"
And then enjoy some Couplandisms.

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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.

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