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SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Tears of a clown
The National Post has an interview with Anthony Bozza, who has written numerous books about, and with, celebrities. His latest credit is as co-writer on Tracy Morgan's autobio, I Am the New Black. Says Bozza: "People think that co-writing is just ghostwriting, you know, transcribing interviews and cleaning up grammar, but you have to figure out how to make their personality come across." If you think he's exaggerating about the difficulty of the job, just listen to this shockingly insane interview with Tracy Morgan on NPR and then imagine trying to capture that voice, let alone turn Morgan's ramblings into something coherent.

Books stink
They do, they stink, just ask Matija Strlic from University College London's Centre for Sustainable Heritage, who (according to the Times) describes that smell as "a combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla over an underlying mustiness". Sounds like a delicious vintage, actually. Strlic's team has devised a new test called "material degradomics", which uses gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to chemically "sniff" old books to determine their level of degradation. Am I the only one who thinks old books smell like chocolate?

Something for the nerds...
"Dear Santa, I would like a particle accelerator for Christmas, please. Failing that, how about a pop-up book about one, preferably the potentially world-ending Large Hadron Collider. (Merci gizmodo.com.)

Kids pics
The NY Times offers a gallery of pics from their choices for top illustrated kids books of 2009. (Grazie Casual Optimist.)

Beyond the Palin
Oooops! Looks like Sarah Palin got a whole bunch of facts wrong in her new memoir, Going Rogue, or so says the liberal media establishment. Really now, is anyone surprised?

Speaking of rogues
The Times offers a great gallery of posters from Clint Eastwood flicks, from the new book Clint Eastwood Icon: The Ultimate Film Art Collection.

Mike Stilkey's book sculptures
Have you seen Mike Stilkey's amazing book sculptures? If not, you need to. Fantastic stuff. The New Yorker offers a mini-interview.

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.

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