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SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Slush
The Wall Street Journal's Katherine Rosman has written an article about the disappearance of the slush pile. I used to read the slush pile at Penguin Canada. You know what? The slush pile was a waste of time and paper. 99.999999999999999999999999% of it was total crap. Good riddance.

Doggerel
Who needs the slush pile anyway, when you can self-publish your doggerel with the push of a button? As reported by Media Bistro, you can now self-publish your masterpiece to Kindle worldwide. Thank gawd they don't cut down trees for this thing.

"Arrrrrrrrrr!"
If you do decide to self-publish digitally, be prepared to take the risk in pirate infested waters. As reported in the NYTs, up to $3-billion USD in illegal book downloads happened last year. At least the pirates are reading.

Thievery
Speaking of book thieves, NPR has a fascinating piece (with audio) about a guy who stole $200,000 worth of rare books because he wanted to be perceived as a man of culture.

Voices
You know when you see a radio d.j. in person and it ruins the voice you heard on the radio? Something about this lineup of celebrities reading literature compiled by whosevoiceisthat.org (c/o The New Yorker) has the opposite effect. The voices ruin the works. For example, I love Donald Sutherland as an actor, but hell, I could not bear to listen to more than three seconds of him reading Hemingway.

Gimmickry
Literature as cigarettes? Whatever it takes to actually sell a book. (Thanks to Ben.)

R.I.P
P.K. Page

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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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