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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

dumbYe West
In a Reuters interview last week about his forthcoming p.o.crap that I am not generous enough to call anything but a pamphlet, Kanye West provided living proof that arrogance is born of ignorance, as he declared: "I am a proud non-reader of books." Nice example, dumbYe. It is a sorry state of affairs that in today's fame-addled culture such arrogance is often a prerequisite for success. Personally, I had some West music downloaded to my iTunes, but I have now proudly deleted it. If you care about books, intelligence and literacy, I'd encourage you to follow suit and become a proud non-listener of West's music.

LOCKER LIBRARY
Thankfully, not every young person follows dumbYe West's lead. Or so it seems. This could be a hoax, but a student at what appears to be an idiotically strict private school in the USA claims to be running a "banned book" library out of an empty locker in the school. Even if it is not real (and if you read the post closely, there is good reason to be suspicious), the idea is fantastic.

THE END IS NIGH
The New York Times offers some sobering numbers on declining book sales in the USA.

THE END IS REALLY NIGH
In The Nation, Elisabeth Sifton presents a long essay which details decades of assaults faced by the publishing industry, both from within and without.

THE END IS NOT SO NIGH
Is it the end of books, or just a bit of change? According to the Guardian, Professor Stefan Collini says that such hand wringing has taken place in every generation.

OKAY, SOMETHING IS NIGH, BUT IT MIGHT NOT BE THE END
Dan Wagstaff, the Causal Optometrist, is working hard to be optimistic about it all.

IN THE END, THERE'S ALWAYS ZAPPA
Nathan Whitlock, meanwhile, imports a little perspective from The Great Zappa.

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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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