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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

THE CHALLENGE
Sci-fi novelist and Wired journalist Bruce Stirling has posted a fascinating and somewhat chilling list of 18 challenges faced by contemporary literature. It is well worth a scan for anyone watching the current transformation of text into, well, whatever it is becoming.

THE SCREEN
Meanwhile at popmatters, Michael Antman takes a look at the The Screen (ie: what you are looking at right now) and how it is replacing wide swaths of human culture, including books.

THE UNFILMABLE
Standing somewhat in opposition to Antman's piece about the screen, is scifiwire's uncredited roundup of 7 unfilmable sci-fi novels.

THE YURT
And as if to say all is not yet lost to technology (it's either that or a couched reference to the archaic nature of the printed book), at the Hay Festival, the Guardian erected a book yurt. What's a book yurt, you ask?

THE WRITING
Of course what so many people seem to forget is the fact that be it on page, screen, scroll or other interface, it is all about the writing. Journalist Reyhan Harmanci offers some fascinating insight into the writer's process in this San Francisco Chronicle profile of debut novelist Josh Mohr.

THE WORD
What is writing without words? As mentioned a few weeks ago, the English language is on track to topping 1,000,000 words on June 10th. (999,951 as of this writing.) In The Telegraph, OED historian Simon Winchester offers an engrossing — and at moments disturbing (be warned) — meditation on the creation of new words and those dodos of the book world, dictionaries.

THE ILLITERATE
And finally, the LA Times' book blog points us to a new diary for simpletons.

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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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