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SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Putting the NO in NaNoWriMo
Laura Miller, on Salon, has a great piece slamming so called National Novel Writing Month. Writes Miller: "far more money can be made out of people who want to write novels than out of people who want to read them." Sadly, true. Sorry to break the news, but if you need a gimmick like NaNoWriMo to get your work done, you are in all likelihood not a writer (or at least not a very good one) and should probably occupy your time with something else that pays better.

And they say technology is supposed to make you smarter
If you haven't yet seen the video of the guy caught in the act of reading a book and a Kindle and using his cellphone all while driving his car at 60 kph, it's worth a few seconds, if only to confirm how stupid people can be.

Shapton's Trees
Sample's from a splendid art book titled The Native Trees of Canada by Leanne Shapton can be downloaded from either the NYTs or from Shapton's publisher Drawn & Quarterly.

Blanchet's Nocturne
Also from "La belle provence", publisher La Pasteque has posted to YouTube a teaser preview of illustrator Pascal Blanchet's forthcoming book Nocturne.

f-books
Forget e-books, gimme flesh books. (It's not what you think.)

Oh, what a cliché!
Looking for a cliché? Find it at westegg.com's Cliché Finder.

Cuteness
That cute baby animals website it devolving into books.

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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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