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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

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SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Bestseller or Bust!

Or maybe both? The news is out: being a writer pays crap. And so is the update: it pays crappier today than ever.

Library Porn

Fodor's presents a gallery of the World's 20 Most Stunning Libraries.

Life Savers

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

SEX
Back in the day when I worked in bookstores and Madonna's book Sex was published, complete with it's silver Mylar wrapper, I had a movement when I thought it might be a good idea to snap up a few copies and tuck them away intact and unopened until the thing went out of print, as a sort of "investment". I didn't do it because, frankly, the book was such an idiotic waste of atoms that I just couldn't justify spending money on it. Still, my instincts were right: Sex topped the list of 2013's most sought after OOP books.

The Girl Who...

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Bad Sex
The Literary Revue has announced its nominees for the annual Bad Sex in Fiction award, and they've been tweeting some icky samples.

Specimens
Speaking of icky, some scientists in Antwerp tested the ten most-borrowed books in the city's lending library. All ten tested positive for cocaine and Fifty Shades of Grey showed traces of herpes.

Yawns

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Clingy
A new book featured on Boing Boing showcases photographs of stuffed animals that have pretty much been loved to death. It achieves that rare state of being both cute and creepy the same time.

McBullshitey's
You know what? I loathe McSweeney's. Always have. I know I can't be alone in that sentiment, but I've yet to meet another person who feels the same way. But whatever. The whole project has maintained an air of oh-so-clever superiority and smugness from the get go. Here's a fine example of what I'm talking about.

SHAUN SMITH'S SPOOKY SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

A touch late but no less enjoyable, here's a Halloween-inspired edition of Sundries.

Monster
Ten things you may not know about Frankenstein. Worth the click through just to check out the 1910 Thomas Edison film adaptation.

Death
The dying words of twenty famous authors.

Afterlife
In the Netherlands, someone is converting old churches in to beautiful bookstores.

Horror

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