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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Mom
Awful Library Books, a site that cleverly collects questionable library holdings, offers a gem for Mothers Day: a 1952 book of plays, dialogues, recitations, exercises and monologues dedicated to the day. What fun.

Building
I recently posted about buildings made out of books. Well, here are ten buildings inspired by books (c/o Flavorwire).

Infographic

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Purple
As writer Barbara Lampert reminds us, Doctor Johnson once famously advised, “Read over your compositions and where ever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.” Lampert has created a sort of online graveyard for such stuff, where she has invited writers to send her their purple prose that's been red inked.

Daffodils

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Libraries
Some of this we've seen before in other similar galleries, but some of it is new (to me at least). The Vancouver Sun has a gallery of the 12 Coolest Libraries in the World. (their title, not mine)

Reviews

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Open
What happens when you invite censors to a book fair? Jonathan Mirsky of the New York Review of Books' blog offers a fascinating account of his encounters with such creatures at the recent London Book Fair.

Movement
Hey, take your books and get the hell out of here! Flavorwire offers a gallery of a dozen "Incredibly Unique Bookmobiles around the World".

Opulence

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Clowes
Here's a nice little video portrait from NYTs of comics artist Daniel Clowes, with some ooooooh so sensitive music. (And a blockhead narrator.)

Bind
How To Bind a Hardcover Book, as shown by someone who can't draw.

Book

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Birth of a book
Here's another one of those overly evocative little videos (this time from The Telegraph) about how a book is manufactured. Enjoyable, nonetheless.

Little chickens

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

The shapes of stories
The Guardian shares a video of the late, great Kurt Vonnegut delivering a humorous talk about graphing plot lines.

The final interview: le Carré

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Noted Titles
Lists of Notes tells us about a list found in the letters of Charles Dickens, showing the titles of fake books the author had made to fill a space in his library. Some of the fake titles created by Dickens include, Forty Winks at the Pyramids 2 vols (20 per volume, one presumes), The Art of Cutting Teeth, and Hansard's Guide to Refreshing Sleep.

How did Joseph Heller map out the plot of Catch 22?

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

How I failed Drafting but Passed Donny & Marie*
Yeah, this is kinda smart. How To Name Your First Novel, care of NPR. I would add: If your book is to be a sprawling, multi-generational Canadian historical novel: The [TERM DESCRIBING A PERSON PRACTICING OBSOLETE PROFESSION] of [PHILOSOPHICAL CONCEPT/EMOTIONAL STATE/FANTASTIC LOCATION].

Turd blurbs
Book Riot has gathered together some pretty awful book blurbs from some very famous authors.

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