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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

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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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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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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

What to do instead of reading a book today
I'm not sure how long this little timewaster Pinterest has been around, and I don't even really care so much what it is or what it's for (no doubt just another cute way to separate people from their personal information), but it does offer some entertaining book pages:

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What if music albums, video games and movies were books?
Emily Dubin does some mighty fine book blogging at Chronicle Books in San Francisco. One of her latest offerings leads us to three designers who have been inspired by retro book-cover design to revision music albums, video games and movies as books.

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Want to date a (Canadian) writer? Read this first.
I would add: See them afforded quotable celebrity status on CBC.ca even though no one has ever heard of them.

Happy (belated) Birthday Charles Dickens.
The Economist offers the gift of your tabulated sales data.

Nuff said dep't
15,000 books about Abe Lincoln stacked in a tower. But of course.

UofT discovers publisher on its premises

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Big black book
Each of the 6,000 pages in Mishka Henner's new 12-volume, p.o.d. series entitled Astronomical represents one-million kilometers of our solar system. On page one, you’ll find a photo of the Sun. On Page 6000, Pluto. Get it? Needless to say, there's a lot of black ink in between. Want to check it out? Watch perhaps the most boring book trailer ever produced.

YASIV

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