SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES
A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD
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.
If there is anyone left who does not understand the labyrinth of the Amazon-vs-Apple-&-Publishers spat, NYRB's Jason Epstein provides as clear a summary as you are likely to find, and some not bad analysis to boot.
The Guardian's Robert Crumb offers up what he feels are The 10 best first lines in fiction, to which I say ... meh, stupid exercise. With the exception of the Wodehouse, which I like because it is quite funny, I could live without all of them. My favourite opening line in all of fiction is this: "He lay flat on the brown, pine-needled floor of the forest, his chin on his folded arms, and high overhead the wind blew in the tops of the pine trees."
In the bowels of a rare-book library at Brown University, the NYTs informs us, an archivist recently made a discovery of a rare print by an engraver who became famous for other things — Paul Revere.
The famous City Lights bookstore has a podcast blog. Who knew?
And just for fun: a book arch.