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SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Adams
The e-book reader is the “new” stone tablet, and that’s a good thing. Or so said Douglas Adams (via promotional video) back in the early 1990s.

Orange
The Orange Prize is orange no more. The mobile phone co. has disconnected service for the literary prize. Who is going to step in and save the day? Any other colourfully named companies with an interest in books out there? No, none that I can think of.

Libraries
What books were in the libraries of your favourite authors? Flavourwire sorts it out.

Fussell
R.I.P. Paul Fussell.

Paris
Going to Paris for the summer? Who isn’t, right? The WSJ offers some interactive maps of the city based on books.

Gatz
The problem with casting an actor to play Nick Carraway in a film version of Gatsby is that Carrway is a cipher. He has some small moral position in the novel that gets shifted unremarkably from one square on the checker board of his life to the next, but at heart he is just a pair of eyes through which we see the Gatsby story. To cast him you have to cast an actor who has never been seen before and who has almost no screen presence, and of course, Hollywood usually doesn’t do that. So, nothing against Toby McGguire, but he’s wrong for the part, he’s too famous and he has too much screen presence. That (and because I don’t really like his gosh-darn earnest wet-blanket acting style) was why I had planned not to see the forthcoming Baz Luhrmann film. But then I watched the trailer and I have to say it looks like a whole lot of decadent fun, wet blanket aside. Wait...maybe that casting was actually a stroke of brilliance. (Oh, and I hope that is not really the music they are going to use in the film.)

Cookies
Alice in Wonderland Cookies? Yes please!

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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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