Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Gender Bender
A lot of the book blogs last week were reporting on this here newfangled robot which claims to be able to detect the gender of a writer based on text produced by that writer. Of course I had to put it to the test, so...without a word of a lie...I plugged in the first four excerpts that I could find on the web from works by the first two male writers and the first two female writers that came to mind. The bot does not create a distinct URL for its results pages, so I can't show you the results, but it you want to try it yourself, the excerpts came from these pages: Ernest Hemingway, Elmore Leonard, Joan Didion and Margaret Atwood. You can probably guess what happened. Yeah, that's right: all four wrong. Back to the drawing board nerds!

Kindle Shame
And after the giant solar flare makes the device useless, you can use this to carry a mickey of hooch. (See? Sooks are useful.)

Bookcase Boogie
It's making the rounds, but it's worth 1:29 of your time.

Super Gatsbyo
If Scot Fitzgerald had been alive at the advent of video games.

Datamancer
A computer keyboard for those of you who miss the typewriter.

proto-Bieber
Did Justin Bieber crib his iconic haircut from John Updike?
Compare and contrast (scroll down to the fifth photo in the Cheever article).

Up Dick!
And now for a moment of complete immaturity.

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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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