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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Poisoners of Gravy
Amongst the many gems that TVO has recently uploaded to the web from their archives is what appears to be the full Prisoners of Gravity series, the seminal news magazine about comic books and science fiction. This looks quaint by today's standards, but no one was talking about this sort of stuff on tv before this show, at least not quite in this way. Enjoy their 1993 episode about Tolkein.

"It's campoochuchuchuchu tea."
Time to pay another visit to the tremendously helpful Toni and Candace at the Women and Women First Bookstore in Portlandia.

Need a raise?
Follow Oulipo novelist George Perec's simple, easy directions and you're sure to get one pretty soonish.

Scrooge McDuck > Jay Gatsby
The good folks at Forbes have compiled their annual list of the world's wealthiest fictional characters. Scrooge McDuck comes in at 2nd, with an amassed fortune of $33.5 billion (USD, I assume), while lowly Jay Gatsby is 14th with a meager $1 billion. Find out who else made the list.

Andy Rooney on ebooks
What else needs to be said? He's probably still trying to master the rotary telephone. Watch and enjoy. (c/o Moby c/o CBS)

Sit on it, Potsie
A chaise cube bookshelf thing.

Looking for a book recommendation?
David McCandles of Information is Beautiful has "scraped the results of over 15 notable book polls, readers surveys and top 100's" to create a "consensus cloud" of the books everyone must read. (Ayn Rand? Twice? No thanks.)

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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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