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A Random Assortment of Book News & Links

They were the best of lines, they were the worst of lines. The Guardian UK picks the best and worst opening sentences.


Here's a disingenuous way to keep old books current -- by re-editing and re-releasing them ad infinitum. Lord knows it's worked for the Bible all these years.


The Litchfield, NH school board lists cannibalism as part of the "liberal agenda" while banning short stories from its English curriculum. Vegetarianism, maybe, but cannibalism?


How well do you know your polish born, British educated novelists? How about your So-Cal reality stars turned ghost-written memoirists? The Daily Beast has paired some excerpts from Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Lauren Conrad's L.A. Candy, and is daring you to tell the difference. Via.


Richard 'The God Delusion' Dawkins has put up the cash to fund an atheist summer camp for kids. In addition to the swimming, canoeing, and potato sack racing, Camp Quest will offer classes in "rational skepticism, moral philosophy, ethics and evolution." (Dawkins hasn't met many kids, has he?)


Thursday's Guardian UK reviewed online, automated book recommendations, attacking the whack (LibraryThing picks Jane Austen novels for folks enjoying Ray Bradbury books) and commending the competent (The evil A points Bradbury fans toward Alan Moore), before ending with a question that made the whole article moot: When you've finished a book, do you really want to read something similar?
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