odd words

“All my good reading, you might say, was done in the toilet. There are passages in Ulysses which can be read only in the toilet — if one wants to extract the full flavor of their content.” – Henry Miller.

banktoaster – BBC ‘s Poetry Outloud has online recordings of famous poets reading their works, such as The Charge of the Light Brigade by Lord Tennyson, A March Calf by Ted Hughes, Homecoming: Anse La Raye by Derek Walcott, Bogland by Seamus Heaney et al. see? this is the kind of shite the Internet was created for!

ebooking – EU plans to digitize 6 million books by 2010, the European Digital Library..

suessiana – Nationwide pajama reading parties honor Dr. Seuss’s Mar 2nd birthday – nope, not gonna touch that one.

cookies • Bookseller Magazine (UK) awarded the Oddest Book Title of the Year to How People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It by Gary Leon Hill.

• Vancouver magazine writer John Vaillant has won non-fiction prize for his book The Golden Spruce: A True Story of Myth, Madness and Greed and Joseph Boyden won for his debut novel Three Day Road.

• Eastern European authors dominate the shortlist for the 2006 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (UK)

4 lettersNerve.com a more or less non-pornographic online magazine about well..sex…has a Henry Miller Award for the best literary sex scene published in the English language. Every month nominations for the semi-finals are presented with each months winner advancing to the finals. A grand prize and a readers’ choice will be chosen at the end of the year, with the grand prize winner gets $1,934, commemorating the publication date of Tropic of Cancer For a a list of previous winners.

under the radarthe Boston Globe had a nice piece on the 50th anniversary of J.P. Donleavy’s the Ginger Man.

smut pedding – Since were’re rolling around in the gutter today, this came in the mail today: Bookleggers and Smuthounds: The Trade in Erotica, 1920-1940 by Jay A. Gertzman. A serious study of the underground book trade back when that sort of thing could put one in prison.

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