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The Encyclopedia Shatnerica
January 1, 2011  | By Diane Werts  | 1 comment
 

Robert Schnakenberg
Quirk Books, $16.95

Really and truly, the last thing William Shatner needs is more attention.

TV, movies, books, video games, commercials, self-serving web site -- the man is more all over the place than James T. Kirk.

But if you're wondering what the T stands for -- and shouldn't we all know by now? -- you'll find it in The Encyclopedia Shatnerica, an old fave by Robert Schnakenberg just revised and updated in a paperback Millennium Edition.

The first edition came out in 1998, and the Shat-man has done oh-so-much since we wrote him off back then -- Boston Legal, Emmy wins, Priceline ads, that gonzo Has Been CD. (Is or is not his delivery of Common People worth incessant "repeat" play?) I hadn't even realized he'd auctioned off his own kidney stone online (for charity). But, hey, that's what we pay Schnakenberg the (semi-) big bucks to fill a book with.

He's even included photos and scattered info boxes collecting oddities like "Shatner's World of Pain," listing the ways the Shat's characters have been offed on-screen. My fave: "Crucified by Ernest Borgnine in The Devil's Rain." (Although that Kingdom of the Spiders web was pretty cool, too.)

I'm not crazy about the book's jumbo sans-serif type and wide-spaced lines -- that seems like the kind of pretty-for-its-own-sake layout that design "consultants" get paid to concoct, lest they concern themselves with, oh, readability.

But Schnakenberg's info/quotes/trivia work is first rate. He endures everything Shatner does, to report back to us, so we don't have to. Would you wanna research an entry titled "Horse Semen"?

Buy it now

 
 
 
 
 
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Explore a wide Indian Encyclopedia with enlightening articles on India's diverse culture, history, and traditions. Uncover captivating insights into the nation's rich heritage through meticulously curated "Articles on India." Your go-to resource for in-depth knowledge about this captivating land.
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Indian music can be described as having been inaugurated with the chanting of Vedic hymns, though it is more than probable that the Indus Valley Civilization was not without its musical culture, of which almost nothing is known. There are references to various string and wind instruments, as well as several kinds of drums and cymbals, in the Vedas.Discover more about different and varied forms of Indian Music
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