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"It seems to me the book has not just aesthetic values-- the charming little clothy box of the thing, the smell of the glue, even the print, which has its own beauty. But there's something about the sensation of ink on paper that is in some sense a thing, a phenomenon rather than an epiphenomenon. I can't break the association of electric trash with the computer screen. Words on the screen give the sense of being just another passing electronic wriggle."

—John Hoyer Updike (b. 1932) American writer, Rabbit, Run, Rabbit at Rest

 

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  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:30:01 GMT 
    Street murals by graffiti artist Banksy - many of them cut off the sides of buildings - have been put on show at an exhibition in London before they are auctioned off.


VIDEO: Our week with the Chinese army 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:49:48 GMT 
    The BBC follows two British soldiers as they take part in an exchange program with the Chinese army.


VIDEO: Ethiopia's Jewish community divided 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:07:22 GMT 
    Thousands of Ethiopian Jews have been left disappointed by an Israeli government decision to end a 30-year-old programme that saw tens thousands of Ethiopian Jews airlifted to the Holy Land.


VIDEO: Sudan hopes for bird-watching boost 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:34:06 GMT 
    Environmental campaigners in Sudan are promoting the country as a tourist destination for bird watchers in a bid to boost revenue, which could then be used to protect nesting sites and rare birds from extinction.


Girl gives father's CV to Mrs Obama 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:35:48 GMT 
    A young girl offered US First Lady Michelle Obama her father's CV during questions at the White House's Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.


Set of human glass eyes auctioned 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:49:27 GMT 
    A set of 74 antique prosthetic human glass eyes is auctioned in Lichfield.


Microsoft earnings beat estimates 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:47:39 GMT 
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  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:48:39 GMT 
    The latest international business headlines from BBC World News.


Warhol works found on Amiga disks 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:24:28 GMT 
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Amazon profits thin as expenses jump 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:50:40 GMT 
    Internet retailer Amazon reports a 32% jump in profit to $108m in the first quarter, but investors worry over increasing expenses.


Tarantino Gawker case dismissed 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:14 GMT 
    A judge dismisses Quentin Tarantino's attempt to sue gossip website Gawker for $1m for helping to leak his The Hateful Eight screenplay.


Third Hobbit film title changed 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:11:26 GMT 
    Director Peter Jackson reveals he has changed the title of the final film in his Hobbit trilogy from There and Back Again to The Battle of the Five Armies.


Blood 'is not from headless king' 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:07:24 GMT 
    An elaborately decorated gourd thought to contain the blood of French King Louis XVI may not be authentic, scientists say.


UK team to shoot for fusion record 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:38:27 GMT 
    The director of a UK science facility says it could set a new world record in nuclear fusion by the end of the decade.


Human skin grown in laboratory 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:37:39 GMT 
    Skin grown in the laboratory could replace animals in drug and cosmetics testing, according to UK scientists.
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