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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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Kenya leader signs tough security law  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:40:03 GMT
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signs into law a controversial anti-terror bill which sparked fighting between MPs in parliament on Thursday. 
Appeal against Mumbai suspect bail  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:21:41 GMT
A Pakistani government prosecutor says he is challenging the bail granted to a man accused of being behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. 
Turkey issues warrant for Gulen  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:17:08 GMT
Turkey issues an arrest warrant for influential US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of organising an anti-government movement. 
Colombia Farc truce follows killings  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:01:43 GMT
Colombia's Farc begins an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire, hours after the army said that the left-wing rebels had killed five soldiers. 
Kurds 'break IS mountain siege'  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:37:31 GMT
Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken Islamic State's siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants. 
Plea by parents of Aurora accused  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:19:26 GMT
The parents of James Holmes, the man charged with killing 12 and injuring 70 in a 2012 Colorado theatre massacre, have pleaded he be spared the death penalty. 
Off-duty PC murder suspect arrested  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:05:15 GMT
A 28-year-old man is detained on suspicion of the murder of an off-duty PC who died after being attacked in Liverpool city centre. 
Cook 'gutted' to miss World Cup  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:48:35 GMT
Alastair Cook is "disappointed" to be left out of England's World Cup squad after Eoin Morgan is named new one-day captain. 
Millions shopping on 'Panic Saturday'  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:54:06 GMT
UK shoppers are expected to spend a record £1.2bn buying Christmas presents and groceries on what researchers are calling "Panic Saturday". 
Salmond calls for English referendum  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:14:25 GMT
Alex Salmond calls for England to hold a "peasants' revolt type referendum" on its own constitutional future. 
Day in pictures: 18 December 2014  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:31:09 GMT
Images from around the world: 18 December 
Your pictures of the year 2014  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:52:07 GMT
A selection of the best readers' photos 
In pictures: US-Cuban relations  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:53:41 GMT
Story of Cuba's relationship with the US 
Picture power: Under the dress  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:55:37 GMT
Actress America Ferrera red-faced 
In pictures: Pakistan school attack aftermath  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:20:29 GMT
Families have begun burying their dead