How Amazon Has Changed How We Read

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“The story of contemporary publishing is largely that of what Amazon has done to it and of what it threatens – in publishers’ and booksellers’ nightmares – to do. It is the story of a huge contrast between the perceptions of readers, authors and Wall Street, and those of publishers and booksellers.”

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More Than 50,000 Books and Manuscripts Lost in Library Arson in Lebanon

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“Lebanese officials and religious figures mobilized Saturday to prevent a renewal of tensions in the northern city of Tripoli after unknown assailants torched a historic library owned by a Greek Orthodox priest” – allegedly because there was one pamphlet deemed insulting to the Prophet Muhammad hidden in one of the books.

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Charlie Chaplin’s Talking Pictures

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“Though most [silent film stars] made talking pictures, few made any to compare with their silent marvels; only those of Charlie Chaplin rival – and even surpass – his silent work.” Why did Chaplin succeed where his contemporaries faltered?

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Oscar Documentary Short List Looks To Political Films

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“They include excoriating cinematic treatments of Indonesian death squads, evangelical homophobia in Uganda, the uprising in Tahrir Square and an attack on the incarceration of orca whales in marine parks” – and an already-banned-in-Moscow doco about Pussy Riot.

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USA! USA! Er, At Least With (Ice) Dancing

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“Olympic ice dancing also now carries the reality-television, celebrity-culture appeal of shows like ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ programs that have turned the salsa, tango and fox trot into somewhat quantifiable competitions.”

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