"Beyond the formative effects of reading on the individuals composing society, the fact that they have read the same books gives them experiences and ideas in common. These constitute a kind of shorthand of ideas which helps make communication quicker and more efficient. That is what we mean when we say figuratively of another person, We speak the same language."
—Charles Scribner, Jr.
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- A chain of mobile phone stores aimed specifically at the Latino market is to be opened by singer and actress Jennifer Lopez
- Japan man climbs Everest at 80 Thu, 23 May 2013 05:04:05 GMT
- An 80-year old Japanese man has reached the summit of Mount Everest, becoming the oldest person to scale the world's highest peak.
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- VIDEO: Polluted Hong Kong gets new electric taxis Thu, 23 May 2013 05:44:14 GMT
- Hong Kong, one of the most highly populated islands in the world, launches a trial run of a fleet of electric taxis in a bid to tackle its serious pollution problems.
- VIDEO: One-minute World News Thu, 23 May 2013 12:02:10 GMT
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- VIDEO: Film charts China's thirst for red wine Thu, 23 May 2013 00:00:05 GMT
- A new documentary film looks at the dramatic impact of China's growing fascination with fine French wines.
- VIDEO: Singapore's ethical jewellery outlet Wed, 22 May 2013 10:26:38 GMT
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- VIDEO: Building boom in Saudi Arabia Thu, 23 May 2013 10:56:46 GMT
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- VIDEO: Afghans discouraged from inter-marrying Tue, 21 May 2013 19:41:41 GMT
- Afghan authorities want to discourage the practice of inter-family marriages as the children of such couplings can sometimes have serious health issues.
- UK first quarter growth unchanged Thu, 23 May 2013 10:46:10 GMT
- The UK's economy grew at 0.3% in the first three months of the year, official figures confirm, but concerns remain over the strength of the recovery.
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- Google acquires kite-power firm Thu, 23 May 2013 10:27:38 GMT
- Google has acquired a US start-up that generates power using turbines flying on robotic tethered kites.
- Court battle for EA over game faces Thu, 23 May 2013 11:28:41 GMT
- A former college football player has won the right to sue Electronic Arts for using his likeness without permission.