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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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VIDEO: One-minute World News  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:41:00 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
VIDEO: Is Ramadan too commercial?  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:28:43 GMT
Many Pakistanis are complaining that Ramadan has become too commercial over the last few years, and is losing its true spirit. 
VIDEO: Yoga all at sea  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:20:38 GMT
SUP yoga, or stand up paddleboard yoga, involves most of the moves of normal yoga, but is done on a paddleboard in the water. 
VIDEO: Water ATMs bring clean water to Delhi  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:20:22 GMT
The authorities is Delhi are piloting water dispensing machines to bring clean water to residents. 
VIDEO: Secrets of royal childhoods revealed  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:21:14 GMT
A new exhibition at Buckingham Palace is revealing what is is like to grow up in the Royal Family. 
Vandals rip off bronze bull's tail  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:46:31 GMT
Police are investigating after the tail was ripped off a life-sized bronze statue of a bull in Builth Wells. 
Hamill: Star Wars return 'a gift'  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:30:09 GMT
Star Wars actor Mark Hamill calls returning to the franchise was an "unexpected gift", and says Harrison Ford is recovering well from his broken ankle. 
Russia's surprise interest rate rise  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:20:21 GMT
Russia's central bank has unexpectedly said it will raise its key bank interest rate over concerns about inflation and "geopolitical tension". 
BSkyB pays £5bn to create Sky Europe  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:10:07 GMT
BSkyB wants to take over Rupert Murdoch's pay TV companies in Germany and Italy in a move that would create a company with 20 million European viewers. 
Absent fans get robot to do cheering  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:31:27 GMT
A struggling Korean baseball team have invented a novel way to improve atmosphere at their matches - by bringing in a crowd of robot fans. 
Google Glass rival has neck battery  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:05:21 GMT
Chinese computing giant Lenovo has shown off what it hopes will be a rival to Google Glass - but with a better battery life. 
Secret Cinema cancels weekend shows  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:01:46 GMT
Secret Cinema organiser Fabian Riggall tells the BBC he has decided to cancel all of this weekend's screenings of Back to the Future. 
NT to screen first Broadway show  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:39:13 GMT
The National Theatre announces that Of Mice and Men will be their first Broadway production to screen live in UK cinemas. 
Wildlife loss link to child slavery  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:17:53 GMT
New research suggests that the global reduction in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery. 
Gecko sex satellite 'not responding'  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:48:42 GMT
A Russian satellite containing geckos could plummet to earth if control is not regained, according to reports.