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"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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Blind Massage in Golden Horse sweep  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:58:09 GMT
Chinese-French film Blind Massage picks up six awards at Taiwan's 51st Golden Horse awards. 
O'Keeffe work sets female art record  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:58:45 GMT
A floral painting by late US artist Georgia O'Keeffe sells for $44.4m (£28.8m) at auction, setting a record for an artwork by a female artist. 
Climate fund receives $9.3bn pledge  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:39:16 GMT
Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change. 
Embrace the arts, engineers told  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:00:25 GMT
Engineering needs to emphasise its creative side to encourage more young people to take it up as a career, says a leading member of the profession. 
Ebola 'stable' in Guinea - WHO  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:33:53 GMT
The deadly Ebola outbreak is now "stable" in Guinea, the country where the latest crisis began, the World Health Organization says. 
Female bosses 'more depressed'  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:59:57 GMT
Women with job authority are more likely than men to display symptoms of depression, according to research in the US. 
England 0-3 Germany  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:17:50 GMT
England women are comprehensively beaten by clinical Germany in front of a record 45,619 Wembley crowd. 
Crystal Palace 3-1 Liverpool  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:53:21 GMT
Crystal Palace score two late goals as they win 3-1 against Liverpool, who suffer their third successive league defeat. 
Is winning 100 caps still a big deal?  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:11:40 GMT
Wayne Rooney recently became the ninth English footballer to win 100 caps but is it easier to do this now than it was a generation ago? 
Monsieur Romieu - a 'man of talents'  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:12:18 GMT
At a time of international conflict two centuries ago, did Britain assassinate an enemy agent while the world was looking the other way? 
Police in toastie mercy dash  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:39:56 GMT
Officers in New Zealand come to the rescue of a distressed woman who hadn't eaten for three days. 
Writing lessons give way to typing  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:25:46 GMT
Finnish students will no longer be taught joined-up handwriting, and will get typing lessons instead. 
Madagascar plague outbreak kills 40  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:38:35 GMT
An outbreak of plague in Madagascar has killed 40 people and infected dozens of others, the World Health Organization says. 
Australia top ODI rankings after win  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:25:17 GMT
Australia beat South Africa by two wickets to win the one-day international series 4-1 and go top of the world rankings. 
West 'seeks Russia regime change'  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:09:49 GMT
Western sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukraine are aimed at forcing regime change in Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says. 
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