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Thursday, 16 February 2012

Lead item

Iran is ready to talk "Iran is more isolated than ever. The regional balance of power is shifting against Tehran, in no small part because of its ongoing support for the beleaguered government of Assad in Syria. (It) cannot do business with or obtain credit from any reputable international bank, nor can it easily insure its ships or find energy investors."

New York Times
 
 

Thursday, 16 February 2012

General item

E-books can't burn "The e-book offers a more austere, direct engagement with the words appearing before us and disappearing behind us than the traditional paper book offers, giving no fetishistic gratification as we cover our walls with famous names." (Tim Parks)

New York Review of Books
Books, eBooks, Literature
 

And finally

Toys cannot hold protest because they are not citizens of Russia, officials rule "There hadn't been many - indeed any - rallies like it before in RussiaLast month saw dozens of toys, from teddy bears to Lego figurines, standing out in the snow of a Siberian city with banners complaining about corruption and electoral malpractice."

Guardian
 

Thursday, 16 February 2012

General item

Sex education: far from decent "When it came to the students' anonymous questions though, a lot of their concerns were unexpected and sourced from what they'd picked up from p*rnography... Tellingly, none of them knew where the clit*ris was or had any idea what it looked like. Needless to say, classes went on for a while." (Benjamin Law)

The Drum
Education
 

Romance novels, the last great bastion of underground literature "It would be crazy to fail to pay close attention when that many people are devoted to something."

The Awl