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Presque vu XXXXII

Guardian Unlimited reports that thirteen people have been arrested in Turkey as part of an investigation into an ultra-nationalist gang reported to be planning the assassination of Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk.

The suspects have now been remanded in custody, among them retired military officers and the lawyer Kemal Kerincisz. The latter has been instrumental in the pursuit of a series of writers and intellectuals through the courts, filing cases against Pamuk himself as well as the novelists Elif Shafak and Perihan Magden and the murdered journalist Hrant Dink.


What happens when you publish a blog post? Quite a lot; and almost simultaneously. There is a nice animation on Wired which will explain all.


The New York Times reports that Amazon, busily adding digital downloads to its vast Web store, has agreed to buy Audible, the largest online seller of audiobooks for $300 million.


Doris Lessing finally received the Nobel Prize in Fiction at a gathering in London. She told the audience: “Thank you does not seem enough when you’ve won the best of them all. It is astonishing and amazing. I would like to say that there isn’t anywhere to go from here.”
She later joked: “I could get a pat on the head from the Pope.”


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