For Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, his first piece of printing reappears

PHILADELPHIA, Jan 17 — Before he was the familiar bald and bespectacled founding father, Benjamin Franklin was a 17-year-old neophyte printer with burning ambition and something of a...

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Prince Charles co-authors ‘Ladybird’ guide to climate change

LONDON, Jan 17 — UK’s Prince Charles, a vocal environmental campaigner, has co-authored a basic guide to the problems posed by climate change. Charles, 68, has written The Ladybird...

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The secret to surviving the White House: Books

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 — Not since Lincoln has there been a president fundamentally shaped — in his life, convictions and outlook on the world — by reading and writing as Barack Obama. Last...

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Obama on the books that guided him

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 — Michiko Kakutani, the chief book critic for The New York Times, interviewed President Barack Obama about literature on Friday at the White House. Here are excerpts from...

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Lie to me: Fiction in the post-truth era

NEW YORK, Jan 16 — US novelists have long complained about the ability of real life to outstrip fiction. In his landmark 1961 essay “Writing American Fiction,” Philip Roth observed that...

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