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When it comes to the basics, translation is relatively straightforward. But David Bellos argues that translating sentences, not to mention books, is inherently complex. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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'A Fish In Your Ear': What Gets Lost In Translation

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A trio get a closer look at the large waves cresting over the seawall just south of Nome's Front Street in Nome, Alaska, Wednesday., Nov. 9, 2011. Tyler Rhodes/AP Photo hide caption

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Receding Sea Ice Helps Storm Hammer Alaska's Coast

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Author P.J. O'Rourke writes that while trekking through Kyrgyzstan's Tian Shan Mountains, he fell in love with his horse, whom he named Trigger. But that doesn't mean he loved the trip. Adrian Dangar hide caption

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'Holidays In Heck': Traveling With P.J. O'Rourke

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Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili died after losing control during a training run at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Jane Leavy opens The Best American Sports Writing 2011 with John Powers' piece about the accident. Ricardo Mazalan/AP hide caption

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Best 'Sports Writing' Shows Athletes At Their Limits

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