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December 12, 2014 Lord of the Rings fans wanted to build a giant Eye of Sauron atop a skyscraper in Moscow, a place that already can make you feel you're being watched. The Orthodox church had officials scrap the plan.
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Author and infomercial pitchman Kevin Trudeau.
March 19, 2014 Also: HarperCollins has bought the rights to JRR Tolkien's translation of Beowulf; Zadie Smith writes about the small losses from climate change; poet Bill Knott dies for the final time.
Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, accompanied by her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, speaks during a July 2013 news conference in Manchester, N.H.
February 12, 2014 Also: The Hatchet Job of the Year is announced; NASA collaborates on sci-fi series; Penguin India pulls book on Hinduism.
November 22, 2013 Also: A newly published essay by C.S. Lewis; exploring Middle-Earth; Salman Rushdie on the Internet.
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May 20, 2013 Quidditch was invented "in a small hotel in Manchester after a row with my then boyfriend," writes the Harry Potter creator. Other book news: Ireland puts an entire short story on a postage stamp; Daniel Handler on Midwestern literature; and the best books coming out this week.
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