I think that if I were a very good swimmer, I would be proud to be so, but being proud of being a reader, in my case, is like being proud you have feet. I don’t feel much pride when, on the way to somebody’s house for dinner, I stuff several books into my handbag for…well, for what? Can I really not manage a brief subway ride without textual support? Is that normal? Are there other people who, when watching a documentary set in a prison, secretly think, as I have, Wish I had all that time to read?
What I’m describing is a condition that might be termed “pathological reader syndrome.” My acquisition and digestion of books is, to be frank, absurd. Just get a Kindle, everyone advised me a few years ago. Yet here I am, packing for a short flight between London and Belfast, with my Kindle, certainly, but also with four or five hardback books jammed into my hand luggage, just in case. Just in case we happen to fly through a wrinkle in time in which an hour expands to accommodate infinity.
~Zadie Smith ponders her textual addiction at Oprah magazine
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A Ukrainian official said a Malaysian passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down Thursday over a town in the east of the country. All 280 passengers and 15 crew members are feared dead.
Ukrainian outlet The Insider is reporting that Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, a Boeing 777, was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur and crashed in the Donetsk region and was shot down.
The Associated Press reports that Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister, said on his Facebook page the plane was flying at an altitude of 10,000 meters (33,000 feet) when it was hit by a missile “fired from a Buk launcher.” A similar launcher was seen by Associated Press journalists near the eastern Ukrainian town of Snizhne earlier Thursday.