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Good-bye, Peter Kaplan, and Other News

December 2, 2013 | by

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  • New York Observer veteran Peter Kaplan has died, at the age of fifty-nine.
  • At the Girolamini Library in Naples, a librarian has been accused of “one of the most dramatic thefts ever to hit the rare-book world.” Pilfered volumes include rare editions of Aristotle, Descartes, and Machiavelli.
  • New Zealand’s national airline has painted a giant image of the dragon Smaug, from The Hobbit, on the side of one of its planes.
  • So, how are the leaked J. D. Salinger stories?
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