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A first editon of <i>The Hobbit</i>
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A first editon of The Hobbit

Web Reads: The Hobbit, modern-day piracy, and apps for traveling abroad

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This week’s selection of interesting reads from around the web:

Read to me. J.R.R. Tolkien fans can listen to eight free lectures on The Hobbit and even hear Tolkien read excerpts from his famous story.

Pirates. The Economist examines the complex economics behind modern-day piracy, focusing on pirates and their financiers, businesses in near-by harbors, and even qat (narcotic plant) dealers.

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Just 16 games? Now that the baseball season is over, one fan ponders what the sport would look like if a season was only 16 games long.

Calvinism and liberalism. The American Conservative features a profile of novelist Marilynne Robinson focusing on her Calvinism and liberal politics. The actual email interview appears here.

Technology. Mashable highlights 10 good apps for people traveling abroad. The apps help travelers locate essentials like restrooms and doctors, and cope with tasks like converting currency and translating languages.

Susan Olasky
Susan Olasky

Susan pens book reviews and other articles for WORLD as a senior writer and has authored eight historical novels for children. Susan and her husband Marvin live in Asheville, N.C. Follow Susan on Twitter @susanolasky.

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