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Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 - 7:44 a.m.

Those ignorant fucks burnt the ancient library in Timbuktu.

Words really cannot express my anger and grief about this.

Loss of human life is reason for one kind of grief. Loss of ancient knowledge is another. I sometimes feel I should explain myself for feeling so strongly about certain old objects. But they were history--history and secrets and knowledge we'll never get a chance to understand.

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