EL Doctorow, pictured here in 2007, has died. His work in its entirety bespeaks a profound humanity. Radim Beznoska/AAP

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Remembering EL Doctorow – the conscience of the USA

Over the course of almost six decades, Doctorow – who has died – wrote himself into the canon of American literature. He embodied the virtues of a classical storyteller.
A masked man gestures before the ISIL flag in a video released by Islamic State militants. Reuters

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A new weapon of Islamist extremists is…poetry?

Militants are tapping into centuries-old literary tastes, appropriating them for their own nefarious ends.

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