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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s plane found

French authorities have finally located the remains of the plane that Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was flying when he crashed. Saint-Exupéry was most famous for writing The Little Prince, but he was also a bit of a steampunk geek: He was a hard-core aviator and had a sort of zenlike attitude towards machinery. The folks at Snarkmarket found an excellent page of quotes from him, including this one:

The machine does not isolate us from the great problems of nature but plunges us more deeply into them.

(Thanks to Snarkmarket for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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