In praise of the pencil, that low-key feat of engineering

Life would not necessarily be better if we all had to whittle our own pencils. PHOTO: PEXELS
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(FINANCIAL TIMES) - Tom Kelley is a sensitive soul. Shortly after sending the manuscript of his first book, The Art Of Innovation, to his publisher, he visited Kepler's, a bookshop in Menlo Park in Silicon Valley.

"I literally started to cry", he confessed to a group of authors to which I belong, "thinking about all the effort and all the sacrifices authors had made to get those thousands of books on to the stage."

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