Laura Marris on Camus and The Plague

Self-Healed Physician

An interview with Laura Marris

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A translator on why Camus and his novel of plague speak to us in this dark moment.

  Andrew Blauner on the genius of <em>Peanuts</em>

Good Old Charlie Brown

An Interview with Andrew Blauner

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Charles Schulz's Peanuts can still delight, sadden, and fascinate us seven decades after it premiered in newspapers. We spoke with the editor of a Peanuts writing anthology about why.

Translating The Plague During a Plague

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We spoke with Laura Marris, the translator of a new version of Albert Camus’ seminal novel The Plague, about translating this classic during a pandemic. 

The Octavian 2019 Holiday Book List

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We are pleased to announce the Octavian 2019 holiday book List. The list makes great year-end reading wherever you may be — and great gifts, if you are still looking.

  Mario Vargas Lllosa on culture and democracy

The Storyteller

An Interview with Mario Vargas Llosa

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The Nobel Prize-winning novelist spoke with us about how the erosion of culture means the erosion of political liberty.

  Brian Jay Jones on Dr. Seuss and kids of all ages

Pure Nonsense

An Interview with Brian Jay Jones

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What made Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss? His biographer Brian Jay Jones explains how hard work, creativity, and respect for kids changed Ted Geisel into an icon.