Miles Unger on Les Demoiselles d'Avignon

Shock and Awe

An Interview with Miles Unger

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Pablo Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon shocked the avant garde when it first appeared — and then shifted the course of art history.

Ancient Modern

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The Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti is best known for bringing a powerful vision to bear on physical form and testing its expressive limits.

Middle of the Journey

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The Divine Comedy changed the course of culture. Bestselling author of The Dante Chamber Matthew Pearl explains why.

  Nathaniel Philbrick on Moby-Dick and Herman Melville

Deep Waters

An Interview with Nathaniel Philbrick

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Nathaniel Philbrick, the bestselling author of In the Heart of the Seas and Why Read Moby Dick? spoke to us about why the book is so important and what it can teach us.

  Daniel Mendelsohn on the Odyssey

Homecoming

An Interview with Daniel Mendelsohn

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The classicist and acclaimed critic talks about about why the Odyssey has survived for so long.

Original Sin

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Corruption: it’s everywhere. An excellent new history of the subject helps explain why.