Love Hate Relationship

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The Oscar-winning screenwriter (and novelist, critic, and classicist) Frederic Raphael talks about why Catullus is the poet to read if you crave difficulty.

Ivory Tower Blues

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A journalist fights a campaign to protect the most important freedom.

Elliot Ackerman on Waiting for Eden

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For this week's podcast, we spoke with the National Book Award finalist about his new novel, war, marriage, and everything in between.

  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.