"For me Moby-Dick is really the American Bible. Embedded within it is the DNA of America's culture," says the National Book Award winner. 
"Because of Velázquez, these long-lost people will always be waiting for us in the Prado," says the noted art historian. "Las Meninas is a place where …
Tom Holland on Thucydides"The plague is where Athenian strategy goes wrong: it starts to push at military limits, geopolitical limits, and moral limits," says the best-selling …
"Lear is the Everest of the plays," says the renowned Shakespeare scholar. Read this penetrating interview to find out why.
Virgil, says the bestselling novelist, was a master of human psychology -- and his Aeneid is still resonant and vital today. 
The renowned music writer explains the power and grandeur of this "thousand-milestone" in Italy's operatic history, with an unusual focus on Jewish suf…
The critic, translator, and publisher of Restless Books on why Cervantes' novel has lasted for century after century. 
A powerful essay on how a founder of American literary modernism was at his most radical in his first, least-known book. 
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