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The <strong>Russian battle against death</strong> began in the second half of the 19th century. It continues to this day

The Russian battle against death began in the second half of the 19th century. It continues to this day
 
 

Whoever has the most galleries when he dies, wins. Such is the consensus among art collectors like the particularly ruthless <strong>Larry Gagosian</strong>

Whoever has the most galleries when he dies, wins. Such is the consensus among art collectors like the particularly ruthless Larry Gagosian
 
 

<strong>The case for Don DeLillo</strong>. By every metric of literary greatness, he is in the highest percentile. Give him the Nobel Prize. This year

The case for Don DeLillo. By every metric of literary greatness, he is in the highest percentile. Give him the Nobel Prize. This year
 
 

The genius of <strong>Heinrich von Kleist</strong> &mdash; writer, newspaperman, tragic figure &mdash; was in using plain, reportorial language toward grotesque ends

The genius of Heinrich von Kleist — writer, newspaperman, tragic figure — was in using plain, reportorial language toward grotesque ends
 
 

Stylish novelists like Ottessa Moshfegh and Ling Ma give us curiously passive, <strong>apathetic characters</strong>. What&rsquo;s behind this tedious tendency?

Stylish novelists like Ottessa Moshfegh and Ling Ma give us curiously passive, apathetic characters. What’s behind this tedious tendency?
 
 

"You can live <strong>alone without being lonely</strong>, and you can be lonely without living alone," says Jill Lepore, "but the two are closely tied together, which makes lockdowns, sheltering in place, that much harder to bear"

"You can live alone without being lonely, and you can be lonely without living alone," says Jill Lepore, "but the two are closely tied together, which makes lockdowns, sheltering in place, that much harder to bear"
 
 

Influence is difficult to measure, but however you calculate it, <strong><em>Encounter</em></strong> had it. How a magazine shaped the intellectual climate

Influence is difficult to measure, but however you calculate it, Encounter had it. How a magazine shaped the intellectual climate
 
 

William Blake's flint cottage, Rudyard Kipling's stone manor: What role do <strong>houses play</strong> in the lives of creative people?

William Blake's flint cottage, Rudyard Kipling's stone manor: What role do houses play in the lives of creative people?
 
 

Two years ago, Joseph Epstein set out to <strong>learn Latin</strong>. As his dream of mastery has given way to reality, what remains is his love for the language

Two years ago, Joseph Epstein set out to learn Latin. As his dream of mastery has given way to reality, what remains is his love for the language
 
 

A sensational Parisian scandal in 1386 escalated into <strong>France&rsquo;s last trial by combat.</strong> Was it all just a case of mistaken identity?

A sensational Parisian scandal in 1386 escalated into France’s last trial by combat. Was it all just a case of mistaken identity?
 
 
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