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Italo Calvino’s 14 Criteria for What Makes a Classic

A reader recently wrote me to lightly criticize the fact that I called George Orwell’s <i>Animal Farm</i> and <i>Nineteen Eighty-Four</i> “cult-classics,” suggesting that they instead merit the inferior term “required reading.” So what, exactly, is a classic, and why should we care? Richard J. Smith, in discussing …

An Interview with Charles Simic

Charles Simic’s first poems were published in 1959 when he was twenty-one; he is now one of the most prolific poets writing today. He has published …

Literature