The Horses of St. Marks

How can famous objects seen daily by millions of tourists, whose long history is well-documented over the past few centuries, retain any mysteries? Charles Freeman eruditely explains how, as he puts those iconic Venetian equine statues under his historical microscope.

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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