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Peruvian-born writer Mario Vargas Llosa published a book titled Notes on the Death of Culture: Essays on Spectacle and Society, in which he traces the development and what he sees as the decline of culture in modern society. In this episode, Vargas Llosa discusses this, as well his past work, his influences, and his forthcoming book on classic liberalism. Vargas Llosa is the 2010 Nobel laureate in literature and the co-recipient of the 2017 J. Paul Getty Medal, an award that honors extraordinary contributions to the practice, understanding, and support of the arts.

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Mario Vargas Llosa. Photo by Morgana Vargas Llosa

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