Victor Hugo Wrote ‘Hunchback of Notre-Dame’ to Save the Great Cathedral

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You might say that the best fiction exists to disassemble expectations. Nature can be the same way, which is why, even when we understand the realities of fire, we’re still taken aback—in the modern, technologically-ramped-up age—when something like Notre Dame Cathedral becomes a sky-tethered conflagration.

You want to say, “Wait, shouldn’t we be able to stop this?” and “Surely it is possible with all of our advances to keep such a blaze from beginning?”

But that is not how nature works, nor how great fiction works; they’re both going to do what they’re going to do, and then we must adjust.

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What Victor Oladipo’s injury means for the Pacers

With All-Star guard Victor Oladipo potentially out for the season, could the Indiana Pacers still compete in the Eastern Conference? Oladipo suffered an ugly noncontact injury to his right knee during the second quarter of Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Raptors and left the court on a stretcher. It was no surprise when ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Pacers fear Oladipo’s injury will require season-ending surgery, a diagnosis that could be confirmed by an MRI on Thursday. After going winless in the seven games Oladipo missed in 2017-18, Indiana went 7-4 earlier this season when he sat out 11 games because of a sore right knee. Is that success sustainable for the Pacers, or would an extended absence for Oladipo make it impossible for Indiana to maintain a top-four seed in the East? Let’s take a look at the data. How did the Pacers replace Oladipo? While Indiana’s 7-4 stretch…
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