The Editors


  • Orson Welles at 100

    May 6, 2015

    Orson Welles was born on May 6, 1915. To mark the one hundredth anniversary of his birth, we present here four essays from the New York Review archives.

  • The Life of the Sea

    January 18, 2015

    A selection of articles on the beauty and complexity of marine life under threat from human use of the oceans.

  • 2014: The Year in Film

    December 22, 2014

    A selection of reviews and commentary on film published in our pages in 2014, from American Hustle and Boyhood to Citizenfour, Gone Girl, Goodbye to Language, Snowpiercer, and Under the Skin.

  • Understanding the China Dream

    October 16, 2014

    In this video produced by VICE News, Orville Schell discusses the significance of former president Jimmy Carter’s recent trip to Beijing, where he was treated offhandedly by China’s leaders, and how the US might benefit from better understanding the “China Dream.”

  • Power, Privacy, and the Internet

    February 7, 2014

    On October 30–31, 2013, The New York Review of Books held a conference at Scandinavia House in New York City on the internet’s transformative effect on our lives.

  • The Robert B. Silvers Lectures

    October 25, 2013

    The Robert B. Silvers Lecture is an annual series created by Max Palevsky in recognition of the work of Robert B. Silvers, editor of The New York Review of Books, of which he was a founder in 1963. The series features writers and thinkers whose fields correspond to the broad range of Mr. Silvers’s interests in literature, the arts, politics, economics, history, and the sciences.

  • Philosophy as a Humanist Discipline: The Legacy of Isaiah Berlin, Stuart Hampshire, and Bernard Williams

    August 15, 2013

    On June 22, 2013, The New York Review held a conference to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary and to honor the lives, work, and legacy of Isaiah Berlin, Stuart Hampshire and Bernard Williams. We are pleased to present an audio record of this event.

  • Covering Nixon

    August 9, 2013

    A selection of work from The New York Review archives on the Nixon presidency, including pieces by Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, I.F. Stone, Garry Wills, Philip Roth, and Mary McCarthy.

  • Literary Journalism: A Discussion

    May 10, 2013

    A panel discussion with Ian Buruma, Joseph Lelyveld, Zoë Heller, Alma Guillermoprieto, and Andrew Delbanco on the present and future of literary journalism.

  • Poetry and Criticism: Helen Vendler

    April 30, 2013

    We conclude our National Poetry Month celebration with work by the critic Helen Vendler, who has contributed over fifty pieces in The New York Review, from her 1975 consideration of the poems of William Carlos Williams to her essays in the past year on Edward Thomas and Robert Hass.

  • A Poet of Consciousness: Wisława Szymborska

    April 22, 2013

    To celebrate National Poetry Month we present a selection of work by Wisława Szymborska from the Review‘s archives.

  • Approaching Ashbery

    April 15, 2013

    To celebrate National Poetry Month we present a selection of work by and about John Ashbery from the Review‘s archives.

  • 'A Part of Speech': Reading Joseph Brodsky

    April 8, 2013

    To celebrate National Poetry Month, we are posting poems and articles from the Review’s archives by poets and critics. For this second week of April, we will be focused on the writing of Joseph Brodsky.

  • National Poetry Month: W.H. Auden

    April 1, 2013

    To celebrate National Poetry Month, The New York Review throughout April will be posting work from our archives by poets and critics. We begin with W.H. Auden.

  • In the Kingdom of the First Person

    March 14, 2013

    A collection of articles by and about James Baldwin, from the Review’s archives.

  • Podcast: Readings and Reflections

    March 9, 2013

    Audio readings and reflections by longtime Review contributors John Banville, Mary Beard, Michael Chabon, Mark Danner, Joan Didion, Daniel Mendelsohn, and Darryl Pinckney.

  • Ronald Dworkin (1931–2013)

    February 14, 2013

    Ronald Dworkin, who died on February 14 at the age of eighty-one, published over one hundred articles, reviews, and letters on legal and philosophical issues in The New York Review, from his 1968 defense of conscientious objectors to the draft during the Vietnam War to his 2012 argument against color-blind college admissions policies. As we mourn the loss of a long-standing contributor and friend, we present the following selection of his writings from the Review.

  • Where the Elite Meet to Mate

    February 9, 2013

    The first personal ad to appear in The New York Review of Books was published in the magazine’s July 11, 1968 issue. “WIFE WANTED,” it began. Ever since then the Review’s personals have been a widely-followed (and much-parodied) part of the magazine.