Contents


The American Way of Death

Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-in Dangers of the American Automobile by Ralph Nader

Safety Last: An Indictment of the Auto Industry by Jeffrey O'Connell, by Arthur Myers

All For Love

The Uncompromising Heart: A Life of Marie Mancini by Françoise Mallet-Joris, translated by Patrick O'Brien

Making It New

Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen

Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar, translated by Gregory Rabassa

The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs

Farmer Khrushchev

Conflict and Decision-Making in Soviet Russia: A Case Study of Agricultural Policy, 1953-1963 by Sidney Ploss

The Soviet Economy Since Stalin by Harry Schwartz

Private Fortunes

The Beginners by Dan Jacobson

Tenants of the House by Heather Ross Miller

Black Light by Galway Kinnell

The Old Man at the Railroad Crossing and Other Tales by William Maxwell

Contributors

Elizabeth Hardwick (1916-2007) was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and educated at the University of Kentucky and Columbia University. A recipient of a Gold Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she is the author of three novels, a biography of Herman Melville, and four collections of essays. She was a co-founder and advisory editor of The New York Review of Books and contributed more than one hundred reviews, articles, reflections, and letters to the magazine. NYRB Classics publishes Sleepless Nights, a novel, and Seduction and Betrayal, a study of women in literature.

Nancy Mitford (1904–1973) was born into the British aristocracy and, by her own account, brought up without an education, except in riding and French. She managed a London bookshop during the Second World War, then moved to Paris, where she began to write her celebrated and successful novels, among them The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, about the foibles of the English upper class. Mitford was also the author of four biographies: Madame de Pompadour (1954), Voltaire in Love (1957), The Sun King (1966), and Frederick the Great (1970)—all available as NYRB classics. In 1967 Mitford moved from Paris to Versailles, where she lived until her death from Hodgkin’s disease.

Vladimir Nabokov died in 1977. The translation in this issue appears in Verses and Versions, a collection of Nabokov’s translations of three centuries of Russian poetry, published this month by Harcourt. (November 2008)

John Thompson is an English sociologist. He has published several studies of the media and communication in modern societies, including The Media and Modernity: A Social Theory of the Mediaand Political Scandal: Power and Visibility in the Media Age.