Contents


The Partisan

Essays on Literature and Politics 1932-1972 by Philip Rahv, edited by Arabel J. Porter, by Andrew J. Dvosin, with a memoir by Mary McCarthy

Hello and Goodbye

Murmurs of Earth: The Voyager Interstellar Record by Carl Sagan, by F.D. Drake, by Ann Druyan, by Timothy Ferris, by Jon Lomberg, by Linda Salzman Sagan

Spaceships of the Mind by Nigel Calder

In the Center of Immensities by Bernard Lovell, edited by Ruth Nanda Anshen

American Prophet

The Radical Will: Randolph Bourne Selected Writings, 1911-1918 edited and with an introduction by Olaf Hansen, preface by Christopher Lasch

Contributors

Clive James is the author of many books of criticism, autobiography, fiction, and poetry. Among his books are Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts, The Blaze of Obscurity, and A Point of View.

Lincoln Kirstein (1907–1996) was a writer and ballet critic. In 1946, together with George Balanchine, Kirstein founded the Ballet Society, which would soon be renamed The New York City Ballet. In 1984 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Robert Mazzocco is an American poet and critic.

Robert O. Paxton, Mellon Professor of Social Sciences Emeritus at Columbia, is a lifelong birder. He is a former president of the Linnaean Society of New York and a regional editor of North American Birds magazine.
 He is the author of The Anatomy of Fascism, among other works.


Alastair Reid is a poet, a prose chronicler, a translator, and a traveler. Born in Scotland, he came to the United States in the early 1950s, began publishing his poems in The New Yorker in 1951, and for the next fifty-odd years was a traveling correspondent for that magazine. Having lived in both Spain and Latin America for long spells, he has been a constant translator of poetry from the Spanish language, in particular the work of Jorge Luis Borges and Pablo Neruda. He has published more than forty books, among them a wordbook for children, Ounce Dice Trice, with drawings by Ben Shahn. Most recently, in 2008, he published in the U.K. two career-spanning volumes, Outside In: Selected Prose and Inside Out: Selected Poetry and Translations. The substance of Supposing… e gleaned from the many children who have influenced him, to all of whom he owes and dedicates the text.

Henri Zerner, Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard, is the author of Renaissance Art in France: The Invention of Classicism and Écrire l’histoire de l’art: Figures d’une discipline.