Contents


Goodness, How Sad

Nancy Mitford: A Biography by Selina Hastings

Noblesse Oblige: An enquiry into the identifiable characteristics of the English aristocracy edited by Nancy Mitford, introduction by Russell Lynes

The Water Beetle by Nancy Mitford

The Futurist Past

Futurismo & Futurismi October 12, 1986 catalog of an exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi, Venice, May 3 to, organized by Pontus Hulten

Women at Work

A Lesser Life: The Myth of Women’s Liberation in America by Sylvia Ann Hewlett

A Mother’s Work by Deborah Fallows

Why We Lost the ERA by Jane J. Mansbridge

The Divorce Revolution by Lenore J. Weitzman

Hard Choices: How Women Decide about Work, Career, and Motherhood by Kathleen Gerson

Alone in a Crowd: Women in the Trades Tell Their Stories by Jean Reith Schroedel

Women and Work: An Annual Review, Volume I edited by Laurie Larwood, edited by Ann H. Stromberg, edited by Barbara Gutek

Women in Charge: Dilemmas of Women in Authority by Aileen Jacobson

The Third Sex: The New Professional Woman by Patricia A. McBroom

California Federal Savings and Loan v. Guerra

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Sears, Roebuck and Co.

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees v. State of Washington

Special Subjects

Letter to Lord Liszt by Martin Walser, translated by Leila Vennewitz

The Parable of the Blind by Gert Hofmann, translated by Christopher Middleton

Across by Peter Handke, translated by Ralph Manheim

Contributors

Gabriele Annan is a book and film critic living in London. (March 2006)

Shaul Bakhash is Robinson Professor of History at George Mason University and the author of The Reign of the Ayatollahs: Iran and the Islamic Revolution. (September 2005)

Ian Buruma has been a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books since 1985 and the magazine’s editor since September 2017. From 2003 to 2017 he was professor of human rights, democracy and journalism at Bard College. Buruma was born in 1951 in The Hague, Holland. He was educated at Leyden University, where he studied Chinese literature and history, and at Nihon University College of Arts, in Tokyo, where he studied cinema. Living in Japan from 1975 to 1981, Buruma worked as a film reviewer, photographer, and documentary filmmaker. In the 1980s, Buruma was based in Hong Kong, where he edited the cultural section of the Far Eastern Economic Review, and from where he later travelled all over Asia as a freelance writer. Buruma was a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin in 1991, and a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC in 1999. He is a fellow of the European Council of Foreign Relations and a board member of Human Rights in China. In 2008, Buruma won the Erasmus Prize for “exceptional contributions to culture society, or social sciences in Europe.” Buruma has written seventeen books, including The Wages of Guilt (1995), Murder in Amsterdam (2006), Year Zero (2013), and Theater of Cruelty (2014). He has won several prizes for his books, including the LA Times Book Prize for Murder in Amsterdam, and PEN-Diamonstein Spielvogel award for the art of the essay for Theater of Cruelty.

Denis Donoghue is Emeritus University Professor of English and American Letters at NYU. (April 2016)

Theodore H. Draper (1912–2006) was an American historian. Educated at City College, he wrote influential studies of the American Communist Party, the Cuban Revolution and the Iran-Contra Affair. Draper was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the 1990 recipient of the Herbert Feis Award from the American Historical Association.

D.J. Enright (1920–2002) was a British poet, novelist and critic. He held teaching positions in Egypt, Japan, Thailand, Singapore and the United Kingdom. In 1981 Enright was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

John Kenneth Galbraith (1908–2006) was a Canadian economist and politician. He taught at Princeton and Harvard. His works include The Affluent Society, The Age of Uncertainty and Economics and the Public Purpose. Galbraith’s many honors include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Lomonosov Gold Medal, the Order of Canada, and the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award.

John Golding (1929–2012) was a British painter and art historian. He taught at the Courtauld Institute and the Royal College of Art. Among his many books was Cubism: A History and an Analysis, which refuted the notion that Cubism represented a break with the realist tradition. Golding also curated exhibitions on both sides of the Atlantic, including Picasso: Painter/Sculpter and Matisse Picasso.

Andrew Hacker teaches political science and mathematics at Queens College. His new book, The Math Myth and Other STEM ­Delusions, will appear next March.
 (July 2015)

Murray Kempton (1917-1997) was a columnist for Newsday, as well as a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. His books include Rebellions, Perversities, and Main Events and The Briar Patch, as well as Part of Our Time. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985.

Leszek Kołakowski was professor of philosophy at the University of Warsaw until March 1968 when he was formally expelled for political reasons. He was later a Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. He was the author of several books, including Main Currents in Marxism. The article in this issue will appear in the collection of essays Is God Happy?, to be published in February by Basic Books. He died in 2009. (December 2012)

Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) is widely regarded as the preeminent American man of letters of the twentieth century. Over his long career, he wrote for Vanity Fair, helped edit The New Republic, served as chief book critic for The New Yorker, and was a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books. Wilson was the author of more than twenty books, including Axel’s Castle, Patriotic Gore, and a work of fiction, Memoirs of Hecate County.