Contents


The Jazz Comeback

Sitting In: Selected Writings on Jazz, Blues and Related Topics by Hayden Carruth

His Way: The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra by Kitty Kelley

Round Midnight a film by Bernard Tavernier

La Tristesse de Saint Louis: Jazz Under the Nazis by Mike Zwerin

American Musicians: Fifty-six Portraits in Jazz by Whitney Balliett

In the Moment: Jazz in the 1980s by Francis Davis

A Life in Jazz by Danny Barker, edited by Alyn Shipton

Up From the Cradle of Jazz: New Orleans Music Since World War II by Jason Berry, by Jonathan Foose, by Tad Jones

Genes & Crime

Crime and Human Nature by James Q. Wilson, by Richard J. Herrnstein

Confronting Crime: An American Challenge by Elliott Currie

Contributors

Michael Massing, a contributing editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, writes frequently on the press and foreign affairs.

Mary McCarthy (1912-1989) was a novelist, essayist, and critic. Her political and social commentary, literary essays, and drama criticism appeared in magazines such as Partisan Review, The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The New York Review of Books, and were collected in On the Contrary (1961), Mary McCarthy’s Theatre Chronicles 1937-1962 (1963), The Writing on the Wall (1970), Ideas and the Novel (1980), and Occasional Prose (1985). Her novels include The Company She Keeps (1942), The Oasis (1949), The Groves of Academe (1952), A Charmed Life (1955), The Group (1963), Birds of America (1971), and Cannibals and Missionaries (1979). She was the author of three works of autobiography, Memories of a Catholic Girlhood (1957), How I Grew (1987), and the unfinished Intellectual Memoirs (1992), and two travel books about Italy, Venice Observed (1956) and The Stones of Florence (1959). Her essays on the Vietnam War were collected in The Seventeenth Degree (1974); her essays on Watergate were collected in The Mask of State (1974).

V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932 and emigrated to England in 1950, when he won a scholarship to University College, Oxford. He is the author of many novels, including A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, and In a Free State, which won the Booker Prize. He has also written several nonfiction works based on his travels, including India: A Million Mutinies Now and Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples. He was knighted in 1990 and in 1993 was the first recipient of the David Cohen British Literature Prize.