Getting Rough on the Poor

The Family Security Act of 1988 (“The Moynihan Bill”) Report of the Committee on Finance, US Senate

Creating the Future: The Massachusetts Comeback and Its Promise for America by Michael S. Dukakis and Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Poor Support: Poverty in the American Family by David T. Ellwood

Challenge To Leadership: Economic and Social Issues for the Next Decade edited by Isabel V. Sawhill

Laboratories of Democracy by David Osborne

The New Consensus on Family and Welfare edited by Michael Novak et al.

Remaking the Welfare State: Retrenchment and Social Policy in America and Europe edited by Michael K. Brown

Two Roads to Stockholm

Free Radical: Albert Szent-Györgyi and the Battle over Vitamin C by Ralph W. Moss

In Praise of Imperfection: My Life and Work by Rita Levi-Montalcini, translated by Luigi Attardi

The Genius of San Jerónimo

A Sor Juana Anthology translated by Alan S. Trueblood, foreword by Octavio Paz

Sor Juana: or, The Traps of Faith by Octavio Paz, translated by Margaret Sayers Peden


Thomas R. Edwards (1928–2005) was Professor of English at Rutgers and editor of Raritan. His last book was Over Here: Criticizing America.

Benjamin M. Friedman is the William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy at Harvard. His books include The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth and Day of Reckoning: The Consequences of American Economic Policy Under Reagan and After.

 (November 2015)

Timothy Garton Ash is Professor of European Studies and Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford. He leads the Free Speech Debate project at Oxford ( and is writing a book about free speech.

William H. Gass (b. 1924) is an essayist, novelist, and literary critic. He grew up in Ohio and is a former professor of philosophy at Washington University. Among his books are six works of fiction and nine books of essays, including Tests of Time (2002), A Temple of Texts (2006), and Life Sentences (2012). New York Review Books will republish his story collection In the Heart of the Heart of the Country (1968) in 2014. Gass lives with his wife, the architect Mary Gass, in St. Louis.

Philip Gossett is the Robert W. Reneker Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. His reconstruction of Gustavo III, the original version of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, had its première at the Göteborg Opera in Sweden this past September. (March 2003)

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)