Foucault’s Life and Hard Times

The Passion of Michel Foucault by James Miller

Michel Foucault by Didier Eribon, translated by Betsy Wing

To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life by Hervé Guibert, translated by Linda Coverdale

Secrets of the Shah’s Court

The Shah and I: The Confidential Diary of Iran’s Royal Court, 1969-1977 by Asadollah Alam, introduced and edited by Alinaghi Alikhani, translated by Alinaghi Alikhani, by Nicholas Vincent


Screening History by Gore Vidal

Live From Golgotha by Gore Vidal

Round Up the Usual Suspects: The Making of Casablanca
Bogart, Bergman, and World War II
by Aljean Harmetz

M.I.A. or Mythmaking In America by H. Bruce Franklin

The Scream Behind the Pattern

Parallel Visions: Modern Artists and Outsider Art by Maurice Tuchman, by Carol S. Eliel

Madness and Art: The Life and Works of Adolf Wölfli by Walter Morgenthaler, translated by Aaron H. Esman

How Wrong Was Churchill?

Churchill: Strategy and History by Tuvia Ben-Moshe

Bound in Duty: The Memoirs of a German Officer, 1932-45 by Alexander Stahlberg, translated by Patricia Campbell


John Gross (1935–2011) was an English editor and critic. From 1974 to 1981, he was editor of The Times Literary Supplement; he also served as senior book editor and critic at The New York Times. His memoir, A Double Thread, was published in 2001.

Diane Johnson is a novelist and critic. She is the author of Lulu in Marrakech 
and Le Divorce, among other novels. Her most recent book is 
Flyover Lives.

Kenneth Koch (1925–2002) was Professor of English at Columbia. During his lifetime, Koch published at least thirty volumes of poetry and plays. He was also the author of a novel, The Red Robins; two books on teaching poetry writing to children, Wishes, Lies, and Dreams and Rose, Where Did You Get That Red?; and I Never Told Anybody: Teaching Poetry Writing in a Nursing Home.

Perry Link is Chancellorial Chair for Teaching Across Disciplines at the University of California at Riverside. He translated China’s Charter 08 manifesto into English and recently co-edited No Enemies, No Hatred, a collection of essays and poems by Liu Xiaobo. His latest book is An Anatomy of Chinese: Rhythm, Metaphor, Politics and his translation of the autobiography of the Chinese dissident astrophysicist Fang Lizhi, The Most Wanted Man in China: My Journey from Science to Exile, will be published in early 2016.

Alan Ryan’s On Tocqueville and On Marx were published last year. He is the author of the two-volume work On Politics: A History of Political Thought: From Herodotus to the Present. He is visiting professor of philosophy at Stanford.

Oliver Sacks is a physician and the author of over ten books, the most recent of which is On the Move: A Life (to be published in April 2015). He is a professor of ­neurology at NYU School of Medicine and a visiting professor at the University of Warwick.

Amartya Sen is Thomas W. Lamont University Professor at Harvard. He received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998. His latest book is An Uncertain Glory: India and Its Contradictions, cowritten with Jean Drèze. (August 2015)

Thomas Sheehan is Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University. (December 2001)