Learning from Las Vegas

The Luck Business: The Devastating Consequences and Broken Promises of America’s Gambling Explosion by Robert Goodman

The Black Book and the Mob: The Untold Story of the Control of Nevada’s Casinos by Ronald A. Farrell and Carole Case

Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas by Nicholas Pileggi

Casino a film directed by Martin Scorsese, screenplay by Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorsese

Running Scared: The Life and Treacherous Times of Las Vegas Casino King Steve Wynn by John L. Smith

Vermeer’s Mystery Theater

Johannes Vermeer 12, 1995-February 11, 1996 an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, November

Johannes Vermeer Hague/ Yale University Press catalog of the exhibition edited by Arthur K. Jr. Wheelock

Melting into Air

The Island of the Day Before by Umberto Eco, translated from Italian by William Weaver

Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel García Márquez, translated from Spanish by Edith Grossman

Under Cézanne’s Spell

Cézanne an exhibition at the Grand Palais, Paris, September 25, 1995
January 7, 1996; Tate Gallery, London, February 8
April 28, 1996; Philadelphia Museum of Art, May 30
August 18, 1996, Catalog of the exhibition by Françoise Cachin and Joseph J. R

Cézanne: A Biography by John Rewald

Paul Cézanne: The Bathers by Mary Louise Krumrine

Lost Earth: A Life of Cézanne by Philip Callow

Cézanne by Richard Verdi

Cézanne by Philippe Dagen

Le Paradis de Cézanne by Philippe Sollers


Berlin-Moscow 1900-1950 1995-January 7, 1996; and the Pushkin Museum, Moscow, March 1-July 1, 1996 An exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, September 3,, Catalog of the exhibition by Irina Antonova and Jörn Merkert

Art and Power: Europe Under the Dictators 1930-45 1995-January 21, 1996, continuing on to Barcelona, February 26-May 6, 1996, and Berlin, June 7-August 20, 1996 An exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London, October 26,, Catalog of the exhibition by Dawn Ades and Tim Benton and David Elliott and Iain Boyd Whyte

Von Allen Seiten Schön [Beautiful from All Sides] Museum, Berlin, October 31, 1995-January 28, 1996 An exhibition of Renaissance and Baroque bronzes at the Altes, Catalog of the exhibition edited by Volker Krahn


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.

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.

Anthony Grafton is Henry Putnam University Professor of History and the Humanities at Princeton University. His most recent book is The Culture of Correction in Renaissance Europe.

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.

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.

Roger Shattuck (1923–2005) was an American writer and scholar of French culture. He taught at Harvard, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Virginia, and Boston University, where he was named University Professor. His books includeForbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography.

John Terborgh, who has worked in the Peruvian Amazon since 1973, is Research Professor in the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke and Director of its Center for Tropical Conservation. His latest book, co-edited with James A. Estes, is Trophic Cascades: Predators, Prey, and the Changing Dynamics of Nature.
 (April 2012)