On Tap

Bring In ‘da Noise, Bring In ‘da Funk choreography by Savion Glover. conceived and directed by George C. Wolfe. at the Ambassador Theatre, New York City

Family Values

In Contempt by Christopher A. Darden

Reasonable Doubts: The O.J. Simpson Case and the Criminal Justice System by Alan M. Dershowitz

The Search for Justice: A Defense Attorney’s Brief on the O.J. Simpson Case by Robert L. Shapiro

I Want to Tell You by O.J. Simpson

What Happened to the Revolution?

Showdown: The Struggle Between the Gingrich Congress and the Clinton White House by Elizabeth Drew

Storming the Gates: Protest Politics and the Republican Revival by Dan Balz, by Ronald Brownstein

Tell Newt to Shut Up’ by David Maraniss, by Michael Weisskopf

Dirty Little Secrets: The Persistence of Corruption in American Politics by Larry J. Sabate, by Glenn R. Simpson

The System: The American Way of Politics at the Breaking Point by Haynes Johnson, by David S. Broder

The Abominable Emperor

An Uncommon Woman: The Empress Frederick, Daughter of Queen Victoria, Wife of the Crown Prince of Russia, Mother of Kaiser Wilhelm by Hannah Pakula

Blood and Iron: From Bismarck to Hitler: The von Moltke Family’s Impact on German History by Otto Friedrich

The Kaiser and His Court: Wilhelm II and the Government of Germany by John C.G. Röhl, translated by Terence F. Cole

Stauffenberg: A Family History 1950-1944 by Peter Hoffmann

Japan: In the Spirit World

The Idea of Japan: Western Images, Western Myths by Ian Littlewood

A Zen Romance: One Woman’s Adventures in a Monastery by Deborah Boliver Boehm

A Year in the Life of a Shinto Shrine by John K. Nelson

Not So Poor Richard

Benjamin Franklin and His Enemies by Robert Middlekauff

The Devious Dr. Franklin, Colonial Agent: Benjamin Franklin’s Years in London by David T. Morgan

How to Read a Book

Forms and Meanings: Texts, Performances, and Audiences from Codex to Computer by Roger Chartier

Shakespeare, the King’s Playwright: Theater and the Stuart Court, 1603-1613 by Alvin Kernan

The Poisoned Country

Burundi: Ethnic Conflict and Genocide by René Lemarchand

Purity and Exile: Violence, Memory, and National Cosmology, Among Hutu Refugees in Tanzania by Liisa H. Malkki


Jonathan Aaron’s new collection of poems, Journey to the Lost City, has just been published. (August 2006)

Joan Acocella is a staff writer for The New Yorker. She is the author of Mark Morris, Creating Hysteria: Women and Multiple Personality Disorder, and Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism. She also edited the recent, unexpurgated Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky. Her article in the May 23, 2013 issue is adapted from her introduction to a new edition of Isadora Duncan’s My Life, published in May 2013 by Liveright.

Noel Annan (1916–2000) was a British military intelligence officer and scholar of European history. His works include Leslie Stephen and Our Age, Changing Enemies: The Defeat and Regeneration of Germany, and The Curious Strength of Positivism in English Political Thought.

Ian Buruma is the author of many books, including The Wages of Guilt: Memories of War in Germany and Japan (1995), The Missionary and the Libertine: Love and War in East and West (1996), Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance (2006), and Year Zero: A History of 1945 (2013). He is the Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, among other publications. His new book is a ­collection of essays from these pages, Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the ­Shadows of War. His Year Zero: A History of 1945 is now out in paperback.

J. M. Coetzee’s novel The Childhood of Jesus was published in March 2013. He is Professor of Literature at the University of Adelaide and in 2003 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian at Harvard. 
His forthcoming book is Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature.

Elizabeth Hardwick (1916-2007) was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and educated at the University of Kentucky and Columbia University. A recipient of a Gold Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she is the author of three novels, a biography of Herman Melville, and four collections of essays. She was a co-founder and advisory editor of The New York Review of Books and contributed more than one hundred reviews, articles, reflections, and letters to the magazine. NYRB Classics publishes Sleepless Nights, a novel, and Seduction and Betrayal, a study of women in literature.

Louis Menand is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English at Harvard. His books include The Marketplace of Ideas, American Studies and The Metaphysical Club.

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.

Alexander Stille is San Paolo Professor of International Journalism at Columbia. His most recent book is a memoir, The Force of Things: A Marriage in War in Peace. (April 2015)

Garry Wills holds the Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair on the Life and Teachings of Jesus and Their Impact on Culture at Emory.

Gordon Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown. His latest book is The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States.