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
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
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
Babel Tower by A.S. Byatt
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
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
T.S. Eliot, Anti-Semitism, and Literary Form by Anthony Julius
Benjamin Franklin and His Enemies by Robert Middlekauff
The Devious Dr. Franklin, Colonial Agent: Benjamin Franklin’s Years in London by David T. Morgan
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
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
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 Henry R. Luce Professor at Bard. His books include Murderer in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance, Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents, and the novel The China Lover. His book Year Zero: A History of 1945 will be published in September 2013.
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.
Gore Vidal (1925–2012) was an American novelist, essayist, and playwright. His many works include the memoirs Point to Point Navigation and Palimpsest, the novels The City and the Pillar, Myra Breckinridge, and Lincoln, and the collection United States: Essays 1952–1992.
Bertram Wyatt-Brown is Richard J. Milbauer Professor of History at the University of Florida. His most recent books are The Shaping of Southern Culture: Honor, Grace, and War and the forthcoming Hearts of Darkness: Wellsprings of a Southern Literary Tradition. (October 2002)
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.
Garry Wills is Professor of History Emeritus at Northwestern. His study of Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. His latest book, Why Priests? A Failed Tradition, was published in February 2013.