Contents


Laughter in the Dark

Shadows on the Hudson by Isaac Bashevis Singer, Translated from the Yiddish by Joseph Sherman

Isaac Bashevis Singer: A Life by Janet Hadda

In the Genetic Toyshop

Clone: The Road to Dolly and the Path Ahead by Gina Kolata

The Biotech Century: Harnessing the Gene and remaking the World by Jeremy Rifkin

Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge by Edward O. Wilson

How Great Art Was Made

Gian Lorenzo Bernini: Sketches in Clay Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts, opened February 28, 1998 an installation from the permanent collection at the Fogg Art

Bernini’s Rome: Italian Baroque Terracottas from the State Hermitage, St. Petersburg 1998; Philadelphia Museum of Art, May 16-August 2, 1998 an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, February 28-May 3,

From the Sculptor’s Hand: Italian Baroque Terracottas from the State Hermitage Museum catalog of the Chicago exhibition organized by Ian Wardropper

Bernini: Genius of the Baroque by Charles Avery, special photography by David Finn

Bernini’s Scala Regia at the Vatican Palace: Architecture, Sculpture, and Ritual by T.A. Marder

Italian Baroque Sculpture by Bruce Boucher

Algeria: The Horror

The Islamist Challenge in Algeria: A Political History by Michael Willis

The Agony of Algeria by Martin Stone

Unbowed: An Algerian Woman Confronts Islamic Fundamentalism by Khalida Messaoudi, with Elisabeth Schemla, translated by Anne C. Vila

JQA: For the Defense

John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, a Private Life by Paul C. Nagel

Amistad a film directed by Steven Spielberg, and produced by Steven Spielberg, by Debbie Allen, by Colin Wilson

Amistad an opera, musical score by Anthony Davis, libretto by Thulani Davis

Slouching Toward Dayton

To End a War by Richard Holbrooke

Sarajevo Daily: A City and Its Newspaper Under Siege by Tom Gjelten

The Choice: How Clinton Won by Bob Woodward

Contributors

John Ashbery is the author of several books of poetry, including Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975), which received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the National Book Award. His first collection, Some Trees (1956), was selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets Series. He has also published art criticism, plays, and a novel. From 1990 until 2008 Ashbery was the Charles P. Stevenson, Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. Ashbery’s most recent collection of poetry is Quick Question. His Collected French Translations will be published in April 2014 in two volumes, one of Prose and one of Poetry.

Alfred Brendel is a pianist and author of several books of essays and poetry. His new book, A Pianist’s A–Z: A Piano Lover’s Reader, in which the text in this issue will appear, will be published in September.
 (July 2013)

Robert Cottrell has served as a Moscow bureau chief for both The Economist and the Financial Times. (June 2007)

Mark Danner is the author, most recently, of Stripping Bare the Body: Politics Violence War. He is Chancellor’s Professor of English and Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley and James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the ­Humanities at Bard. His writing and other work can be found at markdanner.com.

Joan Didion is the author of The Year of Magical Thinking and We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction.

James Fenton is a British poet and literary critic. From 1994 until 1999, Fenton was Oxford Professor of Poetry; in 2007 he was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

Ernst Gombrich (1909–2001) was an Austrian art historian. Born in Vienna, Gombrich studied at the Theresianum and then at the University of Vienna under Julius von Schlosser. After graduating, he worked as a Research Assistant and collaborator with the museum curator and Freudian analyst Ernst Kris. He joined the Warburg Institute in London as a Research Assistant in 1936 and was named Director in 1959. His major works include The Story of Art, Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation, Aby Warburg: An Intellectual Biography, The Sense of Order: A Study in the Psychology of Decorative Art.

Richard Jenkyns, a Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, is Professor of the Classical Tradition at Oxford. His most recent book is Virgil’s Experience.(November 2001)

Steve Jones is Professor of Genetics at University College London and the author of In the Blood. (April 1998)

Alfred Kazin (1915–1998) was a writer and teacher. Among his books are On Native Grounds, a study of American literature from Howells to Faulkner, and the memoirs A Walker in the Cityand New York Jew. In 1996, he received the first Lifetime Award in Literary Criticism from the Truman Capote Literary Trust.

Frank Kermode (1919–2010) was a British critic and literary theorist. Born on the Isle of Man, he taught at University College London, Cambridge, Columbia and Harvard. Adapted from a series of lectures given at Bryn Mawr College, Kermode’s Sense of An Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction remains one of the most influential works of twentieth-century literary criticism.

Eric L. McKitrick (1920–2002) was a historian of the United States. Educated at Columbia, McKitrick taught at the University of Chicago and Rutgers before returning to Columbia in 1960. He is perhaps best known for Andrew Johnson and Reconstruction; his other works treated slavery and the American South, as well as the history of the American party system.

William H. McNeill is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Chicago. His most recent books are The Pursuit of Truth: A Historian’s Memoir and Summers Long Ago: On Grandfather’s Farm and in Grandmother’s Kitchen, published by the Berkshire Publishing Group. His most recent publication, as editor, is the second edition of the Encyclopedia of World History.

Robin Robertson is from the northeast coast of Scotland. His fifth collection of poetry will be published next year. (June 2012)

Barbara Smith writes about the Middle East for The Economist and edits its International Section. (April 1998)

Hugh Thomas is the author of The Spanish Civil War, Cuba: The Pursuit of Liberty, Conquest: Montezuma, Cortés and the Fall of Old Mexico, and, most recently, The Slave Trade. (April 1998)