Contents


Artist with a Calling

Fairfield Porter: A Life in Art by Justin Spring

Fairfield Porter: A Life in Art an exhibition at the AXA Gallery, New York, March 23-May 27, 2000

Selections from the Fairfield Porter Papers Institution, New York, March 16-July 10, 2000 an exhibition at the Archives of American Art/Smithsonian

Art in Its Own Terms: Selected Criticism, 1935-1975 (1983) by Fairfield Porter, edited and with an introduction by Rackstraw Downes

Fairfield Porter: An American Classic (1992) by John T. Spike

Fairfield Porter: The Collected Poems, with Selected Drawings (1985) edited by John Yau, by with David Kermani, with an introduction by John Ashbery

Thomas Eakins (1959) by Fairfield Porter

Inside the Gulag

Sistema Ispravitelno-Trudovikh Lagerei v SSSR, 1923-1960: Spravochnik (The System of Labor Camps in the USSR, 1923-1960: A Guide) edited by N.G. Okhotin, by A.B. Roginsky

Labor Camp Socialism: The Gulag in the Soviet Totalitarian System by Galina Mikhailovna Ivanova

Gulag v Komi Krai (The Gulag in the Komi Region) by N.A. Morozov

Gulag v Karelii (The Gulag in Karelia) edited by Vasily Makurov

Vyatlag by Viktor Berdinskikh

Polyansky ITL (Corrective Labor Camp) Zheleznogorska by S.P. Kuchin

Till My Tale Is Told: Women’s Memoirs of the Gulag edited by Vilensky Simeon

When in Rome…

Taking Positions: On the Erotic in Renaissance Culture by Bette Talvacchia

Hypnerotomachia Poliphili: The Strife of Love in a Dream by Francesco Colonna, Translated from the Italian by Joscelyn Godwin

Back to Nature

The Nature of Economies by Jane Jacobs

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

A Frowsty Fragrance

Caribbeana: An Anthology of English Literature of the West Indies, 1657-1777 edited and with an introduction by Thomas W. Krise

Sign Language

Kant and the Platypus: Essays on Language and Cognition by Umberto Eco, Translated from the Italian by Alastair McEwen

Contributors

Sadik J. Al-Azm is Emeritus Professor of Modern European Philosophy at the University of Damascus. His writings include The Origins of Kant’s Arguments in the Antinomies and The Tabooing Mentality: Salman Rushdie and the Truth of Literature (in Arabic), and the long essay “The Importance of Being Earnest about Salman Rushdie.” (June 2000)

Anne Applebaum is a columnist for The Washington Post and Slate. Her most recent book is Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944–1956.
 (June 2013)

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.

Jasper Griffin is Emeritus Professor of Classical Literature and a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. His books include Homer on Life and Death.

Andrew Hacker teaches political science at Queens College. He is currently working on a book on mathematics. 
 (January 2014)

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.

Eva Hoffman’s books include Shtetl: The Life and Death of a Small Town and the World of Polish Jews, Exit into History, and The Secret, a novel. (October 2007)

Robert L. Marshall, the Sachar Professor of Music at Brandeis University, is the author of The Compositional Process of J.S. Bach and The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach. (June 2000)

Michael Massing, a contributing editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, writes frequently on the press and foreign affairs.

Colin McGinn is a philosopher whose books include The ­Character of Mind, The Problem of Consciousness, Consciousness and Its Objects, and The Meaning of Disgust.

 (April 2014)

W.S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927 and grew up in Union City, New Jersey, and in Scranton, Pennsylvania. From 1949 to 1951 he worked as a tutor in France, Portugal, and Majorca. He has since lived in many parts of the world, most recently on Maui in the Hawaiian Islands. He is the author of many books of poems, prose, and translations and has received both the Pulitzer and the Bollingen Prizes for poetry, among numerous other awards.

Tim Parks, a novelist, essayist, and translator, is Associate Professor of Literature and Translation at IULM University in Milan. He has recently published the novel Sex Is Forbidden and the travel book Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo.


Ingrid D. Rowland is a professor, based in Rome, at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. A frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, she is the author of The Culture of the High Renaissance: Ancients and Moderns in Sixteenth-Century Rome and The Scarith of Scornello: A Tale of Renaissance Forgery. She has also published a translation of Vitruvius’ Ten Books of Architecture and a history of Villa Taverna, the US ambassador’s residence in Rome. Her new book, From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town, will be published in spring 2014.


Luc Sante is the author of Low Life, Evidence, The Factory of Facts, Kill All Your Darlings, and Folk Photography. He has translated Félix Fénéon’s Novels in Three Lines and written the introduction to George Simenon’s The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (both available as NYRB Classics). He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College.

Sanford Schwartz’s reviews have been collected in The Art Presence and Artists and Writers. (April 2014)

Brian Urquhart is a former Undersecretary-General of the United Nations. His books include Hammarskjöld, A Life in Peace and War, and Ralph Bunche: An American Life. His article in this issue draws on his essay in Tyringham Topics.
 (February 2013)

Derek Walcott is a poet, playwright, essayist, and visual artist. Born in Castries, St. Lucia, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. His epic poem Omerosis a reworking of the Homeric story and tradition into a journey around the Caribbean and beyond to the American West and London.

Garry Wills is Professor of History Emeritus at Northwestern. His new book, Making Make-Believe Real: Politics as Theater in Shakespeare’s Time, will be published in the summer 2014.