Over the Rainbow

Utopia: The Search for the Ideal Society in the Western World an exhibition at the New York Public Library, October 14,2000-January 27, 2001

Utopia: The Search for the Ideal Societyin the Western World edited by Roland Schaer, Gregory Claeys, Lyman Tower Sargent

The Case Against Kids

The Baby Boon: How Family-Friendly America Cheats the Childless by Elinor Burkett

The Economics of Reciprocity, Giving and Altruism edited by Louis-André Gérard-Varet, edited by Serge-Christophe Kolm, edited by Mercier Ythier Jean

Tuition Rising: Why College Costs So Much by Ronald G. Ehrenberg

Night Thoughts

The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq, Translated from the French by Frank Wynne

Whatever by Michel Houellebecq, Translated from the Frenchby Paul Hammond

Rester vivant et autres textes by Michel Houellebecq

H.P. Lovecraft: Contre le monde, contre la vie by Michel Houellebecq

Blitzkrieg in Georgia

Atlanta 1864: Last Chance for the Confederacy by Richard M. McMurry

Sherman’s Civil War: Selected Correspondence of William T. Sherman, 1860-1865 edited by Brooks D. Simpson, by Jean V. Berlin

The Cruelty of Memory

Akhenaten, Dweller in Truth by Naguib Mahfouz, Translated from the Arabic by Tagreid Abu-Hassabo

Amam al-‘Arsh [Before the Throne] by Naguib Mahfouz

Adrift on the Nile by Naguib Mahfouz, Translated from the Arabic by Frances Liardet

Taht al-Mazella [Under the Shelter] by Naguib Mahfouz

Palace Walk: The Cairo Trilogy Part 1 by Naguib Mahfouz, Translated from the Arabic by William Maynard Hutchins, by Olive E. Kenny

Palace of Desire: The Cairo Trilogy Part 2 by Naguib Mahfouz, Translated from the Arabic by William Maynard Hutchins, by Lorne M. Kenny, by Olive E. Kenny

Sugar Street: The Cairo Trilogy Part 3 by Naguib Mahfouz, Translated from the Arabic by William Maynard Hutchins, by Angele Botros Samaan

Children of Gebelaawi by Naguib Mahfouz, Translated from the Arabic by Philip Stewart

The Harafish by Naguib Mahfouz, Translated from the Arabic by Catherine Cobham

Echoes from an Autobiography by Naguib Mahfouz, Translated from the Arabic by Denys Johnson-Davies

Miramar by Naguib Mahfouz, Translated from the Arabic by Fatma Moussa-Mahmoud


Barbarism and Religion Volume 1: The Enlightenments of Edward Gibbon, 1737-1764Volume 2: Narratives of Civil Government by J.G.A. Pocock


James McPherson is George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History Emeritus at Princeton. His books include Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989, and, most recently, War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861–1865.

Lars-Erik Nelson (1941-2000) was the Washington columnist for the New York Daily News, and a frequent contributor to the Review.

Tim Parks is Associate Professor of Literature and Translation at IULM University in Milan and the author of the travelogue Italian Ways. His latest novel is Sex Is Forbidden.

Jonathan Raban’s books include Surveillance, My Holy War, Arabia, Old Glory, Hunting Mister Heartbreak, Bad Land, Passage to Juneau, and Waxwings. His most recent book is Driving Home: An American Journey, published in 2011. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Heinemann Award of the Royal Society of Literature, the PEN/West Creative Nonfiction Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award, and the Governor’s Award of the State of Washington. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, and The Independent. He lives in Seattle.

David J. Rothman is Bernard Schoenberg Professor of Social Medicine and History at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and president of the Institute on Medicine as a Professor.

Edward W. Said is University Professor at Columbia University and the author of Orientalism and Culture and Imperialism. His The End of the Peace Process: Oslo and After was published last spring. Reflections on Exile will appear in early 2001. (November 2000)

Charles Simic is a poet, essayist, and translator. He has published some twenty collections of poetry, six books of essays, a memoir, and numerous translations. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Simic’s recent works include Voice at 3 a.m., a selection of later and new poems; Master of Disguises, new poems; and Confessions of a Poet Laureate, a collection of short essays that was published by New York Review Books as an e-book original. In 2007 Simic was appointed the fifteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. His New and Selected Poems: 1962–2012 was published in March 2013. His article in this issue, August 14, 2014, was delivered as a talk at the Manggha Museum of ­Japanese Art and Technology in Kraków earlier this year, when he was presented with the Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award.

Sam Tanenhaus is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and the author of The Death of Conservatism.
 (May 2012)