Contents


A Royal Mystery

The Wicked Queen: The Origins of the Myth of Marie-Antoinette by Chantal Thomas, translated from the French by Julie Rose

Marie Antoinette: The Last Queen of France by Evelyne Lever, translated from the French by Catherine Temerson

Not Quite All That Jazz

Jazz by Ken Burns

Jazz: A History of America’s Music by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns

Collected Works: A Journal of Jazz 1954–2000 by Whitney Balliett

Contributors

John Banville’s new novel, Mrs. Osmond, will be published in November. (November 2017)

Jeremy Bernstein is a theoretical physicist and the author, most recently, of A Bouquet of Numbers and Other Scientific Offerings, a collection of essays.
 (December 2016).

Benjamin Demott is Mellon Professor of Humanities Emeritus at Amherst. His most recent book is Junk Politics: The Trashing of the American Mind. (May 2005)

Michael Frayn is a playwright and novelist. His new novel, Spies, will be published in April. (March 2002)

George M. Fredrickson is Edgar E. Robinson Professor of US History Emeritus at Stanford. His recent books include Racism: A Short History and Not Just Black and White, a collection co-edited with Nancy Foner.

P. N. Furbank is the author of nine books, including biographies of Samuel Butler, Italo Svevo, and E.M. Forster.

Clifford Geertz (1926–2006) was an anthropologist. Widely recognized as the most influential American anthropologist of the twentieth century, Geertz championed the role of symbols in the creation and interpretation of social meaning. His many books include Peddlers and Princes: Social Development and Economic Change in Two Indonesian Towns and Available Light: Anthropological Reflections on Philosophical Topics.

David Hajdu, author of Lush Life and Positively 4th Street, teaches at Syracuse University and is music critic for The New Republic. (June 2005)

Tim Judah is a correspondent for The Economist. He has ­reported for The New York Review from, among other places, ­Afghanistan, Serbia, Uganda, and Armenia.
 (May 2017)

John Lanchester is the author of four novels and four books of nonfiction including, most recently, How to Speak Money: What the Money People Say—And What It Really Means. (November 2016)

John Leonard writes on books every month for Harper’s and on television every week for New York magazine. (June 2007)

Larry McMurtry lives in Archer City, Texas. His novels include The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, Lonesome Dove (winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction), Folly and Gloryand Rhino Ranch. His nonfiction works include a biography of Crazy Horse, Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen, Paradise, Sacagawea’s Nickname: Essays on the American West and, most recently, Custer.

Jonathan Mirsky is a historian of China. He was formerly the East Asia Editor of The Times of London and China Correspondent for The Observer.
 (December 2016)

Paul Muldoon is the Howard Clark University Professor at ­Princeton and the Poetry Editor at The New Yorker. His most recent book is Selected Poems: 1968–2014. (January 2017)

Thomas Powers’s books include The Confirmation, a novel, and The Killing of Crazy Horse. (April 2017)

Sanford Schwartz is the author of Christen Købke and William Nicholson. (October 2017)

Henry Siegman is President of the U.S./Middle East Project. He is a non-resident research professor at the Sir Joseph Hotung Middle East Program, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, a former Senior Fellow on the Middle East at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a former National Director of the American Jewish Congress.