Contents


Double Take

The Producers book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman

In the Pit of History

The Shadow of the Sun Ryszard Kapuscinski, translated from the Polish by Klara Glowczewska

Looking for Lovedu: Days and Nights in Africa Ann Jones

Nabokov on the Wing

Dear Bunny, Dear Volodya: The Nabokov–Wilson Letters, 1940–1971 edited, annotated, and with an introduction by Simon Karlinsky

Nabokov’s Blues: The Scientific Odyssey of a Literary Genius Kurt Johnson and Steve Coates

Nabokov’s Butterflies: Unpublished and Uncollected Writings edited and annotated by Brian Boyd and Robert Michael Pyle, with new translations from the Russian by Dmitri Nabokov

Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) Stacy Schiff

Spirits on Canvas

Technique and Meaning in the Paintings of Paul Gauguin Vojtech Jirat-Wasiutynski and H. Travers Newton Jr.

Van Gogh and Gauguin: The Search for Sacred Art Debora Silverman

The Spirit of the Spirit

The Spirit Archives Will Eisner

Outer Space Spirit: 1952 by Will Eisner, Jules Feiffer, and Wally Wood

A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories Will Eisner

Life on Another Planet Will Eisner

New York: The Big City Will Eisner

Dropsie Avenue: The Neighborhood Will Eisner

The Building Will Eisner

Invisible People Will Eisner

Minor Miracles Will Eisner

Family Matter Will Eisner

Will Eisner Reader: Seven Graphic Stories by a Comics Master

Notes from Underground

Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency from the Cold War through the Dawn of a New Century James Bamford

Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government—Saving Privacy in the Digital Age Steven Levy

Guatemala: The Unfinished Peace

Of Centaurs and Doves: Guatemala’s Peace Process Susanne Jonas

Los Difíciles Senderos de la Paz en Guatemala Gudrun Molkentin

Memoria Verdad y Esperanza: Version Popular del Informe Guatemala: Nunca Más a report by the Archbishopric of Guatemala

El Guerrillero y el General: Rodrigo Asturias y Julio Balconi Sobre la Guerra y la Paz en Guatemala Dirk Kruijt and Rudie Van Meurs

El Drama de la Pobreza en Guatemala: Sus Rasgos y Efectos Sobre la Sociedad a report by the government of the Republic of Guatemala

The Wind Done Gone

Clotel; or, The President’s Daughter William Wells Brown, with an introduction by Hilton Als

Passing Nella Larsen, with an introduction by Ntozake Shange

City Lights

The Seduction of Place: The City in the Twenty-First Century Joseph Rykwert

Laws of the Landscape: How Policies Shape Cities in Europe and America Pietro S. Nivola

Genes in the Food!

The Ecological Risks ofEngineered Crops Jane Rissler and Margaret Mellon

Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply Vandana Shiva

Pandora’s Picnic Basket: The Potential and Hazards of Genetically Modified Foods Alan McHughen

Genetically Modified Pest-Protected Plants: Science and Regulation a report by the Committee on Genetically Modified Pest-Protected Plants, Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, National Research Council

Contributors

Neal Ascherson is the author of The Struggles for Poland, The Black Sea, and Stone Voices: The Search for Scotland. He is an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.


Thomas R. Edwards (1928–2005) was Professor of English at Rutgers and editor of Raritan. His last book was Over Here: Criticizing America.

William Empson (1906—1984) was the author of Seven Types of Ambiguity and Some Versions of Pastoral. His Complete Poems were recently published. (June 2001)

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

Robert L. Herbert, after a long career at Yale, is now Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus of Humanities at Mount Holyoke. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and has been named Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government. Among his books are Impressionism: Art, Leisure and Parisian Society, Nature’s Workshop: Renoir’s Writings on the Decorative Arts, and Seurat: Drawings and Paintings. His most recent book is Seurat and the Making of La Grande Jatte.

Stephen Kinzer, a former New York Times bureau chief in Nica­ragua, is a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown. His new book is The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War. (December 2013)

Richard C. Lewontin is Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Biology at Harvard University. He is the author of The Genetic Basis of Evolutionary Change and Biology as Ideology, and the co-author of The Dialectical Biologist (with Richard Levins) and Not in Our Genes (with Steven Rose and Leon Kamin).

Janet Malcolm was born in Prague. She was educated at the High School of Music and Art, in New York, and at the University of Michigan. Along with In the Freud Archives, her books include Diana and Nikon: Essays on Photography, Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession, The Journalist and the Murderer, The Purloined Clinic: Selected Writings, The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, The Crime of Sheila McGough, and Reading Chekhov: A Critical Journey. She wrote about the trial of Mazoltuv Borukhova, the mother of Michelle, in her book Iphigenia in Forest Hills, just out in paperback. Her collection Forty-One False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers will be published in the spring of 2013.


She lives in New York.

Daniel Mendelsohn was born in 1960 and studied classics at the University of Virginia and at Princeton, where he received his doctorate. His essays and reviews appear regularly in The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review. His books include The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million; a memoir, The Elusive Embrace; and the collection Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture, published by New York Review Books. He teaches at Bard College.

Joyce Carol Oates is currently Visiting Professor in the Graduate Writing Program at NYU. Her most recent novel is Carthage.

Thomas Powers is the author of The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA (1979), Heisenberg’s War: The Secret History of the German Bomb (1993), Intelligence Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to al-Qaeda (2002; revised and expanded edition, 2004), and The Confirmation (2000), a novel. He won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 1971 and has contributed to The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, Harper’s, The Nation, The Atlantic, and Rolling Stone. His latest book, The Killing of Crazy Horse, won the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History. He is currently writing a memoir of his father, who once told him that the last time he met Clare Boothe Luce was in the office of Allen Dulles.


Anthony Quinton (1925–2010) was a British philosopher. Quinton served as president of Trinity College, Oxford and as chairman of the British Library. His works include The Nature of Things, Hume, and From Wodehouse to Wittgenstein.

Charles Rosen is a pianist and music critic. In 2011 he was awarded a National Humanities Medal.

Witold Rybczynski is the Meyerson Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania, and is the architecture critic for Slate. His book on American building, Last Harvest, was published in 2007.

Richard Seaver, President of Arcade Publishing, has translated some forty books from the French. (June 2001)

Susan Sontag (1933–2004) was a novelist, playwright, filmmaker, and one of the most influential critics of her generation. Her books include Against Interpretation, On Photography, Illness as Metaphor, and The Volcano Lover.

Alexander Stille is San Paolo Professor of International Journalism at Columbia. His most recent book is a memoir, The Force of Things: A Marriage in War and Peace. (December 2013)

John Updike (1932–2009) was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania. In 1954 he began to publish in The New Yorker, where he continued to contribute short stories, poems, and criticism until his death. His major work was the set of four novels chronicling the life of Harry “Rabbit: Angstrom, he two of which, Rabbit is Richand Rabbit at Rest, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His last books were the novel The Widows of Eastwick and Due Considerations, a collection of his essays and criticism.

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.

Gordon Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown. His latest book is The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States.

Michael Wood is the Charles Barnwell Straut Class of 1923 Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Princeton. His books include Literature and the Taste of Knowledge and Yeats and Violence