Contents


Singular in Everything

El Greco catalog of the exhibition edited by David Davies, with essays by Davies and John H. Elliott and contributions by Xavier Bray, Keith Christiansen, Gabriele Finaldi, Marcus Burke, and Lois Oliver

Funny as a Crutch

Nathanael West: Novels and Other Writings selected and with notes by Sacvan Bercovitch

Nathanael West by Robert Emmet Long

Nathanael West: A Collection of Critical Essays edited by Jay Martin

Imitation of Life

Whatever You Say I Am: The Life and Times of Eminem by Anthony Bozza

Eminem “Talking”: Marshall Mathers in His Own Words by Chuck Weiner

Angry Blonde by Eminem

Tumult in the Clouds

Visions of a Flying Machine: The Wright Brothers and the Process of Invention by Peter L. Jakab

Taking Flight: Inventing the Aerial Age from Antiquity through the First World War by Richard P. Hallion

To Conquer the Air: The Wright Brothers and the Great Race for Flight by James Tobin

Progress in Flying Machines by Octave Chanute

Les Avions de la Grande Galerie Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace

The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age by Tom D. Crouch and Peter L. Jakab

First Flight: The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Airplane by T.A. Heppenheimer

The Published Writings of Wilbur and Orville Wright edited by Peter L. Jakab and Rick Young

How We Invented the Airplane: An Illustrated History by Orville Wright, edited by Fred C. Kelly

Wings of Madness: Alberto Santos-Dumont and the Invention of Flight by Paul Hoffman

Unlocking the Sky: Glenn Curtiss and the Race to Invent the Airplane by Seth Shulman

Inside the Sky: A Meditation on Flight by William Langewiesche

No Visible Horizon: Surviving the World’s Most Dangerous Sport by Joshua Cooper Ramo

North Star over My Shoulder: A Flying Life by Bob Buck

In Love with Verdi

Verdi in the Age of Italian Romanticism by David R.B. Kimbell

The Man Verdi by Frank Walker

Verdi: A Biography by Mary Jane Phillips-Matz

What Price Glory?

A Stillness at Appomattox: The Army of the Potomac, Vol. 3 by Bruce Catton

The World Crisis, Vol. 4 by Winston S. Churchill

Infantry Warfare in the Early Fourteenth Century by Kelly DeVries

Crusade in Europe by Dwight D. Eisenhower

The Carmen de Hastingae Proelio of Guy, Bishop of Amiens translated and edited by Catherine Morton and Hope Muntz

War in European History by Michael Howard

From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow, Vol. 4 by Arthur J. Marder

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

Winged Defense: The Development and Possibilities of Modern Air Power—Economic and Military by William Mitchell

Coral Sea, Midway, and Submarine Actions, May 1942–August 1942 by Samuel Eliot Morison

A History of the Art of War in the Middle Ages by C.W.C. Oman

The Art of War in the Middle Ages, AD 378–1515 by C.W.C. Oman, revised and edited by John H. Beeler

Mohammed and Charlemagne by Henri Pirenne

Hankey: Man of Secrets, Vol. 1, 1877–1918 by Stephen Roskill

The Victory at Sea by William S. Sims

The Bayeux Tapestry: A Comprehensive Survey edited by Frank Stenton

Eisenhower’s Lieutenants: The Campaign of France and Germany, 1944–1945 by Russell F. Weigley

A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II by Gerhard L. Weinberg

Medieval Technology and Social Change by Lynn White

The Gesta Guillelmi of William of Poitiers translated and edited by R.H.C. Davis and Marjorie Chibnall

News from Everywhere

A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies by John Murray

Goblin Fruit by David Marshall Chan

Red Ant House by Ann Cummins

Curled in the Bed of Love by Catherine Brady

The Outsider’s Art

The Moon and the Bonfires by Cesare Pavese, translated from the Italian by R.W. Flint, and with an introduction by Mark Rudman

The Selected Works of Cesare Pavese translated from the Italian and with an introduction by R.W. Flint

Disaffections: Complete Poems 1930–1950 by Cesare Pavese, translated from the Italian by Geoffrey Brock

The Harvesters by Cesare Pavese, translated from the Italian by A.E. Murch

Il mestiere di vivere: Diario 1935–1950 by Cesare Pavese, edited by Marziano Guglielminetti and Laura Nay, with an introduction by Cesare Segre

An Absurd Vice: A Biography of Cesare Pavese by Davide Lajolo, translated from the Italian and with an introduction by Mario and Mark Pietralunga

Contributors

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays, including the 2000 Booker Prize–winning The Blind Assassin; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize and the Premio Mondello; The Robber Bride, Cat’s Eye, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Penelopiad. Her latest work is a book of short stories called Stone Mattress: Nine Tales (2014). Her newest novel, Madd­Addam (2013) is the third in a trilogy comprising The Year of the Flood (2009) and the Giller and Booker Prize–nominated Oryx and Crake (2003). Atwood lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

Russell Baker is a former columnist and correspondent for The New York Times and The Baltimore Sun. His books include The Good Times, Growing Up, and Looking Back.
 (November 2016)

John Banville’s most recent novel is The Blue Guitar. (August 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).

Joan Didion is the author, most recently, of Blue Nights and The Year of Magical Thinking, among seven other works of nonfiction. Her five novels include A Book of Common Prayer and Democracy.
 (May 2016)

Rosemary Dinnage’s books include The Ruffian on the Stair, One to One: Experiences of Psychotherapy, and Annie Besant.

Ronald Dworkin (1931–2013) was Professor of Philosophy and Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law at NYU. His books include Is Democracy Possible Here?, Justice in Robes, Freedom’s Law, and Justice for Hedgehogs. He was the 2007 winner of the Ludvig Holberg International Memorial Prize for “his pioneering scholarly work” of “worldwide impact” and he was recently awarded the Balzan Prize for his “fundamental contributions to Jurisprudence.”


Freeman Dyson is Professor of Physics Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His most recent book is Dreams of Earth and Sky, a collection of his writing in these pages. (October 2016)

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.

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.

Andrew O’Hagan’s new novel, The Illuminations, has just been published. (June 2015)

Joyce Carol Oates is the author, most recently, of A Book of American Martyrs. She is Professor Emerita of Humanities at Princeton and currently a Visiting Professor in the English Department at the University of California, Berkeley. (April 2017)

Tim Parks is Associate Professor of Literature and Translation at IULM University in Milan. He is the author of many novels, translations, and works of nonfiction, the latest being Life and Work: Writers, Readers, and the Conversations Between Them and the novel In Extremis. (June 2017)

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

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

E. P. Sanders is the Art and Sciences Professor of Religion at Duke and the author of Paul and Palestinian Judaism, Jesus and Judaism, and Judaism: Practice and Belief. (April 2003)

Luc Sante’s most recent book is The Other Paris. He teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard. (October 2016)

Roger Shattuck (1923–2005) was an American writer and scholar of French culture. He taught at Harvard, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Virginia, and Boston University, where he was named University Professor. His books includeForbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography.

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, two of which, Rabbit is Rich and 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.

Steven Weinberg teaches at the University of Texas, Austin. He has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics and the National Medal of Science. His latest book is To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science. His essay in this issue is based on the fourth annual Patrusky Lecture of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, delivered in San Antonio in October 2016. (January 2017)

Garry Wills is the subject of a Festchrift published by Northwestern’s Garret-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Nation and World, Church and God: The Legacy of Garry Wills. (April 2017)