Jean-Antoine Houdon: Sculptor of the Enlightenment Catalog of the exhibition by Anne L. Poulet
Ein Versuch über die Gesichter Houdons by Willibald Sauerländer
The Golovlyov Family by Shchedrin, translated from the Russian by Natalie Duddington, with an introduction by James Wood
Sketches of Provincial Life by Saltykov-Shchedrin, translated from the Russian and with notes by Frederic Aston
The History of a Town by Saltykov-Shchedrin, translated from the Russian and edited by Susan Brownsberger
The Pompadours: A Satire on the Art of Government by Saltykov-Shchedrin, translated from the Russian and with an introduction by David Magarshack
Stalin’s Last Crime: The Plot Against the Jewish Doctors, 1948–1953 by Jonathan Brent and Vladimir P. Naumov
Shroud by John Banville
Boogaloo: The Quintessence of American Popular Music by Arthur Kempton
Late Beethoven: Music, Thought, Imagination by Maynard Solomon
Beethoven’s Ninth: A Political History by Esteban Buch, translated from the French by Richard Miller
The Book Against God by James Wood
The Broken Estate: Essays on Literature and Belief by James Wood
Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life by Kathleen Dalton
Cistercian Europe: Architecture of Contemplation by Terryl N. Kinder
America’s Religious Architecture: Sacred Places for Every Community by Marilyn J. Chiat
Houses of God: Region, Religion, and Architecture in the United States by Peter W. Williams
Architecture for the Gods by Michael J. Crosbie
Sacred Architecture by Caroline Humphrey and Piers Vitebsky
Re-Pitching the Tent: Reordering the Church Building for Worship and Mission by Richard Giles
Building from Belief: Advance, Retreat, and Compromise in the Remaking of Catholic Church Architecture by Michael E. DeSanctis
Ugly as Sin: Why They Changed Our Churches from Sacred Places to Meeting Spaces—and How We Can Change Them Back Again by Michael S. Rose
When Church Became Theatre: The Transformation of Evangelical Architecture and Worship in Nineteenth-Century America by Jeanne Halgren Kilde
The New Religious Image of Urban America: The Shopping Mall as Ceremonial Center by Ira G. Zepp Jr
Norman Mailer (1923-2007) was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. In 1955 he co-founded The Village Voice. He is the author of more than thirty books, including The Naked and the Dead; The Armies of the Night, for which he won a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; The Executioner’s Song, for which he won his second Pulitzer Prize; Harlot’s Ghost; Oswald’s Tale; The Gospel According to the Son; and The Castle in the Forest.
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.
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.
Christopher de Bellaigue was born in London in 1971 and has worked as a journalist in the Middle East and South Asia since 1994. His first book, In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs: A Memoir of Iran, was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize. His latest book is Patriot of Persia: Muhammad Mossadegh and a Tragic Anglo-American Coup. He lives in Tehran with his wife and two children.
Alison Lurie is a former Professor of English at Cornell. She is the author of two collections of essays on children’s literature, Don’t Tell the Grownups and Boys and Girls Forever, and the editor of The Oxford Book of Fairy Tales. Her most recent novel is Truth and Consequences.
Virginia Woolf (1882–1941) was a celebrated novelist, critic, and essayist. The excerpt in these pages is taken from Carlyle’s House and Other Sketches, the first edition of her recently discovered 1909 sketchbook, which is being published on July 15 by Hesperus Press. (July 2003)
Lewis Lockwood is Fanny Peabody Research Professor of Music at Harvard. He is the author of Beethoven: The Music and the Life and, most recently, co-editor with Mark Kroll of The Beethoven Violin Sonatas: History, Criticism, Performance. (November 2004)
James Chace is the Paul W. Williams Professor of Government and Public Law at Bard College. He is the author of Acheson and, most recently, 1912: The Election That Changed the Country. He is now working on a biography of Lafayette. (October 2004)
Helen Epstein is an independent consultant and writer specializing in public health in developing countries, and an adjunct assistant professor at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. She has advised numerous organizations, including the United States Agency for International Development, the World Bank, Human Rights Watch, and UNICEF. She writes frequently for various publications, including The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and Granta, and is the author of The Invisible Cure: Why We Are Losing the Fight Against AIDS in Africa.
Perry Link is retired from Princeton and now teaches at the University of California at Riverside. He translated China’s Charter 08 manifesto, published in these pages, and recently co-edited No Enemies, No Hatred, a collection of essays and poems by Liu Xiaobo. His latest book, An Anatomy of Chinese: Rhythm, Metaphor, Politics, will be published in January 2013.
Alfred Brendel is a pianist and author of several books of essays and poetry. His new book, A Pianist’s A–Z: A Piano Lover’s Reader, in which the text in this issue will appear, will be published in September. (July 2013)