Contents


Must Schools Fail?

No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning by Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom

Black American Students in an Affluent Suburb: A Study of Academic Disengagement by John U. Ogbu, with Astrid Davis

Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life by Annette Lareau

Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society by Michael K. Brown and others

There Are No Shortcuts by Rafe Esquith

Final Test: The Battle for Adequacy in America’s Schools by Peter Schrag

City Schools and the American Dream: Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education by Pedro A. Noguera

The Ways of Genius

The Newtonian Moment: Science and the Making of Modern Culture

The Newtonian Moment: Isaac Newton and the Making of Modern Culture Catalog of the exhibition by Mordechai Feingold

For the Birds

Frogs by Aristophanes, adapted by Burt Shevelove and Nathan Lane, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and directed by Susan Stroman

Contributors

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland in 1945. He is the author of many novels, including The Book of Evidence, The Untouchable, Eclipse, The Sea (winner of the Man Booker Prize), and Ancient Light. As Benjamin Black he has written six crime novels, including Vengeance.

Anita Desai is the author, most recently, of The Artist of Disappearance, a collection of three novellas.(September 2013)

Monica Ferrell is a recent Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. (December 2004)

Orlando Figes is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author, among other books, of The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia, A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891–1924, and Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia, and The Crimean War: A History. His latest book is Just Send Me Word: A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag and his next book, Revolutionary Russia, 1891–1991, will be published in April 2014.

Mark Ford’s Selected Poems will be published in April. He teaches in the English Department at University College London. (February 2014)

Robert Gottlieb has been Editor in Chief of Simon and Schuster, Alfred A. Knopf, and The New Yorker. His latest book is Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens. (December 2013)

Anthony Grafton is Henry Putnam University Professor of History and the Humanities at Princeton University. His most recent book is The Culture of Correction in Renaissance Europe.


Anthony Hecht’sCollected Later Poems and Melodies Unheard: Essays on the Mysteries of Poetry were published in 2003. He died on October 20. (December 2004)

Brad Leithauser is a novelist, poet, and essayist. He lives in Massachusetts.

David Lodge is a novelist and critic and Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham, England. His novels include Changing Places, Small World, Nice Work, and A Man of Parts. His most recent works of criticism are Consciousness and the Novel and The Year of Henry James.

Daniel Mendelsohn, a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books, is the author, most recently, of Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture. He teaches at Bard.


Richard Rothstein is a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute and a visiting professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is the author of Class and Schools, published earlier this year. (December 2004)

Alan Ryan’s collected essays The Making of Modern Liberalism and his two-volume work On Politics: A History of Political Thought were published last year.

Amartya Sen is Thomas W. Lamont University Professor at Harvard. He received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998. His most recent book is An Uncertain Glory: India and Its Contradictions, cowritten with Jean Drèze.
 (October 2013)

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.

Ronald Steel is Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California, a recent fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, and the author of biographies of Walter Lippmann and Robert Kennedy.

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.