The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
The Love Wife by Gish Jen
The Museum of Modern Art, New York Yoshio Taniguchi, architect
Modern Painting and Sculpture: 1880 to the Present at the Museum of Modern Art edited by John Elderfield
America the Vulnerable: How Our Government Is Failing to Protect Us from Terrorism by Stephen Flynn
Fortress America: On the Front Lines of Homeland Security—An Inside Look at the Coming Surveillance State by Matthew Brzezinski
The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States by The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks
Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror by "Anonymous" (Michael Scheuer)
Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror by Richard A. Clarke
The Power of Nightmares by Adam Curtis
Al-Qaeda: Casting a Shadow of Terror by Jason Burke
Defending Human Rights in Russia: Sergei Kovalyov, Dissident and Human Rights Commissioner, 1969–2003 by Emma Gilligan
All the Mighty World: The Photographs of Roger Fenton, 1852–1860 Catalog of the exhibition by Gordon Baldwin, Malcolm Daniel, and Sarah Greenough
The Quest for Consciousness by Christof Koch
Anna May Wong: From Laundryman’s Daughterto Hollywood Legend by Graham Russell Gao Hodges
Perpetually Cool:The Many Lives of Anna May Wong (1905–1961) by Anthony B. Chan
Alexander a film directed by Oliver Stone
Mark Danner is the author, most recently, of Stripping Bare the Body: Politics Violence War. He is Chancellor’s Professor of English and Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard. His writing and other work can be found at markdanner.com.
Pico Iyer is a Distinguished Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. He is the author of several books, including Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk, and The Global Soul. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and other publications and his most recent book is The Man Within My Head.
Stephen Kotkin directs Russian studies at Princeton. He received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1988 under Martin Malia and Reginald Zelnik, both of whom died this year. (January 2005)
Daniel Mendelsohn is the author of a memoir, The Elusive Embrace; the international best seller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million; a translation of the works of C. P. Cavafy; and a previous collection of essays, How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken. He teaches at Bard College.
W.S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927 and grew up in Union City, New Jersey, and in Scranton, Pennsylvania. From 1949 to 1951 he worked as a tutor in France, Portugal, and Majorca. He has since lived in many parts of the world, most recently on Maui in the Hawaiian Islands. He is the author of many books of poems, prose, and translations and has received both the Pulitzer and the Bollingen Prizes for poetry, among numerous other awards.
Sister Helen Prejean is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille and lives in Louisiana. She gives on average 140 lectures a year nationwide, seeking to encourage discussion of the death penalty. She is the author of Dead Man Walking. The article in this issue is adapted from her new book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, to be published by Random House this month. (January 2005)
Jonathan Raban’s books include Surveillance, My Holy War, Arabia, Old Glory, Hunting Mister Heartbreak, Bad Land, Passage to Juneau, and Waxwings. His most recent book is Driving Home: An American Journey, published in 2011. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Heinemann Award of the Royal Society of Literature, the PEN/West Creative Nonfiction Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award, and the Governor’s Award of the State of Washington. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, and The Independent. He lives in Seattle.
Colm Tóibín is the author of seven novels and two collections of stories. His play, The Testament of Mary, is now being staged at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City. He has been a visiting writer at Stanford, the University of Texas at Austin, and Princeton, and is now the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia.
Henri Zerner, Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard, is the author of Renaissance Art in France: The Invention of Classicism and Écrire l’histoire de l’art: Figures d’une discipline.