The Queen a film directed by Stephen Frears
I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron
Exiles and Emigrants: Epic Journeys to Australia in the Victorian Era exhibition catalog edited by Patricia Tryon MacDonald
The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes
A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia by Thomas Keneally
The Secret River by Kate Grenville
The Ballad of Desmond Kale by Roger McDonald
The Marsh Birds by Eva Sallis
The Infernal Optimist by Linda Jaivin
The Uses of Enchantment by Heidi Julavits
Not a Suicide Pact: The Constitution in a Time of National Emergency by Richard Posner
The Revenge of Gaia: Earth’s Climate in Crisis and the Fate of Humanity by James Lovelock
China Shifts Gears: Automakers, Oil, Pollution, and Development by Kelly Sims Gallagher
Solar Revolution: The Economic Transformation of the Global Energy Industry by Travis Bradford
WorldChanging:A User’s Guide for the 21st Century edited by Alex Steffen
Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises edited by Architecture for Humanity
Bad Faith: A Forgotten History of Family, Fatherland and Vichy France by Carmen Callil
The Unfree French: Life Under the Occupation by Richard Vinen
Dangerous Nation by Robert Kagan
Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang,translated from the Chinese by Karen S. Kingsbury and Eileen Chang
Loud Sparrows: Contemporary Chinese Short-Shorts edited by Aili Mu, Julie Chiu, and Howard Goldblatt
The Banquet Bug by Geling Yan
Love and Revolution: A Novel about Song Qingling and Sun Yat-sen by Ping Lu, translated from the Chinese by Nancy Du
The Curse of Ham: Race and Slavery in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by David M. Goldenberg
Acts of Faith by Philip Caputo
Adam’s Fallacy: A Guide to Economic Theology by Duncan K. Foley
The Getty Villa by Marion True and Jorge Silvetti, with an introduction by Salvatore Settis
Mark Lilla is Professor of the Humanities at Columbia and author of The Reckless Mind: Intellectuals in Politics. His article in the April 25, 2013 issue will appear as the introduction to Against the Current by Isaiah Berlin, to be published in a new edition by Princeton University Press in May 2013.
Garry Wills is Professor of History Emeritus at Northwestern. His study of Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1993. His latest book, Why Priests? A Failed Tradition, was published in February 2013.
David Cole is Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. He is the award-winning author of several books, including The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable (2009), Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror (with Jules Lobel, 2007) and Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism (2003) He has been awarded an Open Society Foundation Fellowship for 2012–2013 to write his next book, on the role of civil society in enforcing constitutional rights.
Bill McKibben is Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, and the author of The End of Nature, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet and of the forthcoming Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist.. He is also the founder of 350.org, the global climate campaign that has been actively involved in the fight against natural gas fracking.
Robert O. Paxton, Mellon Professor of Social Sciences Emeritus at Columbia, is a lifelong birder. He is a former president of the Linnaean Society of New York and a regional editor of North American Birds magazine. He is the author of The Anatomy of Fascism, among other works.
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.
David Brion Davis is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale and Director Emeritus of Yale’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. He is the author of Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World.
Norman Rush was raised in Oakland, California, and graduated from Swarthmore College in 1956. He has been an antiquarian book dealer, a college instructor, and, with his wife Elsa, he lived and worked in Africa from 1978 to 1983. They now reside in Rockland County, New York. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Best American Short Stories. Whites, a collection of stories, was published in 1986, and his first novel, Mating, the recipient of the National Book Award, was published in 1991. Mortals is his second novel. A new novel, Subtle Bodies, will be published in 2013.
Martin Filler was the longtime architecture critic of House & Garden, until it ceased publication in 2007. He is the co-author, with Olivier Bossiere, of The Vitra Design Museum: Frank Gehry, Architect, and author of Makers of Modern Architecture, which is based on essays from The New York Review. A second volume of his writings on architecture is forthcoming from New York Review Books.
Tim Flannery is Panasonic Professor of Environmental Sustainability at Macquarie University in Sydney. His book Among the Islands: Adventures in the Pacific will be published this month. (November 2012)