Jasper Johns: Gray an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, November 3, 2007–January 6, 2008, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, February 5–May 4, 2008.
Catalog of the exhibition by James Rondeau and Douglas Druick, with contributions by Mark Pascale,
Condoleezza Rice: An American Life by Elisabeth Bumiller
Dead Certain: The Presidency of George W. Bush by Robert Draper
The Confidante: Condoleezza Rice and the Creation of the Bush Legacy by Glenn Kessler
The Executor: A Comedy of Letters by Michael Krüger, translated from the German by John Hargraves
The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943–1944 by Rick Atkinson
Head and Heart: American Christianities by Garry Wills
The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky
Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment by Tal Ben-Shahar
Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy by Eric G. Wilson
What Is Emotion?: History, Measures, and Meanings by Jerome Kagan
About My Life and the Kept Woman: A Memoir by John Rechy
Our Secret Discipline: Yeats and Lyric Form by Helen Vendler
Zhao Ziyang: Ruanjinzhong de tanhua (Captive Conversations) by Zong Fengming
Charles Simic is a poet, essayist, and translator. He has published some twenty collections of poetry, six books of essays, a memoir, and numerous translations. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Simic’s recent works include Voice at 3 a.m., a selection of later and new poems; Master of Disguises, new poems; and Confessions of a Poet Laureate, a collection of short essays that was published by New York Review Books as an e-book original. In 2007 Simic was appointed the fifteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. His New and Selected Poems: 1962–2012 was published in March 2013.
Richard Dorment is the art critic of the Daily Telegraph. Among the exhibitions he has organized is “James McNeill Whistler,” seen at the Tate Gallery, London, the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (June 2013)
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.
William Dalrymple was the curator of “Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi 1707–1857,” an exhibition for the Asia Society in New York in 2012. His new book, Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839–42, is published this month. (June 2013)
Edmund White has written biographies of Jean Genet, Marcel Proust, and Arthur Rimbaud. He has also written several novels; the most recent is Jack Holmes and His Friend: A Novel. He teaches creative writing at Princeton. His memoir, Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris, will be published in early 2014.
Perry Link is Chancellorial Chair for Teaching Across Disciplines 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 isAn Anatomy of Chinese: Rhythm, Metaphor, Politics.
Jim Walsh is on the faculty of the MIT Security Studies Program and Political Science Department. He was previously Executive Director of the Managing the Atom Project at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. (August 2013)
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.