Contents


Desire in Berlin

Kirchner and the Berlin Street an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, August 3–November 10, 2008.

The Message of the Schoolroom

School by Catherine Burke and Ian Grosvenor

Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory by Jonathan Zimmerman

Teaching Boys and Girls Separately an article by Elizabeth Weil

Spellbound

Man in the Dark by Paul Auster

Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster

The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster

Oracle Night by Paul Auster

The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster

The Red Notebook: True Stories by Paul Auster

I Thought My Father Was God and Other True Tales from NPR’s National Story Project by Paul Auster

Hand to Mouth: A Chronicle of Early Failure by Paul Auster

Timbuktu by Paul Auster

Mr. Vertigo by Paul Auster

Leviathan by Paul Auster

The Art of Hunger: Essays, Prefaces, Interviews by Paul Auster

The Music of Chance by Paul Auster

Moon Palace by Paul Auster

In the Country of Last Things by Paul Auster

The New York Trilogy: City of Glass, Ghosts, The Locked Room by Paul Auster with an introduction by Luc Sante

The Invention of Solitude by Paul Auster

Squeeze Play by Paul Auster, published under the pseudonym Paul Benjamin

The Storm Over Robert Frost

The Collected Prose of Robert Frost edited by Mark Richardson

Fall of Frost by Brian Hall

Robert Frost: The Poet as Philosopher by Peter J. Stanlis, with an introduction by Timothy Steele

Italy Against Itself

La deriva: perché l’Italia rischia il naufragio (Adrift: Why Italy Risks a Shipwreck) by Gian Antonio Stella and Sergio Rizzo

La paura e la speranza (Fear and Hope) by Giulio Tremonti

Se li conosci li eviti (If You Know Them, You Avoid Them) by Peter Gomez and Marco Travaglio

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.

Christopher Benfey is Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke. He is the author, most recently, of Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay.
 
(June 2014)

Elaine Blair is a regular contributor to The New York Review. (April 2014)

Ian Buruma is the author of many books, including *The Wages of Guilt: Memories of War in Germany and Japan* (1995), *The Missionary and the Libertine: Love and War in East and West* (1996), *Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance* (2006), and *Year Zero: A History of 1945* (2013). He is the Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard and a regular contributor to *The New York Review of Books*, *The New Yorker*, and *The New York Times*, among other publications.

David Cole is the Honorable George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy 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.


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 at 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.

Michael Dirda, a weekly book columnist for The Washington Post, received the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He is the author of the memoir An Open Book and of four collections of essays: Readings, Bound to Please, Book by Book, and Classics for Pleasure. His most recent book, On Conan Doyle, received a 2012 Edgar Award for best critical/biographical work of the year.
 Dirda graduated with Highest Honors in English from Oberlin College and earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature (medieval studies and European romanticism) from Cornell University. He is a contributor to The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, the online Barnes & Noble Review, and several other periodicals, as well as a frequent lecturer and an occasional college teacher.

William Easterly is Professor of Economics at New York University, Co-Director of NYU’s Development Research Institute, and Co-Editor of the Journal of Development Economics. His latest book is The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good. (November 2010)

Tim Flannery is a founding member of the Climate Council and 
former Chief Commissioner of the Australian Climate Commission. His most recent book is Among the Islands: Adventures in the Pacific. (August 2014)

Michael Greenberg is the author of Hurry Down Sunshine and Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer’s Life. (April 2014)

Joshua Hammer is a former Newsweek bureau chief and correspondent-at-large in Africa and the Middle East. His new book, Taking Timbuktu, will be published next year. His report in this issue was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
 (May 2014)

Alison Lurie is Frederic J. Whiton Professor of American Literature Emerita 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.


Glyn Maxwell’s books include A Thousand Nights and Counting: Selected ­Poems and On Poetry, which is available in England and will be published in the US in the fall.
 (April 2013)

James McPherson is George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History Emeritus at Princeton. His books include Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989, and, most recently, War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861–1865.


Ehud Olmert, Prime Minister of Israel, resigned in September. Nachum Barnea and Shimon Shiffer are political columnists for the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth. Avi Steinberg is a writer living in Philadelphia. (December 2008)

Francine Prose is a Distinguished Visiting Writer 
at Bard. Her new novel is Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932.

George Soros is Chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC and the Open Society Foundations. (April 2014)

Alexander Stille is San Paolo Professor of International Journalism at Columbia. His most recent book is a memoir, The Force of Things: A Marriage in War and Peace. (December 2013)

Geoffrey Wheatcroft is the author of The Controversy of Zion, The Strange Death of Tory England, and Yo, Blair!
 (January 2014)