2666 by Roberto Bolaño, translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer
The Romantic Dogs by Roberto Bolaño, translated from the Spanish by Laura Healy
Renaissance Siena: Art for a City an exhibition at the National Gallery, London, October 24, 2007–January 13, 2008
Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947–1963 by Susan Sontag, edited by David Rieff
Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age by Larry M. Bartels
Red, Blue, and Purple America: The Future of Election Demographics edited by Ruy Teixeira
Caesar: A Life in Western Culture by Maria Wyke.
Julius Caesar by Philip Freeman
Caesar’s Calendar: Ancient Time and the Beginnings of History by Denis Feeney
The China Lover by Ian Buruma
War Surgery in Afghanistan and Iraq: A Series of Cases, 2003–2007 edited by Shawn Christian Nessen, Dave Edmond Lounsbury, and Stephen P. Hetz, with a foreword by Bob Woodruff
Generation Kill a miniseries written and produced by David Simon and Ed Burns, based on the book by Evan Wright
Baghdad ER a film directed by Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill
Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery a film directed by Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill
The Forever War by Dexter Filkins
Cave, City, and Eagle’s Nest: An Interpretive Journey Through the Mapa de Cuauhtinchan No. 2 edited by Davíd Carrasco and Scott Sessions
The Selected Essays of Gore Vidal edited by Jay Parini
Ghost Train to the Eastern Star: On the Tracks of the Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux
Alphabet Juice: The Energies, Gists, and Spirits of Letters, Words, and Combinations Thereof; Their Roots, Bones, Innards, Piths, Pips, and Secret Parts, Tinctures, Tonics, and Essences; With Examples of Their Usage Foul and Savory by Roy Blount Jr.
Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages by Ammon Shea
The First English Dictionary, 1604 by Robert Cawdrey, with an introduction by John Simpson
Women of the Raj: The Mothers, Wives, and Daughters of the British Empire in India by Margaret MacMillan
Sex and the Family in Colonial India: The Making of Empire by Durba Ghosh
How to Be Perfect by Ron Padgett
Messenger: New and Selected Poems, 1976–2006 by Ellen Bryant Voigt
School by Catherine Burke and Ian Grosvenor
The Open Classroom: A Practical Guide to a New Way of Teaching by Herbert R. Kohl
Social Design: Creating Buildings with People in Mind by Robert Sommer
Big Box Reuse by Julia Christensen
Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory by Jonathan Zimmerman
Children’s Spaces edited by Mark Dudek
Nanny State: How Food Fascists, Teetotaling Do-Gooders, Priggish Moralists, and Other Boneheaded Bureaucrats Are Turning America into a Nation of Children by David Harsanyi
Mary Beard is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge. Her Sather Lectures at the University of California, Berkeley, were published in June as Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up. (October 2014)
Christian Caryl is a Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute, the editor of Foreign Policy’s Democracy Lab website, and a fellow at MIT’s Center for International Studies. His latest book is Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century.
Deborah Eisenberg is the author of four collections of short stories and a play, Pastorale. She is the winner of the 2000 Rea Award for the Short Story, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Lannan Foundation Fellowship, and five O. Henry Awards. The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg won the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award. She lives in New York City.
Maureen Freely is a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Warwick and the president of English PEN. She is the author of seven novels and has translated five books by Orhan Pamuk. Her most recent book is Sailing Through Byzantium.
James Gleick’s latest book is The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood. He is working on a history of time travel.
Maya Jasanoff is Professor of History at Harvard. She is the author of Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World and Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East 1750–1850. (April 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 book is The Language of Houses.
Darryl Pinckney, a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books, is the author of a novel, High Cotton, and, in the Alain Locke Lecture Series, Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature. His new book is Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy.
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.
Ingrid D. Rowland is a professor, based in Rome, at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. A frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, she is the author of The Culture of the High Renaissance: Ancients and Moderns in Sixteenth-Century Rome and The Scarith of Scornello: A Tale of Renaissance Forgery. She has also published a translation of Vitruvius’ Ten Books of Architecture and a history of Villa Taverna, the US ambassador’s residence in Rome. Her new book is From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town.
Meyer Schapiro, who died in 1996, taught for many years at Columbia. He was one of the most influential art historians of the last century and a contributor to The New York Review. Meyer Schapiro Abroad: Letters to Lillian and Travel Notebooks, in which the letters in this issue appear, will be published in January by Getty. (December 2008)
Charles Simic is a poet, essayist, and translator. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2007 Simic was appointed the fifteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. The Lunatic, his new volume of poetry, and The Life of Images, a book of his selected prose, were published in April.