Swimming in a Sea of Death: A Son’s Memoir by David Rieff
The Odds (poem)
Katyn a film directed by Andrzej Wajda, written by Andrzej Mularczyk and Andrzej Wajda
We’ve Got Blog: How Weblogs Are Changing Our Culture compiled and edited by John Rodzvilla, with an introduction by Rebecca Blood
Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob by Lee Siegel
Republic.com 2.0 by Cass R. Sunstein
Blogwars by David D. Perlmutter
The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet by Daniel J. Solove
We’re All Journalists Now: The Transformation of the Press and Reshaping of the Lawin the Internet Age by Scott Gant
Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation That’s Changing Your World by Hugh Hewitt
The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet Is Killing Our Culture by Andrew Keen
Naked Conversations: How Blogs Are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel, foreword by Tom Peters
Blog! How the Newest Media Revolution Is Changing Politics, Business, and Culture by David Kline and Dan Burstein
Cheating at Canasta by William Trevor
Lords of the Land: The War Over Israel’s Settlements in the Occupied Territories, 1967–2007 by Idith Zertal and Akiva Eldar, translated from the Hebrew by Vivian Eden
Walled: Israeli Society at an Impasse by Sylvain Cypel
Son of the Cypresses: Memories, Reflections, and Regrets from a Political Life by Meron Benvenisti, translated from the Hebrew by Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta, in consultation with Michael Kaufman-Lacusta
Henry James: The Mature Master by Sheldon M. Novick
A Simple Gift (poem)
Gustave Courbet Catalog of the exhibition by Sylvain Amic, Kathryn Calley Galitz, Laurence des Cars, Dominique de Font-Réaulx, Thomas Galifot, Michel Hilaire, Dominique Lobstein, Bruno Mottin, and Bertrand Tillier
The Most Arrogant Man in France: Gustave Courbet and the Nineteenth-Century Media Culture by Petra ten-Doesschate Chu
L’Origine du monde: Histoire d’un tableau de Gustave Courbet by Thierry Savatier
Courbet by Linda Nochlin
Crackdown: Repression of the 2007 Popular Protests in Burma a report by Human Rights Watch
Making Enemies: War and State Building in Burma by Mary P. Callahan
The River of Lost Footsteps: A Personal History of Burma by Thant Myint-U
“Burma/Myanmar: The Role of the Military in the Economy” by David I. Steinberg
The Richness of Life: The Essential Stephen Jay Gould edited by Steven Rose, with a foreword by Oliver Sacks
Punctuated Equilibrium by Stephen Jay Gould
The Civil War and the Limits of Destruction by Mark E. Neely Jr.
Confessions: An Innocent Life in Communist China by Kang Zhengguo, translated from the Chinese by Susan Wilf, with an introduction by Perry Link
On the Cathedral Steps (poem)
Les Essais by Michel de Montaigne, edited by Jean Balsamo, Michel Magnien, andCatherine Magnin Simon
John Golding (1929–2012) was a British painter and art historian. He taught at the Courtauld Institute and the Royal College of Art. Among his many books was Cubism: A History and an Analysis, which refuted the notion that Cubism represented a break with the realist tradition. Golding also curated exhibitions on both sides of the Atlantic, including Picasso: Painter/Sculpter and Matisse Picasso.
Tony Judt (1948–2010) was the founder and director of the Remarque Institute at NYU and the author of Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, Ill Fares the Land, and The Burden of Responsibility: Blum, Camus, Aron, and the French Twentieth Century, among other books.
Alan Hollinghurst was born in 1954 in Gloucestershire, England, and attended Magdalen College, Oxford. He is the author of the novels The Swimming-Pool Library, The Folding Star (shortlisted for the Booker Prize), The Spell, The Line of Beauty, as well as of a translation of the play Bajazet by Racine. A former staff member at The Times Literary Supplement, Hollinghurst is a frequent contributor to that and other publications, including The Guardian. Hollinghurst’s fourth novel, The Line of Beauty, won the Man Booker Prize in 2004 and his fifth novel, The Stranger’s Child, was published last October. He lives in London.
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.
Pankaj Mishra lives in London and India. He is the author of The Romantics, winner of the Los Angeles Times’s Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books and The Guardian. Mishra’s recent books include Temptations of the West: How to Be Modern in India, Pakistan, Tibet, and Beyond and From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia.
Richard C. Lewontin is Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Professor of Biology at Harvard University. He is the author of The Genetic Basis of Evolutionary Change and Biology as Ideology, and the co-author of The Dialectical Biologist (with Richard Levins) and Not in Our Genes (with Steven Rose and Leon Kamin).
James McPherson is George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History Emeritus at Princeton. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. His most recent book is War on the Waters: The Union and Confederates Navies, 1861-1865.
Derek Walcott is a poet, playwright, essayist, and visual artist. Born in Castries, St. Lucia, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. His epic poem Omerosis a reworking of the Homeric story and tradition into a journey around the Caribbean and beyond to the American West and London.
Freeman Dyson has spent most of his life as a professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, taking time off to advise the US government and write books for the general public. He was born in England and worked as a civilian scientist for the Royal Air Force during World War II. He came to Cornell University as a graduate student in 1947 and worked with Hans Bethe and Richard Feynman, producing a user-friendly way to calculate the behavior of atoms and radiation. He also worked on nuclear reactors, solid-state physics, ferromagnetism, astrophysics, and biology, looking for problems where elegant mathematics could be usefully applied.
Dyson’s books include Disturbing the Universe (1979), Weapons and Hope (1984), Infinite in All Directions (1988), Origins of Life (1986, second edition 1999), The Sun, the Genome and the Internet (1999), and A Many-Colored Glass: Reflections on the Place of Life in the Universe (2010). He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the Royal Society of London. In 2000 he was awarded the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.
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.
Frank Kermode (1919–2010) was a British critic and literary theorist. Born on the Isle of Man, he taught at University College London, Cambridge, Columbia and Harvard. Adapted from a series of lectures given at Bryn Mawr College, Kermode’s Sense of An Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction remains one of the most influential works of twentieth-century literary criticism.