Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War by Michael J. Neufeld
Georges Seurat: The Drawings Catalog of the exhibition by Jodi Hauptman, with essays by Karl Buchberg, Hubert Damisch, Bridget Riley, Richard Shiff, and Richard Thomson
Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee
Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again by David Frum
They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons by Jacob Heilbrunn
A Time to Keep Silence by Patrick Leigh Fermor, with an introduction by Karen Armstrong
Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese by Patrick Leigh Fermor, with an introduction by Michael Gorra
Roumeli: Travels in Northern Greece by Patrick Leigh Fermor, with an introduction by Patricia Storace
A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor, with an introduction by Jan Morris
Between the Woods and the Water by Patrick Leigh Fermor, with an introduction by Jan Morris
Tamburlaine a play by Christopher Marlowe, adapted and directed by Michael Kahn, produced by the Shakespeare Theatre Company
Edward II a play by Christopher Marlowe, directed by Gale Edwards, produced by the Shakespeare Theatre Company
Voyage Along the Horizon by Javier Marìas, translated from the Spanish by Kristina Cordero
The Man of Feeling by Javier Marìas, translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa
All Souls by Javier Marìas, translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa
A Heart So White by Javier Marìas, translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa
Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me by Javier Marìas, translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa
Dark Back of Time by Javier Marìas, translated from the Spanish by Esther Allen
Your Face Tomorrow, Volume 1: Fever and Spear by Javier Marìas, translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa
Your Face Tomorrow, Volume 2: Dance and Dream by Javier Marìas, translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa
The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus: What’s So Good About the Good News? by Peter J. Gomes
unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity…and Why It Matters by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons
Berlin Alexanderplatz directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Fassbinder: Berlin Alexanderplatz Catalog of the exhibition edited by Klaus Biesenbach
The Letters of Noël Coward edited and with commentary by Barry Day
ABC: A Novel by David Plante
The Francoeur Family: The Family, The Woods, The Country by David Plante
Difficult Women: A Memoir of Three by David Plante
Annunciation by David Plante
Tapestry in the Baroque: Threads of Splendor Catalog of the exhibition edited by Thomas P. Campbell
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. His new book is a collection of essays from these pages, Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War. His book Year Zero: A History of 1945 is now out in paperback.
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.
Martin Filler’s latest book, Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume II, has been long-listed for the 2014 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Filler was born in 1948 and received degrees in art history from Columbia University. He has been a contributor to The New York Review of Books since 1985 and his writing on modern architecture has been published in more than thirty journals, magazines, and newspapers in the US, Europe, and Japan. His first collection of New York Review essays, Makers of Modern Architecture, was published in 2007. Filler is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He and his wife, the architectural historian Rosemarie Haag Bletter, live in New York and Southampton.
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.
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.
Daniel Mendelsohn was born in 1960 and studied classics at the University of Virginia and at Princeton, where he received his doctorate. His essays and reviews appear regularly in The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review. His books include The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million; a memoir, The Elusive Embrace; and the collection Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture, published by New York Review Books. He teaches at Bard College. His essay in the September 25, 2014 issue will appear as the introduction to a new translation of The Bacchae by Robin Robertson, to be published in September by Ecco.
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.
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. His article in this issue, August 14, 2014, was delivered as a talk at the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Kraków earlier this year, when he was presented with the Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award.
John Updike (1932–2009) was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania. In 1954 he began to publish in The New Yorker, where he continued to contribute short stories, poems, and criticism until his death. His major work was the set of four novels chronicling the life of Harry “Rabbit: Angstrom, he two of which, Rabbit is Richand Rabbit at Rest, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His last books were the novel The Widows of Eastwick and Due Considerations, a collection of his essays and criticism.