The Nerve and the Will

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly a film directed by Julian Schnabel

Before Night Falls a film directed by Julian Schnabel

Basquiat a film directed by Julian Schnabel

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death by Jean-Dominique Bauby, translated from the French by Jeremy Leggatt

C.V.J.: Nicknames of Maitre D’s & Other Excerpts from Life by Julian Schnabel

The Greatest Threat to Us All

Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race by Richard Rhodes

The Seventh Decade: The New Shape of Nuclear Danger by Jonathan Schell

Deception: Pakistan, the United States, and the Secret Trade in Nuclear Weapons by Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark

America and the Islamic Bomb:The Deadly Compromise by David Armstrong and Joseph Trento

The Way to All Flesh

Lucian Freud by William Feaver

Freud at Work: Lucian Freud in Conversation with Sebastian Smee by Bruce Bernard and David Dawson

Lucian Freud: The Painter’s Etchings an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, December 16, 2007–March 10, 2008.


Julian Bell is a painter and writer living in Lewes, England. His Van Gogh: A Power Seething will be published in early 2015. (December 2014)

Joseph Cirincione is Senior Fellow and Director for Nuclear Policy at the Center for American Progress. His book Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons was published last spring. (March 2008)

J. M. Coetzee’s novel The Childhood of Jesus was published in March 2013. He is Professor of Literature at the University of Adelaide and in 2003 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Richard Horton is a physician. He edits The Lancet, a weekly medical journal based in London and New York. He is also a visiting professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Colin McGinn is a philosopher whose books include The ­Character of Mind, The Problem of Consciousness, Consciousness and Its Objects, and The Meaning of Disgust.

 (April 2014)

Larry McMurtry lives in Archer City, Texas. His novels include The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, Lonesome Dove (winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction), Folly and Gloryand Rhino Ranch. His nonfiction works include a biography of Crazy Horse, Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen, Paradise, Sacagawea’s Nickname: Essays on the American West and, most recently, Custer.

Robert O. Paxton is Mellon Professor of Social Sciences Emeritus at Columbia and a former president of the Linnaean ­Society of New York. His books include Vichy France: Old Guard and New Order, 1940–1944 and, with Michael R. Marrus, Vichy France and the Jews.