The Nerve of Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo an exhibition at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, October 27, 2007–January 20, 2008; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, February 20–May 18, 2008; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, June 16–September 28, 2008.

Falling Stars

Artists in Exile: How Refugees from Twentieth-Century War and Revolution Transformed the American Performing Arts by Joseph Horowitz.

The Great Marathon Man

The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories edited by Robert B. Strassler, translated from the Greek by Andrea L. Purvis, with an introduction by Rosalind Thomas

A Commentary on Herodotus Books I–IV by David Asheri, Alan Lloyd, and Aldo Corcella, edited by Oswyn Murray and Alfonso Moreno, with a contribution by Maria Brosius

Our Socially Gifted Cousins

Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man by Dale Peterson

Harvest of Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating by Jane Goodall with Gary McAvoy and Gail Hudson

Baboon Metaphysics: The Evolution of a Social Mind by Dorothy L. Cheney and Robert M. Seyfarth

In the Heart of Darkness

To the End of Hell: One Woman’s Struggle to Survive Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge by Denise Affonço, translated from the French by Margaret Burn and Katie Hogben, with introductions by David Chandler and Jon Swain

The Quest of Michel de Certeau

The Capture of Speech and Other Political Writings translated from the French and with an afterword by Tom Conley, edited and with an introduction by Luce Giard

The Certeau Reader edited by Graham Ward

Culture in the Plural translated from the French and with an afterword by Tom Conley, edited and with an introduction by Luce Giard

Heterologies: Discourse on the Other translated from the French by Brian Massumi, foreword by Wlad Godzich

The Mystic Fable, Volume One: The Sixteenthand Seventeenth Centuries translated from the French by Michael B. Smith

The Possession at Loudun translated from the French by Michael B. Smith, with a foreword by Stephen Greenblatt

The Practice of Everyday Life translated from the French by Steven F. Rendall

The Writing of History translated from the French by Tom Conley

Michel de Certeau: Interpretation and Its Other by Jeremy Ahearne


Natalie Zemon Davis is the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton and Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the author most recently of Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-Century Muslim Between Worlds. (May 2008)

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. His new book, ­Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books, will be out next summer.

Robert Gottlieb has been Editor in Chief of Simon and Schuster, Knopf, and The New Yorker. His most recent book is Great ­Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens.
 (June 2015)

A.C. Grayling is Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St. Anne’s College, Oxford. He is the author most recently of The Good Book: A Humanist Bible. (April 2011)

Peter Green is Dougherty Centennial Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin and Adjunct Professor at the University of Iowa. His most recent book is The Hellenistic Age: A Short History. His translation of the Iliad is forthcoming.
 (March 2015)

Kent Greenawalt is a University Professor at Columbia Law School. His Religion and the Constitution, Volume 2: Establishment and Fairness will be published in June. (May 2008)

John Gross (1935–2011) was an English editor and critic. From 1974 to 1981, he was editor of The Times Literary Supplement; he also served as senior book editor and critic at The New York Times. His memoir, A Double Thread, was published in 2001.

Joseph Kerman is emeritus professor of music at the University of California, Berkeley. He began writing music criticism for The Hudson Review in the 1950s, and is a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books and many other journals. His books include Opera as Drama (1956; new and revised edition 1988), The Beethoven Quartets (1967), Contemplating Music (1986), Concerto Conversations (1999), and The Art of Fugue (2005).

Sarah Kerr, a longtime contributor to The New York Review, lives near Washington, D.C. (November 2014)

Amy Knight is a former Woodrow Wilson fellow. Her books include Who Killed Kirov: The Kremlin’s Greatest Mystery, Spies Without Cloaks: The KGB’s Successors, and How the Cold War Began: The Igor Gouzenko Affair and the Hunt for Soviet Spies.

Jonathan Mirsky is a historian of China and was formerly the East Asia Editor of The Times of London. (October 2015)

Max Rodenbeck is the Middle East Bureau Chief of The Economist. (December 2015)

Sanford Schwartz is the author of Christen Købke and William Nicholson. (June 2015)

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.

George Soros is Chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC and the Open Society Foundations. His essay in this issue is partly drawn from a speech he delivered in November for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Ukraine Foundation, which promotes democracy and human rights in Ukraine.
 (December 2015)

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.