Contents


The Co-President at Work

The Dark Side: The Inside Story on How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals by Jane Mayer

Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency by Barton Gellman

The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism by Ron Suskind

Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracy by Charlie Savage

What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception by Scott McClellan

The Bush Tragedy by Jacob Weisberg

Cheney: The Untold Story of America’s Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President by Stephen F. Hayes

The War Within: A Secret White House History, 2006–2008 by Bob Woodward

Fishing in the Dead Sea

Lion of Jordan: The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace by Avi Shlaim

King Hussein of Jordan: A Political Life by Nigel Ashton

The Arab Center: The Promise of Moderation by Marwan Muasher

Wright in Love

Frank Lloyd Wright in New York: The Plaza Years, 1954–1959 by Jane King Hession and Debra Pickrel, with a foreword by Mike Wallace

Frank Lloyd Wright: Essential Texts edited by Robert Twombly

The Fellowship: The Untold Story of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship by Roger Friedland and Harold Zellman

Frank Lloyd Wright: The Heroic Years, 1920–1932 by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer

Modern Architecture: Being the Kahn Lectures for 1930 by Frank Lloyd Wright, with a new introduction by Neil Levine

Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey by Pedro E. Guerrero

Death in a Prairie House: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Murders by William R. Drennan

Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan

Darwin and the Meaning of Flowers

Darwin’s Garden: An Evolutionary Adventure an exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden, April 25–July 20, 2008; and the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California, October 4, 2008– January 5, 2009

What is Scotland?

The Invention of Scotland: Myth and History by Hugh Trevor-Roper

Scotland: The Autobiography by Rosemary Goring

The Oxford Companion to Scottish History edited by Michael Lynch

Rainbow Kiss a play by Simon Farquhar, directed by Will Frears

Black Watch a play by Gregory Burke, directed by John Tiffany

What Happened to Wystan Auden?

The Complete Works of W.H. Auden: Prose, Volume III: 1949–1955 edited by Edward Mendelson

Randall Jarrell on W.H. Auden edited by Stephen Burt with Hannah Brooks-Motl

Contributors

John Ashbery is the author of several books of poetry, including Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975), which received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the National Book Award. His first collection, Some Trees (1956), was selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets Series. He has also published art criticism, plays, and a novel. From 1990 until 2008 Ashbery was the Charles P. Stevenson, Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. Ashbery’s most recent collection of poetry is Quick Question. His Collected French Translations will be published in April 2014 in two volumes, one of Prose and one of Poetry.

Russell Baker is a former columnist and correspondent for The New York Times and The Baltimore Sun. His books include The Good Times, Growing Up, and Looking Back.

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland in 1945. He is the author of many novels, including The Book of Evidence, The Untouchable, Eclipse, The Sea (winner of the Man Booker Prize), and Ancient Light. As Benjamin Black he has written six crime novels, including Vengeance.

David Bromwich is Sterling Professor of English at Yale. His two new books, The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke: From the Sublime and Beautiful to American Independence and Moral Imagination, a collection of his essays, were published earlier this year. (August 2014)

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.

Constantine Cavafy was born in Alexandria in 1863 and died there in 1933. He wrote most of his poems while employed in the Third Circle of Irrigation of the Ministry of Public Works. (June 2005)

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.

Mark Danner is the author, most recently, of Stripping Bare the Body: Politics Violence War. He is Chancellor’s Professor of English and Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley and James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the ­Humanities at Bard. His writing and other work can be found at markdanner.com.

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.

Anthony Grafton is Henry Putnam University Professor of History and the Humanities at Princeton University. His most recent book is The Culture of Correction in Renaissance Europe.


Vladislav Hodasevich (1886–1939) was one of the most influential Russian poets of the last century. (November 2008)

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.

Claire Messud is the author of four novels and a book of novellas. Her novel The Emperor’s Children was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, and was selected as one of the ten best books of 2006 by The New York Times. Her most recent novel is The Woman Upstairs. She lives with her family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Jonathan Mirsky is a historian of China and was formerly the East Asia Editor of The Times of London.
 (July 2014)

Vladimir Nabokov died in 1977. The translation in this issue appears in Verses and Versions, a collection of Nabokov’s translations of three centuries of Russian poetry, published this month by Harcourt. (November 2008)

Andrew O’Hagan’s new novel, The Illuminations, will be published early next year. (October 2014)

Martin Rees is President of the Royal Society and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. The essay in this issue is based on the 2008 Ditchley Foundation Anniversary Lecture. (November 2008)

Charles Rosen is a pianist and music critic. In 2011 he was awarded a National Humanities Medal.

Oliver Sacks is a physician and the author of ten books, the most recent of which is Hallucinations. He is a professor of ­neurology at NYU School of Medicine and a visiting professor at the University of Warwick.


Zadie Smith’s most recent novel is NW.

Robert M. Solow, Institute Professor Emeritus of Economics at MIT, won the 1987 Nobel Prize in economics. His most recent book is Work and Welfare. (May 2009)

Colin Thubron is the president of the Royal Society of Literature. Among his books are The Lost Heart of Asia, Shadow of the Silk Road, and, most recently, To a Mountain in Tibet. (December 2013)

Helen Vendler is the Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor in the Department of English at Harvard. Her most recent book is Dickinson: Selected Poems and Commentaries.
 (June 2014)

Steven Weinberg teaches at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics and the National Medal of Science. His latest book for general readers is Lake Views: This World and the Universe.

Reuel Wilson’s memoir To the Life of the Silver Harbor: Edmund Wilson and Mary McCarthy on Cape Cod, from which the essay in this issue is excerpted, has just been published by UPNE. (November 2008)