Contents


Flights

My Father’s Tears and Other Stories by John Updike

Endpoint and Other Poems by John Updike

The Maples Stories by John Updike

The Late Show

Picasso: Mosqueteros an exhibition, curated by John Richardson, at the Gagosian Gallery, New York City, March 26–June 6, 2009

The Admirable Mrs. James

Alice in Jamesland: The Story of Alice Howe Gibbens James by Susan E. Gunter

House of Wits: An Intimate Portrait of the James Family by Paul Fisher

Contributors

Hussein Agha is Senior Associate Member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and coauthor of A Framework for a Palestinian National Security Doctrine. (November 2012)

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.

Julian Barnes has written eleven novels, three books of short stories, and four collections of essays. His latest novel, The Sense of an Ending, won the 2011 Man Booker Prize.

Charles Baxter is the Edelstein-Keller Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota. His latest book, Gryphon: New and Selected Stories, was published in paperback in February. (December 2012)

Bill Bradley served as US Senator for New Jersey from 1979 to 1997. He is a managing director at the merchant bank Allen & Co. His most recent book is The New American Story. (June 2009)

Peter Brown is Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton. His most recent book is Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350–550 AD. (December 2013)

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.

Helen Epstein is a writer specializing in public health and an adjunct professor at Bard College. She has advised numerous organizations, including the United States Agency for International Development, the World Bank, Human Rights Watch, and UNICEF. She is the author of The Invisible Cure: Why We Are Losing the Fight Against AIDS in Africa and has contributed articles to many publications, including The New York Review of Books and The New York Times Magazine.

Niall Ferguson is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford. His most recent book is The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World. (June 2009)

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.

Max Hastings has been the editor of The Daily Telegraph and The Evening Standard. His most recent book, Inferno: The World at War, 1939–1945, was published in November.
 (February 2012)

Adam Kirsch’s second collection of poems is Invasions. His new book of essays, Rocket and Lightship, will be published this fall. (September 2014)

Paul Krugman is a columnist for The New York Times and ­Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2008.
 (October 2014)

Robert Malley is Middle East and North Africa Program Director at the International Crisis Group. He is writing here in his personal capacity. (November 2012)

Avishai Margalit is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the winner of the 2012 Ernst Bloch Prize in philosophy.


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.

Ahmed Rashid is the author of Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan and several books on Afghanistan and Central Asia. (June 2014)

Christopher Ricks teaches at Boston University in the Core Curriculum and the Editorial Institute and is a former president of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers. From 2004 to 2009 he was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford. His recent books include True Friendship: Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell Under the Sign of Eliot and Pound and Decisions and Revisions in T.S. Eliot.

Nouriel Roubini is Distinguished Professor of Economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business and chairman of RGE Monitor, an economic consultancy firm. (June 2009)

Jennifer Schuessler is an editor at The New York Times Book Review. (March 2011)

George Soros is Chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC and the Open Society Foundations. (April 2014)

Jonathan Sumption’s history of the Hundred Years–? War, Divided Houses, will be published in September. (June 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)

Colm Tóibín is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia. His most recent book is The Testament of Mary.


Michael Walzer is Professor Emeritus in the School of ­Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study and Co-editor Emeritus of Dissent magazine. He is the author most recently of In God’s Shadow: Politics in the Hebrew Bible. (March 2014)

Robin Wells is the coauthor, along with Paul Krugman, of Economics and has taught economics at Princeton, Stanford Business School, and MIT.
 (July 2012)

Stanley Wells is General Editor of the Oxford and Penguin editions of Shakespeare. His most recent book is Shakespeare, Sex, and Love appeared in paperback in July. (August 2012)

Garry Wills holds the Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair on the Life and Teachings of Jesus and Their Impact on Culture at Emory.