Contents


What Is an Andy Warhol?

I Sold Andy Warhol (Too Soon) by Richard Polsky

Andy Warhol by Arthur C. Danto

Pop: The Genius of Andy Warhol by Tony Scherman and David Dalton

Joe Simon-Whelan et al. v. the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., et al.

Freedom Through Cooking

Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human by Richard Wrangham

Finding Our Tongues: Mothers, Infants, and the Origins of Language by Dean Falk

Who Was the Most Famous of All?

Joseph Jefferson: Dean of the American Theatre by Arthur W. Bloom

The Man Who Was Rip Van Winkle: Joseph Jefferson and Nineteenth-Century American Theatre by Benjamin McArthur

The Autobiography of Joseph Jefferson by Joseph Jefferson

The Dear, Dear Friend

The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth: A Life by Frances Wilson

The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals by Dorothy Wordsworth, edited and with an introduction and notes by Pamela Woof

Contributors

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

Richard Dorment is the art critic of the Daily Telegraph. Among the exhibitions he has organized is “James McNeill Whistler,” seen at the Tate Gallery, London, the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 
(June 2013)

Elizabeth Drew is a regular contributor to The New York Review. Her most recent book, Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Downfall, was published in May.

 (September 2014)

Hugh Eakin has reported for The New York Review from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iraq, and Lebanon. His article on Oman was supported by a grant from the Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund.
 (August 2014)

Robert Gottlieb has been Editor in Chief of Simon and Schuster, Alfred A. Knopf, and The New Yorker. His latest book is Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens. (December 2013)

Joshua Hammer is a former Newsweek bureau chief and correspondent-at-large in Africa and the Middle East. His new book, Taking Timbuktu, will be published next year. His report in this issue was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
 (May 2014)

J. Hoberman’s books include Film After Film (Or, What Became of 21st Century Cinema?) and An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the Cold War.

Frank Kermode (1919–2010) was a British critic and literary theorist. Born on the Isle of Man, he taught at University College London, Cambridge, Columbia and Harvard. Adapted from a series of lectures given at Bryn Mawr College, Kermode’s Sense of An Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction remains one of the most influential works of twentieth-century literary criticism.

Karl Kirchwey is Professor of the Arts at Bryn Mawr and Andrew Heiskell Arts Director at the American Academy in Rome. His sixth book of poems, Mount Lebanon, and his translation of Paul Verlaine’s first book (as Poems Under Saturn) appeared in 2011. (December 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)

Anthony Lewis, a former columnist for The New York Times, has twice won the Pulitzer Prize. His latest book is Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment.

Bei Ling, a poet and essayist, is a founder and editor of Qing Xiang, an exile literary journal founded in 1993, now based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and published in Chinese. He is also the founder and Executive Director of the Independent Chinese PEN Center, an organization of Chinese writers and intellectuals dedicated to the freedom of expression.
 (October 2009)

Hilary Mantel is an English novelist, short story writer, and critic. Her novel, Wolf Hall, won the Man Booker Prize in 2009.

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.

Steven Mithen is Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Early ­Prehistory at the University of Reading. His books include The Singing Neanderthals, The Prehistory of the Mind, and, most recently, Thirst: Water and Power in the Ancient World.

 (April 2014)

Norman Rush was raised in Oakland, California, and graduated from Swarthmore College in 1956. He has been an antiquarian book dealer, a college instructor, and, with his wife Elsa, he lived and worked in Africa from 1978 to 1983. They now reside in Rockland County, New York. His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Best American Short Stories. Whites, a collection of stories, was published in 1986, and his first novel, Mating, the recipient of the National Book Award, was published in 1991. Mortals is his second novel. A new novel, Subtle Bodies, will be published in September 2013.


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.


Jonathan Spence is Professor of History Emeritus at Yale. Among his books are The Death of Woman Wang, Treason by the Book, The Question of Hu, and The Search for Modern China.

Michael Tomasky is a Special Correspondent for The Daily Beast, Editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, and author of the e-book Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Beatles and America, Then and Now.
 (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.

Lawrence Weschler is the Director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University. Earlier this year he published True to Life: Twenty-five Years of Conversations with David Hockney and an expanded edition of Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: Over Thirty Years of Conversationswith Robert Irwin. (October 2009)

Geoffrey Wheatcroft is the author of The Controversy of Zion, The Strange Death of Tory England, and Yo, Blair!
 (September 2014)