Contents


The Marrying Kind

Marriage and Other Acts of Charity by Kate Braestrup

The Marriage-Go-Round: The State of Marriage and the Family in America Today by Andrew J. Cherlin

Why Him? Why Her? How to Find and Keep Lasting Love by Helen Fisher

Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert

Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough by Lori Gottlieb

Bitter Truths

Otto Dix an exhibition at the Neue Galerie, New York City, March 11–August 30, 2010, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, September 24, 2010–January 2, 2011

Good-bye to Dubai

Dubai: Gilded Cage by Syed Ali

Dubai: The Vulnerability of Success by Christopher M. Davidson

City of Gold: Dubai and the Dream of Capitalism by Jim Krane

South Africa: The Truth Teller

South African Photographs: David Goldblatt An exhibition at the Jewish Museum, New York City, May 2–September 19, 2010

Kith, Kin and Khaya: South African Photographs by David Goldblatt

The Most Happy Couple

Victoria and Albert: Art and Love an exhibition at the Queen's Gallery, London, March 19–October 31, 2010

The Young Victoria a film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée

Righteous & Wrong

The Flight of the Intellectuals by Paul Berman

Nomad: From Islam to America by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Terror and Liberalism by Paul Berman

Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents by Ian Buruma

Facts Are Subversive: Political Writing from a Decade Without a Name by Timothy Garton Ash

Contributors

Stanisław Barańczak is a poet, translator, and literary critic. He won the 2007 Nike Award for the best work of Polish literature published in the previous year and the 2009 Silesius Poetry Award for lifetime achievement. He is a professor of Polish language and literature at Harvard University.

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)

Christopher Benfey is Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke. He is the author, most recently, of Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay.

 
(October 2014)

Elaine Blair is a regular contributor to The New York Review. (April 2014)

Stephen Breyer is an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. (November 2013)

Clare Cavanagh is a professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature at Northwestern University. She received the National Book Critics’ Circle Award in criticism for her most recent book, Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics: Russia, Poland, and the West.
 (August 2014)

David Cole is the Honorable George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center. He is the author of several books, including The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable (2009), Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror (with Jules Lobel, 2007) and Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism (2003).

Ronald Dworkin (1931–2013) was Professor of Philosophy and Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law at NYU. His books include Is Democracy Possible Here?, Justice in Robes, Freedom’s Law, and Justice for Hedgehogs. He was the 2007 winner of the Ludvig Holberg International Memorial Prize for “his pioneering scholarly work” of “worldwide impact” and he was recently awarded the Balzan Prize for his “fundamental contributions to Jurisprudence.”


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.

Mark Ford’s Selected Poems will be published in April. He teaches in the English Department at University College London. (February 2014)

Ruth Franklin is a senior editor at The New Republic. Her book A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction will be published this fall.
 (August 2010)

Sue Halpern, a regular contributor to The New York Review on the subject of technology, is scholar-in-residence at Middlebury. Her most recent book is A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home.
 (November 2014)

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)

Joost Hiltermann is the Chief Operating Officer of the International Crisis Group and the author of A Poisonous Affair: America, Iraq, and the Gassing of Halabja. (July, 2014)

Diane Johnson is a novelist and critic. Her books include Lulu in Marrakech and Le Divorce. Her new book, Flyover Lives, was published in January 2014.

Tony Judt (1948–2010) was the founder and director of the Remarque Institute at NYU and the author of Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945, Ill Fares the Land, and The Burden of Responsibility: Blum, Camus, Aron, and the French Twentieth Century, among other books.

Joseph Lelyveld is a former correspondent and editor of 
The New York Times. His latest book is Great Soul: Mahatma ­Gandhi and His Struggle with India. (December 2014)

Mark Lilla is Professor of the Humanities at Columbia 
and author of The Stillborn God: Politics, Religion, and the Modern West.



David Lodge is a novelist and critic and Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham, England. His novels include Changing Places, Small World, Nice Work, and A Man of Parts. His most recent works of criticism are Consciousness and the Novel and The Year of Henry James.

Theodore R. Marmor is Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Political Science at Yale. His most recent book is Fads, Fallacies and Foolishness in Medical Care Management and Policy. (August 2010)

Jonathan Oberlander is Professor of Social Medicine and Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. He is the author of The Political Life of Medicare.
 (August 2010)

Tim Parks is Associate Professor of Literature and Translation at IULM University in Milan and the author of the travelogue Italian Ways. His latest novel is Sex Is Forbidden.


Michael Pollan is the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food, and, most recently, Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual.
 (June 2010)

Frank Rich is writer-at-large for New York magazine. His books include Ghost Light, a memoir, and The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth in Bush’s America.

Malise Ruthven is the author of Islam: A Very Short Introduction, Islam in the World: The Divine Supermarket (a study of Christian fundamentalism), A Fury for God: The Islamist Attack on America, A Satanic Affair: Salman Rushdie and the Wrath of Islam, and several other books. His latest book is Encounters with Islam: On Religion, Politics and Modernity.

Sanford Schwartz’s reviews have been collected in The Art Presence and Artists and Writers. (August 2014)

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

Wisława Szymborska (1923–2012) won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996.

Brian Urquhart is a former Undersecretary-General of the United Nations. His books include Hammarskjöld, A Life in Peace and War, and Ralph Bunche: An American Life. His article in this issue draws on his essay in Tyringham Topics.
 (February 2013)

Edmund White has written biographies of Jean Genet, Marcel Proust, and Arthur Rimbaud. He has also written several novels; the most recent is Jack Holmes and His Friend: A Novel. He teaches creative writing at Princeton. His latest book, States of Desire Revisited: Travels in Gay America, has just been published.

Daniel Wilkinson is Managing Director for the Americas at Human Rights Watch.