Lake Views: This World and the Universe by Steven Weinberg
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, directed by Liv Ullmann and performed by the Sydney Theatre Company
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, directed by Gordon Edelstein
Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal: War Stories from the Local Food Front by Joel Salatin
All You Can Eat: How Hungry Is America? by Joel Berg
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
Terra Madre: Forging a New Global Network of Sustainable Food Communities by Carlo Petrini, with a foreword by Alice Waters
The Taste for Civilization: Food, Politics, and Civil Society by Janet A. Flammang
Eight White Nights by André Aciman
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
Creditors by August Strindberg, a production by the Donmar Warehouse, London, directed by Alan Rickman
Why the Dreyfus Affair Matters by Louis Begley
For the Soul of France: Culture Wars in the Age of Dreyfus by Frederick Brown
Dreyfus: Politics, Emotion, and the Scandal of the Century by Ruth Harris
Charles Dickens by Michael Slater
Charles Dickens: His Tragedy and Triumph by Edgar Johnson
Dickens and Women by Michael Slater
Dickens: A Biography by Fred Kaplan
Dickens by Peter Ackroyd
The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens by Claire Tomalin
The Life of Charles Dickens by John Forster
American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia by Joan Biskupic
John Paul Stevens: An Independent Life by Bill Barnhart and Gene Schlickman
The Silences of Hammerstein: A German Story by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, translated from the German by Martin Chalmers
Jan Lievens: A Dutch Master Rediscovered a recent exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Milwaukee Art Museum; and the Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam
Lessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam by Gordon M. Goldstein
An Artist in Treason: The Extraordinary Double Life of General James Wilkinson by Andro Linklater
The Ascent of George Washington: The Hidden Political Genius of an American Icon by John Ferling
Freeman Dyson has spent most of his life as a professor of physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, taking time off to advise the US government and write books for the general public. He was born in England and worked as a civilian scientist for the Royal Air Force during World War II. He came to Cornell University as a graduate student in 1947 and worked with Hans Bethe and Richard Feynman, producing a user-friendly way to calculate the behavior of atoms and radiation. He also worked on nuclear reactors, solid-state physics, ferromagnetism, astrophysics, and biology, looking for problems where elegant mathematics could be usefully applied.
Dyson’s books include Disturbing the Universe (1979), Weapons and Hope (1984), Infinite in All Directions (1988), Origins of Life (1986, second edition 1999), The Sun, the Genome and the Internet (1999), and A Many-Colored Glass: Reflections on the Place of Life in the Universe (2010). He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the Royal Society of London. In 2000 he was awarded the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.
Peter Beinart is Associate Professor of Journalism and Political Science at the City University of New York, a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, and Senior Political Writer for The Daily Beast. His new book, The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris, will be published in June. (June 2010)
Hilton Als is a staff writer for The New Yorker. His first book, *The Women*, a meditation on gender, race, and personal identity, was published in 1996. He was awarded a Guggenheim for Creative Writing in 2000 and the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for 2002-03. Als lives in New York City.
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)
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.
Jeff Madrick writes an economics column for Harper’s Magazine, is editor of Challenge Magazine, and is director of the Rediscovering Government Initiative at the Roosevelt Institute. His most recent book is Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America.
Geoffrey O’Brien is Editor in Chief of the Library of America. His recent works include Early Autumn and The Fall of the House of Walworth. His new book Stolen Glimpses, Captive Shadows: Writing on Film 2002–2012 will be published in 2013.
William Pfaff was an editor of the lay-Catholic Commonweal magazine from 1949 to 1955, and remains a contributor. His latest book is The Irony of Manifest Destiny: The Tragedy of America’s Foreign Policy. (May 2013)