Prejudices by H.L. Mencken
Prejudices by H.L. Mencken
Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder
Stalin’s Genocides by Norman M. Naimark
German Impressionist Landscape Painting: Liebermann—Corinth—Slevogt an exhibition at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and Fondation Corboud, Cologne, April 30–August 1, 2010, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, September 12–December 5, 2010
Lovis Corinth: A Feast of Painting edited by Agnes Husslein-Arco and Stephan Koja
The Masque of Africa: Glimpses of African Belief by V.S. Naipaul
Human Chain by Seamus Heaney
Waiting for “Superman” a film directed by Davis Guggenheim
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View by Stephen Breyer
Searching for Cioran by Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston, edited by Kenneth R. Johnston, with a foreword by Matei Calinescu
On the Heights of Despair by E.M. Cioran, translated from the Romanian and with an introduction by Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston
Tears and Saints by E.M. Cioran, translated from the Romanian and with an introduction by Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston
Ship of Fools: How Stupidity and Corruption Sank the Celtic Tiger by Fintan O'Toole
The Irony of Manifest Destiny: The Tragedy of America’s Foreign Policy by William Pfaff
The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris by Peter Beinart
Fractured Rebellion: The Beijing Red Guard Movement by Andrew G. Walder
Making the Social World: The Structure of Human Civilization by John R. Searle
The Women of Homer by Oscar Wilde, edited by Thomas Wright and Donald Mead
Built of Books: How Reading Defined the Life of Oscar Wilde by Thomas Wright
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Cathleen Schine is the author of several novels, including Rameau’s Niece, The Love Letter, She is Me, The New Yorkers, and The Three Weissmanns of Westport. Her latest novel, Fin & Lady, was published in July 2013. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books.
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.