Contents


The Great Adventure of Sergei Diaghilev

Diaghilev: A Life by Sjeng Scheijen, translated from the Dutch by Jane Hedley-Prôle and S.J. Leinbach

Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929 an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, September 25, 2010–January 9, 2011

The Novelist Who Can’t Be Stopped

The Literary Conference by César Aira, translated from the Spanish by Katherine Silver

An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter by César Aira, translated from the Spanish by Chris Andrews, with a preface by Roberto Bolaño

Ghosts by César Aira, translated from the Spanish by Chris Andrews

The Grim Threat to British Universities

Strategic Plan, 2006–2011 by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

The American Faculty: The Restructuring of Academic Work and Careers by Jack Schuster and Martin Finkelstein

Academic Capitalism and the New Economy by Sheila Slaughter and Gary Rhoades

Contributors

John Ashbery’s new book of poems, Commotion of the Birds, will be published in November. (August 2016)

Mary Beard is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge. Her most recent book is SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome.
 (July 2017)

Peter Brooks, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Yale, teaches at Princeton. His book Flaubert in the Ruins of Paris was published in April. (July 2017)

Christian Caryl is an editor at The Washington Post‘s Global Opinion section. (January 2017)

Dan Chiasson’s fourth collection of poetry is Bicentennial. He teaches at Wellesley. (June 2017)

Arlene Croceis the former dance critic for The New Yorker and the author of The Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers Book.

 (February 2016)

Michael Greenberg is the author of Hurry Down Sunshine and Beg, Borrow, and Steal: A Writer’s Life. 
(August 2017)

Sue Halpern is a regular contributor to The New York Review and a Scholar-in-Residence at Middlebury. Her latest book is A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home. (July 2017)

Simon Head is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, and Director of Programs for the New York Review of Books Foundation. He is the author of Mindless: Why Smarter Machines Are Making Dumber Humans (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.

Michael Kimmelman is a longtime critic for The New York Times. A version of his essay in this issue will appear in the collection City Squares: Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares Around the World, edited by Catie Marron and published in April by Harper.
 (April 2016)

Amy Knight is a former Woodrow Wilson Fellow. Her forthcoming book, Orders From Above: The Putin Regime and Political Murder, will be published next year. (April 2016)

Paul Krugman is a columnist for The New York Times and Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2008.
 (July 2016)

Joseph Lelyveld’s most recent book is His Final Battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt.
 (September 2016)

Perry Link is Chancellorial Chair at the University of California at Riverside. His recent books include An Anatomy of Chinese: Rhythm, Metaphor, Politics and a translation of the memoirs of the Chinese astrophysicist Fang Lizhi, entitled The Most Wanted Man in China: My Journey from Scientist to Enemy of the State. (November 2016)

Adam Michnik is Editor in Chief of the Warsaw daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. His newest book is The Trouble With History: Morality, Revolution, and Counterrevolution.

Margo Picken worked for the United Nations as Director of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia between 2001 and 2007. She is now a visiting fellow at Global Governance at the London School of Economics. (January 2011)

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. He lives in Lahore. (November 2016)

Ingrid D. Rowland is a Professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway. Her new book, The Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art, cowritten with Noah Charney, will be published in October. (August 2017)

Charles Simic has been Poet Laureate of the United States. His new book, Scribbled in the Dark, a volume of poetry, will be published in June.
 (June 2017)

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

Gordon Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor Emeritus at Brown. His new book, Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, will be published in the fall.
 (May 2017)