Contents


Deft, Ingenious, Creepy’

George Condo: Mental States an exhibition at the New Museum, New York City, January 26–May 8, 2011; the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, June 25–September 25, 2011; the Hayward Gallery, London, October 18, 2011–January 15, 2012;

The Imaginary Portraits of George Condo with an essay by Ralph Rugoff

The Quiet Genius

L’Armoire secrète: Eine Leserin im Kontext (The Secret Cabinet: A Reader in Context) an exhibition at the Oskar Reinhart Collection, Winterthur, Switzerland, February 4–May 15, 2011.

Circles of Hell

Voices from the Gulag edited by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and translated from the Russian by Kenneth Lantz

Gulag Voices: An Anthology edited by Anne Applebaum

The Victims Return: Survivors of the Gulag After Stalin by Stephen F. Cohen

Gulag Boss: A Soviet Memoir by Fyodor Vasilevich Mochulsky, translated from the Russian and edited by Deborah Kaple

Showing Off

My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth That Led to an American Tragedy by Nora Titone, with a foreword by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Recharging Chinese Art

The Emperor’s Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City an exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, September 14, 2010–January 9, 2011; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, February 3–May 1, 2011; and the Milwaukee Art Museum, June 11–September 12, 2011.

Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Tradition an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, November 20, 2010–February 13, 2011.

Contemporary Chinese Art: Primary Documents edited by Wu Hung, with Peggy Wang

The Wall Street Leviathan

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report: Final Report of the National Commission on the Causes of the Financial and Economic Crisis in the United States

Inside Job a film directed by Charles Ferguson

Regulating Wall Street: The Dodd-Frank Act and the New Architecture of Global Finance edited by Viral V. Acharya, Thomas F. Cooley, Matthew P. Richardson, and Ingo Walter

Reforming US Financial Markets: Reflections Before and Beyond Dodd-Frank by Randall S. Kroszner and Robert J. Shiller, edited and with an introduction by Benjamin M. Friedman

Contributors

Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian at Harvard. 
His forthcoming book is Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature.

Anita Desai is the author, most recently, of The Artist of Disappearance, a collection of three novellas.(September 2013)

István Deák is Seth Low Professor Emeritus at Columbia. He is the author, with Jan Gross and Tony Judt, of The Politics of Retribution in Europe: World War II and Its Aftermath.

Yasmine El Rashidi is the author of The Battle for Egypt: Dispatches from the Revolution, and a contributing editor to the Middle East arts and culture quarterly Bidoun. She lives in Cairo.

Jonathan Freedland is Executive Editor for Opinion at The Guardian, where he also writes a weekly column. In 2014 he was awarded the Orwell Special Prize for journalism.

 (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)

A.C. Grayling is Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St. Anne’s College, Oxford. He is the author most recently of The Good Book: A Humanist Bible. (April 2011)

Peter Green is Dougherty Centennial Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin and Adjunct Professor at the University of Iowa. His most recent book is The Hellenistic Age: A Short History. (April 2014)

Alma Guillermoprieto often writes on Latin America in these pages. She lives in Mexico City. (November 2012)

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

Maya Jasanoff is Professor of History at Harvard. She is the author of Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World and Edge of Empire: Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East 1750–1850. (April 2014)

Jeff Madrick is Director of the Bernard L. Schwartz ­Rediscovery Government Initiative at the Century Foundation, Editor of Challenge Magazine, and teaches at the Cooper Union. His forthcoming book is Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Econ­omists Damaged America and the World, to be published in the fall of 2014.

Ivan Maisky was Soviet Ambassador to London from 1932 to 1943. Gabriel Gorodetsky is a Quondam Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. His three-volume edition of the diary of Ivan Maisky is forthcoming from Yale University Press.
 (April 2011)

Felix Martin, an economist at Thames River Capital LLP, worked at the World Bank for two stretches between 1998 and 2008. He was formerly an executive board member and analyst at the European Stability Initiative. (April 2011)

Edward Mendelson is the Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University and the literary executor of the estate of W.H. Auden. He is the author of Early Auden, Later Auden, and The Things That Matter, a volume of essays on Mary Shelley, Emily and Charlotte Brönte, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf. His Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century American Writers will be published in early 2015.

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.

Geoffrey O’Brien is Editor in Chief of the Library of America. His most recent book is Stolen Glimpses, Captive ­Shadows: Writing on Film, 2002–2012.


Joyce Carol Oates is currently Visiting Professor in the Graduate Writing Program at NYU. Her most recent novel is Carthage.

Willibald Sauerländer is a former Director of the Central Institute for Art History in Munich. His latest book is Manet malt Monet: Ein Sommer in Argenteuil. (June 2013)

Michael Scammell, the author of biographies of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Arthur Koestler, is working on a new translation of Crime and Punishment. (July 2014)

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

Robert Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at Warwick University, England. His latest book is How Much Is Enough?: Money and the Good Life with Edward Skidelsky. He is the author of a three-volume biography of John Maynard Keynes.
 (April 2014)

Zadie Smith’s most recent novel is NW. Her essay in the July 10, 2014 issue will appear as an introduction to the new edition of J.G. Ballard’s Crash, to be published by Fourth Estate in the UK.

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.