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The Secrets of Houdini

Houdini: Art and Magic an exhibition at the Jewish Museum, New York City, October 29, 2010–March 27, 2011; the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, April 28–September 11, 2011; the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, September 26, 2011–January 15, 2012;

Houdini!!!: The Career of Ehrich Weiss: American Self-Liberator, Europe’s Eclipsing Sensation, World’s Handcuff King & Prison Breaker by Kenneth Silverman

Houdini’s Box: The Art of Escape by Adam Phillips

The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero by William Kalush and Larry Sloman

Houdini: A Mind in Chains: A Psychoanalytic Portrait by Bernard C. Meyer

The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini by Ruth Brandon

Final Séance: The Strange Friendship Between Houdini and Conan Doyle by Massimo Polidoro

Houdini: The Untold Story by Milbourne Christopher

The Gigantic Democratic Pose

Goldenes Zeitalter: Holländische Gruppenporträts aus dem Amsterdams Historisch Museum (A Golden Age: Dutch Group Portraits from the Amsterdam Historical Museum) an exhibition at the Alte Pinakothek, Munich, December 3, 2010–February 27, 2011.

The Darkest Comedian

My Prizes: An Accounting by Thomas Bernhard, translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway

Prose by Thomas Bernhard, translated from the German by Martin Chalmers

Ritter, Dene, Voss by Thomas Bernhard, a production by One Little Goat Theater Company, directed by Adam Seelig

Unlucky Jim

Notes from the Archive: James Frazer Stirling, Architect and Teacher an exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, October 14, 2010–January 2, 2011; Tate Britain, London, spring/summer 2011; Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, October 2011–January 2012; and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal,

An Architect’s Legacy: James Stirling’s Students at Yale, 1959–1983 an exhibition at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery, New Haven, October 13, 2010–January 28, 2011

James Stirling: Early Unpublished Writings on Architecture edited by Mark Crinson

Jim Stirling and the Red Trilogy: Three Radical Buildings edited by Alan Berman

Contributors

Hussein Agha is Senior Associate Member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and coauthor of A Framework for a Palestinian National Security Doctrine. (November 2012)

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.”


Jason Epstein, former Editorial Director at Random House, was a founder of The New York Review and of the Library of America. He is the author of Eating: A Memoir. (Dectember 2013)

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.

Tim Flannery is a founding member of the Climate Council and 
former Chief Commissioner of the Australian Climate Commission. His most recent book is Among the Islands: Adventures in the Pacific. (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)

Robert Pogue Harrison is Rosina Pierotti Professor in Italian Literature at Stanford. His new book, Juvenescence: A Cultural History of Our Age, will be published this fall by the University of Chicago Press. (July 2014)

Max Hastings has been the editor of The Daily Telegraph and The Evening Standard. His most recent book, Inferno: The World at War, 1939–1945, was published in November.
 (February 2012)

Adam Kirsch is a senior editor at The New Republic and a columnist for Tablet. His most recent book is Why Trilling Matters. (July 2014)

Roderick Macfarquhar is Leroy B. Williams Research Professor of History and Political Science at Harvard. His most recent publication as editor and contributor is The Politics of China: Sixty Years of the People’s Republic of China. (March 2014)

Robert Malley is Middle East and North Africa Program Director at the International Crisis Group. He is writing here in his personal capacity. (November 2012)

Thomas Nagel is University Professor Emeritus at NYU. His latest book is Mind and Cosmos. (November 2013)

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.


Orhan Pamuk is the author, most recently, of The Museum of Innocence. He was awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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 Tomasky is a Special Correspondent for The Daily Beast, Editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, and author of the e-book Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Beatles and America, Then and Now.
 (June 2014)

Steven Weinberg teaches at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics and the National Medal of Science. His latest book for general readers is Lake Views: This World and the Universe.

Garry Wills is Professor of History Emeritus at Northwestern. His new book, Making Make-Believe Real: Politics as Theater in Shakespeare’s Time, will be published in the summer 2014.