Contents


Will the Tea Get Cold?

The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism by Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson

The Tea Party: Three Principles by Elizabeth Price Foley

Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution by Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin

They Clamor for Our Attention

The Renaissance Portrait from Donatello to Bellini an exhibition at the Bode-Museum Berlin, August 25–November 20, 2011, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, December 21, 2011–March 18, 2012

Why Not Frack?

The End of Country by Seamus McGraw

Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale by Tom Wilber

Gasland a documentary film by Josh Fox

Schools We Can Envy

Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? by Pasi Sahlberg, with a foreword by Andy Hargreaves

The Abbey That Jumped the Shark

Downton Abbey a television series created by Julian Fellowes

Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid’s Memoir That Inspired Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey by Margaret Powell

A Tale of Two Bishops and a Brilliant Saint

Ambrose and John Chrysostom: Clerics between Desert and Empire by J.H.W.G. Liebeschuetz

Ambrose of Milan: Political Letters and Speeches translated from the Latin with an introduction and notes by J.H.W.G. Liebeschuetz, with the assistance of Carole Hill

Font of Life: Ambrose, Augustine, and the Mystery of Baptism by Garry Wills

Augustine’s Confessions: A Biography by Garry Wills

Once Out of Nature: Augustine on Time and the Body by Andrea Nightingale

Contributors

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.

Julian Bell is a painter and writer living in Lewes, England. His Van Gogh: A Power Seething will be published early next year.
 (June 2014)

Elaine Blair is a regular contributor to The New York Review. (April 2014)

Katherine Boo, a Pulitzer-Prize–winning journalist and staff writer at The New Yorker, has spent the last twenty years writing about poverty and how people get out of it. The essay in this issue appears as the prologue to Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, just published by Random House.
 (March 2012)

Peter Brown is Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton. His most recent book is Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350–550 AD. (December 2013)

Andrew Butterfield is President of Andrew Butterfield Fine Arts and the author of The Sculptures of Andrea del Verrocchio.
 (June 2014)

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)

James Fenton is a British poet and literary critic. From 1994 until 1999, Fenton was Oxford Professor of Poetry; in 2007 he was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

Jeffrey Gettleman is East Africa bureau chief for The New York Times. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize this year for international reporting from Somalia and Sudan. (August 2012)

Stephen Greenblatt is the author of, among other books, Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare and The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (winner of the National Book Award, the James Russell Lowell Award, and the Pulitzer Prize). He is the John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard.

Diane Johnson is a novelist and critic. Her books include Lulu in Marrakech and Le Divorce. Her new book, Flyover Lives, was published in January 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.

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.

Tim Parks is Associate Professor of Literature and Translation at IULM University in Milan and the author of the travelogue Italian Ways. His latest novel is Sex Is Forbidden.


Diane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at NYU and the author, most recently, of Reign of ­Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to ­America’s Public Schools.
 (November 2014)

Wisława Szymborska (1923–2012) won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996.

Sam Tanenhaus is the editor of The New York Times Book Review and the author of The Death of Conservatism.
 (May 2012)

Simon Winchester is the author of, among other titles, The Professor and the Madman, Krakatoa, The Map That Changed the World, and The Man Who Loved China. He has written two books relating to India, where he was based as a foreign correspondent from 1976-1979, Stones of Empire (with Jan Morris) and, most recently Calcutta. His newest books are Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories and The Alice Behind Wonderland.