The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century) an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, March 14–July 8, 2012
The Candidate: What It Takes to Win—and Hold—the White House by Samuel L. Popkin
“My painting is tomorrow’s painting. Watch and see.”—Forrest Bess an exhibition at Christie’s, New York City, March 1–April 11, 2012
The Man That Got Away an installation at the Whitney Biennial, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, March 1–May 27, 2012
Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010 by Charles Murray
The Great Divergence: America’s Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do About It by Timothy Noah
The Kid with a Bike a film directed by Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
The Artist of Disappearance by Anita Desai
Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam by Lewis Sorley
OMA/Progress an exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, October 6, 2011–February 19, 2012
Project Japan: Metabolism Talks… by Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist, edited by Kayoko Ota and James Westcott
Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty by John M. Barry
The Caucasus: An Introduction by Thomas de Waal
The Devil’s Dictionary, Tales, and Memoirs by Ambrose Bierce, edited by S.T. Joshi
The Meagre Tarmac by Clark Blaise
The Complete Plays of Sophocles: A New Translation by Robert Bagg and James Scully
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, translated from the Greek with an introduction and notes by David Mulroy
An Introduction to Greek Tragedy by Ruth Scodel
Theater of the People: Spectators and Society in Ancient Athens by David Kawalko Roselli
Alfred Jarry: A Pataphysical Life by Alastair Brotchie
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.”
Colm Tóibín is the author of seven novels and two collections of stories. His play, The Testament of Mary, is now being staged at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City. He has been a visiting writer at Stanford, the University of Texas at Austin, and Princeton, and is now the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia.
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)
Martin Filler’s latest book, Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume II, has just been published. 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 Judah has written widely on foreign affairs. He reports on the Balkans for The Economist and its online column Eastern Approaches. He is the author of books about the region and a biography of Abebe Bikila, the first black African to win a gold medal at the Olympics. (May 2012)
Michael Dirda, a weekly book columnist for The Washington Post, received the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. He is the author of the memoir An Open Book and of four collections of essays: Readings, Bound to Please, Book by Book, and Classics for Pleasure. His most recent book, On Conan Doyle, received a 2012 Edgar Award for best critical/biographical work of the year. Dirda graduated with Highest Honors in English from Oberlin College and earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature (medieval studies and European romanticism) from Cornell University. He is a contributor to The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, the online Barnes & Noble Review, and several other periodicals, as well as a frequent lecturer and an occasional college teacher.
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 Diodorus Siculus: The Persian Wars to the Fall of Athens, Books 11–14.34 (480–401 BCE). (November 2012)
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.
Perry Link is Chancellorial Chair for Teaching Across Disciplines at the University of California at Riverside. He translated China’s Charter 08 manifesto, published in these pages, and recently co-edited No Enemies, No Hatred, a collection of essays and poems by Liu Xiaobo. His latest book isAn Anatomy of Chinese: Rhythm, Metaphor, Politics.