Contents


The Unbearable

Mad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted by Andrew Wilson

American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath by Carl Rollyson

Recovering Submerged Worlds

The Throne of Adulis: Red Sea Wars on the Eve of Islam by G.W. Bowersock

Empires in Collision in Late Antiquity by G.W. Bowersock

The Nativist Prophets of Early Islamic Iran: Rural Revolt and Local Zoroastrianism by Patricia Crone

‘After May,’ What?

Something in the Air a film by Olivier Assayas

Une adolescence dans l’après-Mai: Lettre à Alice Debord by Olivier Assayas

Contributors

Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) was a German political theorist who, over the course of many books, explored themes such as violence, revolution, and evil. Her major works include The Origins of Totalitarianism, The Human Condition, and the controversial Eichmann in Jerusalem, in which she coined the phrase “the banality of evil.”

Elaine Blair is a regular contributor to The New York Review. (July 2017)

Paula Bohince’s most recent book of poems is Swallows and Waves. (April 2017)

T.H. Breen is William Smith Mason Professor of American History at Northwestern. His most recent book is American Insurgents, American Patriots: The Revolution of the People.
 (July 2013)

Alfred Brendel is a pianist and the author of several books of essays and poetry, most recently Music, Sense and Nonsense: Collected ­Essays and Lectures.
 (October 2016)

David Bromwich is Sterling Professor of English at Yale. Moral Imagination, a collection of his essays, was recently published in paperback. (October 2017)

Peter Brown is the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton. His books include Augustine of Hippo: A Biography and, most recently, Treasure in Heaven: The Holy Poor in Early Christianity. (October 2017)

Terry Castle is the Walter A. Haas Professor in the ­Humanities at Stanford. Her artworks can be seen on her blog, Fevered Brain Productions. Her most recent book is The Professor and Other Writings.

Michael Chabon is the author of several books, including The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Klay, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son and most recently, Telegraph Avenue.

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

David Cole is the National Legal Director of the ACLU and the Honorable George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at the Georgetown University Law Center. (September 2017)

Steve Coll is Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of ­Journalism. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001.


 (June 2016)

Joshua Hammer is a former Newsweek Bureau Chief and Correspondent-­at-Large in Africa and the Middle East. His most recent book is The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts. (June 2017)

Walter Kaiser was formerly Director of Villa I Tatti, the ­Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence. (October 2015)

Hermione Lee is President of Wolfson College, Oxford. Her most recent book is a biography of Penelope Fitzgerald. (September 2016)

Colin McGinn is a philosopher. His books include Philosophy of ­Language: The Classics Explained and Prehension: The Hand and the ­Emergence of Humanity. (June 2016)

George Orwell (1903–1950) was the author of Animal Farm and 1984, among many other works of fiction and journalism. dwight macdonald was an editor of Partisan Review 
and the founder, during World War II, of the magazine Politics, which he edited at the time of his correspondence with Orwell. Peter Davison edited the twenty volumes of Orwell’s Complete Works, the Facsimile Edition of the Manuscript of 1984, and The Lost Orwell.

Geoffrey O’Brien is Editor in Chief of the Library of America. His books include Sonata for Jukebox and Stolen Glimpses, Captive Shadows: Writing on Film, 2002–2012.
 (September 2017)

Luc Sante teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard. His latest book is The Other Paris. (October 2017)

Sanford Schwartz is the author of Christen Købke and William Nicholson. (October 2017)

Frederick Seidel’s latest book of poems is Widening Income Inequality. (June 2017)

Adam Thirlwell’s most recent novel is Lurid and Cute. (November 2017)

Martin Wolf is Chief Economics Commentator of the Financial Times. His article in this issue is an expanded version of a talk given at a symposium in Oxford sponsored by The New York Review and St. Antony’s College, and then posted on the Financial Times website. (July 2013)