Why Priests? A Failed Tradition by Garry Wills
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity an exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, September 25, 2012–January 20, 2013; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, February 26–May 27, 2013; and the Art Institute of Chicago, June 26–September 22, 2013
Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber
Spartacus by Aldo Schiavone, translated from the Italian by Jeremy Carden
Triumphs of Experience: The Men of the Harvard Grant Study by George E. Vaillant
Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life by Jonathan Sperber
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows a film directed by Guy Ritchie
Sherlock a television series on the BBC created by Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat
Elementary a television series on CBS created by Robert Doherty
The Perils of Sherlock Holmes by Loren D. Estleman
The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D’Urbervilles by Kim Newman
Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King
A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Holmes Canon edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger
The Game’s Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays) a play by Ken Ludwig, directed by Aaron Posner
As If: Modern Enchantment and the Literary Prehistory of Virtual Reality by Michael Saler
The Autobiography of Sherlock Holmes by Sherlock Holmes, edited by Don Libey
The Grand Game: A Celebration of Sherlockian Scholarship edited by Laurie R. King and Leslie S. Klinger
Bohemian Souls: A Facsimile of the Original Manuscript of “A Scandal in Bohemia” edited by Otto Penzler
The “Illustrated” Speckled Band: The Original 1910 Stage Production in Script and Photographs by Arthur Conan Doyle, edited by Leslie S. Klinger
The Narrative of John Smith by Arthur Conan Doyle, edited by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower, and Rachell Foss
“Dangerous Work”: Diary of an Arctic Adventure by Arthur Conan Doyle, edited by Jon Lellenberg and Daniel Stashower
Harvard Square by André Aciman
The Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe by Marci Shore
Artist and Visionary: William Matthew Prior Revealed an exhibition at the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, May 26–December 31, 2012; and the American Folk Art Museum, New York City, January 24–May 26, 2013
Sayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical Islamism by John Calvert
Sayyid Qutb: The Life and Legacy of a Radical Islamic Intellectual by James Toth
The Axial Age and Its Consequences edited by Robert N. Bellah and Hans Joas
Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis edited by John D. Steinbruner, Paul C. Stern, and Jo L. Husbands
Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4ºC Warmer World Must Be Avoided a report for the World Bank by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytics
The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway
Mary Beard is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge. Her Sather Lectures at the University of California, Berkeley, will be published in June as Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up. (March 2014)
David Cole is the Honorable George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center. He is the award-winning author of several books, including The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable (2009), Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror (with Jules Lobel, 2007) and Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism (2003) He has been awarded an Open Society Foundation Fellowship for 2012–2013 to write his next book, on the role of civil society in enforcing constitutional rights.
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.
John Gray is Emeritus Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics. Among his recent books are Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals, False Dawn: The Delusions of Global Capitalism, Heresies: Against Progress and Other Illusions, and The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death. His latest book, The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths, will be published in June 2013.
Chen Guangcheng is a blind Chinese legal activist who last April escaped home imprisonment in Shandong and took refuge at the US Embassy in Beijing. He is a Distinguished Visitor at the NYU School of Law’s US-Asia Law Institute. (May 2013)
Joshua Hammer is a former Newsweek bureau chief and correspondent-at-large in Africa and the Middle East. His new book, Taking Timbuktu, will be published next year. His report in this issue was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. (May 2014)
Alison Lurie is Frederic J. Whiton Professor of American Literature Emerita at Cornell. She is the author of two collections of essays on children’s literature, Don’t Tell the Grownups and Boys and Girls Forever, and the editor of The Oxford Book of Fairy Tales. Her most recent novel is Truth and Consequences.
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.
Anka Muhlstein was awarded the Prix Goncourt in 1996 for her biography of Astolphe de Custine, and has twice received the History Prize of the French Academy. Her books include Balzac’s Omelette and, most recently, Monsieur Proust’s Library.
Charles Simic is a poet, essayist, and translator. He has published some twenty collections of poetry, six books of essays, a memoir, and numerous translations. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin Prize, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Simic’s recent works include Voice at 3 a.m., a selection of later and new poems; Master of Disguises, new poems; and Confessions of a Poet Laureate, a collection of short essays that was published by New York Review Books as an e-book original. In 2007 Simic was appointed the fifteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. His New and Selected Poems: 1962–2012 was published in March 2013. His article in this issue, August 14, 2014, was delivered as a talk at the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Kraków earlier this year, when he was presented with the Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award.