David Bowie Is an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, March 23–August 11, 2013
The Next Day an album by David Bowie
Worldly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman by Jeremy Adelman
Family Trees: A History of Genealogy in America by François Weil
Living Under Drones: Death, Injury, and Trauma to Civilians from US Drone Practices in Pakistan a report by the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic at Stanford Law School and the Global Justice Clinic at the NYU School of Law
Under the Drones: Modern Lives in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands edited by Shahzad Bashir and Robert D. Crews
Truth on Trial in Thailand: Defamation, Treason, and Lèse-Majesté by David Streckfuss
Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans After the Second World War by R.M. Douglas
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss
Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power by Seth Rosenfeld
Inheriting Abraham: The Legacy of the Patriarch in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by Jon D. Levenson
Jacob: Unexpected Patriarch by Yair Zakovitch, translated from the Hebrew by Valerie Zakovitch
Birth Certificate: The Story of Danilo Kiš by Mark Thompson
The Attic translated from the Serbian and with an introduction by John K. Cox
Psalm 44 translated from the Serbian with an afterword by John K. Cox, and with a preface by Aleksandar Hemon
Garden, Ashes translated from the Serbian by William J. Hannaher, with an introduction by Aleksandar Hemon
Early Sorrows translated from the Serbian by Michael Henry Heim
Hourglass translated from the Serbian by Ralph Manheim
A Tomb for Boris Davidovich translated from the Serbian by Duška Mikić-Mitchell, with an introduction by Joseph Brodsky and an afterword by William T. Vollmann
The Encyclopedia of the Dead translated from the Serbian by Michael Henry Heim
The Lute and the Scars translated from the Serbian with an afterword by John K. Cox, and with a preface by Adam Thirlwell
Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens by Robert Gottlieb
The Fractalist: Memoir of a Scientific Maverick by Benoit B. Mandelbrot
Herakles by Euripides, translated from the Greek and adapted by Peter Meineck, directed by Desiree Sanchez
Joan Acocella is a staff writer for The New Yorker. She is the author of Mark Morris, Creating Hysteria: Women and Multiple Personality Disorder, and Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism. She also edited the recent, unexpurgated Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky. Her article in the May 23, 2013 issue is adapted from her introduction to a new edition of Isadora Duncan’s My Life, published in May 2013 by Liveright.
Peter Brooks taught for many years at Yale, where he was Sterling Professor of Comparative Literature. He has written about Balzac in a number of books, including The Melodramatic Imagination, Reading for the Plot, Henry James Goes to Paris, and Enigmas of Identity. He is currently Andrew W. Mellon Scholar at Princeton and is at work on Flaubert in the Ruins of Paris.
Ian Buruma is the Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard. His books include Murderer in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance, Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents, and the novel The China Lover. His latest book, Year Zero: A History of 1945 was published in September 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.
Timothy Garton Ash is Professor of European Studies and Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford. He has just published, with Edward Mortimer and Kerem Öktem, Freedom in Diversity: Ten Lessons for Public Policy from Britain, Canada, France, Germany and the United States.
Elizabeth Hardwick (1916-2007) was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and educated at the University of Kentucky and Columbia University. A recipient of a Gold Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she is the author of three novels, a biography of Herman Melville, and four collections of essays. She was a co-founder and advisory editor of The New York Review of Books and contributed more than one hundred reviews, articles, reflections, and letters to the magazine. NYRB Classics publishes Sleepless Nights, a novel, and Seduction and Betrayal, a study of women in literature.
Adam Hochschild has written for The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Review of Books, and The Nation. His books include King Leopold’s Ghost and, most recently, To End All Wars. He teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
Daniel Mendelsohn is the author of a memoir, The Elusive Embrace; the international best seller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million; a translation of the works of C. P. Cavafy; and a previous collection of essays, How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken. He teaches at Bard College.
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.
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.