Contents


Broken Blossoms

The Lady of the Camellias by Alexandre Dumas fils, translated from the French by Liesl Schillinger, with an introduction by Julie Kavanagh

The Girl Who Loved Camellias: The Life and Legend of Marie Duplessis by Julie Kavanagh

Discovering L.S. Lowry

L.S. Lowry: The Art and the Artist by T.G. Rosenthal

Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life an exhibition at Tate Britain, London, June 25–October 20, 2013

Our Town

This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral—Plus Plenty of Valet Parking!—in America’s Gilded Capital by Mark Leibovich

The Realm of King Roger

Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America’s Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus & Giroux by Boris Kachka

Putin’s Downhill Race

Zimnyaya Olimpiada v Subtropikakh. Nezavisimyi Ekspertnyi Doklad [Winter Olympics in the Subtropics: An Independent Expert Report] by Boris Nemstov and Leonid Martynyuk

Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin by Ben Judah

Contributors

Gabriele Annan is a book and film critic living in London. (March 2006)

Peter Beinart is the author of The Crisis of Zionism. He is an Associate Professor at the City University of New York, Editor of OpenZion.Com at The Daily Beast, and a fellow at the New America Foundation. (September 2013)

Robert Brustein is a playwright, director, critic, teacher, founder of the Yale Repertory and American Repertory Theatres, and currently Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Suffolk University. His latest book is Winter Passages.
 (December 2014)

Ian Buruma is the author of The Missionary and the Libertine: Love and War in East and West (1996), Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance (2006), Year Zero: A History of 1945 (2013), and Theater of Cruelty: Art, Film, and the Shadows of War (2014), winner of the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. He is the Paul W. Williams Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times, among other publications.

Anna Somers Cocks was the Founding Editor of The Art Newspaper and is CEO of its publishers, U. Allemandi & Co. Publishing Ltd. 
She was Chairman of the Venice in Peril Fund from 1999 to 2012. (September 2014)

Anita Desai is the author, most recently, of The Artist of Disappearance, a collection of three novellas.(September 2013)

Elizabeth Drew is a regular contributor to The New York Review. She is the author of several books about money in politics, including Politics and Money: The New Road to Corruption, The Corruption of ­American Politics: What Went Wrong and Why, and Citizen McCain.
 (June 2015)

Yasmine El Rashidi is the author of The Battle for Egypt: Dispatches from the Revolution, and a contributing editor to the Middle East arts and culture quarterly Bidoun. She lives in Cairo.

Helen Epstein is a writer specializing in public health and an adjunct professor at Bard College. She has advised numerous organizations, including the United States Agency for International Development, the World Bank, Human Rights Watch, and UNICEF. She is the author of The Invisible Cure: Why We Are Losing the Fight Against AIDS in Africa and has contributed articles to many publications, including The New York Review of Books and The New York Times Magazine. Research for her article in the December 18, 2014 issue was supported by a grant from the Investigative Fund at 
the Nation Institute.

Jason Epstein, former Editorial Director at Random House, was a founder of The New York Review and of the Library of America. He is the author of Eating: A Memoir. (Dectember 2013)

Tim Flannery’s most recent book is Among the Islands: Adventures in the Pacific. (July 2015)

Jonathan Freedland is Executive Editor for Opinion at The Guardian, where he also writes a weekly column. In 2014 he was awarded the Orwell Special Prize for journalism.
 (May 2015)

Stephen Greenblatt is Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard. His most recent books are The Swerve: How the World Became Modern and Shakespeare’s Montaigne. He is the general editor of The Norton Shakespeare.


Daniel J. Kevles is Stanley Woodward Professor of History at Yale. His recent works include The Baltimore Case and he is currently completing a history of intellectual property in plants, animals, and people.


Amy Knight is a former Woodrow Wilson fellow. Her books include Who Killed Kirov: The Kremlin’s Greatest Mystery, Spies Without Cloaks: The KGB’s Successors, and How the Cold War Began: The Igor Gouzenko Affair and the Hunt for Soviet Spies.

Jane Kramer writes for The New Yorker. Her books include Europeans and The Politics of Memory. (September 2013)

Nicholas Lemann is a Professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and a staff writer for The New Yorker.
 He is the author of The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy and The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America, among other books.

Edward Mendelson is the Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University and the literary executor of the Estate of W. H. Auden. His books include The Things That Matter—about seven novels by Mary Shelley, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf—and Early Auden and Later Auden. He has edited novels by Arnold Bennett, Thomas Hardy, George Meredith, Anthony Trollope, and H. G. Wells, and has written for The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, the London Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, and many other publications. His Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century American Writers will be published by New York Review Books in March 2015.


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.

Fintan O’Toole is Literary Editor of The Irish Times and Leonard L. Milberg Visiting Lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton. His latest book is A History of Ireland in 100 Objects.
 (May 2015)

Joyce Carol Oates was Stein Visiting Writer at Stanford for the spring 2015 term. Her most recent novel is Jack of Spades. Her ­essay in the August 13, 2015 issue was delivered as the Robert B. Silvers Lecture at the 
New York Public Library in December 2014.


Timothy Potts is Director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. He is the author of Mesopotamia and the East.
 (September 2013)

Francine Prose is a Distinguished Visiting Writer 
at Bard. Her new novel is Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932.

Sanford Schwartz is the author of Christen Købke and William Nicholson. (June 2015)

Cass Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard. His new book, with Reid Hastie, is Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter. (April 2015)

Michael Tomasky is a Special Correspondent for The Daily Beast and the Editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas.
 (June 2015)