Contents


The TR Show

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Balzac on the Brink

The Human Comedy: Selected Stories by Honoré de Balzac, edited and with an introduction by Peter Brooks, and translated from the French by Linda Asher, Carol Cosman, and Jordan Stump

The Art of Janet Malcolm & Emily Dickinson

Janet Malcolm: The Emily Dickinson Series an exhibition at Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York City, January 9–February 8, 2014

Dickinson/Walser: Pencil Sketches an exhibition at the Drawing Center, New York City, November 15, 2013–January 12, 2014

Contributors

James Arthur is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Johns Hopkins. His first collection of poems, from Copper Canyon Press, is Charms Against Lightning. (February 2014)

Christopher Benfey is Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke. He is the author of several works on ­Emily Dickinson, including A Summer of Hummingbirds. 
(February 2014)

G.W. Bowersock is Professor Emeritus of Ancient History at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His latest book, The Throne of Adulis: Red Sea Wars on the Eve of Islam, was published last year. (April 2014)

Robert Chandler is the author of Alexander Pushkin and the editor of two anthologies for Penguin Classics: Russian Short Stories from Pushkin to Buida and Russian Magic Tales from Pushkin to Platonov. His translations of Sappho and Guillaume Apollinaire are published in the Everyman’s Poetry series. His translations from Russian include Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate, Everything Flows, and The Road (all published by NYRB Classics); Leskov’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk; and Aleksander Pushkin’s The Captain’s Daughter. Together with Olga Meerson and his wife, Elizabeth, he has translated a number of works by Andrey Platonov. One of these, Soul, won the 2004 AATSEEL (American Association of Teachers of Slavonic and East European Languages) Prize. His translation of Hamid Ismailov’s The Railway won the AATSEEL Prize for 2007 and received a special commendation from the judges of the 2007 Rossica Translation Prize. He is a coeditor of Russian Poetry from Pushkin to Brodsky, to be published by Penguin Classics in November 2014, which will include the poem by Tarkovsky in NYR, February 20, 2014 issue.

Susan Dunn, a Professor of Humanities at Williams, is the coauthor with James MacGregor Burns of The Three ­Roosevelts. Her most recent book is 1940: FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitler—the Election Amid the Storm. (February 2014)

Jerome Groopman is the Recanati Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Experimental Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has published more than 180 scientific articles, is a staff writer at The New Yorker and, most recently, the coauthor with Pamela Hartzband of Your Medical Mind.


Avishai Margalit is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the winner of the 2012 Philosophical Book Award (Hanover) for his most recent book, On Compromise and Rotten Compromises. He is currently Edwin Heafey Jr. Visiting Professor at Stanford.


Jessica Tuchman Mathews is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She has served in the State Department and on the National Security Council staff in the White House.

Geoffrey O’Brien is Editor in Chief of the Library of America. His most recent book is Stolen Glimpses, Captive ­Shadows: Writing on Film, 2002–2012.


Frank Rich is writer-at-large for New York magazine. His books include Ghost Light, a memoir, and The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth in Bush’s America.

Nathaniel Rich’s most recent novel, Odds Against Tomorrow, has just been published in paperback. (May 2014)

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.

Timothy Snyder is Housum Professor of History at Yale and the author of Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. This month, he is to deliver a Philippe Roman Lecture on the origins of the Holocaust at the London School of Economics. (March 2014)

Annie Sparrow, a pediatrician and public health expert, is Assistant Professor of Global Health and Deputy Director of the Human Rights Program at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. (February 2014)

George B. Stauffer is Dean of the Mason Gross School of the Arts and Distinguished Professor of Music History at Rutgers. He is at work on the volume Why Bach Matters.
 (February 2014)

Arseny Tarkovsky (1907–1989), the father of the film director Andrei Tarkovsky, was a Russian poet and translator.