Contents


The Cult of Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons: A Retrospective an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, June 27–October 19, 2014; the Centre Pompidou, Paris, November 26, 2014–April 27, 2015; and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, June 5–September 27, 2015

Iraq: The Outlaw State

Frankenstein fi Baghdad [Frankenstein in Baghdad] by Ahmed Saadawi

The Corpse Washer by Sinan Antoon, translated from the Arabic by the author

The Corpse Exhibition and Other Stories of Iraq by Hassan Blasim, translated from the Arabic by Jonathan Wright

The Struggle for Iraq’s Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy by Zaid al-Ali

The Gardens of Their Dreams

Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and the Women Who Designed Them an exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden, May 17–September 7, 2014

The Mythology of Plants: Botanical Lore from Ancient Greece and Rome by Annette Giesecke

Pleasures of the Garden: A Literary Anthology edited by Christina Hardyment

The Gardens of the British Working Class by Margaret Willes

The Plant Hunters: The Adventures of the World’s Greatest Botanical Explorers by Carolyn Fry

The Golden Age of Botanical Art by Martyn Rix

Valhalla in Bloomsbury

Vikings: Life and Legend an exhibition at the National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, June 22–November 17, 2013; the British Museum, London, March 6–June 22, 2014; and the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, September 10, 2014–January 4, 2015

The Viking Ship by Gareth Williams

The Age of the Vikings by Anders Winroth

The Chinese Invade Africa

China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa by Howard W. French

China’s Congo Plan: What the Economic Superpower Sees in the World’s Poorest Nation by Jacob Kushner

Why the Experts Missed the Recession

FOMC: Transcripts and Other Historical Materials, 2008 available at www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/fomchistorical2008.htm

“There Will Be Growth in the Spring”: How Well Do Economists Predict Turning Points? by Hites Ahir and Prakash Loungani

Can the Fed Predict the State of the Economy? by Tara M. Sinclair, Fred Joutz, and H.O. Stekler

House of Debt: How They (and You) Caused the Great Recession, and How We Can Prevent It from Happening Again by Atif Mian and Amir Sufi

Facts and Challenges from the Great Recession for Forecasting and Macroeconomic Modeling by Serena Ng and Jonathan H. Wright

Contributors

April Bernard’s most recent books are Romanticism, a ­collection of poems, and Miss Fuller, a novel. (September 2014)

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.

Dan Chiasson’s fourth collection of poetry is Bicentennial.
 (September 2014)

Eric Christiansen is a Fellow Emeritus of New College, Oxford, and the author of The Northern Crusades. (September 2014)

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)

David Cole is the Honorable George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center. He is the 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).

Lewis B. Cullman is a retired business owner and philanthropist who serves on many not-for-profit boards and is Chairman of Chess in the Schools. He is the author of Can’t Take It With You—The Art of Making and Giving Money.
 (September 2014)

Carl Djerassi is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Stanford and recipient of the National Medal of Science for the first synthesis of an oral contraceptive. His latest book, In Retrospect: From the Pill to the Pen, will be published in November.
 (September 2014)

Elizabeth Drew is a regular contributor to The New York Review. Her most recent book, Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Downfall, was published in May.

 (September 2014)

Robin Lane Fox is an Emeritus Fellow of New College, ­Oxford. He has been the weekly gardening columnist of the Financial Times since 1970. His Augustine: Conversions and Confessions will be published in 2015.
 (September 2014)

Michael Gorra’s Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece (2012) was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography. His earlier books include After Empire: Scott, Naipaul, and Rushdie (1997) and The Bells in Their Silence: Travels Through Germany (2004). He has taught at Smith College since 1985, where he is now the Mary Augusta Jordan Professor of English. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with his wife and daughter.

Michael Ignatieff is the Edward R. Murrow Professor of Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School and the author of Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics. The article in this issue draws on the Ditchley Foundation Annual Lecture, which he gave in July. (September 2014)

Ian Johnson is a correspondent for The New York Times in ­Beijing. He is writing a book on China’s search for values. (September 2014)

Adam Kirsch’s second collection of poems is Invasions. His new book of essays, Rocket and Lightship, will be published this fall. (September 2014)

Joseph Lelyveld is a former correspondent and Editor of The New York Times. His latest book is Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India. (September 2014)

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.

Jeff Madrick is Director of the Bernard L. Schwartz ­Rediscovery Government Initiative at the Century Foundation, Editor of Challenge Magazine, and teaches at the Cooper Union. His forthcoming book is Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Econ­omists Damaged America and the World, to be published in the fall of 2014.

Daniel Mendelsohn was born in 1960 and studied classics at the University of Virginia and at Princeton, where he received his doctorate. His essays and reviews appear regularly in The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review. His books include The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million; a memoir, The Elusive Embrace; and the collection Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture, published by New York Review Books. He teaches at Bard College. His essay in the September 25, 2014 issue will appear as the introduction to a new translation of The Bacchae by Robin Robertson, to be published in September by Ecco.

Jed Perl is the art critic for The New Republic. Among his books are New Art City, Antoine’s Alphabet, and Magicians and Charlatans. A twenty-fifth-anniversary edition of his first book, Paris Without End, has just been published.
 (September 2014)

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

Max Rodenbeck is The Economist’s Middle East Bureau Chief. He lives in Cairo. (Septemer 2014)

Ingrid D. Rowland is a professor, based in Rome, at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. A frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, she is the author of The Culture of the High Renaissance: Ancients and Moderns in Sixteenth-Century Rome and The Scarith of Scornello: A Tale of Renaissance Forgery. She has also published a translation of Vitruvius’ Ten Books of Architecture and a history of Villa Taverna, the US ambassador’s residence in Rome. Her new book is From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town.


Assaf Sharon is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University. He is the Academic Director of Molad: The Center for the Renewal of Israeli Democracy.
 (September 2014)

Geoffrey Wheatcroft is the author of The Controversy of Zion, The Strange Death of Tory England, and Yo, Blair!
 (September 2014)