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A Tale of Woe and Glory

The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky an exhibition at the Musée du quai Branly, Paris, April 8–July 20, 2014; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, September 19, 2014–January 11, 2015; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, March 9–May 10, 2015

An American Hero in China

Strange Stones: Dispatches from East and West by Peter Hessler

Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China by Peter Hessler

River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler

A Strangely Funny Russian Genius

“I Am a Phenomenon Quite Out of the Ordinary”: The Notebooks, Diaries, and Letters of Daniil Kharms selected, translated from the Russian, and edited by Anthony Anemone and Peter Scotto

Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms edited and translated from the Russian by Matvei Yankelevich

The Old Woman by Daniil Kharms, adapted by Darryl Pinckney, directed by Robert Wilson

Moi Muzh Daniil Kharms [My Husband Daniil Kharms] by Marina Durnovo with Vladimir Glotser

OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism edited by Eugene Ostashevsky, translated from the Russian by Eugene Ostashevsky and Matvei Yankelevich

An Invitation for Me to Think by Alexander Vvedensky, selected and translated from the Russian by Eugene Ostashevsky, with additional translations by Matvei Yankelevich

The Ravishing Painting of Piero di Cosimo

Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Painting in Renaissance Florence an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., February 1–May 3, 2015; and the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, June 23–September 27, 2015

Sensual Sappho

Sappho: A New Translation of the Complete Works translated from the ancient Greek by Diane J. Rayor, with an introduction and notes by André Lardinois

How We Got to Where We Are

The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century by Jürgen Osterhammel, translated from the German by Patrick Camiller

Contributors

David Cole is the National Legal Director of the ACLU and the Honorable George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at the Georgetown University Law Center.
 (June 2017)

Freeman Dyson is Professor of Physics Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His most recent book is Dreams of Earth and Sky, a collection of his writing in these pages. (October 2016)

Mark Ford’s latest book, Thomas Hardy: Half a Londoner, was published in October. He teaches in the English Department at University College London.
 (December 2016)

Ian Frazier is the author of eleven books, including Great Plains, Family, On the Rez, and, most recently, Hogs Wild: ­Selected Reporting Pieces. (February 2017)

Anthony Grafton is Henry Putnam University Professor of History and the Humanities at Princeton University. His most recent book is The Culture of Correction in Renaissance Europe.


Edith Hall is a Professor in the Department of Classics and the Centre for Hellenic Studies at King’s College London.
 (May 2015)

Ian Johnson reports from Beijing and Berlin. His new book, The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, is published in April. He received the 2016 Shorenstein Journalism Award. (April 2017)

Tim Judah is a correspondent for The Economist. He has ­reported for The New York Review from, among other places, ­Afghanistan, Serbia, Uganda, and Armenia.
 (May 2017)

Jessica T. Mathews was President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 1997 until 2015 and is now a Distinguished Fellow there. She has served in the State Department and on the National Security Council staff in the White House. (May 2017)

W.S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927 and grew up in Union City, New Jersey, and in Scranton, Pennsylvania. From 1949 to 1951 he worked as a tutor in France, Portugal, and Majorca. He has since lived in many parts of the world, most recently on Maui in the Hawaiian Islands. He is the author of many books of poems, prose, and translations and has received both the Pulitzer and the Bollingen Prizes for poetry, among numerous other awards. His new poetry collection is The Moon Before Morning.

Jon O. Newman is a Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. (May 2015)

Fintan O’Toole is a columnist with The Irish Times and Leonard L. Milberg Visiting Lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton. His book on George Bernard Shaw, Judging Shaw, will be published in the fall. He is the recipient of the 2017 European Press Prize ­Commentator Award. (May 2017)

Thomas Powers’s books include The Confirmation, a novel, and The Killing of Crazy Horse. (April 2017)

Francine Prose is a Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bard. Her new novel, Mister Monkey, was published last autumn. (March 2017)

Gerard Russell is the author of Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East. He is a Senior Fellow of the New America Foundation’s International Security Program and a Senior Associate of the Foreign Policy Centre in London.
 (October 2016)

Annie Sparrow, a medical doctor, is an Assistant Professor at the Arnhold Global Health Institute at the Icahn School of ­Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. (May 2015)

Fritz Stern is University Professor Emeritus and the former provost of Columbia University, with which he has been associated since the 1940s. His many books include The Politics of Cultural Despair (1963), Gold and Iron: Bismarck, Bleichroder, and the Building of the German Empire (1977), Einstein’s German World (1999), and Five Germanys I Have Known (2006). And he is the author most recently of No Ordinary Men: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi, Resisters Against Hitler in Church and State with Elisabeth Sifton.