Contents


Sargent & His People

Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, February 12–May 25, 2015; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, June 30–October 4, 2015

TV vs. the Internet: Who Will Win?

Television Is the New Television: The Unexpected Triumph of Old Media in the Digital Age by Michael Wolff

Over the Top: How the Internet Is (Slowly but Surely) Changing the Television Industry by Alan Wolk

The First Great Arabic Novel

Leg Over Leg, or the Turtle in the Tree: Concerning the Fariyaq, What Manner of Creature Might He Be by Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, edited and translated from the Arabic by Humphrey Davies

Contributors

Guillaume Apollinaire (1880–1918) is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. He was also a fiction writer, experimental playwright, pioneering art critic, and editor of erotica. He invented the word “surrealism.”

Christopher Benfey is Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke. He is the author of Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay.
 (April 2017)

Isaiah Berlin (1909–1997) was a philosopher and historian of ideas who held the Chichele Professorship of Social and Political Theory at Oxford. The final volume of his correspondence, Affirming: Letters 1975–1997, was published in December 2015.

Christopher R. Browning is Frank Porter Graham ­Professor of History Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author, most recently, of Remembering Survival: Inside a Nazi Slave-Labor Camp. (April 2017)

Robyn Creswell is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale and the Poetry Editor of The Paris Review.
 (October 2017)

T.S. Eliot (1888–1965) was a poet, essayist, and editor. His poems in this issue are drawn from The Poems of T.S. Eliot: Collected and Uncollected Poems, which has just been published in the UK by Faber and Faber and in the US by Johns Hopkins University Press.
 (January 2016)

Tim Flannery is the author of Chasing Kangaroos: A Continent, a Scientist, and a Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Creature and, most recently, Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis. (September 2017)

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)

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein’s latest book is Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away. She is a recipient of this year’s National Humanities Medal and will be a Visiting Professor at New York ­University in 2016.
 (December 2015)

Sue Halpern is a regular contributor to The New York Review and a Scholar-in-Residence at Middlebury. Her latest book is A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home. (July 2017)

Timothy Noah is the Labor Policy Editor for Politico and the author of The Great Divergence: America’s Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do About It. (April 2017)

William D. Nordhaus is Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale. He has written extensively on economic growth, including studies of the economic impacts of lighting, computation, and improved health. (August 2016)

Joyce Carol Oates is the author, most recently, of the novel A Book of American Martyrs and the story collection Dis mem ber. She is currently Distinguished Writer in Residence in the Graduate Program at NYU. (September 2017)

Ron Padgett’s Collected Poems received the Los Angeles Times Prize for Best Book of Poetry in 2014. His translation of Apollinaire, Zone: Selected Poems, will be published in November 2015 by New York Review Books.

Francine Prose is a Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bard. Her most recent book is the novel Mister Monkey. (October 2017)

George Soros is chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC and the Open Society Foundations. (November 2016)

Jean Strouse, Director of the Dorothy and Lewis B. ­Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York 
Public Library and the author of Alice James, A Biography and Morgan: American Financier, is writing a book about John Singer Sargent’s twelve portraits of the Asher Wertheimer family.


Jacob Weisberg is Chairman of the Slate Group and the author of The Bush Tragedy. (September 2017)

Gabriel Winslow-Yost is Assistant Editor at The New York Review. (October 2015)