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Contributors

Sarah Birke is a staff Middle East correspondent 
for The Economist. She lived in Syria for three years.

Christian Caryl is a Senior Fellow at the ­Legatum Institute, the editor of Foreign Policy’s Democracy Lab website, and a fellow at MIT’s Center for International Studies. His latest book is Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century.


Mark Danner is Chancellor’s Professor of English and Journalism at the University of California at ­Berkeley and James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard. His forthcoming book is Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War. His writing and other work can be found at markdanner.com.

Hugh Eakin is a senior editor at The New York Review, where he also edits the Review’s online daily magazine, the NYRblog. He has reported for the Review from several countries in Arabia and the Levant.

Martin Filler’s latest book, Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume II, has been long-listed for the 2014 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Filler was born in 1948 and received degrees in art history from Columbia University. He has been a contributor to The New York Review of Books since 1985 and his writing on modern architecture has been published in more than thirty journals, magazines, and newspapers in the US, Europe, and Japan. His first collection of New York Review essays, Makers of Modern Architecture, was published in 2007. Filler is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He and his wife, the architectural historian Rosemarie Haag Bletter, live in New York and Southampton.

Jonathan Galassi’s novel, Muse, will be published in June. His recent collection of poems is Left-Handed. (February 2015)

Michael Greenberg is the author of Hurry Down ­Sunshine and Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer’s Life. (February 2015)

Zoë Heller is the author of Everything You Know, Notes on a Scandal, and The Believers. (February 2015)

Michael Kimmelman is a longtime critic for 
The New York Times. (February 2015)

Hermione Lee is President of Wolfson College, ­Oxford. Her most recent book is Penelope Fitzgerald: 
A Life. (February 2015)

Marilynne Robinson’s most recent novel is Lila. Her article in this issue draws from her introduction to the new edition of The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe, to be published by 
the Folio Society in February 2015. (February 2015)

Kenneth Roth is the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch. (February 2015)

Cathleen Schine is the author of several novels, including Rameau’s Niece, The Love Letter, She is Me, The New Yorkers, and The Three Weissmanns of Westport. Her latest novel is Fin & Lady. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books.

George Soros is Chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC and the Open Society Foundations. (February 2015)

Helen Vendler is the Arthur Kingsley Porter 
University Professor in the Department of English at ­Harvard. The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar, a ­collection of her later essays, will be published this year. (February 2015)

Christopher de Bellaigue was born in London in 1971 and has worked as a journalist in the Middle East and South Asia since 1994. His first book, In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs: A Memoir of Iran, was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize. His latest book is Patriot of Persia: Muhammad Mossadegh and a Tragic Anglo-American Coup. He lives in Tehran with his wife and two children.