Contents


Mixing It Up

Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed a musical written and directed by George C. Wolfe, with songs by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, at the Music Box Theatre, New York City, opened on April 28, 2016

In the Depths of the Digital Age

Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism by Judy Wajcman

Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age by Bernard E. Harcourt

Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art by Virginia Heffernan

Updating to Remain the Same: Habitual New Media by Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

Mood and Mobility: Navigating the Emotional Spaces of Digital Social Networks by Richard Coyne

Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up by Philip N. Howard

He Tried to Be a Badger

Being a Beast: Adventures Across the Species Divide by Charles Foster

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal

What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins by Jonathan Balcombe

Songs Beyond Mankind

Breathturn into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry by Paul Celan, translated from the German and with commentary by Pierre Joris

Look Up and See!

Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City by Leslie Day, with illustrations by Trudy Smoke, photographs by Beth Bergman, and a foreword by Don Riepe

Groping Toward the Mind

Soul Machine: The Invention of the Modern Mind by George Makari

The Age of Genius: The Seventeenth Century and the Birth of the Modern Mind by A.C. Grayling

They Won’t Rest in Peace

The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains by Thomas W. Laqueur

Farewell to the World: A History of Suicide by Marzio Barbagli, translated from the Italian by Lucinda Byatt

Portugal’s Empire: Ruthless and Intermingling

Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire by Roger Crowley

The Global City: On the Streets of Renaissance Lisbon edited by Annemarie Jordan Gschwend and K.J.P. Lowe

Kongo: Power and Majesty an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, September 18, 2015–January 3, 2016

Contributors

Alan I. Abramowitz is the Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science at Emory. His most recent book is The ­Polarized Public: Why American Government Is So Dysfunctional. (June 2016)

Joan Acocella is a staff writer for The New Yorker. Her most recent book is Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints. She is writing a biography of Mikhail Baryshnikov. (February 2017)


Antony Beevor is a visiting professor at the University of Kent. His latest book is Ardennes 1944: The Battle of the Bulge.
 (March 2017)

G.W. Bowersock is Professor Emeritus of Ancient History at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His new book, 
The Crucible of Islam, is published in April. (April 2017)

Steve Coll is Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of ­Journalism. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001.


 (June 2016)

Robert Darnton, the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian Emeritus at Harvard, is currently a Fellow at the Institut d’études avancées in Paris. (May 2017)

Hugh Eakin has previously written on Denmark and Norway for The New York Review. (January 2017)

J. H. Elliott is Regius Professor Emeritus of Modern History at ­Oxford. His books include Spain, Europe and the Wider World, 1500–1800 and ­History in the Making. (June 2016)

Jonathan Galassi’s most recent books are Muse, a novel, and Left-Handed, a volume of poems. (May 2017)

Peter Gizzi’s recent books include In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems and Threshold Songs. A new book, Archeophonics, is ­forthcoming this fall. (June 2016)

John Gray is Emeritus Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics. His latest book is The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Inquiry into Human Freedom.
 (June 2016)

Michael Hofmann is a Professor in the English Department of the University of Florida. His latest translation is of the story collection Investigations of a Dog: And Other Creatures by Franz Kafka. (June 2017)

Adam Kirsch is a poet and critic. His most recent book is The Global Novel: Writing the World in the 21st Century. (June 2017)

Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer at The New Yorker. Her latest book is The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. (June 2016)

Phillip Lopate’s most recent book, A Mother’s Tale, was published in January. He is the Director of the nonfiction writing program at Columbia. (February 2017)

Janet Malcolm is the author of Reading Chekhov: A Critical ­Journey, among other books. (June 2016)

Jack F. Matlock Jr. is Rubenstein Fellow at Duke. He is the ­author of Autopsy on an Empire, Reagan and Gorbachev: How the Cold War Ended, and Superpower Illusions. Between 1987 and 1991 he was US ­Ambassador to the Soviet Union. (June 2016)

Colin McGinn is a philosopher. His books include Philosophy of ­Language: The Classics Explained and Prehension: The Hand and the ­Emergence of Humanity. (June 2016)

Daniel Mendelsohn, a longtime contributor to The New York Review, teaches at Bard. His new memoir, An Odyssey: A ­Father, a Son, and an Epic, will be published in September.
 (April 2017)

Edward Mendelson is Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities at Columbia. His latest book is Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century American Writers. (December 2016)

Andrew Motion is a Homewood Professor in the Arts at Johns Hopkins. Between 1999 and 2009 he was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom. His new book, Coming in to Land: Selected Poems, 1975–2015, was published in January. (March 2017)

Robert O. Paxton is Mellon Professor Emeritus of Social ­Science at Columbia and a historian of twentieth-century France. He is a former President of the Linnaean Society of New York.
 (May 2017)

Ronald B. Rapoport is the John Marshall Professor of Government at William and Mary and the coauthor of Three’s a Crowd: The Dynamic of Third Parties, Ross Perot, and Republican Resurgence with Walter J. Stone. (June 2016)

Malise Ruthven’s books include Islam in the World, Fundamentalism: The Search for Meaning, and Encounters with Islam: On Religion, Politics and Modernity. (June 2017)

Michael Shae is on the editorial staff of The New York Review. (June 2016)

Walter J. Stone is Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Davis and the coauthor of Three’s a Crowd: The Dynamic of Third Parties, Ross Perot, and Republican Resurgence with Ronald B. Rapoport. (June 2016)

Jeremy Waldron is University Professor at the NYU School of Law. His new book, One Another’s Equals: The Basis of Human Equality, will be published in June.
 (April 2017)

Gordon Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor Emeritus at Brown. His new book, Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, will be published in the fall.
 (May 2017)