Contents


Objectifying Male Birds

One Hot Summer: Dickens, Darwin, Disraeli, and the Great Stink of 1858 by Rosemary Ashton

The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World—and Us by Richard O. Prum

Donald Trump’s Brains

The Political Theory of the American Founding: Natural Rights, Public Policy, and the Moral Conditions of Freedom by Thomas G. West

American Greatness: How Conservatism Inc. Missed the 2016 Election and What the D.C. Establishment Needs to Learn by Chris Buskirk and Seth Leibsohn

Billionaire at the Barricades: The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump by Laura Ingraham

How the Right Lost Its Mind by Charles J. Sykes

The Spirit of Liberty: At Home, In the World by Thomas O. Melia and Peter Wehner

Out of Control

Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds by Mary Shelley, edited by David H. Guston, Ed Finn, and Jason Scott Robert

The New Annotated Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, edited and with a foreword and notes by Leslie S. Klinger

Dinner from Hell

The Exterminating Angel an opera by Thomas Adès, with a libretto by Tom Cairns and Thomas Adès based on a screenplay by Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza, directed by Tom Cairns

The Art of Pleasure

Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party an exhibition at the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., October 7, 2017–January 7, 2018

Renoir: An Intimate Biography by Barbara Ehrlich White

A Stoic in Nero’s Court

The Cambridge Companion to Seneca edited by Shadi Bartsch and Alessandro Schiesaro

Seneca: The Complete Tragedies, Volume 1 edited by Shadi Bartsch; translated from the Latin by Shadi Bartsch, Susanna Braund, Alex Dressler, and Elaine Fantham

Seneca: The Complete Tragedies, Volume 2 edited by Shadi Bartsch; translated from the Latin by Shadi Bartsch, Susanna Braund, and David Konstan

Positive Thinking

Exact Thinking in Demented Times: The Vienna Circle and the Epic Quest for the Foundations of Science by Karl Sigmund

More Light!

David Hockney an exhibition at Tate Britain, London, February 9–May 29, 2017; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, June 19–October 23, 2017; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, November 20, 2017–February 25, 2018

A History of Pictures: From the Cave to the Computer Screen by David Hockney and Martin Gayford

Contributors

Julian Bell is a painter based in Lewes, England. A new, rewritten edition of his book What Is Painting? was published in October. (December 2017)

Christopher Carroll is a former member of The New York Review’s editorial staff. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Lapham’s Quarterly, and Tin House. (December 2017)

J.M. Coetzee is Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide. He is the author of sixteen works of fiction, as well as numerous works of criticism and translation. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003. His story in this issue is adapted from Moral Tales, a forthcoming collection. (December 2017)

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.
 (December 2017)

Eric Foner is the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. His books include The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery and Battles for Freedom: The Use and Abuse of American History.
 (December 2017)

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

Jacob Heilbrunn is Editor of The National Interest and the author of They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons. (December 2017)

Joost Hiltermann is the Middle East & North Africa Program Director of the International Crisis Group and the author of A Poisonous Affair: America, Iraq, and the Gassing of Halabja. (December 2017)

Eva Hoffman’s books include Shtetl: The Life and Death of a Small Town and the World of Polish Jews and Exit into History: A Journey Through the New Eastern Europe. She is a Visiting Professor at the European Institute at University College London.
 (December 2017)

Richard Holmes’s books include Shelley, Footsteps, Coleridge, The Age of Wonder, and, most recently, This Long Pursuit. 
 (December 2017)

Jim Holt is the author of Why Does the World Exist? His forthcoming book, When Einstein Walked with Gödel, will be published in May. (December 2017)

Jennifer Homans is the author of Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet. She is the Founder and Director of the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, where she is also a Distinguished Scholar. She is working on a biography of George Balanchine. 
(December 2017)

Gavin Jacobson is based in Hong Kong. He writes about Asian history and politics for the London Review of Books, The New Yorker, The Times Literary Supplement, and the Financial Times. (December 2017)

Laura Kipnis is a Professor in the Department of Radio, TV, and Film at Northwestern. Her books include How to Become a Scandal: Adventures in Bad Behavior and Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus.
 (December 2017)

Robert Kuttner is a co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect and a professor at Brandeis’s Heller School. His forthcoming book is Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?
 (December 2017)

Jackson Lears is Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers and Editor in Chief of Raritan. He is the author of Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877–1920, among other books.
 (December 2017)

Ruth Margalit is an Israeli writer living in New York. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine.
 (December 2017)

Pankaj Mishra lives in London and India. His books include From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia and Age of Anger: A History of the Present.
 (December 2017)

Ferdinand Mount is the former Editor of The Times Literary Supplement. His most recent book is English Voices: Lives, Landscapes, Laments.
 (December 2017)

Geoffrey O’Brien is Editor in Chief of the Library of America. His books include Sonata for Jukebox and Stolen Glimpses, Captive Shadows: Writing on Film, 2002–2012.

 (December 2017)

Jed Perl’s Calder: The Conquest of Time, the first volume of his biography of the American sculptor, has just been published.
 (October 2017)

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

James Romm is the editor and translator of How to Die: An Ancient Guide to the End of Life, a set of excerpts from Seneca’s prose works to be published in January. (December 2017)

Strobe Talbott is Distinguished Fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. He was Deputy Secretary of State from 1994 to 2001. (December 2017)

Garry Wills is the subject of a Festschrift published by Northwestern’s Garret-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Nation and World, Church and God: The Legacy of Garry Wills. His most recent book is What the Qur’an Meant: And Why It Matters. (December 2017)