Crying for Attention

Ordinary People by Judith Guest

The 400 Eels of Sigmund Freud by A.G. Mojtabai

The Comatose Kids by Seymour Simckes

The Geek by Craig Nova

Gifts to Greeks

The Greek Adventure: Lord Byron and Other Eccentrics in the War of Independence by David Howarth

Byron’s Greece by Elizabeth Longford, photographs by Jorge Lewinski

Short Reviews

A New Life of Anton Chekhov by Ronald Hingley

The Lives of Roger Casement by B. L. Reid

Penguins: Past and Present, Here and There by George Gaylord Simpson

The Year the Big Apple Went Bust by Fred Ferretti

The Search for J.F.K. by Joan Blair and Clay Blair Jr.


Robert Craft is a conductor and writer. Craft’s close working friendship with Igor Stravinsky is the subject of his memoir, An Improbable Life. In 2002 he was awarded the International Prix du Disque at the Cannes Music Festival.

Murray Kempton (1917-1997) was a columnist for Newsday, as well as a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books. His books include Rebellions, Perversities, and Main Events and The Briar Patch, as well as Part of Our Time. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985.

V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932 and emigrated to England in 1950, when he won a scholarship to University College, Oxford. He is the author of many novels, including A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, and In a Free State, which won the Booker Prize. He has also written several nonfiction works based on his travels, including India: A Million Mutinies Now and Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples. He was knighted in 1990 and in 1993 was the first recipient of the David Cohen British Literature Prize.

H. R. Trevor-Roper (1914–2003) was a British historian and the author of The Last Days of Hitler. He taught at Oxford, where he was the Regius Professor Modern History.

Garry Wills, a journalist and historian, is the author of numerous books, including Nixon Agonistes (1970), Inventing America (1978), Explaining America: The Federalist (1981), and Lincoln at Gettysburg (1993), which won a Pulitzer Prize that year. His most recent book is What the Qur’an Meant: And Why It Matters (2017). (November 2019)

Michael Wood is Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Princeton. His most recent book is On Empson.

Nicholas von Hoffman is a columnist for The Huffington Post.