Distrusting Economics

Passions Within Reason: The Strategic Role of the Emotions by Robert H. Frank

Trust: Making and Breaking Cooperative Relations edited by Diego Gambetta


Goldwyn: A Biography by A. Scott Berg

An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood by Neal Gabler

The Search for Sam Goldwyn: A Biography by Carol Easton

The Hollywood Studios: House Style in the Golden Age of the Movies by Ethan Mordden

Thinking Tuna Fish, Talking Death: Essays on the Pornography of Power by Robert Scheer

Inventing the Dream: California Through the Progressive Era by Kevin Starr

City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940’s by Otto Friedrich

John Ford by Andrew Sinclair

The Deer Park by Norman Mailer

Hollywood Glamor Portraits: 145 Photos of Stars, 1926-1949 edited by John Kobal

The Image Makers: Sixty Years of Hollywood Glamour text by Paul Trent, designed by Richard Lawton

Czech Mates

I Served the King of England by Bohumil Hrabal, translated by Paul Wilson

My First Loves by Ivan Klíma, translated by Ewald Osers

Catapult: A Timetable of Rail, Sea, and Air Ways to Paradise by Vladimír Páral, translated and with an introduction by William Harkins

Sins for Father Knox by Josef Skvorecky, translated by Kaca Polackova Henley

I Porni

I modi: The Sixteen Pleasures: An Erotic Album of the Italian Renaissance by Giulio Romano and Marcantonio Raimondi and Pietro Aretino and Count Jean-Frédéric-Maximilien de Waldeck, edited, translated, and with a commentary by Lynne Lawner

A Master of the Middle Ages

Medieval Civilization: 400-1500 by Jacques Le Goff, translated by Julia Barrow

The Medieval Imagination by Jacques Le Goff, translated by Arthur Goldhammer

Your Money or Your Life by Jacques Le Goff, translated by Patricia Ranum

Mozart à la Mode

Mozart, Piano Concertos No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, and No. 21 in C, K. 467 conducted by John Eliot Gardiner with Malcolm Bilson, fortepiano, and English Baroque Soloists,

Mozart, Piano Concertos No. 22 in E flat, K. 482, and No. 23 in A, K. 488 conducted by John Eliot Gardiner with Malcolm Bilson, fortepiano, and English Baroque Soloists,

Mozart, Piano Concertos No. 25 in C, K. 503, and No. 26 in D, K. 537 conducted by John Eliot Gardiner with Malcolm Bilson, fortepiano, and English Baroque Soloists,

Mozart and Schnabel, Vol. II, Piano Concerto No. 20 with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Walter Susskind

Mozart and Schnabel, Vol. II, Piano Concerto No. 21 with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent

Mozart and Schnabel, Vol. II, Sonata No. 12 in F, K. 332 with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent

Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 26 in D, K. 537, and Rondos, K. 382 and 386 with Murray Perahia, piano and, the English Chamber Orchestra.

Mozart, Piano Concertos No. 23 in A, K. 488, and No. 27 in B flat, K. 595 with Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano and, the Philharmonia Orchestra.


Robert M. Adams (1915-1996) was a founding editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature. He taught at the University of Wisconsin, Rutgers, Cornell and U.C.L.A. His scholarly interested ranged from Milton to Joyce, and his translations of many classic works of French literature continue to be read to this day.

Ian Buruma is the author of numerous books, including Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance, Year Zero: A History of 1945, and, most recently, A Tokyo Romance.

John Gregory Dunne (1932–2003) was a novelist, screenwriter and critic. His final novel is entitled Nothing Lost.

D.J. Enright (1920–2002) was a British poet, novelist and critic. He held teaching positions in Egypt, Japan, Thailand, Singapore and the United Kingdom. In 1981 Enright was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

Elizabeth Hardwick (1916–2007) was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and educated at the University of Kentucky and Columbia University. A recipient of a Gold Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she is the author of three novels, a biography of Herman Melville, and four collections of essays. She was a co-founder and advisory editor of The New York Review of Books and contributed more than one hundred reviews, articles, reflections, and letters to the magazine. NYRB Classics publishes Sleepless Nights, a novel, and Seduction and Betrayal, a study of women in literature.

Simon Head is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, and Director of Programs for the New York Review of Books Foundation. He is the author of Mindless: Why Smarter Machines Are Making Dumber Humans (2014).

Bohumil Hrabal (1914–1997) was born in Brno, Moravia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. More interested in poetry and the life of the brewery managed by his stepfather than in his studies, Hrabal eventually enrolled in the law faculty at Charles University in Prague. The Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1939 led to the closing of the universities and Hrabal did not complete his degree until 1946. Not inclined to practice law and unable to find a publisher for his poetry once the Communist Party came to power in 1948, Hrabal held a long series of odd jobs, including notary’s clerk, warehouseman, railroad worker, insurance agent, traveling salesman, foreman in a foundry, wastepaper recycling center worker, and stagehand. In 1962 he became a full-time writer, but due to government restrictions was obliged to publish much of his work in underground editions or abroad. The motion-picture adaptation of his novella Closely Watched Trains brought Hrabal international recognition, including the 1967 Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film, but only in 1976 was he “rehabilitated” by the government and permitted to publish select works. By the time of his death—he fell from a fifth-floor window in a Prague hospital, apparently trying to feed the birds—Hrabal was one of the world’s most famous Czech writers and the author of nearly fifty books. Among his other works available in English translation are The Death of Mr. Baltisberger, I Served the King of England, and Too Loud a Solitude.

Joseph Kerman is emeritus professor of music at the University of California, Berkeley. He began writing music criticism for The Hudson Review in the 1950s, and is a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books and many other journals. His books include Opera as Drama (1956; new and revised edition 1988), The Beethoven Quartets (1967), Contemplating Music (1986), Concerto Conversations (1999), and The Art of Fugue (2005).

Michael Massing, a former executive editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, is the author of Fatal Discord: Erasmus, Luther, and the Fight for the Western Mind. (February 2018)

M. F. Perutz (1914–2002) was an Austrian molecular biologist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1962. He is the author of Is Science Necessary?, Protein Structure, and I Wish I’d Made You Angry Earlier.

Alan Ryan was Warden of New College, Oxford, and Professor of Political Thought. He is the author of On Politics, which will be published in paperback in the fall.
(March 2020)

Simon Schama‘s most recent book is A History of Britain, Volume II: The Wars of the British, 1603–1776, the companion volume to his ongoing BBC/History Channel television series. (February 2002)