Contents


The Mountain Hedonist

The Practice of the Wild

Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems

Myths and Texts

Turtle Island

Axe Handles

Earth House Hold

The Old Ways

He Who Hunted Birds in His Father’s Village: The Dimensions of a Haida Myth

The Real Work: Interviews and Talks edited by Scott McLean

Passage Through India

Mystery Man

The Man Who Changed The World: The Lives of Mikhail S. Gorbachev by Gail Sheehy

The New Russians by Hedrick Smith

Did It Flow?

Hourglass by Danilo Kiš, translated by Ralph Manheim

Mendelssohn Is On The Roof by Jirí Weil, translated by Marie Winn

The Miracle Game by Josef Skvorecky, translated by Paul Wilson

Contributors

John Ashbery’s new book of poems, Commotion of the Birds, will be published in November. (August 2016)

John Bayley is a critic and novelist. His books include Elegy for Iris and The Power of Delight: A Lifetime in Literature.

Jeremy Bernstein is a theoretical physicist and the author, most recently, of A Bouquet of Numbers and Other Scientific Offerings, a collection of essays.
 (December 2016).

David Bromwich is Sterling Professor of English at Yale. His recent books include The Intellectual Life of Edmund Burke and Moral Imagination, a collection of essays.
 (November 2018)

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)

Jamey Gambrell is a writer on Russian art and culture. She has translated works by Marina Tsvetaeva and Tatyana Tolstaya, in addition to Vladimir Sorokin’s three-volume Ice Trilogy and his Day of the ­Oprichnik. Her translation of Sorokin’s novel The Blizzard will be published in December 2015.


Bill McKibben is the founder of 350.org, the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury, and the author, most recently, of Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist. (February 2017)

Louis Menand is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English at Harvard. His books include The Marketplace of Ideas, American Studies and The Metaphysical Club.

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.

Oliver Sacks (1933–2015) was a physician and the author of over ten books, the most recent of which is On the Move: A Life.

Xan Smiley, a former correspondent in Moscow and Washington, has been the Political Editor, the Europe Editor, and until 
recently the Middle East and Africa Editor of The Economist.
 (December 2014)

Tatyana Tolstaya was born in Leningrad in 1951 to an aristocratic family that includes the writers Leo and Alexei Tolstoy. After completing a degree in classics at Leningrad State University, Tolstaya worked for several years at a Moscow publishing house. In the mid-1980s, she began publishing short stories in literary magazines and her first story collection established her as one of the foremost writers of the Gorbachev era. She spent much of the late Eighties and Nineties living in the United States and teaching at several universities. Known for her acerbic essays on contemporary Russian life, Tolstaya has also been the co-host of the Russian cultural interview television program School for Scandal. Both her novel, The Slynx and her collection of stories, White Walls, are published by NYRB Classics.