‘How to Leave a House of Slavery’

Solidarity, Solitude by Adam Zagajewski, translated by Lillian Vallee

Between East and West: Writings from ‘Kultura’ edited by Robert Kostrzewa

The Soccer War by Ryszard Kapuscinski, translated by William Brand

The Return of Film Noir!

The Seventh Victim directed by Mark Robson

The Dark Mirror directed by Robert Siodmak

Desperate directed by Anthony Mann

The Street With No Name directed by William Keighley

Road House directed by Jean Negulesco

Follow Me Quietly directed by Richard Fleischer

Caught directed by Max Ophuls

Gun Crazy directed by Joseph H. Lewis

Panic in the Streets directed by Elia Kazan

The Underworld Story directed by Cyril Endfield

Try and Get Me directed by Cyril Endfield

The Narrow Margin directed by Richard Fleischer

On Dangerous Ground directed by Nicholas Ray

Pickup on South Street directed by Samuel Fuller

Human Desire directed by Fritz Lang

Kiss Me Deadly directed by Robert Aldrich

Critics at the Top

Selected Writings 1950-1990 by Irving Howe

Minor Prophecies: The Literary Essay in the Culture Wars by Geoffrey H. Hartman

The Uses of Error by Frank Kermode

Versions of Pygmalion by J. Hillis Miller

A Little Mozart Tour

Mozart: ‘Prodigy of Nature’ an exhibition at The Pierpont Morgan Library May 8–August 4, 1991

Zaubertöne, Mozart in Wien 1781–1791 1990–September 15, 1991 an exhibition at the Künstlerhaus, Vienna December 6,


Neal Ascherson is the author of Black Sea, Stone Voices: The Search for Scotland and the novel Death of the Fronsac. He is an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
 (December 2019)

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

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.

Denis Donoghue is Emeritus University Professor of English and American Letters at NYU. (April 2016)

Ronald Dworkin (1931–2013) was Professor of Philosophy and Frank Henry Sommer Professor of Law at NYU. His books include Is Democracy Possible Here?, Justice in Robes, Freedom’s Law, and Justice for Hedgehogs. He was the 2007 winner of the Ludvig Holberg International Memorial Prize for “his pioneering scholarly work” of “worldwide impact” and he was recently awarded the Balzan Prize for his “fundamental contributions to Jurisprudence.”

Thomas R. Edwards (1928–2005) was Professor of English at Rutgers and editor of Raritan. His last book was Over Here: Criticizing America.

Václav Havel (1936–2011) was the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic. Havel was one of the six signers of the statement “Tibet: The Peace of the Graveyard.”

Patrice Higonnet teaches French history at Harvard. His latest book is Goodness Beyond Virtue: Jacobins During the French Revolution. (July 2001)

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.

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)

Conor Cruise O’Brien (1917–2009) was an Irish historian and politician. He was elected to the Irish parliament in 1969 and served as a Minister from 1973 until 1977. His works include States of Ireland, The Great Melody and Memoir: My Life and Themes.

Geoffrey O’Brien’s books include The Phantom Empire and Sonata for Jukebox. His Where Did Poetry Come From? will be ­published in the spring.
(February 2020)

Peter Singer is the Ira W. Decamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne. His books include Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, The Most Good You Can Do, and, most recently, Famine, Affluence, and Morality. (May 2016)

Patricia Storace is the author of Heredity, a volume of poems, Dinner with Persephone, a travel memoir about Greece, and Sugar Cane, a children’s book. She is the author most recently of the novel A Book of Heaven.

 (December 2018)

Gore Vidal (1925–2012) was an American novelist, essayist, and playwright. His many works include the memoirs Point to Point Navigation and Palimpsest, the novels The City and the Pillar, Myra Breckinridge, and Lincoln, and the collection United States: Essays 1952–1992.

Paul Wilson’s translation of Bohumil Hrabal’s early stories, Mr. Kafka and Other Tales from the Time of the Cult, is published this month. (November 2015)