Life Studies

Jazz by Toni Morrison

Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination by Toni Morrison

Painting in the Dark

Magritte an exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London, May 21–August 2;. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, September 9–November 22;. The Menil Collection, Houston, December 15, 1992–February 21, 1993;. The Art Institute, Chicago, March 16–May 30, 1993

Magritte: The Silence of the World by David Sylvester

Magritte catalog of the exhibition by Sarah Whitfield

René Magritte: Catalogue Raisonné; Vol I: Oil Paintings 1916–1930 by David Sylvester and Sarah Whitfield, edited by David Sylvester

How Britain Made It

Britons: Forging the Nation 1707–1837 by Linda Colley

The London Hanged: Crime and Civil Society in the Eighteenth Century by Peter Linebaugh

The Confusion over Evolution

The Ant and the Peacock: Altruism and Sexual Selection from Darwin to Today by Helena Cronin

The Miner’s Canary by Niles Eldredge

On Methuselah’s Trail: Living Fossils and the Great Extinctions by Peter Douglas Ward


Gabriele Annan is a book and film critic living in London. (March 2006)

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.

Richard Dorment was the art critic for the Daily Telegraph between 1986 and 2015.

Clifford Geertz (1926–2006) was an anthropologist. Widely recognized as the most influential American anthropologist of the twentieth century, Geertz championed the role of symbols in the creation and interpretation of social meaning. His many books include Peddlers and Princes: Social Development and Economic Change in Two Indonesian Towns and Available Light: Anthropological Reflections on Philosophical Topics.

Stephen Jay Gould (1941–2002) was an American geologist, biologist and historian of science. He taught at Harvard, where he was named Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, and at NYU. His last book was Punctuated Equilibrium.

Robert L. Heilbroner (1919–2005) was an American economist. He taught economic history at the New School, where he was appointed Norman Thomas Professor of Economics in 1971.

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.

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)

Witold Rybczynski is the Meyerson Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania, and is the architecture critic for Slate. His book on American building, Last Harvest, was published in 2007.

Keith Thomas is an Honorary Fellow of All Souls ­College, Oxford. His latest book is In Pursuit of Civility: Manners and Civilization in Early Modern England. (January 2019)

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.