The Ridiculous & Sublime

The New Grove Dictionary of Opera edited by Stanley Sadie

The Queen’s Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire by Wayne Koestenbaum

Lost Illusions

The Secret Ring: Freud’s Inner Circle and the Politics of Psychoanalysis by Phyllis Grosskurth

The Diary of Sigmund Freud: 1929–1939, A Record of the Final Decade translated, annotated, and with an introduction by Michael Molnar

Art and the Great Utopia

Ilya Repin and the World of Russian Art by Elizabeth Kridl Valkenier

Aleksandr M. Rodchenko/ Varvara F. Stepanova: The Future Is Our Only Goal catalog of an exhibition at the Austrian Museum for Decorative Arts, edited by Peter Noever, essays by Aleksandr N. Lavrent'yev and Angela Völker

Popova by Dmitri V. Sarabianov and Natalia L. Adaskina, translated by Marian Schwartz

The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde, 1915–1932 catalog of an exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Street Art of the Revolution: Festivals and Celebrations in Russia 1918–33 edited by Vladimir Tolstoy, edited by Irina Bibikova, edited by Catherine Cooke

Horror for Pleasure

Bram Stoker’s Dracula directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Nosferatu directed by F.W. Murnau

Dracula directed by George Melford

Vampyr directed by Carl Dreyer

Freaks directed by Tod Browning

The Black Cat directed by Edgar Ulmer

I Walked with a Zombie directed by Jacques Tourneur

Curse of the Demon directed by Jacques Tourneur

Horror of Dracula by Terence Fisher

Black Sunday directed by Mario Bava

The Haunted Palace directed by Roger Corman

The Fearless Vampire Killers directed by Roman Polanski

The Conqueror Worm directed by Michael Reeves

Daughters of Darkness directed by Harry Kümel

Ganja and Hess directed by Bill Gunn

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre directed by Tobe Hooper

Suspiria directed by Dario Argento

The Brood directed by David Cronenberg

Fear No Evil directed by Frank Laloggia

Dead Ringers directed by David Cronenberg


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

Julian Barnes’s most recent books are Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art and The Noise of Time, a novel.
 (April 2017)

Harold Bloom’s most recent books are The Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life and The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible. He teaches at Yale and is at work on a play, To You Whoever You are: A Pageant Celebrating Walt Whitman.
 (February 2012)

Elena Bonner, the widow of Andrei Sakharov, is a longtime human rights activist and the Chair of the Andrei Sakharov Foundation in Moscow. (March 2001)

Antonina W. Bouis translates works of fiction and nonfiction from the Russian, among her most recent translations are Edvard Radzinsky’s Alexander II: The Last Great Tsar and Marina Goldovskaya’s Woman with a Movie Camera.

Judith Butler is a prominent post-structuralist philosopher and has contributed to feminism, queer theory, political philosophy and ethics. She is Maxine Elliot professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.

Roberto Calasso, President and CEO of Adelphi in Milan, is the author of Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India and, most recently, Ardor. (September 2016)

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

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.

Jasper Griffin is Emeritus Professor of Classical Literature and a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. His books include Homer on Life and Death.

Alfred Kazin (1915–1998) was a writer and teacher. Among his books are On Native Grounds, a study of American literature from Howells to Faulkner, and the memoirs A Walker in the Cityand New York Jew. In 1996, he received the first Lifetime Award in Literary Criticism from the Truman Capote Literary Trust.

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.

W.S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927 and grew up in Union City, New Jersey, and in Scranton, Pennsylvania. From 1949 to 1951 he worked as a tutor in France, Portugal, and Majorca. He has since lived in many parts of the world, most recently on Maui in the Hawaiian Islands. He is the author of many books of poems, prose, and translations and has received both the Pulitzer and the Bollingen Prizes for poetry, among numerous other awards. His new poetry collection is The Moon Before Morning.

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)

Charles Rosen was a pianist and music critic. In 2011 he was awarded a National Humanities Medal.

Thomas Sheehan is Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University. (December 2001)