Apocalypse Now?

The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life by Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray

A Kinder, Gentler Perversity

Ed Wood directed by Tim Burton. Touchstone Pictures

The Violent Years

Jail Bait

Plan 9 from Outer Space

Night of the Ghouls

Bride of the Monster

Glen or Glenda (I Changed My Sex)

Ed Wood: Look Back in Angora directed by Ted Newsom

Unmasking the Monster

The Private Life of Chairman Mao: The Memoirs of Mao’s Personal Physician, Dr. Li Zhisui translated by Tai Hung-chao, with the editorial assistance of Anne F. Thurston, foreword by Andrew J. Nathan


The Master of Petersburg by J.M. Coetzee

Doubling the Point: Essays and Interviews by J. M. Coetzee, edited by David Attwell

Demons by Fyodor Dostoevsky, translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


The Rape of Europa: The Fate of Europe’s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War by Lynn H. Nicholas

The Spoils of World War II: The American Military’s Role in the Stealing of Europe’s Treasures by Kenneth D. Alford

The New Painting

Origins of Impressionism 27, 1994-January 8, 1995 an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, September

Origins of Impressionism catalog of the exhibition by Gary Tinterow and Henri Loyrette

The Revenge of the Repressed

Unchained Memories: True Stories of Traumatic Memories, Lost and Found by Lenore Terr

The Myth of Repressed Memory: False Memories and Allegations of Sexual Abuse by Elizabeth Loftus and Katherine Ketcham

Remembering Satan by Lawrence Wright

The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (3rd edition) by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis

Making Monsters: False Memories, Psychotherapy, and Sexual Hysteria by Richard Ofshe and Ethan Watters

Victims of Memory: Incest Accusations and Shattered Lives by Mark Pendergrast


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.

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

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

Raymond Carr was Warden of St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and has written extensively on modern Spanish history.

Gordon A. Craig (1913–2005) was a Scottish-American historian of Germany. He taught at both Princeton and Stanford, where he was named the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor of Humanities in 1979.

Frederick C. Crews’s new book, Freud: The Making of an Illusion, will be published in the fall.
 (February 2017)

Jack Flam is Distinguished Professor of Art History at Brooklyn College and at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His new book, Matisse and Picasso: The Story of Their Rivalry and Friendship, has just been published. (March 2003)

Ryszard Kapuscinski lives in Warsaw. The essay in this issue appears in The Shadow of the Sun, which is being published this month by Knopf. (April 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.

Sarah Kerr, a longtime contributor to The New York Review, lives near Washington, D.C. (November 2014)

Jonathan Mirsky is a historian of China. He was formerly the East Asia Editor of The Times of London and China Correspondent for The Observer.
 (December 2016)

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)

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)