The Unexamined Life

Mapplethorpe edited and designed by Mark Holborn and Dimitri Levas, essay by Arthur C. Danto

Altars by Robert Mapplethorpe, essay by Edmund White

Mapplethorpe: A Biography by Patricia Morrisroe

Mapplethorpe: Assault with a Deadly Camera by Jack Fritscher Ph.D.

Playing with the Edge: The Photographic Achievement of Robert Mapplethorpe by Arthur C. Danto

The Mystery of Consciousness: Part II

The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the Soul by Francis Crick

Consciousness Explained by Daniel C. Dennett

The Remembered Present: A Biological Theory of Consciousness by Gerald M. Edelman

Bright Air, Brilliant Fire: On the Matter of the Mind by Gerald M. Edelman

Shadows of the Mind: A Search for the Missing Science of Consciousness by Roger Penrose

The Strange, Familiar and Forgotten: An Anatomy of Consciousness by Israel Rosenfield


Joan Acocella is a staff writer for The New Yorker. Her most recent book is Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints. She is writing a ­biography of Mikhail Baryshnikov. (May 2018)

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).

Misha Glenny is the author of The Balkans: Nationalism, War, and the Great Powers, 1804–1999. (July 2003)

Anthony Grafton is Henry Putnam University Professor of History and the Humanities at Princeton University. His most recent book is The Culture of Correction in Renaissance Europe.

Frank Kermode (1919–2010) was a British critic and literary theorist. Born on the Isle of Man, he taught at University College London, Cambridge, Columbia and Harvard. Adapted from a series of lectures given at Bryn Mawr College, Kermode’s Sense of An Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction remains one of the most influential works of twentieth-century literary criticism.

Joyce Carol Oates is the author most recently of the story collection Night-Gaunts. She is currently Distinguished Writer-in-Residence in the Graduate Writing Program at NYU.
 (October 2018)

Luc Sante teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard. His latest book is The Other Paris.
 (October 2018)

John R. Searle is the Slusser Professor of Philosophy at 
the University of California, Berkeley. His most recent book is ­Making the Social World.
 (October 2014)

Garry Wills, whose most recent book is What the Qur’an Meant: And Why It Matters, is the 2018 commencement speaker at Zaytuna College, the first accredited Muslim campus in America. (June 2018)