Learning from Las Vegas

The Luck Business: The Devastating Consequences and Broken Promises of America’s Gambling Explosion by Robert Goodman

The Black Book and the Mob: The Untold Story of the Control of Nevada’s Casinos by Ronald A. Farrell and Carole Case

Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas by Nicholas Pileggi

Casino a film directed by Martin Scorsese, screenplay by Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorsese

Running Scared: The Life and Treacherous Times of Las Vegas Casino King Steve Wynn by John L. Smith

Vermeer’s Mystery Theater

Johannes Vermeer 12, 1995-February 11, 1996 an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, November

Johannes Vermeer Hague/ Yale University Press catalog of the exhibition edited by Arthur K. Jr. Wheelock

Melting into Air

The Island of the Day Before by Umberto Eco, translated from Italian by William Weaver

Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel García Márquez, translated from Spanish by Edith Grossman

Under Cézanne’s Spell

Cézanne an exhibition at the Grand Palais, Paris, September 25, 1995
January 7, 1996; Tate Gallery, London, February 8
April 28, 1996; Philadelphia Museum of Art, May 30
August 18, 1996, Catalog of the exhibition by Françoise Cachin and Joseph J. R

Cézanne: A Biography by John Rewald

Paul Cézanne: The Bathers by Mary Louise Krumrine

Lost Earth: A Life of Cézanne by Philip Callow

Cézanne by Richard Verdi

Cézanne by Philippe Dagen

Le Paradis de Cézanne by Philippe Sollers


Berlin-Moscow 1900-1950 1995-January 7, 1996; and the Pushkin Museum, Moscow, March 1-July 1, 1996 An exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, September 3,, Catalog of the exhibition by Irina Antonova and Jörn Merkert

Art and Power: Europe Under the Dictators 1930-45 1995-January 21, 1996, continuing on to Barcelona, February 26-May 6, 1996, and Berlin, June 7-August 20, 1996 An exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London, October 26,, Catalog of the exhibition by Dawn Ades and Tim Benton and David Elliott and Iain Boyd Whyte

Von Allen Seiten Schön [Beautiful from All Sides] Museum, Berlin, October 31, 1995-January 28, 1996 An exhibition of Renaissance and Baroque bronzes at the Altes, Catalog of the exhibition edited by Volker Krahn


Al Alvarez is the author of Risky Business, a selection of essays, many of which first appeared in The New York Review of Books.

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

David Cannadine is the Dodge Professor of History at Princeton.

Rosemary Dinnage’s books include The Ruffian on the Stair, One to One: Experiences of Psychotherapy, and Annie Besant.

Amos Elon (1926–2009) was an Israeli journalist. His final book was The Pity of It All: A Portrait of Jews In Germany 1743 – 1933.

James Fenton is a British poet and literary critic. From 1994 until 1999, he was Oxford Professor of Poetry; in 2015 he was awarded the PEN Pinter Prize. He is the author of School of Genius: A History of the Royal Academy of Arts and, most recently, Yellow Tulips: Poems, 1968–2011. (May 2020)

Timothy Garton Ash is Professor of European Studies and Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford. A new edition of his book The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of ’89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague will be published this fall.
 (October 2019)

William H. Gass (1924–2017) was an essayist, novelist, and literary critic. He grew up in Ohio and taught philosophy at Washington University. Among his books are six works of fiction and nine books of essays, including Tests of Time (2002), A Temple of Texts (2006), and Life Sentences (2012).

John Golding (1929–2012) was a British painter and art historian. He taught at the Courtauld Institute and the Royal College of Art. Among his many books was Cubism: A History and an Analysis, which refuted the notion that Cubism represented a break with the realist tradition. Golding also curated exhibitions on both sides of the Atlantic, including Picasso: Painter/Sculpter and Matisse Picasso.

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.

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)

Roger Shattuck (1923–2005) was an American writer and scholar of French culture. He taught at Harvard, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Virginia, and Boston University, where he was named University Professor. His books includeForbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography.

John Terborgh, who has worked in the Peruvian Amazon since 1973, is Research Professor in the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke and Director of its Center for Tropical Conservation. His latest book, co-edited with James A. Estes, is Trophic Cascades: Predators, Prey, and the Changing Dynamics of Nature.
 (April 2012)