The Genius of George Inness

Like Breath on Glass: Whistler, Inness, and the Artof Painting Softly an exhibition at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute,Williamstown, Massachusetts,June 22–October 19, 2008.

George Inness: A Catalogue Raisonné by Michael Quick

George Inness: Writings and Reflections onArt and Philosophy edited by Adrienne Baxter Bell

George Inness and the Science of Landscape by Rachael Ziady DeLue

Obama: The Price of Being Black

Restoring the Right to Vote by Erika Wood

Crawford v. Marion County [Indiana] Election Board US Supreme Court, April 28, 2008

Florida State Conference of the NAACP v. Browning US Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, April 3, 2008

‘The Knife by the Handle at Last’

Alfred and Emily by Doris Lessing by Doris Lessing

Apples and Oranges: My Brother and Me, Lost and Found by Marie Brenner

House Rules by Rachel Sontag

Thrumpton Hall: A Memoir of Life in My Father’s House by Miranda Seymour

The Sum of Our Days by Isabel Allende, translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden

Official American Sadism

Guantanamo: Beyond the Law a series of five articles by Tom Lasseter

The Challenge: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and the Fight over Presidential Power by Jonathan Mahler

Broken Laws, Broken Lives: Medical Evidence of Torture by US Personnel and Its Impact a report by Physicians for Human Rights, with a preface byMajor General Antonio M. Taguba

A Summer of Madness

Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg

Wisdom, Madness and Folly: The Philosophy of a Lunatic by John Custance

Manic-Depressive Illness: Bipolar Disorders and Recurrent Depression by Frederick K. Goodwin and Kay Redfield Jamison

An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness by Kay Redfield Jamison

Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament by Kay Redfield Jamison

The Seduction of Madness: Revolutionary Insightsinto the World of Psychosis and a Compassionate Approach to Recovery at Home by Edward M. Podvoll

Lectures on Clinical Psychiatry by Emil Kraepelin

Manic-Depressive Insanity and Paranoia by Emil Kraepelin

The Woman in White

A Summer of Hummingbirds: Love, Art, and Scandalin the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade by Christopher Benfey

White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson by Brenda Wineapple

Night Comes to the Appalachians

Coal River by Michael Shnayerson

The Scotia Widows:Inside Their LawsuitAgainst Big Daddy Coal by Gerald M. Stern

Monongah: The Tragic Story of the Worst Industrial Accident in US History by Davitt McAteer


G.W. Bowersock is Professor Emeritus of Ancient ­History at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His latest book is The Crucible of Islam.
 (November 2019)

Andrew Butterfield is President of Andrew Butterfield Fine Arts. He is the author of The Sculptures of Andrea del Verrocchio, among other books.
 (January 2018)

Mahmoud Darwish, a widely admired Palestinian poet, was the author of more than thirty books of poetry and prose. He died in August, at age sixty-seven. (September 2008)

Freeman Dyson is Professor of Physics Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. (January 2020)

George Friedman is Founder and CEO of Stratfor, a private intelligence company publishing geopolitical and security analysis at He is author of America’s Secret War. His new book, The Next Hundred Years, will be published in January 2009. (September 2008)

Andrew Hacker teaches political science at Queens College. He is currently working on a book about the Republican Party. (September 2018)

Alan Hollinghurst’s most recent novel, The Sparsholt Affair, was published in 2017. (November 2019)

Pico Iyer is a Distinguished Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. His books include The Art of Stillness and The Man Within My Head.
 (June 2017)

Fady Joudah is a Palestinian-American poet and doctor who lives in Houston. (September 2008)

Michael Kimmelman is a longtime critic for The New York Times. A version of his essay in this issue will appear in the collection City Squares: Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares Around the World, edited by Catie Marron and published in April by Harper.
 (April 2016)

Anthony Lewis, a former columnist for The New York Times, has twice won the Pulitzer Prize. His latest book is Freedom for the Thought That We Hate: A Biography of the First Amendment.

Jeff Madrick is the Director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative at the Century Foundation and the Editor of Challenge. His most recent book is Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Economists Damaged America and the World. (June 2018)

Edward Mendelson is Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities at Columbia. His latest book is Early Auden, Later Auden: A Critical Biography.
 (March 2019)

Adam Michnik is Editor in Chief of the Warsaw daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. His newest book is The Trouble With History: Morality, Revolution, and Counterrevolution.

William D. Nordhaus is Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale. He has written extensively on economic growth, including studies of the economic impacts of lighting, computation, and improved health. (August 2016)

Joyce Carol Oates’s most recent book is Hazards of Time Travel. She is currently a Visiting Professor in the English Department at the University of California at Berkeley. (May 2019)

Tim Parks is the author of many novels, translations, and works of nonfiction, most recently Out of My Head: On the Trail of Consciousness and the novel In Extremis.
 (March 2020)

Jonathan Raban’s books include Surveillance, My Holy War, Arabia, Old Glory, Hunting Mister Heartbreak, Bad Land, Passage to Juneau, and Waxwings. His most recent book is Driving Home: An American Journey, published in 2011. He is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Heinemann Award of the Royal Society of Literature, the PEN/West Creative Nonfiction Award, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award, and the Governor’s Award of the State of Washington. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, and The Independent. He lives in Seattle.

Oliver Sacks (1933–2015) was a physician and the author of over ten books, the most recent of which is On the Move: A Life.

George Soros is chairman of Soros Fund Management LLC and the Open Society Foundations. (November 2016)

Michael Tomasky is a Special Correspondent for The Daily Beast, the Editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. His book If We Can Keep It: How the Republic Collapsed, and How It Might Be Saved will be published in paperback in June. (July 2020)

Steven Weinberg teaches at the University of Texas, Austin. He has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics and the National Medal of Science. His latest book is To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science. His essay in this issue is based on the fourth annual Patrusky Lecture of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, delivered in San Antonio in October 2016. (January 2017)