The Patient Talks Back

The Two Kinds of Decay by Sarah Manguso

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor

The Thing About Life Is ThatOne Day You’ll Be Dead by David Shields

Daring and Disturbing

Louise Bourgeois an exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, June 27–September 28, 2008;the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, October 26, 2008– January 25, 2009;and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.,February 26–May 17

Destruction of the Father/Reconstruction of the Father: Writings and Interviews, 1923–1997 by Louise Bourgeois, edited by Marie-Laure Bernadac and Hans-Ulrich Obrist

Louise Bourgeois: Aller-Retour edited by Gerald Matt and Peter Weiermair

They Soared Above the Din

Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates That Defined America by Allen C. Guelzo

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates edited by Rodney O. Davis andDouglas L. Wilson

In Rough Country

Fine Just the Way It Is: Wyoming Stories 3 by Annie Proulx

Close Range: Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx

Bad Dirt: Wyoming Stories 2 by Annie Proulx

What Happened to the American Empire?

On Empire: America, War, and Global Supremacy by Eric Hobsbawm

Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance—and Why They Fall by Amy Chua

The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order by Parag Khanna

The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria

The Return of History and the End of Dreams by Robert Kagan

A New, Political Saint Paul?

What Paul Meant by Garry Wills

The Political Theology of Paul by Jacob Taubes, translated from the German by Dana Hollander

The Time That Remains: A Commentary on the Letter to the Romans by Giorgio Agamben, translated from the Italian by Patricia Dailey

Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism by Alain Badiou, translated from the French by Ray Brassier

Being and Event by Alain Badiou, translated from the French by Oliver Feltham

The Century by Alain Badiou, translated from the French with commentary and notes by Alberto Toscano

Polemics by Alain Badiou, translated from the French with an introductionby Steve Corcoran

Une querelle avec Alain Badiou, philosophe by Éric Marty

On Belief by Slavoj Zizek

The Egyptian Connection

The Lindisfarne Gospels: Society, Spirituality and the Scribe by Michelle P. Brown

Ritual and the Rood: Liturgical Images and the Old English Poems of the Dream of the Rood Tradition by Éamonn Ó Carragáin

Word and Image: An Introduction to Early Medieval Art by William J. Diebold


Anne Applebaum is a columnist for The Washington Post and a Professor of Practice at the London School of Economics’ Institute of Global Affairs. Her new book, Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine, will be published in October. (October 2017)

Julian Bell is a painter based in Lewes, England. A new, rewritten edition of his book What Is Painting? was published in October. (December 2017)

John Cassidy is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author, most recently, of How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities.
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William Dalrymple’s books include The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi 1857 and Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839–42. He is Codirector of the Jaipur Literature Festival.
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Freeman Dyson is Professor of Physics Emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

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)

Peter W. Galbraith is a former US ambassador to Croatia and assistant secretary general of the United Nations in Afghanistan. He is the author of two books on the Iraq War, The End of Iraq: How American Incompetence Created a War Without End and Unintended Consequences: How War in Iraq Strengthened America’s Enemies.

Joshua Hammer is a former Newsweek Bureau Chief and Correspondent-­at-Large in Africa and the Middle East. His latest book is The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu and Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts. Travel for his story in this issue was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. (April 2018)

Max Hastings is the author of many books on military history, including Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War and Inferno: The World at War, 1939–45. His new book, Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945–75, will be published in October. (September 2018)

Pico Iyer is a Distinguished Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. His books include The Art of Stillness and The Man Within My Head.
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Diane Johnson is a novelist and critic. She is the author of Lulu in Marrakech and Le Divorce, among other novels, and a memoir, Flyover Lives.
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Adam Kirsch is a poet and critic. His selection of Lionel Trilling’s letters, Life in Culture, will be published in September. (June 2018)

Mark Lilla is Professor of Humanities at Columbia. With New York Review Books he has published The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction (2016), The Reckless Mind: Intellectuals in Politics (2nd. ed., 2016), and, with Robert Silvers and Ronald Dworkin, The Legacy of Isaiah Berlin (2001). His other books include G.B. Vico: The Making of an Anti-Modern (1994), The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics, and the Modern West (2007), and, most recently, The Once and Future Liberal: On Political Reaction (2017). He was the 2015 Overseas Press Club of America winner of the Best Commentary on International News in Any Medium for his New York Review series “On France.” Visit

Pankaj Mishra lives in London and India. His books include From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia and Age of Anger: A History of the Present.
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John F. Murray is the author of Intensive Care: A Doctorå?s Journal. (October 2008)

James Oakes is a Distinguished Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center. His most recent book is The Scorpion’s Sting: Antislavery and the Coming of Civil War.
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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.
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Geoffrey O’Brien’s books include The Phantom ­Empire, Stolen Glimpses, Captive Shadows: Writing on Film, 2002–2012, and, most recently, the poetry collection The Blue Hill.
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Alan Ryan is the author of On Tocqueville, On Marx, and the two-volume work On Politics: A History of Political Thought from Herodotus to the Present. 
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Sanford Schwartz is the author of Christen Købke and ­William Nicholson. (November 2018)

Colm Tóibín is Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia. His latest book is the novel House of Names. (October 2018)

John Updike (1932–2009) was born in Shillington, Pennsylvania. In 1954 he began to publish in The New Yorker, where he continued to contribute short stories, poems, and criticism until his death. His major work was the set of four novels chronicling the life of Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, two of which, Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His last books were the novel The Widows of Eastwick and Due Considerations, a collection of his essays and criticism.