Contents


The Powers of Dr. Johnson

Samuel Johnson: A Biography by Peter Martin

Samuel Johnson: Selected Writings edited by Peter Martin

Samuel Johnson: The Struggle by Jeffrey Meyers

Samuel Johnson: A Life by David Nokes

Pixar Genius

WALL·E a film by Pixar Animation Studios

The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company by David A. Price

To Infinity and Beyond! The Story of Pixar Animation Studios by Karen Paik, based on research and interviews by Leslie Iwerks, with a foreword by John Lasseter, Steve Jobs, and Ed Catmull

The Art of Pixar Short Films by Amid Amidi, with a foreword by John Lasseter

Why Art?

Art Without Borders: A Philosophical Exploration of Art and Humanity by Ben-Ami Scharfstein

The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution by Denis Dutton

The Anarchy of Success

The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow


Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang


The Afghanistan Impasse

To Live or to Perish Forever: Two Tumultuous Years in Pakistan by Nicholas Schmidle

Seeds of Terror: How Heroin Is Bankrolling the Taliban and al Qaeda by Gretchen Peters

Contributors

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays, including the 2000 Booker Prize–winning The Blind Assassin; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize and the Premio Mondello; The Robber Bride, Cat’s Eye, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Penelopiad. Her latest work is a book of short stories called Stone Mattress: Nine Tales (2014). Her newest novel, Madd­Addam (2013) is the third in a trilogy comprising The Year of the Flood (2009) and the Giller and Booker Prize–nominated Oryx and Crake (2003). Atwood lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson.

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)

Madison Smartt Bell is Professor of English and Director of the Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College. His new book, DevilA?s Dream: A Novel About Nathan Bedford Forrest, is forthcoming in November. (October 2009)

Christopher Benfey is Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke. He is the author of Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay: Reflections on Art, Family, and Survival.
 (August 2018)

Christian Caryl is the Editor of the DemocracyPost blog at The Washington Post and the author of Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the Twenty-first Century. (November 2017)

David Cole is the National Legal Director of the ACLU and the Honorable George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at the Georgetown University Law Center. His most recent book is Engines of Liberty: How Citizen Movements Succeed. 
(September 2018)

William Easterly is Professor of Economics at NYU and the author of The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor.
 (November 2016)

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)

Andrew O’Hagan is the author, most recently, of The Secret Life: Three True Stories of the Digital Age and the novel The Illuminations. (April 2018)

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)

Ahmed Rashid is the author of Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan and several books on Afghanistan and Central Asia, including The Resurgence of Central Asia, Islam or Nationalism. He lives in Lahore. (September 2018)

Malise Ruthven’s books include Islam in the World and Fundamentalism: The Search for Meaning. He recently edited Carving Up the Globe: An Atlas of Diplomacy, to be published in June.
 (June 2018)

Frederick Seidel’s new book of poems, Peaches Goes It Alone, will be published in November. (November 2018)

Jeremy Waldron is University Professor at the NYU School of Law. His books include The Harm in Hate Speech and, most recently, One Another’s Equals: The Basis of Human Equality.
 (June 2017)

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)