Contents


Divine Drudgery

The Pale King: An Unfinished Novel by David Foster Wallace

The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace

Fate, Time, and Language: An Essay on Free Will by David Foster Wallace

Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity by David Foster Wallace

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

The Secrets of the Mummies

Secrets of the Silk Road an exhibition at the Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, California, March 28–July 25, 2010; the Houston Museum of Natural Science, August 28, 2010–January 2, 2011; and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology,

Why She Fell

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark directed by Julie Taymor, with music and lyrics by Bono and The Edge, and book by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger

What If?

History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life by Jill Bialosky

The Long Goodbye by Meghan O'Rourke

Dear Marcus: Speaking to the Man Who Shot Me by Jerry McGill

Contributors

Kwame Anthony Appiah teaches philosophy at NYU. His ­latest book, The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity, is based on his 2016 BBC Reith Lectures. (May 2019)

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.
 (June 2019)

Elaine Blair is a regular contributor to The New York Review. (June 2019)

Helen Epstein is Visiting Professor of Human Rights and Global Public Health at Bard College. She is the author of Another Fine Mess: America, Uganda and the War on Terror (Columbia Global Reports 2017) and The Invisible Cure: Why We Are Losing the Fight against AIDS in Africa (Picador 2008). She has served as a consultant for numerous organizations including UNICEF, the World Bank, and Human Rights Watch.

Ian Frazier is the author of eleven books, including Great Plains, Family, On the Rez, and Hogs Wild: Selected Reporting Pieces.
 (October 2018)

Joost Hiltermann is the Middle East & North Africa Program Director of the International Crisis Group and the author of A Poisonous Affair: America, Iraq, and the Gassing of Halabja. (December 2017)

Daniel Mendelsohn is Editor-at-Large at The New York ­Review and Professor of Humanities at Bard. His new collection of essays, ­Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to Game of Thrones, will be published in October.
 (April 2019)

Lorrie Moore is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of English at Vanderbilt and the author of four story collections and three novels. Her most recent book is a collection of essays, See What Can Be Done. (August 2018)

H. Allen Orr is University Professor and Shirley Cox Kearns Professor of Biology at the University of Rochester. He is the author, with Jerry A. Coyne, of Speciation.
 (June 2016)

Nicolas Pelham is The Economist’s Middle East correspondent. His most recent book is Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East. (October 2016)

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.

Amartya Sen teaches economics and philosophy at Harvard. He was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1998. (June 2017)

Colin Thubron is a President Emeritus of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of The Lost Heart of Asia, Shadow of the Silk Road, and, most recently, Night of Fire, a novel. (July 2018)

Jenny Uglow is the author of The Lunar Men: Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World and, most recently, Mr. Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense.
 (May 2019)

Sean Wilentz is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton. His latest book is No Property in Man: ­Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding. (May 2019)

Gordon Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor Emeritus at Brown. His new book, Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, will be published in the fall.
 (May 2017)