Contents


What Makes Dogs Dogs

What’s a Dog For? The Surprising History, Science, Philosophy, and Politics of Man’s Best Friend by John Homans

The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout by Jill Abramson


Contributors

István Deák is Seth Low Professor Emeritus at Columbia. He is the author, with Jan Gross and Tony Judt, of The Politics of Retribution in Europe: World War II and Its Aftermath.

Elizabeth Drew is the author of fourteen books, including Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Downfall, which was expanded and reissued in 2014.

Helen Epstein teaches at Bard and is the author, most recently, of Another Fine Mess: America, Uganda, and the War on Terror. (June 2018)

Sue Halpern is a regular contributor to The New York Review and a Scholar-in-Residence at Middlebury. Her latest book, the novel Summer Hours at the Robbers Library, will be published in February.
 (January 2018)

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)

Walter Kaiser was formerly Director of Villa I Tatti, the ­Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence. (October 2015)

Bill Keller is an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, of which he is a former executive editor. He was the Times bureau chief in Johannesburg from 1992 to 1995.
 (March 2013)

Nick Laird’s fourth collection of poetry, Feel Free, will be published this summer. His latest book is a novel, Modern Gods. (May 2018)


Colin McGinn is a philosopher. His books include Philosophy of ­Language: The Classics Explained and Prehension: The Hand and the ­Emergence of Humanity. (June 2016)

W.S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927 and grew up in Union City, New Jersey, and in Scranton, Pennsylvania. From 1949 to 1951 he worked as a tutor in France, Portugal, and Majorca. He has since lived in many parts of the world, most recently on Maui in the Hawaiian Islands. He is the author of many books of poems, prose, and translations and has received both the Pulitzer and the Bollingen Prizes for poetry, among numerous other awards. His new poetry collection is The Moon Before Morning.

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)

Darryl Pinckney’s most recent book is a novel, Black Deutschland. (June 2018)

Luc Sante teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard. His latest book is The Other Paris. (October 2017)

Timothy Snyder is the Levin Professor of History at Yale. His new book, The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, ­America, will be published in April.
 (April 2018)

Jonathan Spence is Professor of History Emeritus at Yale. Among his books are The Death of Woman Wang, Treason by the Book, The Question of Hu, and The Search for Modern China.

Sean Wilentz is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton and the author of The Politicians and the Egalitarians: The Hidden History of American Politics. 
(February 2018)

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)