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Contributors

Sarah Birke is the Tokyo bureau chief for The Economist. Before that, she was the magazine’s Middle East bureau chief. She has lived in various countries, including Syria and, currently, Japan.

Christian Caryl is an editor at the Opinions section of The Washington Post and the author of Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the Twenty-First Century. (March 2020)

Mark Danner is Chancellor’s Professor of English and Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley and James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard. His most recent book is Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War. His work can be found at www
.markdanner.com.
 (March 2017)

Hugh Eakin is the Gilder Lehrman Fellow in American History at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. (November 2017)

Martin Filler’s article “The Dark Lady of High Tech,” which appeared in The New York Times Magazine (January 27, 1980), was one of the first critical reappraisals of Eileen Gray’s career to appear in the popular press after her death. (September 2020)

Jonathan Galassi’s most recent books are Muse, a novel, and Left-Handed, a volume of poems. (May 2017)

Michael Greenberg is the author of Hurry Down Sunshine and Beg, Borrow, and Steal: A Writer’s Life.
 (May 2020)

Zoë Heller is the author of Everything You Know, Notes on a Scandal, and The Believers. (August 2017)

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)

Hermione Lee was President of Wolfson College, Oxford, from 2008 until 2017. Her most recent book is a biography of Penelope Fitzgerald. Her biography of Tom Stoppard will be published in the UK this fall and in the US next spring.
 (October 2020)

Marilynne Robinson is the author, most recently, of the essay collection What Are We Doing Here? A novel, Jack, will be published this fall.
 (June 2020)

Kenneth Roth is the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch. (March 2017)

Cathleen Schine’s novel The Grammarians was published in September. (January 2020)

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

Helen Vendler is the Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor Emerita in the Department of English at Harvard. Her latest book is The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar, a collection of essays. (December 2019)

Christopher de Bellaigue’s latest book is The ­Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and ­Reason, 1798 to Modern Times. (June 2020)