Viva Tropicália!

Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium an exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, October 1, 2016–January 2, 2017; the Art Institute of Chicago, February 19–May 7, 2017; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, July 14–October 1, 2017

Gone Fishing

Fishing: How the Sea Fed Civilization by Brian Fagan

The Doryman’s Reflection: A Fisherman’s Life by Paul Molyneaux

What Is the Critic’s Job?

Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth by A.O. Scott

This Thing We Call Literature by Arthur Krystal

Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature by Erich Auerbach, translated from the German by Willard R. Trask, with an introduction by Edward W. Said

Violence and Creativity

Small Lives by Pierre Michon, translated from the French by Jody Gladding and Elizabeth Deshays

Rimbaud the Son by Pierre Michon, translated from the French by Jody Gladding and Elizabeth Deshays

The Eleven by Pierre Michon, translated from the French by Jody Gladding and Elizabeth Deshays

Masters and Servants by Pierre Michon, translated from the French, illustrated, and with an introduction by Wyatt Mason

The Origin of the World by Pierre Michon, translated from the French and with an introduction by Wyatt Mason, afterword by Roger Shattuck

Winter Mythologies and Abbots by Pierre Michon, translated from the French by Ann Jefferson

A Gruesome Ghost Dance

Theresienstadt 1941–1945: The Face of a Coerced Community by H. G. Adler, translated from the German by Belinda Cooper, with an afterword by Jeremy Adler

Which Jane Austen?

Jane Austen at Home: A Biography by Lucy Worsley

Teenage Writings by Jane Austen, edited and with an introduction and notes by Kathryn Sutherland and Freya Johnston

The Making of Jane Austen by Devoney Looser

Jane Austen, the Secret Radical by Helena Kelly

Under a Spell

Mystical Symbolism: The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892–1897 an exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, June 30–October 4, 2017; and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, October 28, 2017–January 7, 2018

The Poet of Freakiness

Stories, Plays and Other Writings by Carson McCullers, edited by Carlos L. Dews

Complete Novels by Carson McCullers, edited by Carlos L. Dews

The Lonely Hunter: A Biography of Carson McCullers by Virginia Spencer Carr, with a foreword by Tennessee Williams

When Dissent Became Treason

America and the Great War: A Library of Congress Illustrated History by Margaret E. Wagner, with an introduction by David M. Kennedy

The Great War a three-part television series produced by Stephen Ives and Amanda Pollak for PBS’s American Experience

War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914–1918 by Michael Kazin

Spider Web: The Birth of American Anticommunism by Nick Fischer


Richard Bernstein was a foreign correspondent for The New York Times and the Beijing Bureau Chief for Time. His latest book is China 1945: Mao’s Revolution and ­America’s Fateful Choice.
 (February 2019)

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 latest book is Engines of Liberty: How Citizen Movements Succeed. (October 2020)

Ming Di is a Chinese poet based in the US. She selected and cotranslated Empty Chairs: Poems by Liu Xia.
 (September 2017)

Noah Feldman is the Felix Frankfurter Professor at Harvard Law School, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, and host of the podcast Deep Background. His most recent book is The Arab Winter: A Tragedy.
 (July 2020)

Tim Flannery’s Europe: A Natural History was ­published last year. (March 2020)

Michael Gorra’s books include Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece and The Saddest Words: William Faulkner’s Civil War, which will be published in ­August. He teaches at Smith.
 (July 2020)

Langdon Hammer is the Niel Gray Jr. Professor of English at Yale and the author of James Merrill: Life and Art. He is writing a critical biography of Elizabeth Bishop. (December 2019)

Adam Hochschild’s books include King Leopold’s Ghost, To End All Wars, and Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays, which was published last fall. He teaches at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. (December 2019)

Simon Kuper is a columnist for the Financial Times. His books include Ajax, the Dutch, the War: The Strange Tale of Soccer During Europe’s Darkest Hour and Soccer Against the Enemy: How the World’s Most Popular Sport Starts and Fuels Revolutions and Keeps Dictators in Power.
 (September 2017)

Wyatt Mason is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and a Writer in Residence at Bard, where he is a Senior Fellow of the Hannah Arendt Center. 

(July 2018)

Edward Mendelson is Lionel Trilling Professor in the Humanities at Columbia. His latest book is Early Auden, Later Auden: A Critical Biography.
 (March 2019)

Thomas Nagel is University Professor Emeritus at NYU. He is the author of The View From Nowhere, Mortal Questions, and Mind and Cosmos, among other books.
 (March 2019)

Joyce Carol Oates’s most recent book is Hazards of Time Travel. She is currently a Visiting Professor in the English Department at the University of California at Berkeley. (May 2019)

Geoffrey O’Brien’s books include The Phantom Empire and Sonata for Jukebox. His Where Did Poetry Come From? will be ­published in the spring.
(February 2020)

Fintan O’Toole is a columnist for The Irish Times and Leonard L. Milberg Lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton. His most recent book is The Politics of Pain: Postwar England and the Rise of Nationalism. (October 2020)

Leo Robson is a regular contributor to the New Statesman. (September 2017)

Larry Rohter was Rio de Janeiro Bureau Chief for The New York Times from 1997 to 2007. He is the author of three books about Brazil, most recently a biography of the explorer and statesman Candido Rondon. (April 2020)

David Salle is a painter and essayist. He will have a show of recent paintings at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris this winter.
 (January 2020)

Ruth Scurr is the author of Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution and John Aubrey: My Own Life.
 (September 2017)

Michael Tomasky is a Special Correspondent for The Daily Beast, the Editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, and a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. His book If We Can Keep It: How the Republic Collapsed, and How It Might Be Saved will be published in paperback in June. (July 2020)

Marina Warner is a Distinguished Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London, and President of the Royal Society of Literature. Her books include Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary, Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale, and Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights. A memoir of her childhood in Cairo, Inventory of a Life Mislaid, will be published next spring. (July 2020)

Jacob Weisberg is the former Editor of Slate. His most ­recent book is Ronald Reagan. (October 2018)

Edmund White has written biographies of Jean Genet, Marcel Proust, and Arthur Rimbaud. His memoir The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading will be published in June. (June 2018)

Liu Xia is a Chinese poet and artist, and the widow of Liu Xiaobo. 
She won the DJS-Poetry East West Prize in 2014. (September 2017)

Liu Xiaobo (1955–2017) was a Chinese poet, essayist, human rights activist, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. (September 2017)

Ruth Bernard Yeazell is Sterling Professor of English at Yale. Her books include Picture Titles: How and Why Western Paintings Acquired Their Names and Art of the Everyday: Dutch Painting and the Realist Novel. (September 2019)