Contents


The Nature of Catastrophe

Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone by Richard Lloyd Parry

The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World by Michael Ignatieff

Fatal Genes

Mercies in Disguise: A Story of Hope, a Family’s Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them by Gina Kolata

Black Lives Matter

Kara Walker: Sikkema Jenkins and Co. is Compelled to present The most Astounding and Important Painting show of the fall Art Show viewing season! an exhibition at Sikkema Jenkins and Co., New York City, September 7–October 14, 2017

Contributors

John Banville’s latest novel is Mrs. Osmond. (October 2019)

Susan Dunn, the Massachusetts Professor of Humanities at ­Williams, is the author of 1940: FDR, Willkie, Lindbergh, Hitler—the Election Amid the Storm. Her latest book is A Blueprint for War: FDR and the Hundred Days that Mobilized America.
 (November 2018)

Omar G. Encarnación is professor of political studies at Bard College. His books include Democracy without Justice in Spain: The Politics of Forgetting (2014) and Out in the Periphery: Latin America’s Gay Rights Revolution (2016). (May 2019)

Kaya Genç’s most recent book is Under the Shadow: Rage and Revolution in Modern Turkey. He lives in Istanbul. (June 2018)

Mark Leonard is Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, which he cofounded in 2007. He is the author of What Does China Think? and Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century. 
(November 2017)

Tim Page is a Professor at both the Thornton School of Music and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the ­University of Southern California. He won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1997 for his writings about music in The Washington Post. (April 2019)

Tim Parks is the author of many novels, translations, and works of nonfiction, most recently Out of My Head: On the Trail of Consciousness and the novel In Extremis. (October 2019)

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

Jonathan Rauch is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a contributing editor at The Atlantic. His books include Government’s End: Why Washington Stopped Working and Political Realism: How Hacks, Machines, Big Money, and Back-Room Deals Can Strengthen American Democracy.
 (November 2017)

Marilynne Robinson is the author, most recently, of the essay collection What Are We Doing Here? and Lila, a novel.
 (July 2019)

Andrew Solomon is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University Medical Center and the President of the PEN American Center. His books include Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity and The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression. (November 2017)

Hilary Spurling’s books include Pearl Buck in China: Journey to the Good Earth and a biography of Henri Matisse. Her biography of Anthony Powell, Dancing to the Music of Time, will be published in the US next year. (November 2017)

Adam Thirlwell’s latest novel is Lurid and Cute. (June 2019)

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 was published this year.
 (December 2019)

James Walton is a writer and broadcaster. He is the editor of The Faber Book of Smoking and the author of the literary quiz books Who Killed Iago? and The Penguin Book Quiz: From the Very Hungry Caterpillar to Ulysses, which will be published in the US in January. (November 2019)

Simon Winchester is the author of The Professor and the Madman, The Man Who Loved China, and Krakatoa, among other books. His new book, The Perfectionists: A Brief History of Precision, will be published next May. (November 2017)

Jane Yeh’s third collection of poems, Discipline, will be published this March. (March 2019)