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 new novel, Mrs. Osmond, will be published in November. (November 2017)

Susan Dunn, the Massachusetts Professor of Humanities at Williams, is the author of Dominion of Memories: Jefferson, Madison and the Decline of Virginia and Jefferson’s Second Revolution. Her new book, A Blueprint for War: FDR’s Hundred Days That Mobilized America, will be published next spring.
 (November 2017)

Omar G. Encarnación directs the Political Studies Program at Bard. His books include Out in the Periphery: Latin America’s Gay Rights Revolution and Democracy without Justice in Spain: The Politics of Forgetting. (November 2017)

Kaya Genç’s most recent book is Under the Shadow: Rage and Revolution in Modern Turkey. He lives in Istanbul. (November 2017)

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.
 (November 2017)

Tim Parks is the author of many novels, translations, and works of nonfiction, most recently Life and Work: Writers, Readers, and the Conversations Between Them and the novel In Extremis. (November 2017)

Darryl Pinckney’s most recent book is a novel, Black Deutschland. (November 2017)

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 Lila, a novel, and The Givenness of Things: Essays. Her essay in this issue is drawn from her new book, What Are We Doing Here?, which will be published in February by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. (November 2017)

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 most recent novel is Lurid and Cute. (November 2017)

Michael Tomasky is a Special Correspondent for The Daily Beast and the Editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. (November 2017)

James Walton is a writer and broadcaster. He is the editor of The Faber Book of Smoking and the author of the literary quiz book Who Killed Iago?
 (November 2017)

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 has published two collections of poetry, The Ninjas and Marabou. She is a lecturer in creative writing at the Open University in England. (November 2017)