Contents


Objectifying Male Birds

One Hot Summer: Dickens, Darwin, Disraeli, and the Great Stink of 1858 by Rosemary Ashton

The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World—and Us by Richard O. Prum

Donald Trump’s Brains

The Political Theory of the American Founding: Natural Rights, Public Policy, and the Moral Conditions of Freedom by Thomas G. West

American Greatness: How Conservatism Inc. Missed the 2016 Election and What the D.C. Establishment Needs to Learn by Chris Buskirk and Seth Leibsohn

Billionaire at the Barricades: The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump by Laura Ingraham

How the Right Lost Its Mind by Charles J. Sykes

The Spirit of Liberty: At Home, In the World by Thomas O. Melia and Peter Wehner

Out of Control

Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds by Mary Shelley, edited by David H. Guston, Ed Finn, and Jason Scott Robert

The New Annotated Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, edited and with a foreword and notes by Leslie S. Klinger

Dinner from Hell

The Exterminating Angel an opera by Thomas Adès, with a libretto by Tom Cairns and Thomas Adès based on a screenplay by Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza, directed by Tom Cairns

The Art of Pleasure

Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party an exhibition at the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., October 7, 2017–January 7, 2018

Renoir: An Intimate Biography by Barbara Ehrlich White

A Stoic in Nero’s Court

The Cambridge Companion to Seneca edited by Shadi Bartsch and Alessandro Schiesaro

Seneca: The Complete Tragedies, Volume 1 edited by Shadi Bartsch; translated from the Latin by Shadi Bartsch, Susanna Braund, Alex Dressler, and Elaine Fantham

Seneca: The Complete Tragedies, Volume 2 edited by Shadi Bartsch; translated from the Latin by Shadi Bartsch, Susanna Braund, and David Konstan

Positive Thinking

Exact Thinking in Demented Times: The Vienna Circle and the Epic Quest for the Foundations of Science by Karl Sigmund

More Light!

David Hockney an exhibition at Tate Britain, London, February 9–May 29, 2017; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, June 19–October 23, 2017; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, November 20, 2017–February 25, 2018

A History of Pictures: From the Cave to the Computer Screen by David Hockney and Martin Gayford

Contributors

Julian Bell is a painter based in Lewes, England. A new, rewritten edition of his book What Is Painting? was published in October. (December 2017)

Christopher Carroll is a former member of The New York Review’s editorial staff. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Lapham’s Quarterly, and Tin House. (December 2017)

J.M. Coetzee is Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide. He is the author of sixteen works of fiction, as well as numerous works of criticism and translation. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003. His story in this issue is adapted from Moral Tales, a forthcoming collection. (December 2017)

Tim Flannery’s books include Chasing Kangaroos: A Continent, a Scientist, and a Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Creature and Atmosphere of Hope: Searching for Solutions to the Climate Crisis.
 (August 2018)

Eric Foner is the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. His books include The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery and Battles for Freedom: The Use and Abuse of American History.
 (December 2017)

Ian Frazier is the author of eleven books, including Great Plains, Family, On the Rez, and Hogs Wild: Selected Reporting Pieces.
 (October 2018)

Jacob Heilbrunn is Editor of The National Interest and the author of They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons. (December 2017)

Joost Hiltermann is the Middle East & North Africa Program Director of the International Crisis Group and the author of A Poisonous Affair: America, Iraq, and the Gassing of Halabja. (December 2017)

Eva Hoffman is the author of Shtetl: The Life and Death of a Small Town and the World of Polish Jews and Exit into History: A Journey Through the New Eastern Europe, among other books. She is currently a visiting professor at the European Institute at University College London. (March 2018)

Richard Holmes is the author of Shelley, Footsteps, Coleridge, The Age of Wonder, and, most recently, This Long Pursuit.
 (May 2018)

Jim Holt’s latest book is When Einstein Walked with Gödel. (July 2018)

Jennifer Homans is the author of Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet. She is the Founder and Director of the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, where she is also a Distinguished Scholar. She is working on a biography of George Balanchine. 
(December 2017)

Gavin Jacobson is based in Hong Kong. He writes about Asian history and politics for the London Review of Books, The New Yorker, The Times Literary Supplement, and the Financial Times. (December 2017)

Laura Kipnis is a Professor in the Department of Radio, TV, and Film at Northwestern. Her books include Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation and Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus. (June 2018)

Robert Kuttner is a co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect and a professor at Brandeis’s Heller School. His forthcoming book is Can Democracy Survive Global Capitalism?
 (December 2017)

Jackson Lears is Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers, Editor in Chief of Raritan, and the author of Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877–1920, among other books. (September 2018)

Ruth Margalit is an Israeli writer living in New York. Her essays have appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine.
 (July 2018)

Pankaj Mishra lives in London and India. His books include From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia and Age of Anger: A History of the Present.
 (December 2017)

Ferdinand Mount is the former Editor of The Times Literary Supplement. His new book, Prime Movers, has just been published. (April 2018)

Geoffrey O’Brien’s books include The Phantom ­Empire, Stolen Glimpses, Captive Shadows: Writing on Film, 2002–2012, and, most recently, the poetry collection The Blue Hill.
 (October 2018)

Jed Perl’s latest book is the first volume of his biography of Alexander Calder, The Conquest of Time.
 (August 2018)

Francine Prose is a Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bard. Her newest book is a collection of essays, What to Read and Why.
 (October 2018)

James Romm is the James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics at Bard and the author of Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero and Ghost on the 
Throne: The Death of Alexander the Great and the Bloody Fight for His Empire.
 (August 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)