The Medium Is the Mistake

Audience of One: Donald Trump, Television, and the Fracturing of America by James Poniewozik

Hate Inc.: Why Today’s Media Makes Us Despise One Another by Matt Taibbi

‘I Just Look, and Paint’

Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory an exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, December 15, 2018–March 31, 2019; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, May 4–August 4, 2019; and the Met Breuer, New York City, September 24, 2019–January 12, 2020

Vija Celmins: Selected Prints an exhibition at the Senior and Shopmaker Gallery, New York City, September 12–November 2, 2019

Vija Celmins: Ocean Prints an exhibition at the Matthew Marks Gallery, New York City, September 13–October 26, 2019


The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator by Timothy C. Winegard

An Unfinished Revolution

Reconstruction: America After the Civil War a PBS documentary series produced by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution by Eric Foner

Women’s Business

Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS by Azadeh Moaveni

Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World edited by Zahra Hankir, with a foreword by Christiane Amanpour

For Sama a film directed by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts

Band of Outsiders

Memory Palaces: Inside the Collection of Audrey B. Heckler an exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum, New York City, September 17, 2019–January 26, 2020

The Hidden Art: 20th- and 21st-Century Self-Taught Artists from the Audrey B. Heckler Collection by Valérie Rousseau with Jane Kallir, Anne-Imelda Radice, and others

Sacred Glamour

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys into the Medieval World by Christopher de Hamel

The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript from Genocide to Justice by Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh

Toward a Global Middle Ages: Encountering the World Through Illuminated Manuscripts edited by Bryan C. Keene

The Magnetic Polymath

Selected Writings by Alexander von Humboldt, edited and with an introduction by Andrea Wulf

Alexander von Humboldt: How the Most Famous Scientist of the Romantic Age Found the Soul of Nature by Maren Meinhardt

Humboldt’s Mexico: In the Footsteps of the Illustrious German Scientific Traveller by Myron Echenberg

Under the Tuscan Gun

A Chill in the Air: An Italian War Diary, 1939–1940 by Iris Origo, with an introduction by Lucy Hughes-Hallett and an afterword by Katia Lysy

War in Val d’Orcia: An Italian War Diary, 1943–1944 by Iris Origo, with an introduction by Virginia Nicholson

Amsterdam Blues

The Evenings: A Winter’s Tale by Gerard Reve, translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett

Childhood: Two Novellas by Gerard Reve, translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett


David Bromwich is Sterling Professor of English at Yale. He is the author, most recently, of American Breakdown: The Trump Years and How They Befell Us.
 (December 2019)

Andrea Cohen’s sixth collection of poems, Nightshade, was published this year.
 (December 2019)

Eamon Duffy is Emeritus Professor of the History of Christianity at Cambridge. His book Royal Books and Holy Bones: Essays in Medieval Christianity was published last year.
 (December 2019)

Martin Filler’s latest book is Makers of Modern Architecture, Volume III: From Antoni Gaudí to Maya Lin, a collection of his writing on architecture in these pages.
 (April 2020)

Ruth Franklin’s most recent book, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, won the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography. (March 2020)

David Graeber is a Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics and the author, most recently, of Bullshit Jobs: A Theory. (December 2019)

Lindsey Hilsum is International Editor of Britain’s Channel 4 News and the author of In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin. Her previous book was Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution. (December 2019)

Philip Huff is a Dutch novelist and screenwriter, most recently of the film Open Seas.
 (December 2019)

Ishion Hutchinson is the author of two books of poems, Far District and House of Lords and Commons.
 (December 2019)

Adrian Lyttelton is a Fellow of the Johns Hopkins ­University Center in Bologna and the author of The Seizure of Power: Fascism in Italy, 1919–1929.
 (December 2019)

Benjamin Nathans, currently a Senior Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies in Germany, is completing To the Success of Our Hopeless Cause, a history of the Soviet dissident movement. (April 2020)

James Oakes is a Distinguished Professor at the CUNY 
Graduate Center. His most recent book is The Scorpion’s Sting: Antislavery and the Coming of the Civil War. (December 2019)

David Quammen is the author of fifteen books, including Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic. His latest book is The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life. (April 2020)

Sanford Schwartz is the author of Christen Købke and William Nicholson, and some of his reviews have been collected in The Art Presence and Artists & Writers. (May 2020)

Miranda Seymour is the author, most recently, of In 
Byron’s Wake: The Turbulent Lives of Byron’s Wife and Daughter: Annabella Milbanke and Ada Lovelace. She is writing a biography of Jean Rhys. (May 2020)

Susan Tallman is an art historian living in Chicago and Berlin. She is currently working on a book about the prints of Kerry James Marshall. (May 2020)

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)

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)