Vallotton’s Demons

Félix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, June 30–September 29, 2019; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, October 29, 2019–January 26, 2020

The Key to All Mythologies

Lévi-Strauss: A Biography by Emmanuelle Loyer, translated from the French by Ninon Vinsonneau and Jonathan Magidoff

Claude Lévi-Strauss: A Critical Study of His Thought by Maurice Godelier, translated from the French by Nora Scott

Like You This

The Long Public Life of a Short Private Poem: Reading and Remembering Thomas Wyatt by Peter Murphy

Whose Crusades?

The World of the Crusades: An Illustrated History by Christopher Tyerman

Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands by Dan Jones

The Accursed Tower: The Fall of Acre and the End of the Crusades by Roger Crowley


Kwame Anthony Appiah teaches philosophy at NYU. His latest book is The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity. (May 2020)

Elaine Blair is a regular contributor to The New York Review. (September 2020)

Dan Chiasson’s fifth book of poetry, The Math Campers, was just published. He teaches at Wellesley.
 (October 2020)

Anne Diebel works as a private investigator with QRI in New York City. (September 2020)

Robert Irwin is the Middle East Editor of the Times Literary Supplement and the author of many books, including Ibn Khaldun: An Intellectual Biography. His most recent novel, My Life Is Like a Fairy Tale, was published in the UK in November.
 (February 2020)

Sarah Elizabeth Lewis is an Associate Professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture and the Department of African and African-American Studies at ­Harvard. She is ­completing a book on race, sight, and the ­Caucasian War.
 (February 2020)

Ruth Margalit’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. She lives in Tel Aviv. (February 2020)

Jessica T. Mathews was President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 1997 until 2015 and is now a Distinguished Fellow there. She has served in the State Department and on the National Security Council staff in the White House. (August 2020)

David Oshinsky is the Director of the Division of ­Medical Humanities at NYU Langone Health and a Professor in the ­Department of History at NYU. His most recent book is Belle­vue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital. (February 2020)

Ruth Padel is a Professor of Poetry at King’s College London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her book Beethoven Variations: A Life in Poems was published this year. (February 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)

Steven Simon is an analyst at the Quincy Institute for ­Responsible Statecraft and Professor in the Practice of International Relations at Colby. He was National Security Council ­Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa from 2011 to 2012 and Senior Director for Counterterrorism from 1994 to 1999. His book The Long Goodbye: The US and the Middle East from the Islamic Revolution to the Arab Spring will be published next year. (February 2020)

Adam Tooze is the Director of the European Institute at Columbia. He is the author of Crashed: How a Decade of ­Financial Crises Changed the World and is currently working on an economic history of the climate emergency.
 (February 2020)

Geoffrey Wheatcroft’s books include The Controversy of Zion, The Strange Death of Tory England, and Yo, Blair! His new book, Churchill’s Bust, will be published next year.
 (May 2020)