The Brilliant Plodder

Darwin’s Most Wonderful Plants: A Tour of His Botanical Legacy by Ken Thompson

On the Backs of Tortoises: Darwin, the Galápagos, and the Fate of an Evolutionary Eden by Elizabeth Hennessy

Evolution Before Darwin: Theories of the Transmutation of Species in Edinburgh, 1804–1834 by Bill Jenkins

Brazil’s Dead End

Brazil Apart: 1964–2019 by Perry Anderson

The Edge of Democracy a documentary film by Petra Costa

O Mecanismo [The Mechanism] a television series created by José Padilha and Elena Soarez

‘Don’t Write on Here, Bad Girl’

Work 1961–73 by Yvonne Rainer

Parts of Some Sextets, 1965/2019 a performance by Yvonne Rainer at the Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, New York City, November 15–17, 2019

Again? Now What? a performance by Yvonne Rainer at New York Live Arts, New York City, November 21–23, 2019

‘Mysterious and Infinitely Solitary’

Forgotten Journey by Silvina Ocampo, translated from the Spanish by Suzanne Jill Levine and Katie Lateef-Jan, with a foreword by Carmen Boullosa

The Promise by Silvina Ocampo, translated from the Spanish by Suzanne Jill Levine and Jessica Powell, with a foreword by Ernesto Montequín

Profiles in Decency

Pravo na Pamiat [The Right to Memory] a documentary film directed by Ludmila Gordon

Meeting Gorbachev a documentary film directed by Werner Herzog and André Singer

The Great Green Hope

On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein

This Land Is Our Land: The Struggle for a New Commonwealth by Jedediah Purdy

A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal by Kate Aronoff, Alyssa Battistoni, Daniel Aldana Cohen, and Thea Riofrancos, with a foreword by Naomi Klein


Rae Armantrout’s newest book of poems, Conjure, will be published in September. (August 2020)

Anna Badkhen is the author of six books, most recently Fisherman’s Blues. A Guggenheim Fellow, she is at work on An Anatomy of Lostness. (March 2020)

Rachael Bedard is a geriatrics and palliative care doctor working with the oldest and sickest patients in the New York City jail system. (March 2020)

David A. Bell is the Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor in the History Department at Princeton. His book Men on Horseback: The Power of Charisma in the Age of Revolutions has just been published.
 (September 2020)

Jake Bernstein is a two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist. A movie of The Laundromat, his most recent book, was released last year.
 (April 2020)

Eula Biss is the author of On Immunity: An Inoculation, which was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by the New York Times Book Review. Her new book, Having and Being Had, will be published in September. (March 2020)

Anastasia Edel is a San Francisco-based writer who grew up in southern Russia, and is the author of Russia: Putin’s Playground: Empire, Revolution, and the New Tsar (2016). (November 2017)

Anne Enright is a Professor of Creative Writing at ­University College Dublin. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Granta, among other publications. She has published more than half a dozen novels, including, most recently, Actress.
 (July 2020)

Jason Farago is an art critic for The New York Times and the editor of the anthology Out of Practice: Ten Issues of “Even,” 2015–2018. In 2017 he was awarded the inaugural Rabkin Prize for art criticism. (April 2020)

Martin Filler’s article “The Dark Lady of High Tech,” which appeared in The New York Times Magazine (January 27, 1980), was one of the first critical reappraisals of Eileen Gray’s career to appear in the popular press after her death. (September 2020)

Erica Getto’s writing about dance has appeared in the NYR Daily, BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, and other publications. (April 2020)

Mark Gevisser, a South African writer and journalist, is the author of A Legacy of Liberation: Thabo Mbeki and the Future of the South African Dream and Lost and Found in Johannesburg: A Memoir and the forthcoming The Pink Line: Journeys across the World’s Queer Frontiers. (March 2020)

Colin Grant is the author of several books, including Negro with a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey and His Dream of Mother Africa. His latest book, Homecoming: Voices of the Windrush Generation, was published last year.
 (July 2020)

Lauren Groff is the author of the novels The Monsters of Templeton (2008), Arcadia (2012), and Fates and Furies (2015), and of the story collections Delicate Edible Birds (2009) and Florida (2018). Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, and Harper’s. (February 2020)

Alma Guillermoprieto, who writes regularly for The New York Review about Latin America, is the author of Dancing with Cuba: A Memoir of the Revolution, among other books. (June 2019)

Eduardo Halfon is the author of fourteen books of fiction published in Spanish. His latest, Mourning, published in English by Bellevue Literary Press in 2018, received the Edward Lewis Wallant Award (US), the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (France), and the Premio de las Librerías de Navarra (Spain). In 2018, he was awarded the Guatemalan National Prize in Literature, his country’s highest literary honor. He currently lives in Paris and holds a fellowship from Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination. (November 2019)

Giles Harvey is a Contributing Writer at The New York Times Magazine. (April 2020)

Ian Jack was the editor of The Independent on Sunday and Granta. He is the author of The Country Formerly Known as Great Britain and he writes regularly for The Guardian. (September 2018)

Leslie Jamison is the author of The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath, a critical memoir, two essay collections—The Empathy Exams and Make It Scream, Make It Burn—and a novel, The Gin Closet. She directs the graduate nonfiction program at Columbia. (May 2020)

Eric Klinenberg is Helen Gould Shepard Professor in the Social Sciences and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU. His most recent book is Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life. (April 2020)

Laura Kolbe is a poet and doctor. She teaches at Weill Cornell Medical College. (April 2020)

Hari Kunzru’s latest novel, Red Pill, and his new podcast, Into the Zone, have just been released.
 (September 2020)

Nick Laird is a poet, novelist, and former litigator. He teaches at NYU 
and is Professor of Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre in Belfast. His fourth collection of poetry, Feel Free, was published in the US last year. 
(May 2020)

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

Minae Mizumura is a Japanese novelist. A former resident novelist in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, she has also taught at Princeton University, the University of Michigan, and Stanford University. Among her books in translation are the nonfiction The Fall of Language in the Age of English (2015), and the novels A True Novel (2013), Inheritance from Mother (2017), and, forthcoming in 2021, An I-Novel. (September 2020)

Miguel-Anxo Murado is a writer and journalist. Of more his than twenty books in Galician and Spanish, three have been translated into English: A Bestiary of Discontent, Soundcheck and Ash Wednesday.

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)

Max Nelson, a former member of the editorial staff of The New York Review, studies English at Yale.
 (April 2020)

Ed Park is the author of the novel Personal Days and a Founding Editor of The Believer.
 (April 2020)

Rachel Pearson is a hospital pediatrician and assistant professor of medical humanities at UT Health San Antonio and its Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics. Her memoir on medical training in Texas is No Apparent Distress.

Sylvia Poggioli, a longtime Europe correspondent for National Public Radio based in Rome, is currently working on a book about her family’s transatlantic history. (May 2018)

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)

Nathaniel Rich’s latest book, Losing Earth: A Recent History, a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, was published in paperback in March.
 (April 2020)

Larry Rohter was Rio de Janeiro Bureau Chief for The New York Times from 1997 to 2007. He is the author of three books about Brazil, most recently a biography of the explorer and statesman Candido Rondon. (April 2020)

Nadja Spiegelman is the author of the memoir I’m Supposed to Protect You from All This, as well as three children’s books, including Lost in NYC. She is the Editor of The Paris Review online.
 (April 2020)

Jenny Uglow is the author of The Lunar Men: Five Friends Whose ­Curiosity Changed the World. (December 2019)