The New York Review of Books - 24.04.2020

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Contents


4 Pandemic Journal


Anna Badkhen, Rachael Bedard, Eula Biss, Anastasia Edel, Anne Enright,
Mark Gevisser, Lauren Groff, Alma Guillermoprieto, Eduardo Halfon, Ian Jack,
Leslie Jamison, Hari Kunzru, Nick Laird, Ruth Margalit, Minae Mizumura,
Miguel-Anxo Murado, Rachel Pearson, Sylvia Poggioli, and Jenny Uglow


12 Jason Farago Overthrow by Caleb Crain


18 Jake Bernstein The Fundraising Pulpit


22 David Quammen 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 –
by Bill Jenkins


25 Martin Filler Gordon Bunshaft and SOM: Building Corporate Modernism by Nicholas Adams


28 Ed Park East Goes West by Younghill Kang, with a foreword by Alexander Chee and an afterword
by Sunyoung Lee


31 Nathaniel Rich Barnum: An American Life by Robert Wilson


33 Nadja Spiegelman Vernon Subutex 1 by Virginie Despentes, translated from the French by Frank Wynne


35 Rae Armantrout Poem


36 Larry Rohter Brazil Apart: 1964 –2019 by Perry Anderson
The Edge of Democracy a documentary film directed by Petra Costa
The Mechanism a television series created by José Padilha and Elena Soarez


39 Erica Getto and Max Nelson Work 19 61–73 by Yvonne Rainer
Parts of Some Sextets, 1965/ 2019 a performance by Yvonne Rainer
Again? Now What? a performance by Yvonne Rainer


42 Giles Harvey Weather by Jenny Offill


46 David A. Bell To Begin the World Over Again: How the American Revolution Devastated the Globe
by Matthew Lockwood


48 Laura Kolbe Forgotten Journey by Silvina Ocampo
The Promise by Silvina Ocampo


50 Benjamin Nathans The Right to Memory a documentary film directed by Ludmila Gordon
Meeting Gorbachev a documentary film directed by Werner Herzog and André Singer


53 Colin Grant The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste


55 Eric Klinenberg 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


58 Letters from Ishmael Reed, Darryl Pinckney, and Amitai Etzioni


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MORBID SYMPTOMS

RAE ARMANTROUT ’s newest book of poems, Conjure, will be
published in September.
DAVID A. BELL is Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor of His-
tory at Princeton. His book Men on Horseback: The Power of
Charisma in the Age of Revolutions will be published in the
spring.
JAKE BERNSTEIN is a two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning jour-
nalist. A movie of The Laundromat, his most recent book, was re-
leased last year.
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.
MARTIN FILLER ’s latest book is Makers of Modern Architec-
ture, Volume III: From Antoni Gaudí to Maya Lin, a collection of
his writing on architecture in these pages.
ERICA GETTO ’s writing about dance has appeared in the NYR
Daily, BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, and other publications. MAX
NELSON, a former member of the editorial staff of The New York
Review, studies English at Yale.
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 Wind-
rush Generation, was published last year.
GILES HARVEY is a Contributing Writer at The New York Times
Magazine.


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 So-
cial Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the
Decline of Civic Life.
LAURA KOLBE is a poet and doctor. She teaches at Weill Cornell
Medical College.
BENJAMIN NATHANS , currently a Senior Fellow at the Freiburg
Institute for Advanced Studies in Germany, is completing To t h e
Success of Our Hopeless Cause, a history of the Soviet dissident
movement.
ED PARK is the author of the novel Personal Days and a Founding
Editor of The Believer.
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.
NATHANIEL RICH ’s latest book, Losing Earth: A Recent His-
tory, a finalist for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing
Award, was published in paperback in March.
LARRY ROHTER was Rio de Janeiro Bureau Chief for The New
York Time s from 1997 to 2007. He is the author of three books
about Brazil, most recently a biography of the explorer and states-
man Candido Rondon.
NADJA SPIEGELMAN is the author of the memoir I’m Supposed
to Protect You from All This, as well as three children’s books, in-
cluding Lost in NYC. She is the Editor of The Paris Review online.

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