is Professor of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. Previously, he taught English and American Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has published four books on African American culture, race studies, and sexuality studies and has received numerous grants for
born in Paris in 1948, is a novelist and essayist. He studied philosophy at a number of institutions, including the Sorbonne, and earned his doctorate under Roland Barthes. Since 2019, he has been a member of the Académie Goncourt, which annually awards France’s most important literary prize, the Prix Goncourt.
Ottessa Moshfegh was born in Boston in 1981, the daughter of an Iranian violinist and a Croatian violist and grew up in Newton. She studied English and creative writing at Barnard College from 1998 to 2002, and completed a master’s degree in creative writing at Brown University from 2009 to
Georg Stefan Troller was born in Vienna in 1921 and served an apprenticeship as a bookbinder. At sixteen, shortly after the November pogroms, he fled Nazi persecution via Czechoslovakia to France, carrying Karl Kraus’ »The Last Days of Mankind« in his luggage. He obtained an American visa in Marseille in