New York, New York; Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York~Author and Critic; Charles Ranlett Flint Professor of Humanities. Writer, critic, essayist, and translator. Author of The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million (2006), which has been translated into fifteen languages; a memoir, The Elusive Embrace: Desire and the Riddle of Identity (1999); two collections of critical essays, How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken (2008) and Waiting for the Barbarians (2012); and a two-volume translation, with commentary, of the complete poems of C.P. Cavafy (2009). Since 1991, has published reviews and essays on literary and cultural topics in many national publications, most frequently in The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books. Served as the weekly book critic for New York magazine and has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review. Author of a scholarly monograph, Gender and the City in Euripides' Political Plays (2002). Received the National Book Critics Circle Award (Autobiography/Memoir), the National Jewish Book Award, the Prix Médicis étranger (France), a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Book Critics Circle Citation for Excellence in Book Reviewing, and the George J. Nathan Prize for Drama Criticism.