Daniel Mendelsohn, an award-winning author, critic, and translator, writes frequently for The New York Review of Books and the New Yorker. His books include the international bestseller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million; a memoir, The Elusive Embrace; a translation of the complete poems of Constantine Cavafy; and two collections of his essays and criticism, How Beautiful It Is and How Easily It Can Be Broken (2008) and Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture (2012). He teaches at Bard College.