A writer who has followed stories to locales as far-flung as Haiti, Yemen and Madagascar, Downey returned to South Korea’s capital after just six years away and found a city transformed. “What's most fascinating about Seoul is that it's grown in an unpredictable and spontaneous way,” he says. “It's hard to say where that will take it next.” Downey is the author of The Last Men Out, a story of New York City’s elite firefighters.
Although we imagine ancient Greek sculpture as purely white, for Katz, archaeologist Vinzenz Brinkmann's faithful full-color reproductions are even more powerful. “They’re spectacular,” he says. “In a way, he brings them back to life.” Katz previously wrote for Smithsonian about the discovery of a Diego Velázquez masterpiece.