The master propagandist
by Henrik Bering
On Jacques Louis-David’s moral foibles.
On the Obama administration’s lavatory overreach.
On The Spectator’s celebration of free speech.
Remarks delivered by Ayaan Hirsi Ali after she received The New Criterion’s fourth Edmund Burke Award for Service to Culture and Society.
On China’s fortunes and their relation to the rule of law.
On the misdirection of Shakespeare’s Globe.
On Patrick Modiano’s deliberate obscurantism.
On The Father at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre; Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the American Airlines Theatre; and American Psycho at the American Airlines Theatre.
On “Scottish Artists 1750–1900: From Caledonia to the Continent” at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.
On “Philip Guston: Painter, 1957–1967” at Hauser & Wirth and “The Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman” at the New-York Historical Society.
On “The Romantic Viola” at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; a world premiere at the New York Philharmonic; The Abduction from the Seraglio at the Metropolitan Opera; and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
On the eleventh annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island.
The march of the Maoists, the roots of meritocracy, and the danger of “Diversity.”
The soul of statistics, Gilded-Age luxury, and more from the world of culture.
On the retrospective of the photographer at the High Museum in Atlanta.