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The New Criterion

It operates as a refuge for a civilizing element in short supply in contemporary America: honest criticism
- The Wall Street Journal

April 2014

Volume 32, Number 8

Notes & comments

The New Criterion on poetry

On the current state of poetry

Soft power meets hard fact

The failings of a soft power approach to Russia


The second assassin

by Edward Jay Epstein

Was JFK killed because America planned to assassinate Castro?

Team players

by Denis Donoghue

On Shakespeare's collaborations with other writers

All in the family

by Bruce Bawer

On the life and work of Marianne Moore

A chisel to write

by Paul Dean

The turbulent career of Basil Bunting

Dickinson’s nothings

by William Logan

Learning from Emily Dickinson's envelope poems

Sound & sensibility

by David Yezzi

The musicality of Robert Frost

April 2014

Volume 32, Number 8



Letter from Copenhagen

On the frontlines of free speech

by David Pryce-Jones

On “Fatwa or free speech?," a conference in Denmark.


Season of the witch

by Laura Jacobs

An review of Angelin Preljocaj’s Spectral Evidence


What about Bob?

by Kevin D. Williamson

Reviews of Antony and Cleopatra, Breakfast with Mugabe, London Wall, and After Midnight


Back to the future

by Karen Wilkin

On "Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe” at the Guggenheim, New York

Exhibition note

by Mario Naves

On "Gauguin: Metamorphoses” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Exhibition note

by Christie Davies

On "Turner and the Sea” at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

Gallery chronicle

by James Panero

On the “Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts” at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, the “2014 Whitney Biennial” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and “Volta NY” at 82 Mercer Street, New York


Cross & Cross: transforming New York

by Peter Pennoyer

How two brothers reshaped the architectural landscape of New York


New York chronicle

by Jay Nordlinger

On Prince Igor, Werther, The Enchanted Island, the choir of Stetson University, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and more.

The Media

Negative side effects

by James Bowman

Red lines, empty threats, and the crisis in Ukraine

Manners & morals

“A light at the heart of the world”

by Emily Esfahani Smith

What is the role of art in our secular age?

April 2014

Volume 32, Number 8


The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America

A winning combination

on The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America

by Amy Chua

reviewed by Charles Murray

All of You on the Good Earth

Reviving the sonnet

on All of You on the Good Earth

by Ernest Hilbert

reviewed by John Foy

Book title

Friend & hero

on Olivia Manning: A Woman at War

by Deirdre David

reviewed by Carl Rollyson


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