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June 2015

Volume 33, Number 10

Notes & comments

Freedom at a crossroads

On the reaction to PEN's Freedom of Expression Courage Award announcement.

A birthday tribute

First Things turns twenty-five.

A note of thanks

A special message to our supporters.


Curing American sclerosis

by Charles Murray

A lecture delivered by Charles Murray after he received the third Edmund Burke Award for Service to Culture and Society.

A sufferable snob

by Bruce Bawer

A new collection of Henry James's letters reveals the early development of the writer.

Harper Lee’s loving-kindness

by Anthony Daniels

A few reflections on To Kill a Mockingbird in anticipation of Harper Lee's new book releases.

Hard not to see

by James Panero

On the new Whitney Museum, designed by Renzo Piano.

June 2015

Volume 33, Number 10



Letter from Estonia

A “normal” Narva

by Andrew Stuttaford

Over a third of its population are Russian citizens and it is located at the edge of the isthmus where Russia merges into Estonia; Narva has an interesting position as Putin's ambitions grow.

Washington journal

Too cool in the capital

by Bruce Cole

On “Recent Acquisitions” and “Elaine de Kooning: Portraits” at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., and an update on plans for an Eisenhower Memorial in the capital.


The heaven-taught ploughman

by Neilson MacKay

Though beloved in the nineteenth century by the most famous critics, Robert Burns is now largely overlooked.


Cathedral of ice

by Laura Jacobs

A look back on Balanchine and Le Baiser de la Fée.


Unholy spirits

by Kyle Smith

On Ghosts at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Clinton the Musical at New World Stages, Wolf Hall Parts One and Two at the Winter Garden Theatre.


Jacob Lawrence at MOMA

by Karen Wilkin

On “One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North" at MOMA and “Struggle . . . From The History of the American People” at the Phillips Collection.

Exhibition note

by Mario Naves

On "Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing” at the Studio Museum, Harlem.

Love bites

by Christie Davies

On “Love Bites: Caricatures by James Gillray” at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.


New York chronicle

by Jay Nordlinger

On the American Symphony Orchestra's "Music U," the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Zankel Hall, the New York Philharmonic's Senza sangue, and more.

The Media

Cuddlers & cutthroats

by James Bowman

On the results of the recent election in England.

Verse Chronicle

Doing as the Romans do

by William Logan

On Heaven, by Rowan Ricardo Phillips; Rome, by Dorothea Lasky; Breezeway, John Ashbery; A Woman Without a Country, by Eavan Boland; The Other Mountain, by Rowan Williams; and Nothing to Declare, by Henri Cole.


June 2015

Volume 33, Number 10


Waterloo: The Aftermath

After the pounding match

on Waterloo: The Aftermath

by Paul O'Keeffe

reviewed by Henrik Bering

Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square

Father Neuhaus

on Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square

by Randy Boyagoda

reviewed by Mary Ellen Bork

Flood of Fire: A Novel (The Ibis Trilogy)

The empire business

on Flood of Fire: A Novel (The Ibis Trilogy)

by Amitav Ghosh

reviewed by Robert D. Kaplan

Book title

Dying art

on Notes on the Death of Culture: Essays on Spectacle and Society

by Mario Vargas Llosa, John King

reviewed by Malcolm Forbes

Book title

Bellow’s ornithologists

on The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915-1964

by Zachary Leader

reviewed by Carl Rollyson

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Brothers of invention

on The Wright Brothers

by David McCullough

reviewed by Michael Taube


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