Kenneth Minogue & Peter Flanigan

The fact that The New Criterion enters a period of aestivation each July and August means that the prospect of September always bears with it a special poignancy. It is a curious Janus-faced poignancy, casting an assessing glance backwards over the past season and the quickly, too quickly, unfolding weeks of summer—what was done, what left undone—as well as an anticipatory, proleptic peek forwards at the opportunities and challenges awaiting us on the road ahead. The summer of 2013 will always occupy a signal, if melancholy, place in the annals of The New Criterion. We have much to look forward to—the many excellent ess ...