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With this issue, The New Criterion embarks upon its fourth decade of publication. In our special thirtieth-anniversary issue a year ago, and again in “Thoughts on 30” this past June, we cast a retrospective glance back to the origins and early years of the surprising literary-cultural experiment that is The New Criterion.
New readers, we’ve found, regularly experience that frisson of astonishment when they first encounter The New Criterion. The surprise is enduring. The great Renaissance churchman and philosopher Nicholas of Cusa wrote extensively about “the coincidence of opposites.” Cusa was writing about a species of mystical insight in which the conundrums of the infinite weigh upon the quotidian machinations of human understanding. The New Criterion rarely trespasses into such heady theological purlieus, but there is no doubt that from the beginning the ...
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