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Emily Esfahani Smith

Emily Esfahani Smith

Emily Esfahani Smith was formerly the Managing Editor of The New Criterion. She is the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters (forthcoming from Crown in 2017). She writes about culture, relationships, and psychology. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York TimesThe AtlanticTimeNewsweek, and other publications. 

Emily is also a columnist for The New Criterion, as well as an editor at the Hoover Institution, where she manages the Ben Franklin Circles project, an initiative to build purpose and community throughout the nation.

Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Emily grew up in Montreal, Canada. She graduated from Dartmouth College and earned a master of applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. 


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Feb 05, 2014

Do you want to intern at The New Criterion?

Calling all aspiring cultural critics: The New Criterion is seeking an editorial intern for the Spring 2014 term. If you have a background in college journalism, are interested in editing and writing, and would like to work for “America’s leading review of the arts and intellectual life” (in the words of the The Telegraph), then keep reading.


Feb 27, 2013

From the archives: Norman Podhoretz on Albert Camus

Albert Camus in 1957 I happened to be perusing The New Criterion archives last night—what better way to spend a Tuesday evening. —when I came across a wonderful essay by Norman Podhoretz about the French intellectual Albert Camus that drew me in.


Jan 08, 2013

Ada Louise Huxtable, RIP

We mourn the passing of the great architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable, a friend of and contributor to The New Criterion. From the Wall Street Journal: Over a career that began in the 1950s, Ms.



Dec 31, 2012

An urgent appeal from The New Criterion

Thanks to our readers and online community, The New Criterion is now closer than ever to its goal of raising $340,000 by the end of the year. Since launching our online campaign on December 20, hundreds of you have come forward to support the efforts of The New Criterion and www.


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