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We think a lot about the future of libraries here at The New Criterion. This month in our special art issue, be sure to take a look at "Philanthropic tyranny at the NYPL," Michael J. Lewis's feature on the New York Public Library's Central Library Plan.
This week: Burke vs. Paine, an art bacchanal in Miami, and performances by Sirs Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart.
Alice Coote, Martina Serafin, and Peter Rose in Der Rosenkavalier; Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera
How do you want your prelude to Der Rosenkavalier? Well, you want it burbling, gay, swirling, giddy—maybe sex-drenched. In any event, a Rosenkavalier needs to have liftoff. And last Monday at the Metropolitan Opera, it did not. Edward Gardner, an English conductor, was in the pit, and the prelude in his hands had little effect. The orchestra sounded weak, without heft. That is not the Met orchestra, as you may know.
by James Bowman
Listening to Rush Limbaugh last week, I was struck by the caller who told El Rushbo that, up until the moment of her call, she had never been able to bring herself to reveal to a pollster her disapproval of President Obama for fear of being thought — by the pollster! — a racist. Now that so many others were expressing such disapproval on account of the Obamacare fiasco, she said, she feels safer in stating what has all along been her true opinion. I guess she figured the pollster would be less censorious if he reflected that not everybody now expressing a negative view of the President could be a racist.
Myron Magnet; photo: Kevin Daley, National Parks of New York Harbor
A week and a half ago, there was a luncheon featuring Myron Magnet at the Yale Club in New York City. It was hosted by the Manhattan Institute and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The occasion was the launch of Magnet’s book The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735-1817. The author gave a superb and multifaceted speech on his subject. It was followed by an equally good Q&A—questions from the audience, answers from Magnet.
This week: New translations of Tolstoy, Joseph Epstein on a literary education, Iranian art & a new staging of Beckett.
by James Panero
This weekend would have marked William F. Buckley Jr.’s 88th birthday. In honor of the anniversary, National Review has published a series of tributes to WFB, including an NRO symposium of friends and and an essay on Buckley's mentorship by Neal B. Freeman. I am pleased to offer my own thoughts from my "winter spent skiing with Buckley in Switzerland, and being his assistant and protégé," as NR calls the fortunate season I spent with him when I was twenty-two.
Remember the so-called “Duke lacrosse rape case”? That was the scandal that briefly riveted the nation’s attention not once but twice. The first time was in March 2006 when a black stripper called Crystal Magnum accused three Duke University lacrosse players of kidnapping and rape. Yikes. The bien pensant commentariat went into overdrive to condemn [...]
Fifty years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated during a visit to Dallas. In the ensuing decades, his persona and legacy have remained chameleonic with supporters, detractors, and conspiracy theorists all offering different visions of the thirty-fifth president.
On Tuesday, November 19, The New Criterion hosted “The Kennedy Phenomenon,” a conference reconsidering the Kennedy White House, his portrayal in history, his political legacy, and more. Roger Kimball, Peter Collier, Fred Siegel, James Piereson, Ira Stoll, and Edward Jay Epstein all presented papers. We are pleased to offer recordings of the complete conference, including Q&A, below. These talks are also available for download on our Webcasts page.
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December 19, 2013
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