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The New Criterion

It operates as a refuge for a civilizing element in short supply in contemporary America: honest criticism
- The Wall Street Journal

December 2014Volume 33, Number 4  

Notes & Comments

Feminism & astrophysics

Radical feminists hijack the celebration of one of the most impressive feats of modern science.

The New Criterion on art

On our special art issue.


Abraham Lincoln: American prophet

by James Piereson

How Lincoln dealt with the press and the founders' legacy.

A monumental shame

by Bruce Cole

Plans for an Eisenhower memorial on the National Mall have taken a shameful turn.

The passionate eye

by Marco Grassi

Review of Rendez-vous with Art, by Philippe de Montebello and Martin Gayford.

Drawing with scissors

by Karen Wilkin

Review of "Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” opened at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

The cost of culture

by Daniel Grant

Do high admission costs hurt museums in the long run?

David’s slingshot

by Victoria Coates

The relationship between great art and democracy.

How Brooklyn missed Brooklyn

by James Panero

For years, the Brooklyn Museum has overlooked the art happening in its own backyard.



Augustus & the birth of the West

by Michael Auslin

Is Augustus still relevant 2000 years after his death?


Crowded house

by Kevin D. Williamson

Reviews of The Country House & The Real Thing.


London chronicle

by Christie Davies

Reviews of “The EY Exhibition: Late Turner—Painting Set Free” at Tate Britain, London & “Constable: The Making of a Master” at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Exhibition note

by Mario Naves

On "Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Exhibition note

by Leann Davis Alspaugh

On "Wynn Bullock: Revelations" at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta


New York chronicle

by Jay Nordlinger

The New York Philharmonic plays Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3, the Philadelphia Orchestra plays Mahler's Symphony No. 2 at Carnegie Hall, and more.

The Media

Strategic thinking

by James Bowman

On a recent show of political theater.

Verse Chronicle

The glory days

by William Logan

On Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Glück; Accepting the Disaster, by Joshua Mehigan; If the Tabloids Are True What Are You?, by Matthea Harvey; Gabriel, by Edward Hirsch; One Thousand Things Worth Knowing, by Paul Muldoon; The Heart Is Strange: New Selected Poems, by John Berryman


A nation in retreat

by Keith Windschuttle

on America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder by Bret Stephens

Eliot in full

by Denis Donoghue

Review of The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: The Critical Edition, Volume 1: Apprentice Years, 1905–1918, edited by Jewel Spears Brooker & Ronald Schuchard & The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: The Critical Edition, Volume 2: The Perfect Critic, 1919–1926, edited by Anthony Cuda & Ronald Schuchard

Awaking the theologian

by Marc M. Arkin

on Jonathan Edwards: Writings from the Great Awakening (Library of America) by Jonathan Edwards,Philip F. Gura


The outdoor kid

by Stefan Beck

Revisting John Muir's adventures in the wilderness on the 100th anniversary of his death.

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