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America’s leading review of the arts and intellectual life
- Harry Mount, the London Telegraph

June 2014Volume 32, Number 10  

Notes & Comments

Shut up, they explained

On the "disinvitation" of commencement speakers, trigger warnings for classic literature, and privilege

A word of thanks

A special message to our supporters


The law & Richard Epstein

by Hadley Arkes

Analyzing the views of the distinguished legal scholar Richard Epstein.

Artists & politics

by Donald Kagan

A lecture delivered by Donald Kagan after he received the second Edmund Burke Award for Service to Culture and Society.

Reclaiming Madison

by James Piereson

A new biography of James Madison hopes to change the way we remember America's fourth President.

Conservatives & higher ed

by Steven F. Hayward

A look at what has caused the dearth of conservatives in higher education, and why we should be concerned.


Letter from Riga

World history, local level

by James Franklin

How Latvia beat the odds after the Cold War.


Gatsby meets Macomber

by Jeffrey Meyers

Decoding the parallels between Fitzgerald's Gatsby and Hemingway's “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.”


Great depressions

by Kevin D. Williamson

Reviews of Of Mice and Men, The Velocity of Autumn, The Cripple of Inishmaan.


Degenerate art in New York

by Karen Wilkin

On “Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937” at the Neue Galerie, New York.

Cast in a bad light

by Daniel Grant

The art market and its problem with reproductions.

Gallery chronicle

by James Panero

On "Peak Bushwick" and Bushwick Open Studios.


New York chronicle

by Jay Nordlinger

On recent performances including Christoph von Dohnányi, Stephen Hough, the Metropolitan Opera, and more.

The Media

Some eminent utopians

by James Bowman

On data-obsession and Thomas Piketty's Capital.

Verse Chronicle

Civil power

by William Logan

Reviews of Caribou , by Charles Wright; Directing Herbert White, by James Franco; The Road to Emmaus, by Spencer Reece; Roget’s Illusion, by Linda Bierds; and Broken Hierarchies: Poems, 1952–2012, by Geoffrey Hill, edited by Kenneth Haynes.


The arc of empire

by Sarah Ruden

on The Oxford Anthology of Roman Literature by Peter E. Knox,J. C. McKeown

Ground of her beseeching

by Katherine Messenger

on A Prayer Journal by Flannery O'Connor,W. A. Sessions

Madman or saint?

by Samuel Hux

on Living on Fire: The Life of L. Brent Bozell Jr. by Daniel Kelly,Neal B. Freeman

A bookman of the people

by Henrik Bering

on The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life by John Carey

The essays of slender means

by Brooke Allen

on The Informed Air: Essays by Muriel Spark

A modern classic

by Peter Pennoyer

on Allan Greenberg: Classical Architect by Allan Greenberg,Carolyne Roehm

Down the Rabbit hole

by Carl Rollyson

on Updike by Adam Begley


Beauty out of madness

by Theodore Dalrymple

Looking at the Prinzhorn Collection, a collection of artwork by psychotic patients.

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