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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

February 2016Volume 34, Number 6  

Notes & Comments

Rhodes not taken

On the recent controversy over the Rhodes Scholarship.

Features

Confucian confusions

by Eric Ormsby

On A. David Moody’s Ezra Pound: Poet: Volume III: The Tragic Years 1939–1972.

The globalist legal agenda

by Andrew C. McCarthy

On The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities, by Stephen Breyer

The master off duty

by Bruce Bawer

The Letters of Ernest Hemingway 1926-1929, edited by Rena Sanderson, Sandra Spanier, and Robert W. Trogdon

Calasso’s memory of Antiquity

by Dominic Green

How did Roberto Calasso piece together the afterlife of ancient images?

Poems

Reflections

American justice

by Anthony Daniels

Revisiting Conversations with the Dead, by Danny Lyon, almost half a century after its original publication.

Reconsiderations

Why “Civilisation” matters

by Drew Oliver

Why Kenneth Clark's 1969 television show still matters today.

Theater

Remembrance of flings past

by Kyle Smith

On Our Mother’s Brief Affair at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre & The Color Purple at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

Art

Alex Katz at the Met

by Karen Wilkin

On “Alex Katz at the Met” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art & "Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s” at the Colby College Museum of Art.

Exhibition note

by Marco Grassi

On "Maestà: Gaddi’s Triptych Reunited” at the New-York Historical Society.

Exhibition note

by Mario Naves

On “Greater New York” at MOMA PS1, New York.

Unfulfilled promises in North Adams

by Daniel Grant

Why has the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art failed to achieve its original goals?

Gallery chronicle

by James Panero

On “Katherine Bradford: Fear of Waves” & "Elisabeth Kley: Ozymandias" at Canada; “Carolanna Parlato: A Delicate Balance” at Elizabeth Harris Gallery; “Ronnie Landfield: Five Decades” at Stux + Haller; & “Lori Ellison” at McKenzie Fine Art.

Music

New York chronicle

by Jay Nordlinger

On The Pearl Fishers, James Gaffigan at the New York Philharmonic, Evgeny Kissin at Carnegie Hall, & more.

The Media

The king of tastelessness

by James Bowman

Has all TV become reality TV?

Books

The sheer hard slog

by Andrew Roberts

on Margaret Thatcher: At Her Zenith: In London, Washington and Moscow by Charles Moore

A man well worth knowing

by Marc M. Arkin

on Augustine: Conversions to Confessions by Robin Lane Fox

Lepidoptery & gush

by John Simon

on Letters to Véra by Vladimir Nabokov

Rothko's roots

by Carla Main

on Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel (Jewish Lives) by Annie Cohen-Solal

Notebook

Remembering Shiva Naipaul

by J. Oliver Conroy

Looking back on the achievements of the author's tragically short life.

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