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- Harry Mount, the London Telegraph

November 2015Volume 34, Number 3  


Love fools

by Kyle Smith

On Spring Awakening at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, Fool for Love at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, and Old Times at the American Airlines Theatre.

Notes & Comments

Misanthropic nostalgia

On the green movement's latest agenda.

Free speech on campus

Has the First Amendment completely disappeared from college campuses?


Becoming Henry Kissinger

by Conrad Black

A review of Kissinger, by Niall Ferguson.

The intolerable dream

by Gary Saul Morson

Don Quixote at four hundred.

State of nature

by Dominic Green

Is nature writing making a comeback in Britain?

Pamphlets of revolution

by James Piereson

A review of The American Revolution: Writings from the Pamphlet Debate, edited by Gordon Wood.



by Charles Martin

Introduction to a selection from Euripides' "Medea," translated by Charles Martin

Letter from London

Leaping to the Left

by Jeremy Black

What does the election of Jeremy Corbyn mean for both British and American politics?


A lesson in Western Civ

by Mark Bauerlein

Why do the humanities continue to lose students to STEM fields?


“Class distinctions” in Boston

by Karen Wilkin

On “Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The Congo line

by Anthony Daniels

On “Beauté Congo 1926–2015” at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris.

Gallery chronicle

by James Panero

On “Painting Is Not Doomed To Repeat Itself” at Hollis Taggart Galleries; “Checkered History: The Grid in Art & Life” at Outpost Artists Resources; “Tempos: Selected Works by Elizabeth Gourlay, 2013–2015” at Fox Gallery NYC; “Diphthong” at the Shirley Fiterman Art Center; “Todd Bienvenu: Exile on Bogart Street” at Life on Mars; “Occo Socko!” at Stout Projects.


New York chronicle

by Jay Nordlinger

On "The Art of the Score," Verdi's Otello, Puccini's Turandot, and more.

The Media

Parodic crudeness

by James Bowman

Has the media demonized the opposition?

Fiction Chronicle

Bad luck & trouble

by Stefan Beck

On Quicksand, by Steve Toltz; Paris Nocturne, by Patrick Modiano; The State We’re In, by Ann Beattie; and The Night Stages, by Jane Urquhart.


Family ties

by Gerald J. Russello

on Agents of Empire: Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits and Spies in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean World by Noel Malcolm

Domestic disturbance

by Denis Donoghue

on The Letters of T. S. Eliot: Volume 5: 1930-1931 by T. S. Eliot,Valerie Eliot,John Haffenden

Ideas still matter

by Justin Zaremby

on European Intellectual History from Rousseau to Nietzsche by Frank M. Turner,Richard A. Lofthouse

Changes & chances

by Paul Dean

on Edmund Spenser: A Life by Andrew Hadfield


Hemingway & Malraux: the struggle

by Jeffrey Meyers

On the complicated relationship between the writers.

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