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Notes & Comments
On the reaction to PEN's Freedom of Expression Courage Award announcement.
A special message to our supporters.
First Things turns twenty-five.
A lecture delivered by Charles Murray after he received the third Edmund Burke Award for Service to Culture and Society.
by Bruce Bawer
A new collection of Henry James's letters reveals the early development of the writer.
A few reflections on To Kill a Mockingbird in anticipation of Harper Lee's new book releases.
Letter from Estonia
Over a third of its population are Russian citizens and it is located at the edge of the isthmus where Russia merges into Estonia; Narva has an interesting position as Putin's ambitions grow.
by Bruce Cole
On “Recent Acquisitions” and “Elaine de Kooning: Portraits” at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., and an update on plans for an Eisenhower Memorial in the capital.
Though beloved in the nineteenth century by the most famous critics, Robert Burns is now largely overlooked.
by Kyle Smith
On Ghosts at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Clinton the Musical at New World Stages, Wolf Hall Parts One and Two at the Winter Garden Theatre.
by Karen Wilkin
On “One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North" at MOMA and “Struggle . . . From The History of the American People” at the Phillips Collection.
by Mario Naves
On "Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing” at the Studio Museum, Harlem.
On “Love Bites: Caricatures by James Gillray” at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
On the American Symphony Orchestra's "Music U," the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Zankel Hall, the New York Philharmonic's Senza sangue, and more.
On Heaven, by Rowan Ricardo Phillips; Rome, by Dorothea Lasky; Breezeway, John Ashbery; A Woman Without a Country, by Eavan Boland; The Other Mountain, by Rowan Williams; and Nothing to Declare, by Henri Cole.
on Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square by Randy Boyagoda
on Flood of Fire: A Novel (The Ibis Trilogy) by Amitav Ghosh
on Notes on the Death of Culture: Essays on Spectacle and Society by Mario Vargas Llosa,John King
on The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915-1964 by Zachary Leader
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