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The New Criterion

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

June 2015Volume 33, Number 10  


Notes & Comments

Freedom at a crossroads

On the reaction to PEN's Freedom of Expression Courage Award announcement.

A note of thanks

A special message to our supporters.

A birthday tribute

First Things turns twenty-five.


Curing American sclerosis

by Charles Murray

A lecture delivered by Charles Murray after he received the third Edmund Burke Award for Service to Culture and Society.

A sufferable snob

by Bruce Bawer

A new collection of Henry James's letters reveals the early development of the writer.

Harper Lee’s loving-kindness

by Anthony Daniels

A few reflections on To Kill a Mockingbird in anticipation of Harper Lee's new book releases.

Hard not to see

by James Panero

On the new Whitney Museum, designed by Renzo Piano.

Letter from Estonia

A “normal” Narva

by Andrew Stuttaford

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.

Washington journal

Too cool in the capital

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.


The heaven-taught ploughman

by Neilson MacKay

Though beloved in the nineteenth century by the most famous critics, Robert Burns is now largely overlooked.


Cathedral of ice

by Laura Jacobs

A look back on Balanchine and Le Baiser de la Fée.


Unholy spirits

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.


Jacob Lawrence at MOMA

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.

Exhibition note

by Mario Naves

On "Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing” at the Studio Museum, Harlem.

Love bites

by Christie Davies

On “Love Bites: Caricatures by James Gillray” at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.


New York chronicle

by Jay Nordlinger

On the American Symphony Orchestra's "Music U," the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Zankel Hall, the New York Philharmonic's Senza sangue, and more.

The Media

Cuddlers & cutthroats

by James Bowman

On the results of the recent election in England.

Verse Chronicle

Doing as the Romans do

by William Logan

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.


After the pounding match

by Henrik Bering

on Waterloo: The Aftermath by Paul O'Keeffe

Father Neuhaus

by Mary Ellen Bork

on Richard John Neuhaus: A Life in the Public Square by Randy Boyagoda

The empire business

by Robert D. Kaplan

on Flood of Fire: A Novel (The Ibis Trilogy) by Amitav Ghosh

Dying art

by Malcolm Forbes

on Notes on the Death of Culture: Essays on Spectacle and Society by Mario Vargas Llosa,John King

Bellow’s ornithologists

by Carl Rollyson

on The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915-1964 by Zachary Leader

Brothers of invention

by Michael Taube

on The Wright Brothers by David McCullough


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