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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

January 2015Volume 33, Number 5  

Notes & Comments

A vertically integrated digital mess

On the fall of The New Republic.

A tale of two hackings

Misplaced sympathy in recent hacking scandals.

Feminism & astrophysics redux

The feminist double standard.


Introduction: free speech under threat

by Roger Kimball

An overview of “Free Speech under Threat: How Anglosphere Values Are Being Undermined by Fear, Political Correctness, and Misplaced Concerns about Privacy,” a symposium organized jointly by The New Criterion and London’s Social Affairs Unit.

New "old-fashioned" shaming

by Andrew C. McCarthy

Congress wants to amend the First Amendment.

Bad ideas never die

by David Pryce-Jones

The fight for free speech will never end.


by Douglas Murray

One of the most damaging forms of censorship is self-imposed.

A lesson in Newspeak

by Daniel Hannan

A damaging semantic shift.

An enemy within

by Keith Windschuttle

How to protect speech when the freedom is abused.

Compliance with untruth

by Anthony Daniels

Relentless regulation destroys the necessary conditions for free speech.

Eighteenth-century regulation

by Jeremy Black

Tracing the history of threats to free speech.


Letter from Kiev

Colder temperatures

by Douglas E. Schoen

Ukraine's situation continues to decline.


Remembering Dennis O’Driscoll

by Richard Tillinghast

On the Irish poet and essayist.



by Kevin D. Williamson

Reviews of Sticks and Bones and Pitbulls.


An El Greco Trifecta

by Karen Wilkin

Reviews of “El Greco in New York” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, “El Greco at the National Gallery and Washington-Area Collections: A 400th Anniversary Celebration,” and “El Greco at The Frick Collection.”

Exhibition note

by Mario Naves

On "William Glackens” at The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia.

Gallery chronicle

by James Panero

On “Claire Seidl and Kim Uchiyama: Plain Sight, Selected Paintings, Prints and Photographs” at Fox Gallery NYC, Eleventh Street Arts at Grand Central Atelier, "Tom Goldenberg: Landscapes” at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, and “Todd Gordon, Tom Goldenberg” at George Billis Gallery.


New York chronicle

by Jay Nordlinger

The San Francisco Symphony plays Samuel Adams, Jaap van Zweden guest conducts the New York Philharmonic, and more.

The Media

Irony, in context

by James Bowman

When irony is used as a tool by the powerful.


Back to tragedy

by Sarah Ruden

Review of Bacchae: Euripides translated by Robin Robertson and Oedipus at Colonus translated by David Mulroy.

It figures

by James Franklin

on How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg

A crash felt round the world

by Conrad Black

on Understanding the Crash, edited by Gerald Frost

Philosophical roughage

by Christie Davies

on Zizek's Jokes: Did You Hear the One about Hegel and Negation? by Slavoj Žižek,Audun Mortensen,Momus

Learning to love

by Emily Esfahani Smith

on Lila: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson

Old wine in new bottles

by Stephen Schuker

on The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 by Christopher Clark


Mark Strand, 1934-2014

by David Yezzi

Remembering the poet, artist, and critic.

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