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The New Criterion

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

March 2015Volume 33, Number 7  

Notes & Comments

In praise of red ink

Our inability to speak freely makes it impossible to comprehend the dangerous realities we face.

Features

Homer in the tropics

by Alexander Suebsaeng

On teaching classics at Kamuzu Academy in Malawi.

Piano plays Harvard

by Peter Pennoyer

A review of the new Harvard Art Museums, designed by Renzo Piano.

A kingdom in splinters

by Eric Ormsby

Traditional philology today is a shadow of what it once was. Can it survive?

The epic of Ezra

by Paul Dean

A review of A. David Moody's Ezra Pound: Poet. A Portrait of the Man and His Work, Volume II: The Epic Years, 1921–1939.

Poems

Letter from Cheltenham

Barbarians among the ruins

by Anthony Daniels

On the sad state of the West English town.

Reconsiderations

Fun facts & fascism

by Sarah Ruden

Revisiting the lessons from Rick Atkinson's An Army at Dawn

Theater

Unhappy families

by Andrew Stuttaford

Reviews of Titus Andronicus at SoHo’s HERE Arts Center, A Month in the Country at Classic Stage Company & Let the Right One In at Dumbo’s St. Ann’s Warehouse.

Art

Who was John Quinn?

by Karen Wilkin

A look back on John Quinn's life and work.

Exhibition notes

by Mario Naves

On "The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Exhibition notes

by Christie Davies

On "Rubens and His Legacy: Van Dyck to Cézanne” at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Music

New York chronicle

by Jay Nordlinger

On Mieczyslaw Weinberg, Alexandre Tharaud, the Mariinsky Orchestra of Saint Petersburg & more.

The Media

The irony of PC

by James Bowman

On Jonathan Chait's recent piece in New York Magazine

Books

“I am not undesigning”

by Andrew Hamilton

on The Letters of Robert Frost, Volume 1: 1886 - 1920 by Robert Frost,Donald Sheehy,Mark Richardson,Robert Faggen

Revisiting the banality of evil

by Paul Hollander

on Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer by Bettina Stangneth,Ruth Martin

The limits of logic

by David Guaspari

on Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World by Amir Alexander

Our island story

by Simon Heffer

on English and Their History by Robert Tombs

Confederates

by Richard Tillinghast

on Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief by James M. McPherson

Travels with Paddy

by Ben Downing

on Walking the Woods and the Water: In Patrick Leigh Fermor's footsteps from the Hook of Holland to the Golden Horn by Nick Hunt

Aristos abroad

by Henrik Bering

on The Jacobean Grand Tour: Early Stuart Travellers in Europe by Edward Chaney

Notebook

Monet’s magpie in the snow

by Jeffrey Meyers

A new interpretation of Monet's great work.

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