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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

September 2014Volume 33, Number 1  

Notes & Comments

Summer of discontent

Attitudes about patriotism, race, and more prove that The Sixties are still with us.


Guilt trip: Versailles, avant-garde & kitsch

by Roger Kimball

John Maynard Keynes’s revisionist history of World War I has had enduring—and harmful—consequences.

The minister of paradox

by Gary Saul Morson

The complicated, often conflicted, life of Alexander Herzen.

Divide and conquer

by Marco Grassi

Summer exhibitions in Florence and Verona reconsider the work of Pontormo, Rosso & Veronese.

Two takes on the Common Core

by Sol Stern, Peter Wood

Conservative arguments for and against the Common Core.



View from Moscow

by Anna Borshchevskaya

How Putin's incompetence led to the crisis in Ukraine.


Austrian inclinations

by Kevin D. Williamson

Reviews of Cabaret, Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson, Furniture Painter, King Lear, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.


What Jeff Koons has wrought

by Eric Gibson

On “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The new Clark

by Karen Wilkin

On the renovated Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and its two inaugural exhibitions, “Cast for Eternity: Ancient Ritual Bronzes” and “Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith.”

Grounded Zero

by James Panero

On the recently completed National September 11 Memorial and Museum.


New York chronicle

by Jay Nordlinger

On The Passenger, The Tsar’s Bride, the Mostly Mozart festival, and more.

The Media

Talking to themselves

by James Bowman

On the ebola panic and media discussions of stupidity.


The sum of its parts

by David Guaspari

on An Aristotelian Realist Philosophy of Mathematics: Mathematics as the Science of Quantity and Structure by James Franklin

As the fashion of his hat

by David J. Davis

on A Will to Believe: Shakespeare and Religion (Oxford Wells Shakespeare Lectures) by David Scott Kastan

The integrative mind

by Alvino-Mario Fantini

on The Common Mind: Politics, Society and Christian Humanism from Thomas More to Russell Kirk by Andre Gushurst-Moore

Let’s make a deal

by Will Morrisey

on The Crusade Years, 1933–1955: Herbert Hoover's Lost Memoir of the New Deal Era and Its Aftermath (Hoover Institution Press Publication) by George H. Nash

Story and history

by J. G. Manning

on The Histories by Herodotus,Tom Holland,Paul Cartledge


The more things change

by Theodore Dalrymple

Hypertension, depressions, and the role of law in the enforcement of morals.

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