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The New Criterion

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

November 2014Volume 33, Number 3  

Notes & Comments

The Latin vote

Why everyone should learn the ancient languages.

Features

Bertolt Brecht’s Marie-Antoinettism

by Anthony Daniels

The German poet, playwright, and Marxist.

Humanities: doomed to lose?

by Mark Bauerlein

How humanities professors are letting identity politics destroy their discipline.

The compensations of Michael Oakeshott

by Timothy Fuller

Revisiting the philosopher through his personal notebooks.

Virgil Thomson: assessing the critic

by James Penrose

On the sharp-tongued music critic of the 1940s.

Poems

Letter from Mumbai

A new dawn in India

by Christie Davies

Prime Minister Modi inspires optimism in a divided India.

Reconsiderations

Debo, Duchess of Devonshire

by David Pryce-Jones

Memories of the Duchess and the rest of the Mitford clan.

Theater

Not acting their ages

by Kevin D. Williamson

Reviews of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, This Is Our Youth, & Matilda

Art

Spain’s history painter

by Karen Wilkin

On “Goya: Order and Disorder,” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Exhibition Note

by Mario Naves

On Thomas Hart Benton’s America Today Mural Rediscovered” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Gallery chronicle

by James Panero

On “Chris Martin” at Anton Kern Gallery; “Doppler Shift” at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey; and “Matthew Miller: Can’t You See It, I Am One” at Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden Pocket Utopia.

Music

New York chronicle

by Jay Nordlinger

On Unsuk Chin’s Clarinet Concerto, a recital by René Pape, the Berlin Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, and more.

The Media

The uses of outrage

by James Bowman

Outrage is the media's new tool.

Fiction Chronicle

Wars & rumors of wars

by Stefan Beck

Reviews of Perfidia, by James Ellroy; In the Wolf’s Mouth, by Adam Foulds; The Zone of Interest, by Martin Amis; and The Laughing Monsters, by Denis Johnson.

Books

The great soldier-statesman

by Conrad Black

on Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts

Benn in translation

by John Simon

on Impromptus: Selected Poems and Some Prose by Gottfried Benn,Michael Hofmann

A life of writing

by Ernest Hilbert

Review of Essays After Eighty by Donald Hall

The war on the home front

by Nick Cater

Review of Australia's Secret War by Hal G. P. Colebatch

A woman of her word

by Carl Rollyson

on The Extraordinary Life of Rebecca West by Lorna Gibb

A royal tale

by Andrew Roberts

on The Queen of Four Kingdoms by HRH Princess Michael of Kent

Notebook

The German Plath

by Jeffrey Meyers

Sylvia's German roots pervaded her life and work.

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