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October 2015 Volume 34, Number 2

Notes & comments

A tale of two Popes
Comparing Pope Francis with his predecessor.

Yale follies (cont’d)
The ivy league school recently announced a new Center for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilization at Yale Law School.

And farewell to The Mikado
On canceling Gilbert & Sullivan's famous operetta.


Coates contra mundum by Anthony Daniels
A review of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Updike’s naked poetry by Brad Leithauser
Updike began and ended his career with poetry. More than his other writings, Updike's verse provides the clearest picture of who he is.

The book of war by Henrik Bering
Donald Stoker's new book on Clausewitz helps dissect Clausewitz's complicated legacy.

The old lies of the Young Turks by Christopher Atamian
Reflections on the Armenian Genocide on the 100th anniversary.



Clouds, metaphysical by William Logan

Waltz by Stephen Bluestone

The weeping song by Andrew Grace

Letter from Hudson

Getting away from it all by Stefan Beck
Time on an island in Hudson, New York, occasions some musings on the greatest shipwreck survivors in literature.


Max Beerbohm’s humanity by Richard Tillinghast
Reading Max Beerbohm reveals much about the times in which he lived.


Dueling misfits by Kyle Smith
On Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre and Finding Neverland at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.


The Wadsworth Atheneum reborn by Marco Grassi
On the newly renovated Wadsworth Atheneum.

Caro in Yorkshire by Karen Wilkin
On “Caro in Yorkshire” at The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Exhibition note by Alexandra Mullen
On "Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland” at The Morgan Library & Museum.

Exhibition note by Mario Naves
On "Paintings by George Stubbs from the Yale Center for British Art” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Gallery chronicle by James Panero
On “Seeing Sound: New Works by Jane Harris, Alex Paik, Gelah Penn” at Odetta Gallery; “Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair” at MOMA PS1; "The Still Life Show” at Eleventh Street Arts; Jack Tworkov: Mark and Grid, 1931–1982” at Alexander Gray Associates; “Stephen Maine: New Paintings” at Hionas Gallery & “Gabriele Evertz: The Gray Question” at Minus Space.


Salzburg chronicle by Jay Nordlinger
On Christiane Karg with Malcolm Martineau, the Vienna Philharmonic with Anne-Sophie Mutter, Werther, & more.

The Media

Trumped-up narratives by James Bowman
On the responses to the American train heroes and Trump on the campaign trail.


What happened at Potsdam
on Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe
by Michael Neiberg
reviewed by Conrad Black

There’s an old joke
on Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up (Sather Classical Lectures)
by Mary Beard
reviewed by Christie Davies

Nabokov’s American affair
on Nabokov in America: On the Road to Lolita
by Robert Roper
reviewed by David Guaspari

A promising mixture
on A Strange Business: Art, Culture, and Commerce in Nineteenth Century London
by James Hamilton
reviewed by Dominic Green

The self in bloom
on The Daemon Knows: Literary Greatness and the American Sublime
by Harold Bloom
reviewed by Ian Tuttle

In the ring corner
on The Top of His Game: The Best Sportswriting of W. C. Heinz: (A Special Publication of The Library of America)
by W. C. Heinz,Bill Littlefield
reviewed by Max Watman

Working-class blues
on Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis
by Robert D. Putnam
reviewed by Mene Ukueberuwa