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In Review: The Handel and Haydn Society’s All-Haydn Program
by Dominic Green | Jan 28, 2015 05:23 PM

The real thing
by James Bowman | Jan 27, 2015 12:08 AM

Critic's Notebook for January 26, 2015
by Christine Emba | Jan 26, 2015 09:20 PM

January 2015 Volume 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.

Self-censorship 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.



Nor what we mean by Wendy Videlock

Passover by James Matthew Wilson

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.


Curtains 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.


Mark Strand, 1934-2014 by David Yezzi
Remembering the poet, artist, and critic.


Back to tragedy
on Bacchae
by Euripides
reviewed by Sarah Ruden

on Oedipus at Colonus (Wisconsin Studies in Classics)
by Sophocles,David Mulroy
reviewed by Sarah Ruden

It figures
on How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking
by Jordan Ellenberg
reviewed by James Franklin

A crash felt round the world
on Understanding the Crash, edited by Gerald Frost
by Conrad Black

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

Learning to love
on Lila: A Novel
by Marilynne Robinson
reviewed by Emily Esfahani Smith

Old wine in new bottles
on The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914
by Christopher Clark
reviewed by Stephen Schuker