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Thoughts on the Meaning of the 2016 New Hampshire Primary
by Roger Kimball | Feb 10, 2016 10:17 PM

Speech defects
by James Bowman | Feb 10, 2016 11:06 AM

The Critic’s Notebook for February 8, 2016
by Benjamin Riley | Feb 08, 2016 06:05 PM

February 2016 Volume 34, Number 6

Notes & comments

Rhodes not taken
On the recent controversy over the Rhodes Scholarship.


Confucian confusions by Eric Ormsby
On A. David Moody’s Ezra Pound: Poet: Volume III: The Tragic Years 1939–1972.

The globalist legal agenda by Andrew C. McCarthy
On The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities, by Stephen Breyer

The master off duty by Bruce Bawer
The Letters of Ernest Hemingway 1926-1929, edited by Rena Sanderson, Sandra Spanier, and Robert W. Trogdon

Calasso’s memory of Antiquity by Dominic Green
How did Roberto Calasso piece together the afterlife of ancient images?



"Brothers" & others: new Sappho poems by Christopher Childers

From Sappho Book I by Christopher Childers


American justice by Anthony Daniels
Revisiting Conversations with the Dead, by Danny Lyon, almost half a century after its original publication.


Why “Civilisation” matters by Drew Oliver
Why Kenneth Clark's 1969 television show still matters today.


Remembrance of flings past by Kyle Smith
On Our Mother’s Brief Affair at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre & The Color Purple at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.


Alex Katz at the Met by Karen Wilkin
On “Alex Katz at the Met” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art & "Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s” at the Colby College Museum of Art.

Exhibition note by Marco Grassi
On "Maestà: Gaddi’s Triptych Reunited” at the New-York Historical Society.

Exhibition note by Mario Naves
On “Greater New York” at MOMA PS1, New York.

Unfulfilled promises in North Adams by Daniel Grant
Why has the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art failed to achieve its original goals?

Gallery chronicle by James Panero
On “Katherine Bradford: Fear of Waves” & "Elisabeth Kley: Ozymandias" at Canada; “Carolanna Parlato: A Delicate Balance” at Elizabeth Harris Gallery; “Ronnie Landfield: Five Decades” at Stux + Haller; & “Lori Ellison” at McKenzie Fine Art.


New York chronicle by Jay Nordlinger
On The Pearl Fishers, James Gaffigan at the New York Philharmonic, Evgeny Kissin at Carnegie Hall, & more.

The Media

The king of tastelessness by James Bowman
Has all TV become reality TV?


Remembering Shiva Naipaul by J. Oliver Conroy
Looking back on the achievements of the author's tragically short life.


The sheer hard slog
on Margaret Thatcher: At Her Zenith: In London, Washington and Moscow
by Charles Moore
reviewed by Andrew Roberts

A man well worth knowing
on Augustine: Conversions to Confessions
by Robin Lane Fox
reviewed by Marc M. Arkin

Lepidoptery & gush
on Letters to Véra
by Vladimir Nabokov
reviewed by John Simon

Rothko's roots
on Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel (Jewish Lives)
by Annie Cohen-Solal
reviewed by Carla Main