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November 2014 Volume 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.

Departments

Poems

November by James Cummins

Messages by Rachel Hadas

The Shallow End by Aaron Fagan

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.

Notebook

The German Plath by Jeffrey Meyers
Sylvia's German roots pervaded her life and work.

Books

The great soldier-statesman
on Napoleon: A Life
by Andrew Roberts
reviewed by Conrad Black

Benn in translation
on Impromptus: Selected Poems and Some Prose
by Gottfried Benn,Michael Hofmann
reviewed by John Simon

A life of writing
on Essays After Eighty
by Donald Hall
reviewed by Ernest Hilbert

The war on the home front
on Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
by Jeff Kinney
reviewed by Nick Cater

A woman of her word
on The Extraordinary Life of Rebecca West
by Lorna Gibb
reviewed by Carl Rollyson

A royal tale
on The Queen of Four Kingdoms
by HRH Princess Michael of Kent
reviewed by Andrew Roberts