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Critic's Notebook for March 2, 2015
by Christine Emba | Mar 02, 2015 07:15 PM

Music from discord
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In Case You Missed It
by Christine Emba | Feb 27, 2015 03:25 PM

March 2015 Volume 33, Number 7

Notes & comments

In praise of red ink
Our inability to speak freely makes it impossible to comprehend the dangerous realities we face.

Features

Homer in the tropics by Alexander Suebsaeng
On teaching classics at Kamuzu Academy in Malawi.

Piano plays Harvard by Peter Pennoyer
A review of the new Harvard Art Museums, designed by Renzo Piano.

A kingdom in splinters by Eric Ormsby
Traditional philology today is a shadow of what it once was. Can it survive?

The epic of Ezra by Paul Dean
A review of A. David Moody's Ezra Pound: Poet. A Portrait of the Man and His Work, Volume II: The Epic Years, 1921–1939.

Departments

Poems

Display window, blizzard by J. T. Barbarese

Deal with the Devil by Dana Gioia

The art of thinking by David Solway

Letter from Cheltenham

Barbarians among the ruins by Anthony Daniels
On the sad state of the West English town.

Reconsiderations

Fun facts & fascism by Sarah Ruden
Revisiting the lessons from Rick Atkinson's An Army at Dawn

Theater

Unhappy families by Andrew Stuttaford
Reviews of Titus Andronicus at SoHo’s HERE Arts Center, A Month in the Country at Classic Stage Company & Let the Right One In at Dumbo’s St. Ann’s Warehouse.

Art

Who was John Quinn? by Karen Wilkin
A look back on John Quinn's life and work.

Exhibition notes by Mario Naves
On "The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Exhibition notes by Christie Davies
On "Rubens and His Legacy: Van Dyck to Cézanne” at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Music

New York chronicle by Jay Nordlinger
On Mieczyslaw Weinberg, Alexandre Tharaud, the Mariinsky Orchestra of Saint Petersburg & more.

The Media

The irony of PC by James Bowman
On Jonathan Chait's recent piece in New York Magazine

Notebook

Monet’s magpie in the snow by Jeffrey Meyers
A new interpretation of Monet's great work.

Books

“I am not undesigning”
on The Letters of Robert Frost, Volume 1: 1886 - 1920
by Robert Frost,Donald Sheehy,Mark Richardson,Robert Faggen
reviewed by Andrew Hamilton

Revisiting the banality of evil
on Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer
by Bettina Stangneth,Ruth Martin
reviewed by Paul Hollander

The limits of logic
on Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World
by Amir Alexander
reviewed by David Guaspari

Our island story
on English and Their History
by Robert Tombs
reviewed by Simon Heffer

Confederates
on Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief
by James M. McPherson
reviewed by Richard Tillinghast

and
on Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson
by S. C. Gwynne
reviewed by Richard Tillinghast

Travels with Paddy
on Walking the Woods and the Water: In Patrick Leigh Fermor's footsteps from the Hook of Holland to the Golden Horn
by Nick Hunt
reviewed by Ben Downing

Aristos abroad
on The Jacobean Grand Tour: Early Stuart Travellers in Europe
by Edward Chaney
reviewed by Henrik Bering