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A Body Blow to Racial Discrimination
by Roger Kimball | Apr 23, 2014 12:52 AM

Carpeaux, public and private
by Eric Gibson | Apr 22, 2014 09:46 AM

Critic's Notebook for April 21, 2014
by Brian P. Kelly | Apr 21, 2014 05:32 PM

April 2014 Volume 32, Number 8

Notes & comments

The New Criterion on poetry
On the current state of poetry

Soft power meets hard fact
The failings of a soft power approach to Russia


The second assassin by Edward Jay Epstein
Was JFK killed because America planned to assassinate Castro?

Team players by Denis Donoghue
On Shakespeare's collaborations with other writers

All in the family by Bruce Bawer
On the life and work of Marianne Moore

A chisel to write by Paul Dean
The turbulent career of Basil Bunting

Dickinson’s nothings by William Logan
Learning from Emily Dickinson's envelope poems

Sound & sensibility by David Yezzi
The musicality of Robert Frost



More like the stars by Christian Wiman

Letter from Copenhagen

On the frontlines of free speech by David Pryce-Jones
On “Fatwa or free speech?," a conference in Denmark.


Season of the witch by Laura Jacobs
An review of Angelin Preljocaj’s Spectral Evidence


What about Bob? by Kevin D. Williamson
Reviews of Antony and Cleopatra, Breakfast with Mugabe, London Wall, and After Midnight


Back to the future by Karen Wilkin
On "Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe” at the Guggenheim, New York

Exhibition note by Mario Naves
On "Gauguin: Metamorphoses” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Exhibition note by Christie Davies
On "Turner and the Sea” at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

Gallery chronicle by James Panero
On the “Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts” at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, the “2014 Whitney Biennial” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and “Volta NY” at 82 Mercer Street, New York


Cross & Cross: transforming New York by Peter Pennoyer
How two brothers reshaped the architectural landscape of New York


New York chronicle by Jay Nordlinger
On Prince Igor, Werther, The Enchanted Island, the choir of Stetson University, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and more.

The Media

Negative side effects by James Bowman
Red lines, empty threats, and the crisis in Ukraine

Manners & morals

“A light at the heart of the world” by Emily Esfahani Smith
What is the role of art in our secular age?


A winning combination
on The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America
by Amy Chua
reviewed by Charles Murray

Reviving the sonnet
on All of You on the Good Earth
by Ernest Hilbert
reviewed by John Foy

Friend & hero
on Olivia Manning: A Woman at War
by Deirdre David
reviewed by Carl Rollyson