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A strange Wagnerian ‘project’
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Briefly Noted: Toulouse-Lautrec at MoMa
by Andrew Koenig | Aug 21, 2014 10:47 AM

June 2014 Volume 32, Number 10

Notes & comments

Shut up, they explained
On the "disinvitation" of commencement speakers, trigger warnings for classic literature, and privilege

A word of thanks
A special message to our supporters


The law & Richard Epstein by Hadley Arkes
Analyzing the views of the distinguished legal scholar Richard Epstein.

Artists & politics by Donald Kagan
A lecture delivered by Donald Kagan after he received the second Edmund Burke Award for Service to Culture and Society.

Reclaiming Madison by James Piereson
A new biography of James Madison hopes to change the way we remember America's fourth President.

Conservatives & higher ed by Steven F. Hayward
A look at what has caused the dearth of conservatives in higher education, and why we should be concerned.



Apparition at Moss-Hanne by Ernest Hilbert

How you might approach a foal: by Wendy Videlock

Poodle by Ange Mlinko

Letter from Riga

World history, local level by James Franklin
How Latvia beat the odds after the Cold War.


Gatsby meets Macomber by Jeffrey Meyers
Decoding the parallels between Fitzgerald's Gatsby and Hemingway's “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.”


Great depressions by Kevin D. Williamson
Reviews of Of Mice and Men, The Velocity of Autumn, The Cripple of Inishmaan.


Degenerate art in New York by Karen Wilkin
On “Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937” at the Neue Galerie, New York.

Cast in a bad light by Daniel Grant
The art market and its problem with reproductions.

Gallery chronicle by James Panero
On "Peak Bushwick" and Bushwick Open Studios.


New York chronicle by Jay Nordlinger
On recent performances including Christoph von Dohnányi, Stephen Hough, the Metropolitan Opera, and more.

The Media

Some eminent utopians by James Bowman
On data-obsession and Thomas Piketty's Capital.

Verse Chronicle

Civil power by William Logan
Reviews of Caribou , by Charles Wright; Directing Herbert White, by James Franco; The Road to Emmaus, by Spencer Reece; Roget’s Illusion, by Linda Bierds; and Broken Hierarchies: Poems, 1952–2012, by Geoffrey Hill, edited by Kenneth Haynes.


Beauty out of madness by Theodore Dalrymple
Looking at the Prinzhorn Collection, a collection of artwork by psychotic patients.


The arc of empire
on The Oxford Anthology of Roman Literature
by Peter E. Knox,J. C. McKeown
reviewed by Sarah Ruden

Ground of her beseeching
on A Prayer Journal
by Flannery O'Connor,W. A. Sessions
reviewed by Katherine Messenger

Madman or saint?
on Living on Fire: The Life of L. Brent Bozell Jr.
by Daniel Kelly,Neal B. Freeman
reviewed by Samuel Hux

A bookman of the people
on The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life
by John Carey
reviewed by Henrik Bering

The essays of slender means
on The Informed Air: Essays
by Muriel Spark
reviewed by Brooke Allen

A modern classic
on Allan Greenberg: Classical Architect
by Allan Greenberg,Carolyne Roehm
reviewed by Peter Pennoyer

Down the Rabbit hole
on Updike
by Adam Begley
reviewed by Carl Rollyson