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In Review: “Make a Joyful Noise”: Renaissance Art and Music in Florence Cathedral
by Leann Davis Alspaugh | Dec 18, 2014 12:57 PM

In Review: Egon Schiele at the Neue Galerie
by Michael Pepi | Dec 16, 2014 04:04 PM

Critic's Notebook for December 15, 2014
by Christine Emba | Dec 15, 2014 05:45 PM

December 2014 Volume 33, Number 4

Notes & comments

Feminism & astrophysics
Radical feminists hijack the celebration of one of the most impressive feats of modern science.

The New Criterion on art
On our special art issue.

Features

Abraham Lincoln: American prophet by James Piereson
How Lincoln dealt with the press and the founders' legacy.

A monumental shame by Bruce Cole
Plans for an Eisenhower memorial on the National Mall have taken a shameful turn.

The passionate eye by Marco Grassi
Review of Rendez-vous with Art, by Philippe de Montebello and Martin Gayford.

The "new" New Brutalism by Michael J. Lewis
Brutalism is back.

Drawing with scissors by Karen Wilkin
Review of "Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” opened at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

The cost of culture by Daniel Grant
Do high admission costs hurt museums in the long run?

David’s slingshot by Victoria Coates
The relationship between great art and democracy.

How Brooklyn missed Brooklyn by James Panero
For years, the Brooklyn Museum has overlooked the art happening in its own backyard.

Departments

Poems

His Reason by Michael Spence

The Elephant’s Mouth by Luke Stromberg

Reconsiderations

Augustus & the birth of the West by Michael Auslin
Is Augustus still relevant 2000 years after his death?

Theater

Crowded house by Kevin D. Williamson
Reviews of The Country House & The Real Thing.

Art

London chronicle by Christie Davies
Reviews of “The EY Exhibition: Late Turner—Painting Set Free” at Tate Britain, London & “Constable: The Making of a Master” at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Exhibition note by Mario Naves
On "Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Exhibition note by Leann Davis Alspaugh
On "Wynn Bullock: Revelations" at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta

Music

New York chronicle by Jay Nordlinger
The New York Philharmonic plays Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3, the Philadelphia Orchestra plays Mahler's Symphony No. 2 at Carnegie Hall, and more.

The Media

Strategic thinking by James Bowman
On a recent show of political theater.

Verse Chronicle

The glory days by William Logan
On Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Glück; Accepting the Disaster, by Joshua Mehigan; If the Tabloids Are True What Are You?, by Matthea Harvey; Gabriel, by Edward Hirsch; One Thousand Things Worth Knowing, by Paul Muldoon; The Heart Is Strange: New Selected Poems, by John Berryman

Notebook

The outdoor kid by Stefan Beck
Revisting John Muir's adventures in the wilderness on the 100th anniversary of his death.

Books

A nation in retreat
on America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder
by Bret Stephens
reviewed by Keith Windschuttle

Eliot in full
Review of The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: The Critical Edition, Volume 1: Apprentice Years, 1905–1918, edited by Jewel Spears Brooker & Ronald Schuchard & The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: The Critical Edition, Volume 2: The Perfect Critic, 1919–1926, edited by Anthony Cuda & Ronald Schuchard
by Denis Donoghue

and
Review of The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: The Critical Edition, Volume 1: Apprentice Years, 1905–1918, edited by Jewel Spears Brooker & Ronald Schuchard & The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: The Critical Edition, Volume 2: The Perfect Critic, 1919–1926, edited by Anthony Cuda & Ronald Schuchard
by Denis Donoghue

Awaking the theologian
on Jonathan Edwards: Writings from the Great Awakening (Library of America)
by Jonathan Edwards,Philip F. Gura
reviewed by Marc M. Arkin