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September 2014 Volume 33, Number 1

Notes & comments

Summer of discontent
Attitudes about patriotism, race, and more prove that The Sixties are still with us.


Guilt trip: Versailles, avant-garde & kitsch by Roger Kimball
John Maynard Keynes’s revisionist history of World War I has had enduring—and harmful—consequences.

The minister of paradox by Gary Saul Morson
The complicated, often conflicted, life of Alexander Herzen.

Divide and conquer by Marco Grassi
Summer exhibitions in Florence and Verona reconsider the work of Pontormo, Rosso & Veronese.

Two takes on the Common Core by Sol Stern, Peter Wood
Conservative arguments for and against the Common Core.



At Buck Hall by Morri Creech

Audit by Willaim Louis-Dreyfus


View from Moscow by Anna Borshchevskaya
How Putin's incompetence led to the crisis in Ukraine.


Austrian inclinations by Kevin D. Williamson
Reviews of Cabaret, Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson, Furniture Painter, King Lear, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.


What Jeff Koons has wrought by Eric Gibson
On “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The new Clark by Karen Wilkin
On the renovated Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and its two inaugural exhibitions, “Cast for Eternity: Ancient Ritual Bronzes” and “Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith.”

Grounded Zero by James Panero
On the recently completed National September 11 Memorial and Museum.


New York chronicle by Jay Nordlinger
On The Passenger, The Tsar’s Bride, the Mostly Mozart festival, and more.

The Media

Talking to themselves by James Bowman
On the ebola panic and media discussions of stupidity.


The more things change by Theodore Dalrymple
Hypertension, depressions, and the role of law in the enforcement of morals.


The sum of its parts
on An Aristotelian Realist Philosophy of Mathematics: Mathematics as the Science of Quantity and Structure
by James Franklin
reviewed by David Guaspari

As the fashion of his hat
on A Will to Believe: Shakespeare and Religion (Oxford Wells Shakespeare Lectures)
by David Scott Kastan
reviewed by David J. Davis

The integrative mind
on The Common Mind: Politics, Society and Christian Humanism from Thomas More to Russell Kirk
by Andre Gushurst-Moore
reviewed by Alvino-Mario Fantini

Let’s make a deal
on The Crusade Years, 1933–1955: Herbert Hoover's Lost Memoir of the New Deal Era and Its Aftermath (Hoover Institution Press Publication)
by George H. Nash
reviewed by Will Morrisey

Story and history
on The Histories
by Herodotus,Tom Holland,Paul Cartledge
reviewed by J. G. Manning