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The Critic's Notebook for May 18, 2015
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When titans converge
by Jay Nordlinger | May 18, 2015 12:37 PM

May 2015 Volume 33, Number 9

Notes & comments

Trudeau’s pick of the litter
The author of the "raw and subversive" Doonesbury comic strip fails to grasp the true meaning of the First Amendment.


The moral of Caesar by Roger Kimball
Caesar's death was more than the end of an extraordinary life; it was the end of an era.

The heresy of Ayaan Hirsi Ali by Andrew C. McCarthy
Ayaan Hirsi Ali's new book argues that the time for a Muslim reformation is now.

A burnt-out fairground by David Pryce-Jones
A selection from David Pryce-Jones's memoir reveals the literary world, anti-Semitism, and changing politics of twentieth-century Europe.

Wolves Hall by Dominic Green
On Hilary Mantel's works and their adaptations.



Elegy on a blackboard by Debora Greger

Alba by Rick Mullin

Intelligent design by William Craig Rice


Left behind by Kyle Smith
On The Audience at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, Skylight at the John Golden Theatre, & The Heidi Chronicles at the Music Box Theatre.


Donatello & friends at the Duomo by Marco Grassi
On “Sculpture in the Age of Donatello" at The Museum of Biblical Art.

Velázquez in Paris by Karen Wilkin
“Diego Velázquez” at the Grand Palais, Paris.

Exhibition note by Bruce Cole
"A Centenary of Australian War Art” at the Embassy of Australia, Washington, D.C.

Gallery chronicle by James Panero
On “Keith A. Smith: The Fabric Works: 1964–1980” at Bruce Silverstein; “Karen Schwartz: Down the Rabbit Hole” at Life on Mars Gallery; “Mel Bernstine” at McKenzie Fine Art; “Graham Nickson: Spectrum” at Betty Cuningham Gallery; “Louise P. Sloane: Recent Paintings” at Andre Zarre Gallery & “Arts in Bushwick: Making History” at Storefront Ten Eyck


New York chronicle by Jay Nordlinger
On the Adès Totentanz, the St. Louis Symphony at Carnegie Hall, John Adams's Scheherazade.2 & more.

The Media

All the latest fashions by James Bowman

Manners & morals

On fraternities & manliness by Emily Esfahani Smith
The history of the fraternities may hold the solution for curing the current ills of the Greek system.

Fiction Chronicle

The story of the grail by Stefan Beck
Reviews of The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro; John the Pupil, by David Flusfeder; Know Your Beholder, by Adam Rapp & Notes from a Dead House, by Fyodor Dostoevsky.


Young Stalin’s mortal roulette
on Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928
by Stephen Kotkin
reviewed by Conrad Black

Ovid in exile
on The Offense of Love: Ars Amatoria, Remedia Amoris, and Tristia 2 (Wisconsin Studies in Classics)
by Ovid,Julia D. Hejduk
reviewed by Sarah Ruden

Spain’s comrade
on The Last Stalinist
by Paul Preston
reviewed by Stanley G. Payne

Westlake’s nonfiction
on The Getaway Car: A Donald Westlake Nonfiction Miscellany
by Donald E. Westlake,Levi Stahl,Levi Stahl,Lawrence Block
reviewed by David Guaspari