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Roaring beauty
by Jay Nordlinger | Nov 25, 2015 12:10 PM

The Critic's Notebook for November 23, 2015
by Benjamin Riley | Nov 24, 2015 10:00 AM

In case you missed it
by Benjamin Riley | Nov 20, 2015 03:00 PM

November 2015 Volume 34, Number 3

Notes & comments

Misanthropic nostalgia
On the green movement's latest agenda.

Free speech on campus
Has the First Amendment completely disappeared from college campuses?


Becoming Henry Kissinger by Conrad Black
A review of Kissinger, by Niall Ferguson.

The intolerable dream by Gary Saul Morson
Don Quixote at four hundred.

State of nature by Dominic Green
Is nature writing making a comeback in Britain?

Pamphlets of revolution by James Piereson
A review of The American Revolution: Writings from the Pamphlet Debate, edited by Gordon Wood.



Love fools by Kyle Smith
On Spring Awakening at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, Fool for Love at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, and Old Times at the American Airlines Theatre.


Introduction by Charles Martin
Introduction to a selection from Euripides' "Medea," translated by Charles Martin

From Euripides' by Charles Martin

Letter from London

Leaping to the Left by Jeremy Black
What does the election of Jeremy Corbyn mean for both British and American politics?


A lesson in Western Civ by Mark Bauerlein
Why do the humanities continue to lose students to STEM fields?


“Class distinctions” in Boston by Karen Wilkin
On “Class Distinctions: Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The Congo line by Anthony Daniels
On “Beauté Congo 1926–2015” at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris.

Gallery chronicle by James Panero
On “Painting Is Not Doomed To Repeat Itself” at Hollis Taggart Galleries; “Checkered History: The Grid in Art & Life” at Outpost Artists Resources; “Tempos: Selected Works by Elizabeth Gourlay, 2013–2015” at Fox Gallery NYC; “Diphthong” at the Shirley Fiterman Art Center; “Todd Bienvenu: Exile on Bogart Street” at Life on Mars; “Occo Socko!” at Stout Projects.


New York chronicle by Jay Nordlinger
On "The Art of the Score," Verdi's Otello, Puccini's Turandot, and more.

The Media

Parodic crudeness by James Bowman
Has the media demonized the opposition?

Fiction Chronicle

Bad luck & trouble by Stefan Beck
On Quicksand, by Steve Toltz; Paris Nocturne, by Patrick Modiano; The State We’re In, by Ann Beattie; and The Night Stages, by Jane Urquhart.


Hemingway & Malraux: the struggle by Jeffrey Meyers
On the complicated relationship between the writers.


Family ties
on Agents of Empire: Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits and Spies in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean World
by Noel Malcolm
reviewed by Gerald J. Russello

Domestic disturbance
on The Letters of T. S. Eliot: Volume 5: 1930-1931
by T. S. Eliot,Valerie Eliot,John Haffenden
reviewed by Denis Donoghue

Ideas still matter
on European Intellectual History from Rousseau to Nietzsche
by Frank M. Turner,Richard A. Lofthouse
reviewed by Justin Zaremby

Changes & chances
on Edmund Spenser: A Life
by Andrew Hadfield
reviewed by Paul Dean