Some words of thanks
On the indispensible help of The New Criterion’s readers, contributors, and supporters.
Faculty follies: a selection
On a great year for academic absurdity.
New Grub Street
On Newsweek’s latest forays into journalistic irresponsibility.
Leszek Kolakowski & the anatomy of totalitarianism
by Roger Kimball
On the life and work of the philosopher Leszek Kolakowski, who is “well-known without being known well.”
by James Panero
On “Marvin Bileck & Emily Nelligan: Cranberry Island: Drawings and Prints” at Alexandre Gallery; “Tim Gardner” at 303 Gallery; “Jacqueline Gourevitch: Cloud Paintings 2000–2005" & "David Hockney: Pools 1978–1980” at the Mary Ryan Gallery & “Richard Baker” at Tibor de Nagy.
New York chronicle
by Jay Nordlinger
On the Dresden Staatskapelle’s two nights at Carnegie Hall, New York; Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers at City Opera, New York; Jefferson Friedman’s new piece The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly, performed by the New York Philharmonic and conducted by Leonard Slatkin; two concerts by the Bamberg Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, New York; & Renee Fleming at Zankel Hall, New York.
by James Bowman
On the media’s continuing attempts to “hold up the obvious falsehood that [they have] no political views at all in order to advance those views under the cover of ‘objectivity.’”
The Great American Desert
by William Logan
Reviews of Where Shall I Wander, by John Ashbery; Elegy on Toy Piano, by Dean Young; Overlord, by Jorie Graham; Black Maria, by Kevin Young; Delights & Shadows, Flying at Night: Poems 1965–1985, & The Poetry Home Repair Manual, by Ted Kooser; Collected Poems, 1943–2004, by Richard Wilbur.
The house on Middagh Street
by Brooke Allen
A review of February House: The Story of W. H. Auden, Carson McCullers, Jane & Paul Bowles, Benjamin Britten & Gypsy Rose Lee, Under One Roof in Wartime America, by Sherill Tippins.