“Oh, to be in England...”
On the contents and purpose of our special section on “Britain today.”
by David Pryce-Jones
Britain Today: Part I
Do the moral and cultural values which sustained Britain during World War II still exist today? David Pryce-Jones looks at the outward indicators-”and the realities they disguise-”to answer this urgent question.
British intellectual life today
by Daniel Johnson
Britain Today: Part II
About a century ago, the term “man of letters” was in Britain replaced by “intellectual.” Daniel Johnson examines the difference between the two, and what that difference says about the state of the life of the (British) mind.
The real British disease
by John O'Sullivan
Britain Today: Part III
The British are experiencing a collective identity crisis. John O’Sullivan explains why, and why halting its progress is the surest way to protect Britain from decline.
The people vs. the E.U.
by Rodney Leach
Britain Today: Part IV
The recent referendums in France and Holland rejecting the proposed EU constitution are not a setback but the possible salvation of Europe. Rodney Leach explains why.
Farewell, Church of England?
by Peter Mullen
Britain Today: Part VI
The Church of England is under assault-”and the enemies are within. Peter Mullen, Chaplain to the Stock Exchange, tells us why the “whole institution is like a psychotic kindergarten,” and what must be done about it.
Cezanne & Pissarro: A crucial friendship
by Karen Wilkin
Karen Wilkin on “Pioneering Modern Painting: Cezanne & Pissarro 185-1885,” which opened at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, on June 26 and remains on view through September 12, 2005.
by Anthony Daniels
On “Joshua Reynolds: The Creation of Celebrity” at Tate Modern, London, from May 26 to September 18, 2005 and “Frida Kahlo” at Tate Modern, London, from June 9 to October 9, 2005.
Iraq, Kosovo & other music
by Jay Nordlinger
On Thomas Ades's piano quintet, Peter Maxwell Davies's Naxos Quartet No. 3, two string quartets of Christos Hatzis, and David Del Tredici's Lament for the Death of a Bullfighter.