Just as there is nothing like The New Criterion, there is nothing like the readership of The New Criterion.
Would you join us to hear Gary Saul Morson give an exclusive talk on the pernicious legacy of Lenin? Read on to learn how you can be a part of our inaugural Circle Lecture.
Last year we received a letter from a retired Army colonel—a chaplain—living in Indiana. Along with his donation to our fall fundraiser, this retired father of “nine happy, healthy children” wrote that he regretted he lacked the resources to join our Friends of The New Criterion donor program or to travel to New York for the Friends events we host throughout the year. “I understand the need to create a group of fellow travelers who will be the fiscal and friend foundation for the future of The New Criterion,” he noted, but he wrote that people like him—retired, of limited means—also “like to be thought of now and then too and also want to be considered active members of the team and of the battle.”
Would you join us to hear Gary Saul Morson give an exclusive talk on the pernicious legacy of Lenin?
Amen. Just as there is nothing like The New Criterion, there is nothing like the readership of The New Criterion. We are reminded of this fact every day. Our correspondent was just one more example of the wise counsel of our subscribers. Everyone who reads through our magazine’s pages is an active member of the team for culture. Here at The New Criterion, we man the front lines in the battle for civilization together.
Nearly forty years ago, The New Criterion began as a bold experiment in critical audacity. Through all this time the experiment has been sustained by you—by your readership, your friendship, and increasingly by your financial support.
We understand that. And our Indiana correspondent prompted us to think harder about how we honor the commitment of our readers at every level in this endeavor. Nearly twenty years ago, we started the Friends of The New Criterion to recognize leading supporters of the magazine. It is simply a fact that what began as a small band of supporters has grown into a significant cadre. It is no exaggeration to say that without the help of our Friends, many of whom donate far in excess of the $2,000 annual dues, The New Criterion would not be here today.
Over that same time, in response to these appeals, we have also seen hundreds of readers come forward to contribute at every level. The strength of these numbers, with more readers making contributions every season, speaks to the health of the magazine, the breadth of our readership, and your faith in what we do. We have always considered you a part of our circle. Now let’s make it official.
With this appeal, we introduce a new initiative, the Supporters Circle of The New Criterion. Membership in our Circle begins at $100 and up. We hope that every reader will be able to join our Circle. Your tax-deductible contribution goes to support the true cost of each subscription to The New Criterion.
We have always considered you a part of our circle. Now let’s make it official.
We have come to think of our new program as being akin to the Italian circolo—a society, a club—with different rings: our Supporters Circle, for donations of $100 or more; our Friends Circle, for donations of $2,000 or more; and our Editors Circle, for underwriting commitments of $25,000 or more.
Now we are proud to announce that all members of our Circle, at all levels, will receive an invitation to The Circle Lecture, our new annual event. Gary Saul Morson, our esteemed expert on Russian literature, will deliver the inaugural lecture in New York on the evening of September 25, an event that will also be streamed to Circle members online. Wherever you might be, we hope you will help us celebrate The New Criterion at this exclusive event by becoming a part of our Circle.
Join us as a new member of our Supporters Circle with a gift of $100 or more to secure your own invitation. All contributions received by the end of our fiscal year on June 30 will also be recognized in our forthcoming Annual Report.
The great Renaissance philosopher and churchman Nicholas of Cusa offered an arresting image to capture to mind-boggling mystery of God. “God is an infinite circle,” Cusa said, “whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.”
The circolo of The New Criterion is not quite, not yet, that magnificent. But we like to think that it exerts an ineffable appeal and offers the solace of intellectual camaraderie. I hope that you will take your chosen place in this new circle of support.
Roger Kimball, Editor & Publisher