New Criterion

A magazine that publishes articles, notes and comment on cultural life in America. Publishes contributions from poets, authors, public policy scholars, humanities lecturers, and critics. Includes poetry, arts criticism, and commentary. Departments in thea

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 8, April

Ataturk's Creation
Can traditional cultures in the third world break with the past in order to enjoy modern civilization? Ought they to do so? And at what price? Can a leader persuade or force his nation to make so drastic a change? Questions such as these were brought...
Gallery Chronicle
At least since the rise of the Depression-era photographers, art photography, it seems, has drifted toward the vernacular, toward reportage. Contemporary galleries brim with work by younger photographers that is snapshot or news-photo derived. Surrealist...
Martin Du Gard's Monster a Box
On New Year's Day 1931, the novelist Roger Martin du Gard (1881-1958) and his wife were seriously injured in a car crash, and they spent the next few months recuperating in a Le Mans hospital. That Martin du Gard had recently finished a solid first...
Modishness & Blairishness
This May, for the first time, London will be electing a mayor. The post shouldn't be confused with that of the Lord Mayor--the one with the golden coach, the one whose office goes back to medieval times. The Lord Mayor's jurisdiction is confined to...
Notes & Comments: April 2000
Science & human nature We are often negligent, we admit, about keeping up with Wired, the popular monthly magazine about high technology that describes itself as "the journal of record for the future." But a news report about a long essay in...
"Strange Seriousness": Discovering Daumier
He was naked, and he saw man naked, and from the centre of his own crystal.... He approached everything with a mind unclouded by current opinions. There was nothing of the superior person about him. This makes him terrifying. --T....
The American View of Landscape
I become a transparent eye-ball. I am nothing. I see all. The currents of the Universal being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God. --Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Nature" Weapon shapely, naked, wan, Head from the mother's...
The Narrative Imperative
Not that one wishes to minimize the importance of political bias in the media, but it cannot be said often enough--certainly, I have said it more than once--that there is something even more determinative of the direction to be taken by the media's...
Tilman Riemenschneider at the Met
In Form in Gothic, his provocative meditation on the art and architecture of the late Middle Ages, the German art historian and aesthetician Wilhelm Worringer concluded that the world of Northern man "yielded itself to him in all acuteness with its...
Tiresias Redux
When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning he was a gigantic insect; when Professor Donald N. McCloskey woke up one morning he was a gigantic woman. It is a matter of opinion as to which metamorphosis was the more bizarre or surreal. Of course, Professor...