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. 19, No. 7, March

Covering Governing
To journalists there could have been little surprise in the announcement that former Vice President Gore was to teach a class in journalism at Columbia. Not only did he have some experience as a hack on the Nashville Tennessean before beginning his...
Four Poems
In trying to keep in the English to the rhymed metrical regularity of these four poems, I have had to supply words of my own on occasion, to fill out a line or make a rhyme. That is a dangerous business, putting your own words into the mouth of a great...
Letters
Umberto Saba To the Editors: In the often thankless work of translating poetry, the translator is usually content with any attention that might be paid to his labors. Thus I suppose I should, and do, prefer Eric Ormsby's lengthy, mixed review...
Notes & Comments: March 2001
The tendency of our culture By the time the British historian Arnold J. Toynbee died in 1975, he was world famous. His multivolume magnum opus, A Study of History (which began appearing in the mid-1930s), had secured his place as an intellectual...
Once upon a Time in France
It is widely believed, and with reason, that, in the art of cooking, the French are supreme. France gave birth both to the techniques of the haute cuisine--its many ways to slice, peel, combine, heat, and the like--and to its repertoire: its basic...
Sanctimony Serving Politics: The Florida Fiasco
A great deal more than the name of the new president was at stake in Bush v. Gore. As columnist Tony Blankley wrote in The Washington Times on November 11, [W]hat is sticking in the craw this time is the brazen, slick, daylight heisting of the...
Schiller's "Aesthetic Education"
It is now about twenty years since the whole race of Germans began to "transcend." Should they ever wake up to this fact, they will look very odd to themselves. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1826 It is still the question whether the philosophy...
Sylvia Townsend Warner's "Very Cultured Voice"
The urge to escape is probably as universal, and as intellectually inexplicable, as the urge to procreate. Even the richest, the most beloved, the most successful, the most powerful must occasionally long to get away from their lives. It's not really...
The Egghead's "Gioconda"
The composer Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924) was of mixed Italian-German parentage, but his life and career was spent largely in Berlin. In his lifetime, he was famous throughout Europe and the United States as a formidable technician of the piano and...
The Potency of Pure Painting: Manet's Still Lifes
On a visit to Venice, exasperated by the endless allegorical pictures and scenes from Gerusalemma Liberata and Orlando Furioso and "all that rubbish," Edouard Manet is supposed to have told an artist friend that "a painter can say all he wants to with...