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. 7, March

A Treasure Trove of Conducting
In an era when America's television networks have graced the nation's airwaves with artistic gems featuring the likes of Jerry Springer and Ricki Lake--Oprah Winfrey having somehow been transformed from an annoying, chatty presenter of similar psychosocial...
Between Head & Heart: Penelope Fitzgerald's Novels
All accidents of our lives are materials out of which we can make whatever we like. One who has much intelligence will make much of his life. Every acquaintance, every incident might, for a thoroughly gifted person, become the first link of an infinite...
Bolivar's Platter
There are two principal objections to the kind of modern art whose claim to significance depends upon the philosophical or social theory it allegedly illustrates, embodies, or exemplifies. The first is its aesthetic nullity, and the second is its intellectual...
Concert Note
Thomas Hampson at Segerstrom Hall, Costa Mesa, California What a puzzlement Thomas Hampson is. This American baritone, who will turn forty-five in June, is at once a prodigiously gifted singer and an infuriatingly pompous, aloof artist. On the operatic...
Notes & Comments: March 2000
Welcome aboard Has a sense of reality finally insinuated itself into the pages of the New Statesman? The venerable English weekly, founded in 1913, has always had a decidedly--often, indeed, militantly--left-of-center cast to it. Imagine our surprise,...
Rudyard Kipling & the God of Things as They Are
How fortunate we are! After eighty-five years of assorted errors and miseries, the human race has emerged into sunlit uplands. There is no major war, nor any visible prospect of any. Utopian socialism, the principal motive for revolutions throughout...
"The Candor Pander"
The most revealing and in some ways the most poignant moment to come out of the series of "debates" among the presidential candidates that took place in November, December, and January, before the voting actually started, came during the Republican...
The Passion of Walker Evans
America's infatuation with photography has thrived upon its easy accessibility. By 1903, the year Walker Evans was born, George Eastman had made the roll-film camera so cheap that soon no family reunion or Sunday picnic need ever lack a "photo artist"...