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. 22, No. 9, May

Borrowed Time in the Botellon
I don't remember having smelled so much hashish in the streets of Madrid on my last research trip here three years ago. This time it seems that there are few sixteen- to twenty-year-olds on the street who are not either rolling or smoking a joint....
Concert Note
Wolfgang Sawallisch, Christoph Eschenbach & Sir Simon Rattle with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Carnegie Hall. To hear a major orchestra under three eminent conductors in the space of a little more than one month is a privilege. Carnegie Hall...
Giovanni Verga's Verismo
... il vero dell' aspra sorte e del depresso loco che natura ci die. --Leopardi, La Ginestra Italy, a late united nation, lagged too in producing a modern narrative literature. That had to wait till the twentieth century. She did nevertheless...
Milton Avery: Then & Now
In the new art we can trace two main currents; in one synthesis predominates, in the other analysis; the latter preponderates enormously. Indeed, this is the direction in which abstract art has tended to develop ever since the Renaissance. --Julius...
Notes & Comments: May 2004
A victory for memory It is said that the first casualty of war is truth. In fact, we believe, memory--that indispensable advocate for historical truth--is the first to go. In war's cataract, momentary crises gobble up our attention absolutely. Last...
Obligations to "Spin",
At other times, the pressures of editing on a tight deadline and the fundamental belief that a reporter is telling his editor the truth appeared to work in Mr. Kelley's favor. --From a New York Times article on the disgrace of USA Today reporter...
Olympians on the March: The Courts & the Culture Wars
[T]o be "reactionary" means nothing more than to believe that in some of its aspects, however secondary, the past was better than the present.--Leszek Kolakowski Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back...
The Ancient Greeks: Were They like Us at All?
The classical Greeks were really nothing like us--at least that now seems the prevailing dogma of classical scholars of the last half-century. Perhaps due to the rise of cultural anthropology or, more recently, to a variety of postmodern schools of...