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. 23, No. 2, October

Assoluta
Divas are a dime a dozen. Pop singers are divas, actresses are divas, models, anchor ladies, female CEOS, even women who snap at cabbies are divas. The term "diva" has its most revered usage at the opera, where it is enshrined in a spectral aria--"Casta...
Gallery Chronicle
In the art world, "democracy" means wearing a t-shirt that says "The only Bush I trust is my own" It means pinning a button to your shirt that reads "I only sleep with Democrats" or "Dykes for Bush" It also means dancing around to a punk band while...
Gulliver's Travails: The U.S. in the Post-Cold-War World
Towards the close of the twentieth century a metaphor entered circulation that compared the United States to Lemuel Gulliver at the start of his visit to Lilliput. Gulliver in Swift's satire was, you recall, an English sea doctor who, having sunk exhausted...
In Search of Don Quixote
0 celebrated Author! O fortunate Don Quixote! 0 famous Dulcinea! O comical Sancho Panza! Together and separately may you live an infinite number of years, bringing pleasure and widespread diversion to the living.--Cervantes, Don Quixote, II, 40 ...
No Lapham Matter
As we write, the great entertainment afforded by Dan Rather, the celebrity news reader, is still unfolding. How solemn Mr. Rather looked a few weeks ago as he unveiled, on 60 Minutes II, those incriminating memoranda. Mr. Rather has basically two modes...
Rhetorical Recklessness
When I was American editor of the Times Literary Supplement during the Clinton era, the paper published an article by the philosopher Thomas Nagel on the Monica Lewinsky affair that was much cited by Clinton's apologists at the time. It was a plea...
The "Memory" of Czeslaw Milosz, 1911-2004
I think that I am here, on this earth, To present a report on it, but to whom I don't know. As if I were sent so that whatever takes place Has meaning because it changes into memory. --Czeslaw Milosz, "Consciousness" Among the many enduring...
The Real Che
In the Prologue to his recent history of Cuba, Richard Gott, a British journalist of pronounced left-wing sympathies, remembers Ernesto Guevara's arrival at a reception at the Soviet Embassy in Havana in 1963, at which he too was present: "Guevara...
The Self-Made Scot
John Buchan opens the door to the world one's being seeks--a world of thickets refreshed by rain showers, of streams tinkling over boulders smoothed by uncountable winter floods, of the sharp cry of an unseen bird in a bush, of peat smoke rising lazily...