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. 1, September

In Lincoln
In Lincoln Passing the south side, His years turning heavier, He did not need the cathedral To warn him of the Last Judgment. Nor was his room In the hospitable college Where he would speak the next day A comfort for his unease. ...
Is Max Beckmann Likeable?
Fresh from a press preview of the Max Beckmann retrospective at MOMA, Queens, (1) I was extolling the virtues of the show to a friend I am very fond of, someone whose fierce intelligence and astonishingly well-furnished mind always delight me. Our...
Notes & Comments: September 2003
Lengthened shadows "An institution," Emerson proclaimed in "Self-Reliance," "is the lengthened shadow of one man." Like much that Emerson wrote, "Self-Reliance" is longer on attitude than argument. Its mode is hortatory. But Emerson's mot about...
Priez Pour Lui
Seldom does life imitate art, or at least pretensions to art, with such fidelity as in the death of the French actress Marie Trintignant. She died recently of the head injury that she suffered in a Vilnius hotel room, after a quarrel with her latest...
Scandalous Scandal-Culture
"Suffering News Burnout? The Rest of America Is, Too." Or so The New York Times headed a story by Jim Rutenberg last month which purported to show that Americans were weary of serious news stories because they were tuning out the network news shows....
That Is to Say: Nowhere
After S. Mallarme after Verlaine, after G. Moreau, after Puvis de Chavannes, after our own verse, after the faint mixed tints of Conder, what more is possible? After us the Savage God.--William Butler Yeats "Despite the late hour, I have just taken...
The "Born Schulmeister"
In September 1923, two studious young German Jews traveled from Frankfurt and Berlin to Trieste where they took ship for Jerusalem. They were emigrating and leaving their homeland forever. Their names were Shlomo Dov Goitein, known to his friends as...
The Burdens of Empire
On September 2, 1898 at Omdurman on the banks of the Nile just south of Khartoum, an Anglo-Egyptian army under the command of General Herbert Horatio Kitchener faced a Sudanese army led by the Khalifa, the local leader of the fundamentalist Wahabbist...