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. 16, No. 7, March

Balanchine's Castle
This winter, Jewels reappeared in New York City Ballet repertory the way it does every few years, like a mirage of overwhelming majesty, a floating castle set amid fairy forests and ancient icecaps, a castle guarding its secrets.(1) The night before...
Down on Clinton
What a gloriously happy month it has been for the news media! Not only have they had their way with quantities of titillating details of the Clinton sex scandal--each of them yielding up its secret but reluctantly to the seducer's touch--they have...
Dr. Donne & Sir Edmund Gosse
In 1917 Albert Einstein published a paper on cosmology--indeed the first significant modern paper on the subject--that was sufficiently implausible that he felt compelled at one point to write, "In the present paragraph I shall conduct the reader over...
Frankenthaler at the Guggenheim
There's a whole litany of quotations and anecdotes permanently lodged in the brain of anyone who has ever studied art history, truisms that gladden the hearts and case the jobs of people who write gallery guides and museum press releases. Some of these...
From History to Hollywood: The Voyage of "La Amistad"
In 1839, fifty-three enslaved Africans aboard the Cuban schooner La Amistad, coasting eastward from Havana toward a village port in north-central Cuba, took advantage of a summer night and a small, sleepy crew to rise in revolt. One of the young men,...
Leger's Modernism
If pictorial expression has changed, it is because modern life has necessitated it. The existence of modern creative people is much more intense and more complex than that of people in earlier centuries. The thing that is imagined is less fixed, the...
Letters
Wilhelm Reich To the Editors: Roger Kimball's article, "The Marriage of Marx & Freud" (December 1997), contains numerous distortions of Wilhelm Reich's observations, discoveries and ideas. Although it is impossible in this allotted space...
Levelheaded Mysticism: Arthur Dove at the Whitney
The painter Arthur Dove (1880-1946) is an artist whose work has not been much on view in New York in recent years. The lone watercolor or painting included in survey exhibitions has been intriguing, but also puzzling: seen piecemeal, Dove's work can...
Notes & Comments: March 1998
Stanford's stairways to nowhere As many of our readers will remember, back in the late 1980s Jesse Jackson led a group of about five hundred students on a march at Stanford University. Organized to protest the university's mandatory course in Western...
The GWB in the Rain
Late winter. Ice cold and drained of color as fingertips cut off from oxygen. Heading south on the Henry Hudson the road curves, and through the vertical tangle of tree trunks and bare branches the idea of a bridge appears, erased ...
The Politics of Delegitimation
We must recognize that justice is a higher social goal than law and order. --William Sloane Coffin, Jr., 1972 To be radical is habitually to do things which society at large despises. --Daniel Berrigan, S.J., 1968 We shall be told ... that...