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. 28, No. 9, May

A Lonely Crowd
The disjuncture between the two halves of T. S. Eliot's verse drama The Cocktail Party is so radical and complete that one might very well describe the work as two plays rather than one. There is no obvious solution to the difficulty this presents in...
A Shared Wretchedness
Whoever makes the folly of the world his study must oscillate between attempted detachment and involuntary disgust. Neither is satisfactory; nor is either effective, whether expressed in public or kept locked in the privacy of the heart, for the sum...
Dogma & Diaghilev
How did we get here? How did we get to the point where just about every new classical dance is meaningless? Today, premieres at the big ballet companies come dressed in the hippest costumes on the hottest bodies. They boast an haute frame of reference...
Gallery Chronicle
Joe Zucker was born in 1941 to a Jewish family on Chicago's South Side, at a time when the Irish and Italian gangs of the area sparred over territories embroiled in black migration and white flight. He got out through varsity basketball and found a moment...
Katyn: The Long Cover-Up
On April 7, 2010, Vladimir Putin traveled to the Katyn forest in Western Russia, in order to join the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk in commemorating Stalin's victims shot and buried there seventy years earlier. Three days after this commemoration,...
"Luis Melendez: Master of the Spanish Still Life"
"Luis Melendez: Master of the Spanish Still Life" Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. February 2-May 9, 2010 In 1771, Luis Melendez delivered his third petition for the post of court painter to Charles III. In it, he described a commission he was working on...
No Surprises at the U.N
The headline on Fox News encapsulated the essence of the story: "U.N.'s Ballooning $732 Million Haiti Peacekeeping Budget Goes Mostly to Its Own Personnel." Did anyone really expect otherwise? The amazing thing about the United Nations is that this sinkhole...
Tolerating Intolerance
Remember Tariq Ramadan? He's a grandson of Hassan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood. This charming organization lives by its credo: "Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way...
Why Bait the Browns?
For the past six years, first Brown University, and then the whole State of Rhode Island, has been engaged in a substantial investigation of the transatlantic slave trade. Just as today's world is saturated with goods produced directly or indirectly...