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. 7, March

"American Modern"
"American Modern" at Hackett Freedman Gallery, San Francisco. February 3-April 3, 2005 The surprise of "American Modern" comes in large part from Hackett Freedman's interpretation of its own grand title. All dating from between 1907 and 1942, these...
Arthur Miller's Conscience
What an outpouring of pious liberal sentimentality greeted the death of the playwright and left-wing icon Arthur Miller, aged 89, last month! The Washington Post teared up about the "shatteringly human frailty in his plays" The Chicago Tribune mourned...
Avec la Main Gauche
Cy Twombly has made a lifetime of study out of the incautious line, the art-historical stammer, the naughtiness that comes from the privilege of aesthetic inheritance. He began as an Abstract Expressionist and coasted through conceptualism and serialism...
Pundits & Panjandrums
One of the temptations of world fame (I suppose), especially when it is gained early in life, must be to treat one's own utterances with undue reverence. Their provenance becomes the guarantee not only of their truth but also of their profundity, and...
Rubens at the Metropolitan
Rubens, I have been told, is an acquired taste. Modern-day viewers, even those with an appetite for the High Baroque, often find him rather over-the-top: the limpid eyes, the ruddy men with bulging biceps and impressive calves, the gleaming armor,...
Style-Section Politics
Michael Jackson, says Robin Givhan, the fashion correspondent of the Washington Post, "appears incapable of wearing anything that does not resemble a costume, no matter how serious the circumstances." It seems that the King of Pop showed up for his...
The Difficult Justice of Melville & Kleist
There is an old Venetian folk story about a peasant who searched and searched for a just person to be his newborn child's godfather. At last he met up with the Lord. "I need to baptize this little child, but I want a just person for his godfather,"...
The Irresistible Rise of Trevor Who?
There is going to be a general election in Britain later this year, and in preparation for the campaign the Labour party has appointed a new advisor to take charge of its advertising--someone it must have judged particularly well equipped to articulate...
Three Poems from "The Sugar Mile"
This man--me--walks into a pub on Broadway in the golden early September of 2001, opens his notebook on the bar, and starts trying to write a poem. My work is interrupted by an old man called Joey Stone, who laughs to see me crossing out words. He...