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. 25, No. 9, May

"Barcelona & Modernity: Gaudi to Dali"
"Barcelona & Modernity: Gaudi to Dali" The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. March 7, 2007-June 3, 2007 The Metropolitan Museum's "Barcelona and Modernity: Gaudi to Dali" is a dazzling survey with enough sparkle to make you forget about its loose...
Contra Iran
When Iranian Revolutionary Guards seized fifteen Royal Navy sailors and marines who were inspecting a merchant ship in the Gulf straits in March, the British reaction was one of shock and disbelief. Surely there was some misunderstanding? It soon became...
Gallery Chronicle
Once a cliche of urban bright, the industrial neighborhood of Mort Haven in the South Bronx, bounded by elevated highways and the Harlem River, now outstrips Williamsburg, Brooklyn as the next big place for artist space. Two decades have passed since...
"Le Nouveau Realisme"
"Le Nouveau Realisme" Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris. March 28, 2007-July 2, 2007 Le nouveau realisme, the new realism, the biggest current art exhibition in Paris, is a collection of welcome nonsense. It is welcome because a day at the exhibition...
Losing Control
Joan Didion is either a very brave woman or rather a dreadful one. Both, possibly. To expose your own personal anguish to a large public by writing a memoir must be difficult enough; to turn it into a play, and watch large audiences react not only to...
NDR Symphony Orchestra
NDR Symphony Orchestra Christoph von Dohnanyi, conductor Vadim Repin, violin Carnegie Hall, New York. Tuesday, March 27, 2007 Following the Russian violinist Vadim Repin's performance of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto No. 2 in E minor, Op. 64, my friend...
Peter Fleming at 100
In May 1938, W. H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood found themselves near Meixi, inland from Shanghai, being escorted to the front of the Second Sino-Japanese War. Tyros to China, the two Englishmen were glad to be joined by a seasoned compatriot, a Times...
"Regardless of the 'Truth' ..."
On April 11, Roy Cooper, the North Carolina Attorney General, announced that he was dropping all charges against the three Duke lacrosse players who had been indicted for kidnapping and raping a black stripper in March 2006. As Mr. Cooper stressed, he...
Rule Britannia?
Saddened but not altogether surprised, I listened as Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, the First Sea Lord, said that the fifteen British hostages from H.M.S. Cornwall who had lately returned from captivity in Iran had behaved with "considerable dignity and...
R. W. B. Lewis: An Appreciation
He had a voice like music, its inflections glistening like sunlight off a body of water, its sheer sound a pleasure, entirely apart from whatever he might be saying--in memory the singer unites with the song. And that is as it should be: for R. W. B....
Venice & Islam at the Met
It's not exactly news that Venice had close ties to the East. We were all taught early on that the wealth of the magical city of canals derived from trade with the Turks and Arabs--that's how valuable spices and silks from exotic Asia found their way...