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The New Criterion 9h
Today is a good day to stay indoors and warm, the sky, granite and gray, hung with its forecast storm.
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The New Criterion 11h
Archaeologists working in Rome need no reminding that there is scarcely any excavation that does not feature the frustrating phenomenon of the “robber trench”—the intrusion of subterranean raiders in search of metal, marble, and more.
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The New Criterion 13h
Roger Scruton straddles the worlds of analytic and continental philosophy, sharing analytic philosophy’s desire for rigorous argumentation and continental philosophy’s ambition to speak about questions that really matter.
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The New Criterion 15h
As starts go, few got off the line faster than Rossini. From boyhood, music poured from him, first as a singer, then as accompanist, then as composer.
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The New Criterion 16h
Quite a lot of Graves is bound up in this imbroglio: his impulsiveness; his attachment to grand ideals of White Goddesses in perilous descent; his disregard for the processes of ordinary life; and above all his rebarbativeness.
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The New Criterion 16h
George Shaw’s modest scenes of pedestrian suburban life are unpeopled, yet through allusion and allegory they often reach for some of the grandest narratives of our literary and mythical tradition.
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The New Criterion 17h
The loggia in which the protagonists are presented, high above the walled city, could be said to symbolize Jan Vos’s withdrawal from ordinary life to dedicate himself to contemplation and worship.
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The New Criterion 17h
Samuel Beckett is for me like chicken pox: a mildly dispiriting experience one undergoes in youth, never to recur.
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The New Criterion 18h
Anyone who takes “Wuthering Heights” for a semi-gothic tale of Romantic Love instead of a case study of that other particular passion, revenge, misses Brontë’s point.
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The New Criterion 18h
Robert Venturi, the Philadelphia architect who died in September at the age of ninety-three, left a twofold legacy.
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The New Criterion 19h
It was claimed by some that I modeled myself on my friend Dwight Macdonald, which I didn’t; we merely happened to agree on many things.
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The New Criterion 19h
I was quite looking forward to hearing Conrad Tao, because I had heard his music once before: when he was eighteen, playing a piano recital. “The highlight of the program,” I wrote, “was his own work, vestiges.”
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The New Criterion 20h
Camille Paglia treats herself as a one-off, shunned by feminist groups. Sometimes she is favored by conservatives, although many of her positions veer way to the left.
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The New Criterion 20h
Micah Goodman is a well-known public intellectual in Israel, and his book Catch-67 is a contribution to the obsessive Israeli debate about the future of the West Bank.
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The New Criterion 20h
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The New Criterion 21h
Oh won’t you come out from your chockablock pantry and bring us a little fruit cake, and a cupful of wine and a basket of wheat and cheese, oh pretty, pretty please?
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The New Criterion 21h
Shakespeare’s fascination with political questions needs no demonstration, and through performances at court he must have been acquainted to some degree with influential public figures.
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The New Criterion Nov 14
An ancient biographer of Hadrian relays just one sentiment about the wall: qui barbaros Romanos divideret, “that it should divide Romans from barbarians.”
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The New Criterion Nov 13
Is Denis Matsuev without grace? No, not at all. But his distinction is his brawn.
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The New Criterion Nov 13
Up surged a cheer from men so cheerless cheers were grunts, squints, whisker twitches it would take a lunatic acuity to see.
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