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New Criterion

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Articles on the arts, exhibitions, theater, music, dance, and original poetry.

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  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: New Criterion
  • ASIN: B00006KPMX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,390 in Magazines (See Top 100 in Magazines)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Journal Ever! July 5, 2004
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Actually, I'm not kidding or overstating my assessment. This is a journal where Western Civilization is defended and glorified ten times a year. So often we hear the phrase "the best and the brightest" but there can be no denying that this absolutely applies to the crew of The New Criterion.
There is no finer mind in America than Roger Kimball's, and, for those of you who are unfamiliar with his books, I'm sure you'll find yourself agreeing with my observation half way through his treatise on the sixties called "The Long March." I like to consider TNC as covering every area of the artistic continuum as it allows novices like myself to become familiar with domains that we would never explore otherwise. Poetry, dance, painting, and opera are all areas that TNC analyzes in depth. It's writers are among the strongest in the Anglosphere. James Panero, Anthony Daniels, Jay Nordlinger, and the incredibly humorous Mark Steyn will provide you with both education and delight. I've been a subscriber since 2001 and plan to keep on the rolls right until death takes me.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars judgments rendered February 2, 2006
Subscription Term Name:1 year
A monthly journal (10 issues annually) established almost 25 years ago, THE NEW CRITERION has covered the world of the cultured arts with a keenly critical eye, disposed towards high artistic standards and sound moral judgments. Delightfully un-PC, its critical stance remains unmitigatedly harsh towards the often flaccid and self-satisfied artistic endeavors of "post-modernity" and the sanctimonious aires of radicalized professors blighting the universities. Yet, for all of the (largely justified) editorial spleen, THE NEW CRITERION's virtues are located in the variety of outstanding contributors. In the literary field alone, luminaries such Joseph Epstein, John Simon, Guy Davenport and Christopher Ricks have graced the pages of THE NEW CRITERION ( whose title alludes to, and takes up the mantle of, T.S. Eliot's "CRITERION", 1920-39 ).

There is an admirable aesthetic evident in THE NEW CRITERION's visual layout, unchanged for many years, the cover featuring the journal title with the date and table of contents of the particular issue located directly below. Mercifully, the font used for essays is both pleasing to, and easy on, the eyes.

Based in a bustlingly artistic city (Manhattan), THE NEW CRITERION takes advantage of its location to survey the world of theater, art and music. Particular critics are deployed in the aforementioned "departments", a move that allows one to glean consistency in point of view (agree or disagree as one may). Mark Steyn is often devastatingly funny in his theater reviews (one can easily imagine impresario's cringing at the prospect of his notices) and classical music critic Jay Nordlinger ("New York Chronicle") is admirably forthright in rendering opinions devoid of equivocation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An oasis in the cultural desert December 12, 2010
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I've subscribed to The New Criterion for three years. I don't remember how I found out about it, but it has given me more insight and pleasure than any other cultural journal I've subscribed to.

In his small classic, "On Becoming a Novelist", the late John Gardner identified two "masks" found in writing: the bland optimism of "Pollyanna" writing, and equally false "dis-Pollyanna" writing-- a bias toward cynicism and iconoclasm, gratuitous violence, crude language or bodily images, and uninformed negativity passed off as seriousness. The "dis-Pollynna" school of culture and criticism gets its sham strength from its (ever diminishing) capacity to shock and desensitize. Yawn. Time to disconnect those electrodes and walk out of the nihilist cultural dungeon.

By contrast, TNC is refreshingly free of mindless iconoclasm and smash-and-grab sensationalism. Its regular features cover a wide cultural range: art, music, theater, media, fiction and non-fiction books, poetry and more. Articles are rational and erudite, yet fully accessible to non-specialists. Reviews of books and cultural events stand on their own merits; one need not read the book or attend the event in question to profit from them. (Often, they serve as excellent introductions to the subject in question.) TNC pays little heed to fads or to the university ghetto; much of yesterday's avant-garde has already become today's intellectual Antiques Road Show.

A subscription to TNC includes on-line access to years of searchable archives of past issues, a huge value. So many archived articles stand the test of time, both in style and substance-- a sure sign of their quality and depth of insight.

If you want to encounter our great cultural heritage in well-written articles and features, issue after issue, and enter into an exchange that respects you as an equal even as it enlightens, The New Criterion may well be the journal for you.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wonder if I can be a life member like w/ the NRA ? September 30, 2004
Subscription Term Name:1 year
If you enjoy politics, TV, newspapers, museums, art & all the gifts of the enlightenment, the open society, and the liberty we generally take for granted, spare no expense & get this magazine (which lacks pictures of any kind in the articles.) 10 issues per year: (Sep - Jun). The -oh so sophisticated- people who run the universities, blather on networks and scribble away their days ...do not always get it right. Well... I really can't wait for the first week of the month, when a new issue shows up.
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