About the New Criterion
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battle for culture.
The New Criterion, edited by Roger Kimball, was founded in 1982 by the art critic Hilton Kramer and the pianist and music critic Samuel Lipman. A monthly review of the arts and intellectual life, The New Criterion began as an experiment in critical audacity—a publication devoted to engaging, in Matthew Arnold’s famous phrase, with “the best that has been thought and said.” This also meant engaging with those forces dedicated to traducing genuine cultural and intellectual achievement, whether through obfuscation, politicization, or a commitment to nihilistic absurdity. We are proud that The New Criterion has been at the forefront both of championing what is best and most humanely vital in our cultural inheritance and of exposing what is mendacious, corrosive, and spurious. Published monthly from September through June, The New Criterion brings together a wide range of young and established critics whose common aim is to bring you the most incisive criticism being written today.
“As a critical periodical, The New Criterion is probably more consistently worth reading than any other magazine in English.”
the Times Literary Supplement
Editor & Publisher
Roger Kimball is Editor and Publisher of The New Criterion and President and Publisher of Encounter Books. He writes regular columns for American Greatness, The Epoch Times, and The Spectator, US edition. Mr. Kimball lectures widely and has appeared on national radio and television programs as well as the BBC. He is represented by Writers’ Representatives, who can provide details about booking him.
James Panero is Executive Editor of The New Criterion. He writes on art and culture monthly for The New Criterion and serves as the magazine’s gallery critic. ARTINFO has called him a “preeminent voice of American cultural conservatism.”
Benjamin Riley is Managing Editor of The New Criterion. He received his MA from The Courtauld Institute of Art and was the Hilton Kramer Fellow in Criticism at The New Criterion. He graduated from Dartmouth College, where he served as President and Publisher of The Dartmouth Review. His undergraduate and graduate theses both examined the work of the Scottish architect Robert Adam (1728–1792).
Robert S. Erickson
Robert S. Erickson is Assistant Editor at The New Criterion. After serving as the magazine’s Hilton Kramer Fellow in 2019–20, he completed a post-baccalaureate year in Classics at Columbia University. He holds a BA in Classics and the Program in Literary Studies from Middlebury College.
Isaac Sligh is Assistant Editor at The New Criterion. He was the magazine’s eighth Hilton Kramer Fellow from 2020–21. Isaac studied English literature at Sewanee: The University of the South. After graduating, he served as the head curator of the Ralston Listening Library and Archive in Sewanee, TN, one of the nation’s largest collections of recorded classical music. Isaac has lived and traveled in the Caucasus and usually writes on classical music, Renaissance poetry, and Eastern European culture.
Hilton Kramer Fellow
Jane Coombs is the current Hilton Kramer Fellow at The New Criterion. She studied medieval history and literature at the University of Cambridge and earned an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, focusing on nineteenth-century British art. After returning home to Canada, she participated in the Emerging Arts Critics program in Toronto and contributed to a number of arts magazines.
Adam Kirsch, a poet, critic, and an editor of The Wall Street Journal’s weekend Review section, is a regular contributor to The Atlantic and The New Yorker, as well as the author of ten books, including The People and the Books: 18 Classics of Jewish Literature (W. W. Norton, 2016), Why Trilling Matters (Yale, 2011), and, most recently, Who Wants to Be a Jewish Writer?: Essays (Yale, 2019). He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2016 and a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University from 2004–05. In 2013 he served as a judge for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and he was a 2007 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s Nona Balakian Prize for Book Reviewing. He has taught literature and writing at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College. The first of his three collections of poetry, The Thousand Wells: Poems, was the 2002 winner of the New Criterion Poetry Prize. He has subsequently served as a New Criterion Poetry Prize judge.
Myron Magnet is the 2020–21 Visiting Critic at The New Criterion and Editor-at-Large of City Journal. Myron’s varied career—as an English professor at Columbia, a writer on management and social policy for Fortune, and the editor of City Journal during the Giuliani revival of New York and the city’s recovery from 9/11—accounts for the breadth of topics of his books: Dickens and the Social Order (ISI), The Dream and the Nightmare: The Sixties’ Legacy to the Underclass (Encounter), The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735-1817 (W. W. Norton), and Clarence Thomas and the Lost Constitution (Encounter). He has written articles on such diverse subjects as architecture and Tocqueville for publications ranging from The New York Times to The Wall Street Journal and has edited books about sex, cities, and immigration. He received the National Humanities Medal in 2008.
Founding Editor & Publisher
Hilton Kramer (1928–2012) was the founding editor of The New Criterion, which he started with the late Samuel Lipman in 1982. From 1987 until 2006, he was also the art critic for the weekly New York Observer, and for many years wrote the “Critic’s Notebook” column in Art & Antiques magazine. His “Media Watch” column was published weekly in The New York Post from 1993 to November 1997.
Samuel Lipman (1934–1994) was the founding publisher of The New Criterion, which he started with the late Hilton Kramer in 1982. A distinguished concert pianist, Lipman wrote music criticism for Commentary and served on the National Council on the Arts.
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–Michael Goodwin, New York Post
“More consistently worth reading than any other magazine in English.”
–The Times Literary Supplement
“Indeed, nearly all the magazine’s reviewing—of books, art, and music—is first-rate. The poetry featured is comparably exceptional with a strong preference for formal verse (which is just fine by me).”
“A refuge for a civilizing element in short supply in contemporary America: honest criticism.”
–The Wall Street Journal
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