To the Editors;
I cannot recall another example of a new magazine of art and letters having achieved such a singular impact in so short a time as The New Criterion has. At the conclusion of the magazine’s splendid first year of publication, I would like to make a suggestion.

I urge you to run fiction—fiction that exemplifies the standards the magazine was created to uphold. Your critical points are thereby illuminated by example, and your readers are allowed to slake the thirst that criticism and commentary (however first rate) inevitably engenders.

I believe this would be a further triumph for The New Criterion. As the modern young woman said to her date, “Don’t just talk about. Do it.”

David Evanier
The Paris Review
New York City


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