Volume 30, Number 10 / June 2012
Notes & Comments
Future tense, X: The fourth revolution
On the possibility of a forthcoming political revolution.
Future tense, XI: The lessons of culture
On culture’s role in the economy of life and the fragility of civilization.
The limits of universalism
On Burkean conservatism.
The “new” Barnes
On the Barnes Foundation’s new location in Philadelphia.
Steel of Pennsylvania
Letter from Prague
Europe between the Václavs
On the development of the Czech Republic.
Resurrection of a salesman
On Death of a Salesman, Ghost, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Joan Miró in Washington
On “Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape” at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
On “Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
On “Dreams of Nature: Symbolism from Van Gogh to Kandinsky” at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
On “Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude” at The National Gallery, London.
On the outer-borough art scene, “This Side of Paradise” at the Andrew Freedman Home, Bronx, New York, “Frieze New York” at Randall’s Island, and “Carol Salmanson/Stephen Truax” at the Storefront Gallery, Brooklyn.
New York chronicle
On recent performances by Sandrine Piau, Lisa Batiashvili, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Evgeny Kissin, the New York Philharmonic, and more.
Welcome to fantasyland
On European austerity, Obama’s position on gay marriage, and political fantasy.
Guys & Dove
On Almost Invisible by Mark Strand, Odi Barbare by Geoffrey Hill, Selected Poems by Vladimir Nabokov, edited by Thomas Karshan, and The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry edited by Rita Dove.
The mendacity of Walter Duranty
On an unearned Pulitzer and some of history’s most deceitful reporting.
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