We are delighted to announce that Myron Magnet is joining us as The New Criterion’s second annual Visiting Critic. Myron, who follows Victor Davis Hanson last season, was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush in 2008. He is the author of books about Charles Dickens, the legacy of the 1960s, the American Founders, and, most recently, Justice Clarence Thomas. He has taught English literature at Columbia University, was a columnist at Fortune, and was the editor of City Journal from 1994–2007. As a journalist, Myron has written on a wide range of subjects—from architecture and social policy to literature, history, and the Constitution—for many magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Readers who have looked ahead in this issue of The New Criterion will have noticed Myron’s memorial essay on the great philanthropist Richard Gilder, who was a generous benefactor of so many worthy causes, including The New Criterion. Later this season, Myron will deliver our second annual Circle Lecture—stay tuned for further details about that—and he will contribute a series of essays to the magazine on “Virtue and Its Enemies.” Sooner or later, our masters will allow us to reconvene events for the Friends of The New Criterion, and we look forward to welcoming Myron—and you—at several of those events in the coming months.

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