Editors’ note: The following is an edited version of remarks delivered for The New Criterion’s fourth annual Circle Lecture on September 29, 2022. Click here for an interview with Visiting Critic Joshua T. Katz and Executive Editor James Panero.

The first word of this talk is the. Boy is that ever an unpromising beginning. It may sound as though you are about to endure an academic lecture of the dullest kind. Once a Princeton professor, always a...


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