Articles of Note

Most literature and film is mediocre or worse. Yet reviewers spout effusive praise. Why aren’t critics critical enough? Ben Yagoda has a few thoughts... more »

New Books

Why did George Bernard Shaw, in his final decades, cozy up to Stalin and Mussolini? It was part intellectual isolation, part weakness for flattery... more »

Essays & Opinions

With stylish prose and showy erudition, The New Criterion respectably skewered academic jargon and defended high culture. Then came Roger Kimball... more »