– The New Criterion invites readers to celebrate its thirty-fifth anniversary by exploring its just-released September issue. The longevity of The New Criterion, founded in 1982 by the art critic Hilton Kramer and the pianist and music critic Samuel Lipman as an antidote to declining standards in cultural criticism, is itself noteworthy. Serious cultural periodicals tend not to be long lived. Ones that are as independent-minded and outspoken as The New Criterion enjoy an especially parlous existence. The New Criterion is now edited and published by the renowned art and literary critic Roger Kimball, “We could not be prouder of all the journal has achieved over the past three-and-a-half decades,” said Kimball.
To mark this momentous anniversary, the September issue is a special expanded edition in the anniversary colors of black, red, and blue, initiating a special year-long series of essays on “The Perils and Promises of Populism.” The premier essay by George Nash, the distinguished historian of American conservatism, serves as a long historical overview of the phenomenon of populism in the United States. Future essays will include Andrew C. McCarthy on populism and law, Daniel Hannan on Brexit and popular sovereignty, Barry Strauss on populism in the ancient world, James Piereson on populism and the American founding, Fred Siegel on populism and progressivism, and Roger Kimball on the future of populism. Kimball said, “All in all, there will be ten essays, which we will collect and publish next year in book form and will make available for purchase as a collector’s item.”
In addition to launching the year-long series, the September 2016 anniversary issue features a host of contributors on a wide range of topics, including David Pryce-Jones on Mein Kampf, Conrad Black on the geopolitical scene, Andrew C. McCarthy on Islamism’s ideological war, and Anthony Daniels on the Prix Goncourt, among many others.
To listen to a podcast featuring Roger Kimball, James Panero, and the rest of the editors of The New Criterion discussing the September issue, please click here.
ABOUT The New Criterion
The New Criterion (www.newcriterion.com) is a New York-based monthly literary magazine and journal of artistic and cultural criticism, edited by Roger Kimball. It was founded in 1982 by Hilton Kramer, the former art critic for The New York Times and Samuel Lipman, a pianist and music critic. For over three decades, it has featured criticism of poetry, theatre, art, music, the media, and books from America’s leading commentators. Since its inception, the magazine has been home to many of the smartest minds in cultural journalism including Donald Kagan, Henry Kissinger, Mark Steyn, Andrew Roberts, Theodore Dalrymple, Joseph Epstein, Denis Donoghue, William F. Buckley Jr., Andrew C. McCarthy, and Charles Murray.
The New Criterion draws inspiration and its name from The Criterion, a British literary magazine edited by T. S. Eliot from 1922 to 1939.