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Conservative Culture

In the U.S.A., a conservative approach to high culture–to art, music, and literature–equals The New Criterion. There is simply nothing like it, as I have explained at length here. If you are a conservative, and you have anything to say about culture, or about the great events of our time from a perspective informed by cultural and historical understanding, you want to be published in TNC . To celebrate 25 years of publication, the editors of TNC have compiled a collection of 42 pieces that have appeared in the magazine over the years, about everything under the sun, from Ataturk to John Ashbery. If you are a conservative, it is simply not possible that there is nothing here to interest you. When you’ve read the pieces that catch your eye, read some of the others, on topics you thought you didn’t care about. You will learn something new, from a writer whose fundamental outlook you probably share. You can’t get the table of contents online, so I’ll give it to you here. “The Fortunes of Permanence,” by Roger Kimball “It’s the Demography, Stupid,” by Mark Steyn “Enoch Powell: Should He Have Spoken?” by Roger Scruton “‘Christophobia’ and the West,” by Kenneth Minogue “The Phobia of Phobias,” by John Gross “Ataturk’s Creation,” by David Fromkin “From Moses to Musa,” by David Ormsby “The Legacy of Russell Kirk,” by David Frum “Remembering the Gulag,” by Hilton Kramer “The Hypocrisy of Noam Chomsky,” by Keith Windschuttle “Eric Hobsbawm: Lying to the Credulous,” by David Pryce-Jones “Thomas Kuhn’s Irrationalism,” by James Franklin “Looking Backward at Edward Bellamy’s Utopia,” by Martin Gardner “Adversary Jurisprudence,” by Robert H. Bork “Frantz Fanon: The Platonic Form of Human Resentment,” by Anthony Daniels “‘The Innocents Abroad’ or the New Pilgrim’s Progress,” by Mordecai Richler “Revisionist Lust,” by Heather Mac Donald “Pictures from an Institution,” by James Panero “‘Realism Colored by Poetry’: Rereading John Buchan,” by Roger Kimball “Who Was Simon Raven?” by Brooke Allen “The Seriousness of Yvor Winters,” by David Yezzi “The Last Critic? The Importance of F.R. Leavis,” by Paul Dean “The Intimate Abstraction of Paul Valery,” by Joseph Epstein “Milton Avery: Then and Now,” by James Panero “Philhellene’s Progress: Patrick Leigh Fermor,” by Ben Downing “Lord Acton: In Pursuit of First Principles,” by Gertrude Himmelfarb “Surtees and Money,” by Timothy Congdon “The Legacy of Donald Francis Tovey,” by James F. Penrose “Missing Mister Abbott,” by Mark Steyn “The Other Other Frost,” by William Logan “What Happened to Aldous Huxley?” by John Derbyshire “Does Abstract Art Have a Future?” by Hilton Kramer “The Epidemiology of Evil,” by Theodore Dalrymple “The Hunter Gracchus,” by Guy Davenport “Partying on Parnassus: The New York School Poets,” by John Simon “A Satyr Against Mankind,” by Stefan Beck “McKim, Mead & White’s Architectural Citizenship,” by Michael J. Lewis “Balanchine’s Castle,” by Laura Jacobs “Travels in ‘The Waste Land’,” by Adam Kirsch “The Drop Too Much: Emerson’s Eccentric Circle,” by James W. Tuttleton “Are Emotions Moral?” by F.H. Buckley “Max Beckmann at the Guggenheim,” by Karen Wilkin

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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