ON-Lion Letter
The New Criterion begins its 30th season as a monthly review of culture and the arts with a special expanded issue in September.  "This is a significant accomplishment for any serious monthly; for one that has been as outspoken and heterodox as The New Criterion, arriving at a thirtieth anniversary is nothing short of extraordinary," according to a note at the beginning of the issue.

"Just how extraordinary is suggested by a historical marker:  The New Criterion was named after and in many respects was inspired by T. S. Eliot's magazine, The Criterion, one of the most influential 'little magazines' of the last century," the note continues.  "Begun in 1922, it oscillated between monthly and quarterly publication [and] underwent a couple of name changes (for a brief spell, it was even called The New Criterion) before closing its doors for good in 1939 after seventeen years.

"... The New Criterion was created to resuscitate some of the critical virtues Eliot sought to foster," it continues.  "We have endeavored to provide a home for vigorously written cultural criticism while also building an institution of critical dissent.  The two go together."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports The New Criterion.
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