November 2019 / Issue 1
The Critic is Britain’s new monthly magazine for politics, ideas, art, literature and much more. Co-edited by Michael Mosbacher and Christopher Montgomery, The Critic exists to push back against a self-regarding and dangerous consensus that finds critical voices troubling, triggering, insensitive and disrespectful. The point is not provocation or trolling. The point of honest criticism is to better approach truth, not deny its possibility.
Ossified thought and a lack of intellectual rigour are depressing features of all sides of today’s political and cultural debate. Our writers will subscribe to no editorial line nor serve the interests of any party, faction or cause. We ask them to write because we expect them to be honest, and lucidly so. Look to our contributors and fault us if they are not.
Contributors to the magazine include Jonathan Meades, Douglas Murray, Nick Cohen, Joshua Rozenberg, Anne McElvoy, Norman Lebrecht, Daniel Johnson, Lisa Hilton, Hannah Betts and Artists in Residence Adam Dant and Miriam Elia.
The July edition of The Critic, the magazine of ideas, offers a wealth of summer reading.
Sarah Ditum finds young adult fiction utterly dismal, D.J. Taylor charts the decline of the founder-publisher as literary patron, and there are portraits of authors as diverse as Flashman’s creator, George MacDonald Fraser, and France’s novelist of modern discontents, Michel Houellebecq.
Jonathan Glancey looks forward to Great British Railways redesigning a more glamorous livery than the privatised franchises managed over the last twenty years, Sir Matthew Pinsent leads the sporting coverage, and a trip to Privolnoye reveals what the locals really think of their most famous son, Mikhail Gorbachev.
Plus all the latest books, cultural events and social trends are picked over by The Critic’s reviewers and “table talkers.”