The Critic

Archived since November 2019 / Issue 1

27 issues

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.

Latest issue

With a special section on music, the May issue of The Critic is the magazine of ideas for open-minded readers. 

Among the writers joining the music coverage, leading harpsichordist, Mahan Esfahani, uncovers why Bach’s Goldberg Variations were rarely heard until Glenn Gould made them famous, Michael Henderson lauds Roxy Music as the group that rescued British rock and pop from the bum notes of 1972, and Norman Lebrecht regrets the uneven repertoire that is the consequence of leading American orchestras giving as much clout to their diversity, equity and inclusion officials as to their musical director.

Elsewhere in the issue, Patrick Porter locks horns with the nuclear weapon abolitionists, Patrick Galbraith makes the environmental case for cows, Laura Dodsworth uncovers the reality behind the craze for young women trying to become trans men through “top surgery”, and Alexander Larman salutes Kingsley Amis.

Alongside The Critic’s seasoned cultural commentators, reviewers, sportswriters and tastemakers, the May issue is the guide to the arts and issues of today. 

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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.

  • First Issue: November 2019 / Issue 1
  • Latest Issue: May 2022
  • Issue Count: 27
  • Published: Monthly