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 double summer issue of The Critic is the perfect companion for the armchair or deckchair, offering cultivated views from fertile thinkers, both at home and abroad.
At home, Ella Whelan questions whether many women and children may be more robust than mental health campaigners suggest; Arabella Byrne assesses how Covid’s victims should be commemorated; Olivia Hartley uncovers why some of Britain’s most socially exclusive public schools are adopting woke causes; Michael Collins fondly recalls when a trip to McDonald’s was considered a sign of cosmopolitanism; and Matt Ridley explores where rewilding is – and isn’t – good for the environment.
Further afield, A.S.H. Smyth ventures to Saunders Island for evidence that Georgian Britons settled on the Falklands; Oliver Wiseman role-plays as an escaped slave in Detroit; Adam LeBor recalls terror and surreal moments reporting the war in the Balkans, and Boris Starling salutes Japan’s toughest Olympian.
Plus, the cultural landscape is surveyed by Norman Lebrecht, Lisa Hilton, Hannah Betts, Sarah Ditum and Charles Saumarez Smith.