The Critic

Archived since November 2019 / Issue 1 Complete Archive Monthly
48 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
In the June issue of The Critic, Graham Linehan chronicles his attempts to get Private Eye to investigate the exploitative activities of trans activists who harassed women and asks why Ian Hislop’s courage failed him; Henry Hill outlines the problem with leasehold reform, Julie Bindel attacks surrogacy’s promotion of creating children without mothers and Heather Welford reveals the purge in a leading breastfeeding advice charity over promoting male chestfeeding as an alternative.

Also, Lisa Hilton separates the wheat from the chaff at the Venice Art Biennale, Alasdair Palmer salutes the late thinker Daniel Kahneman, John Self diagnoses why Iain Banks’s once great literary skills fell away, Sarah Ditum goes in search of the real Courtney Love, and Jeffrey Meyers explores the ups and downs of one of British literature’s most enduring friendships — between Evelyn Waugh and Graham Greene. 

All this plus a bumper crop of book reviews and critical insight into the sights, sounds, tastes and ideas making waves in Britain and worldwide.

Subjects: Literature, News And Politics

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  • First Issue: November 2019 / Issue 1
  • Latest Issue: June 2024
  • Issue Count: 48
  • Published: Monthly