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 Critic′s April issue - challenging ideas, thoughtful reflections and entertaining diversions for open-minded readers: John Kamfner delves into the history of separatism; Minoo Dinshaw rectifies the SNP′s reading of Scottish history; Joshua Rozenberg demonstrates that referendums are not matters for courts; Adam Dant paints Scottish London; Daniel Hitchens asks if baby boomers have ruined the world; Charles Saumarez Smith assesses the Nazi past of modernist architect Philip Johnson; Lisa Hilton argues that Twitter mobs think they shouldn′t police novelists′ imagination; Julie Bindel and Melanie Newman explain how the trans movement has trampled on women′s rights; Duncan Wheeler illuminates Francis Bacon′s passion for bullfighting; Nick Cohen explores what drink does to writers (and writing); Daniel Johnson reassesses Michel Foucault and finds him to be a failed prophet of pederasty; Douglas Murray delves into the troubling life of J M Barrie; Oliver Wiseman profiles 2024 Republican Presidential hopeful Senator Tom Cotton; and Graham Stewart interviews Laurence Fox about his mayoral ambitions. Plus twenty-one pages of books and all our Table Talk regulars. A rich diet to last a month.