What We’re Reading: Week of Jan. 19

Here are a few interesting articles and pieces we found around the web this week. If you come across something that other intellectual historians might enjoy, please let us know in the comments!


Nina Martyris, Auden, Rabelais and Charlie Hebdo (LARB)

Erik Kwakkel, Medieval Apps (Medieval Books)

Digging Deeper: Making Manuscripts (Free online course starting this week; Stanford University)

Thony Christie, 10 Great History of (European) Science Books (Science Book A Day)

James Blackburn, What the Huguenots Carried (New York History Blog)

Melia Robinson, Big History in Action (Business Insider)

Nigel Leask, Rabbie Burns reborn (TLS)


Robert Crawford, Lithe Pale Girls (LRB)

Stephen Sedley, I have no books to consult (LRB)

Marilynne Robinson, On Edgar Allan Poe (NYRB)

Marc Santora, Couple Ending a 3-Decade Journey in Travel Book Sales (NY Times)

Robinson Meyer, How Gothic Architecture Took over the College Campus (The Atlantic)

Carol Pogash, To Some Indians in California, Father Serra is Far From a Saint (NY Times)

Jill Lepore, What the Web Said Yesterday (New Yorker)

Rebecca Spence, Emma Goldman Papers Project in Danger of Being Shut Down (Jewish Journal)

Faramerz Dabhoiwala, The Secret History of Same-sex Marriage (The Guardian)

And, not least, the funniest thing on television today, a sitcom about Edwardian suffragettes (BBC – UK IP address required)


“Of Nation-States and the United States: An Interview with Ryan Irwin” (Toynbee Prize Foundation: Global History Forum)

Jürg Altwegg, »Ein Kongress der Weißwäscher?« (FAZ)

Peter Bürger, »Erzählfreude statt Realismus« (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)

Richard Brody, “The Virtues of Screening ‘Forbidden’ Films” (The New Yorker blog)

Don Harrán, “Salamone Rossi as a Jew among Gentiles” (OUP blog)

Julia M. Klein, “Less is More” (The Nation)

Pankaj Mishra, “After the Paris Attacks: It’s Time for a New Enlightenment” (The Guardian)

Helmut Mörchen, »Die Erfindung des europäischen Intellektuellen« (Deutschlandrundfunk)

Samuel Moyn, “Bonfire of the Humanities” (The Nation)

François Rastier, « Antisémitisme : l’heideggérisme après le naufrage » (Le Nouvel Observateur)

And finally, Charles S. Maier’s open lecture course, “World War and Society in the Twentieth Century: World War II” (courtesy of Harvard Extension School’s Open Learning Initiative)

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