What We’re Reading: Week of Feb. 9

Madeline:

Francine Prose, “The Case for Hollywood History” (NYRB)

Darryl Pinckney, “Some Different Ways of Looking at Selma” (NYRB)

Juan-Jacques Aupiais, An Interview with P. Adams Sitney (Nassau Literary Review)

Jonathan Wilson, Bernard Cooper on art and life (LARB)

Rhiannon Ash, “How to write a Roman life” (TLS)

Richard Wightman Fox, “A Body for the Body Politic“: Abraham Lincoln’s Funeral Succession (Slate)

Matthew Wills, A brief history of Valentine’s Day (JStor Daily)

John:

Pierre Assouline, « Louable nostalgie de la République des Lettres » (La République des livres)

François Dubet, « La laïcité et son autre » (La vie des idées)

Mark Greif, “What’s Wrong with Public Intellectuals?” (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Duncan Kelly, “Why Max Weber matters” (Times Literary Supplement)

Francisca Loetz, »Verflixt und verflucht!« (Neue Züricher Zeitung)

Rossella Menna, “Carissimi padri della Grande Guerra” (Doppiozero)

Samuel Moyn, “Did Christianity Create Liberalism?” (Boston Review)

Helmut Müller-Sievers, »Dekonstruktion im Rückspiegel« (Merkur-Blog)

Gilberto Perez, A Day in the Country: Jean Renoir’s Sunday Outing” (Criterion Current)

Andy Seal and the rest of the USIH bloggers on Saul Bellow this week (USIH Blog)

And finally, on the occasion of the (long-overdue) English-language publication of François Hartog’s great book Régimes d’historicité : Présentisme et expériences du temps (Le Seuil, 2002), an interview with a leading theorist of history and wonderful historian (in French; Vimeo).

Emily:

Ben Kafka, Pushing Paper (Lapham’s Quarterly)

Annie Burman, A Pale Imitation: the new Turing biopic is a far cry from the fascinating truth (King’s Review)

Richard Evans, Why are we obsessed with the Nazis? (The Guardian)

Clerk of Oxford, ‘Unwinding the water’s chains’: Spring, Thaw, and Some Anglo-Saxon Poems (A Clerk of Oxford)

Alison Flood, Inflame her to venery with wanton kisses: the joy of sex, 1684-style (The Guardian)

Leland de la Durantaye, Who Whips Whom: Sade (LRB)

Stefan Collini, Whisky Out of Teacups: David Lodge (LRB)

Mo Moulton, Watching Downton Abbey with an Historian: Queer Downton! (The Toast)

Jonathan Downing, Review – Blake, Apprentice and Master, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Southcottian Studies)

And, not least, Lauren Davis, Ten Things People Once Complained Would Ruin the English Language (io9)

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