What We’re Reading: Week of April 13

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 section!

Madeline:

Erik Kwakkel, “Book on a Stick” (Medieval Books)

Studying God’s Languages: Scholars of Hebrew and Arabic in Early Modern Europe” (upcoming conference, Warburg Institute)

Perry Link, “The Wonderfully Elusive Chinese Novel” (NYRB)

Alex Ross, “Symphonies and Sing-Alongs” (New Yorker)

Colm Tóibín, “Gawking at Quixote” (NYRBlog)

Steffan Hope, “Carols on the Lapidation” (My Albion)

Catchwords” (Trinity College Cambridge Library blog)

John:

Pierre Assouline, « Pour saluer François Maspéro et… » (La République des livres)

Michael Bentley, “Intellectual History and the Study of Historiography” (recorded lecture at the University of St. Andrews)

Antoine Compagnon, “Le français serait-il plutôt la « langue de Montaigne » ?” (La République des livres)

Freeman Dyson, “Einstein as a Jew and a Philosopher” (NYRB)

Boris Holzer, »Interdisziplinär? Oje!« (FAZ)

Dmitri Laurent, « Avishag Zafrani Utopie et responsabilité selon Bloch et Jonas » (entretien; Le rideau)

Tim Parks, “Too Many Books” (NYR Blog)

Alex Ross, “Surround Sound” (The New Yorker)

Joan W. Scott, “The New Thought Police” (The Nation)

Colm Tóibín, “Gawking at Quixote” (NYR Blog)

And finally, Sheldon Pollack on “The Great Chain of Academic Being” (CRASSH, 18 June 2010)

Emily:

Michael Kimmelman, A Struggle to Secure Iraq’s Shared Past, and Perhaps Its Future (NYTimes)

Margaret Atwood, Haunted by the Handmaid’s Tale (Guardian)

Diarmaid MacCulloch, Sex and the Church (BBC iPlayer – UK IP required)

Edward Helmore, Were Lincoln and Nixon gay? The ‘history’ book that is dividing America (Guardian)

Michael Roth, Can Matthew Crawford Deliver Us from Distractions? (Chronicle)

Shane Hickey, Alan Turing’s notebook sells for more than $1m at New York auction (Guardian)

Frances Stonor Saunders, Stuck on the Flypaper: The Hobsbawm File (LRB)

Peter Moore, Was Yoda a medieval monk? It takes a museum curator to tell you (Guardian)

Julie Turkewitz, Envisioning a Colorado Haven for Readers, Nestled Amid Mountains of Books (NYTimes)

Jo Guldi, The Challenges of Beginning a Scholarly Debate in the Twentieth Century (inscape [Guldi’s blog])

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