What We’re Reading: Week of May 4

Our link roundup has been delayed this weekend because all the JHIBlog editors have been in attendance at Graftoniana, a celebration of JHI editor Anthony Grafton’s birthday and career. We’ve been tweeting at the hashtag #Graftoniana—take a look!

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!

Emily:

In British cultural history news:
Amelia Gentleman, Time, gentlemen: when will the last all-male clubs admit women?, suggests a surprising number of continuities with the late-nineteenth-century male homosociality I study (The Guardian)
Mo Moulton, On Harriet Vane and Peter Wimsey: An Essay with Personal Interruptions (The Toast)
Fintan O’Toole, The Explosions from Wolf Hall (NYRB)
Robert Saunders, The Legitimacy Trap and the Ghosts of 1910, on the longer historical resonances of Thursday’s UK general election (The Gladstone Diaries)

Gabriel Winant, We Found Love in a Hopeless Place: Affect theory for activists (n+1)

Our own Madeline McMahon on Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’ in Early America (NY Society Library)

And, not least, 19 Things Every Academic Will Immediately Relate To (Buzzfeed)

John:

Martin Filler, “Frei Otto’s Airborne Architecture” (NYR Blog)

Alison Flood, “Archive find shows medieval mystic Margery Kempe’s autobiography ‘doesn’t lie’” (The Guardian)

Anthony Grafton, “Pierre le Fou” (NYR Gallery)

Charlotte Guichard, « Le sacre de Poussin » (La vie des idées)

John Leslie, “Never-ending universe” (TLS)

Timothy Nunan, “Sandalwood Commonwealth? Traveling Across A Chinese-Australian Pacific with Sophie Loy-Wilson” (Toynbee Prize Foundation)

Thuy Schmalz, »Triumph und Trauma des Vietnamkrieges« (NZZ)

Jean-Fabien Spitz (Susannah Dale, trans.), “A Glimpse of Free Government?” (Books & Ideas)

Tobias Timm and Markus Lüpertz, »Der Markt ist mir egal« (Zeit)

Riccardo Venturi, “Con Yves Klein nel regno dell’Impossible” (Doppiozero)

And finally for fun (…), Straub & Huillet’s very hard-to-find-otherwise adaption of Heinrich Böll’s great novel Billiard um halb zehn (1959), Nicht versöhnt oder Es hilft nur Gewalt, wo Gewalt herrscht (1965; Youtube with English subtitles

Madeline:

Tim Parks, “Stories We Can’t See” (NYRBlog), on what we visualize when we read.

Kim Severson, “A Mother’s Cookbook” (NYT) explores the material remains on recipes and cookbooks and some of the conservation issues that arise.

Finally, appropriately enough for #Graftoniana, here is Professor Grafton’s latest for the NYRB (I think…), “The Ravishing Painting of Piero di Cosimo” and its accompanying gallery.

 

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