What We’re Reading: Week of June 30

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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!


In the department of shameless self-promotion, I wrote a piece about “Hellenism and the History of Homosexuality” for Eidolon.

Relatedly, about the history undergirding the Obergefell decision, David M. Perry, A New Right Grounded in the Long History of Marriage (The Atlantic)
Mike Hale, Review: ‘Larry Kramer in Love & Anger,’ Portrait of the Rebel as Gay Activist (NY Times)
CLaire Potter, Gay Marriage, in (Out)Historical Context (S-USIH Blog)

This week I’ve been attending the Rethinking Modern British Studies conference at the University of Birmingham. Those who are interested might want to follow the conference hashtag on Twitter, #mbs2015.
One of the conference organizers, Matt Houlbrook, has a great blog post “On Being a One-Trick Historian” (The Trickster Prince)

Casey Schwartz, Tell It About Your Mother: Can brain-scanning help save Freudian psychoanalysis? (NY Times)

Mallory Ortberg, Two Medieval Monks Invent Writing (The Toast)


Elizabeth Evenden, “Portuguese and Spanish History on the Early Modern Stage” (Anglo-Iberian Relations)

Jennifer Bishop, “Which Thomas is which?” (Talking Tudors)

Elizabeth Harper, “Photographing the Real Bodies of Incorrupt Saints” (Atlas Obscura)

Virtual exhibition, “Rare Reformation Relics” (ArtRefo)

Tim Wu, “No one asks to be buried with his iPad” (New Yorker)


  1. The virtual exhibition is terrific, but the article on incorrupt saints is amazing. The author is absolutely right to high the fact that the part in question could be very small. Trithemius, in his treatise In De laude scriptorum, tells of a scribe who copied faithfully all his life. After his death, his thumb, index and middle fingers were not corrupted–clear evidence of his sanctity and of the holiness of his lifelong work. When next you’re in Rome on March 9, go to the Tor de’ Specchi convent. It’s open then for the feast day of S. Francesca Romana, who appears here. She created a remarkable community of religious women there, and the 15th century frescoes brilliantly record their doings and her miracles.

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