What We’re Reading: Week of August 20th

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!

John:

Essay: “The Unquiet Past” (The Economist)

Lilian Calles Barger, interview with James Turner on his recent book Philology: The Forgotten Origins of the Modern Humanities (New Books in Intellectual History)

Teju Cole, “Shadows in São Paulo” (NY Times Magazine)

Carlo Ginzburg, « La longue durée, la loupe » (lectures at the Collège de France; h/t Dimitri Laurent)

Mary Fissell, “When the Birds and the Bees Were Not Enough: Aristotle’s Masterpiece” (The Public Domain Review)

Timothy Nunan, interview with Susan Pedersen on her recent book The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire (Toynbee Prize Foundation)

Ingrid D. Rowland, “The Greatest Art of the Ancients” (NYRB)

Ryan Ruby, “The Phantoms of the Fifteenth Arrondissement” (The Paris Review)

Leander Scholz, »Geheimstes Gedankenspiel« (Deutschlandrundfunk)

Matteo Vergetti, « Dopo l’Impero latino » (Doppiozero)

And finally, Hannah Arendt’s marginalia in her collection at Bard College (h/t Sarah Dunstan)

Emily:

Timothy Burke, In Media Res (Easily Distracted)

Gregory Hutchinson’s obituary for classical scholar Martin West (Independent)

Avies Platt’s recently-unearthed account of her meeting with Yeats in 1937, A Lazarus Beside Me (LRB)

Orwell’s Review of Mein Kampf (BoingBoing)

And, not least, the latest and greatest from Mallory Ortberg, Dirtbag Karl Marx (The Toast)

Madeline:

Jedediah Purdy, “Environmentalism’s Racist History” (New Yorker)

Keisha N. Blain, “Racial Violence and Black Nationalist Politics” (The Junto)

Andy Seal, “The Poker Player and the Priest: Harding and Wilson” (USIH Blog)

Louis Menand, “Out of Bethlehem: The radicalization of Joan Didion” (New Yorker)

Jonathan Hsy, “Summer Digest 2015: Digital Publics, Diversity, Donuts” (In the Middle)

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