What We’re Reading: Week of August 28th

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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!


Freedom Force: The French Resistance” (The Economist)

Henri Astier, “Are They Charlie?” (TLS)

Marco Belpoliti, « Calvino, Levi e i buchi neri » (Doppiozero)

Andrew Goldstone, “Doing Without Texts: Sapiro on Translation” (Arcade)

Didier Jacob, « Martin Amis : “L’allemand est la langue maternelle de l’Holocauste” » (Le Nouvel Observateur)

Rosie Johnston, interview with Michal Pullmann on Perestroika, violence, and remembering the communist past (Radio Praha)

Valerio Magrelli, « Sull’uso imperialistico della lingua inglese » (Le parole et le cose)

Sandy Schleffler, »Literatur als Wissenschaft« (Literaturkritik.de)

Sam Tanenhaus, “Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s tough lessons for liberals” (Prospect)

And finally, Michel Frizot, “Germaine Krull: A Photographer’s Journey” (video accompanying the current exhibition « Germaine Krull : Un destin de photographe » at the Jeu de Paume, Paris)


Kenzie Bok’s article in Modern Intellectual History, To the Mountaintop Again: The Early Rawls and Post-Protestant Ethics in Postwar America, is well worth a read (MIH – subscription required)

Frederick Deknatel, The Senseless Death of Mr. Palymra (Foreign Policy)

Ingrid D. Rowland, The Grandest Art of the Ancients (NYRB)

Quentin J. Broughall, Beyond the hoi polloi: Ancient Greece and the Victorians (British Association for Victorian Studies blog)

On culture and canon wars and our students, Timothy Burke, We Are Not Who We Will Become (Easily Distracted)


Navigating Newton’s Novels: Exhibiting the Value of Personal Libraries (Wren Library blog), with a link to the online exhibition

Ed Simon, “The Sacred and the Profane in Pittsburgh” (Belt Magazine)

William J. Broad, “A Volcanic Eruption that Reverberates 200 years later” (NY Times)

Katy June-Friesen, “Old Friends Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Made History Together” (Humanities)

Juliette Wells, “A rare edition of Austen’s Emma” (Rauner Special Collections Library (Dartmouth) blog)

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