What We’re Reading: Week of Oct. 5th

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:

Andrés G. Freijomil, « Michel de Certeau, une reconversion des savoirs » (La vie des idées)

Claire Gilly, « Strasbourg célèbre Tristan Tzara, écrivain et collectionneur » (Le Monde)

Jean Giono and Claude Gallimard, « Le Machiavel de Jean Giono. Sur une préface contestée, 1948-1952 » (La lettre de la Pléiade)

Emmanuelle Loyer, « L’Europe de la culture » (La vie des idées)

Ted Mills, “20 New Lines from The Epic of Gilgamesh Discovered in Iraq, Adding New Details to the Story” (Open Culture)

Carla Nappi, interview with James E. Strick on his new book Wilhelm Reich, Biologist (New Books in History)

Timothy Nunan, “City of Lights, City of Revolution: Walking the Streets of Anti-Imperial Paris with Michael Goebel” (Toynbee Prize Foundation)

Christian Peterson, interview with Edwin van de Haar on the new book Degrees of Freedom: Liberal Political Philosophy and Ideology (New Books in Intellectual History)

Timothy Shenk and Jebediah Purdy, “What Is the Anthropocene?” (Dissent)

Oliver Zimmer, »Liberaler Störenfried« (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)

And finally, an interview with the great filmmaker Chantal Akerman (1950-2015; Criterion)

Emily:

Historiann says everything I think about the most important story in university news this week: Wrung Out (Historiann)

Jan Mieszkowski, Texts for Nothing, on Eric Jarosinski’s Nein. A Manifesto (LARB)

Colm Toibin: By the Book, an interview (NY Times)
Fintan O’Toole, Auden: Cranky, Cautious, Brilliant (NYRB)

Elisabetta Povoledo, Scientists Hope to Learn How Pompeians Lived, Before the Big Day (NY Times)

Andy Seal, Re-Surveying the Via Media (S-USIH Blog)

Jeremy Waldron, The Vanishing Europe of Jürgen Habermas (NYRB)

George Yancy interviews Paul Gilroy on What ‘Black Lives’ Means in Britain
Fayemi Shakur, A Sweet Forgetting: Slavery, Sugar and Scotland (NY Times)

Those who have a subscription to the Times Literary Supplement may want to read Jennifer Howard’s review of Jeff Nunokawa’s Note Book in this week’s print issue

In the “The Guardian Reminds Me of My Research” Department, the most neo-Edwardian thing I’ve ever seen: Joshi Hermann, The secret world of London’s luxury hotels (Guardian)
Also in British imperial history this week was my dinner: Mulligatawny soup, an Anglo-Indian invention.
And relatedly, Charlotte Higgins, The genius of The Great British Bake Off (Guardian)

And finally, this week’s wonderful required reading about vocation and much else, Megan Castellan, The Things You Do for Family: Why I Go By ‘Mother Megan’ (The Toast)

Madeline:

Interview with Gordon Wood about pamphlets in the American Revolution (LARB)

John Kerrigan, “Shakespeare’s Year” about James Shapiro’s new book and books focusing on single years more generally (TLS)

Colm Tóibín, “Ravishing,” on castrati (LRB)

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