What We’re Reading: Week of Oct. 12

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:

Mary Beard, Why ancient Rome matters to the modern world (Guardian)

John Byron Kuhner, The Latin Speakers of West Virginia (Eidolon)

Duncan Kelly, Why Max Weber Matters, on Peter Ghosh’s long-anticipated Max Weber and ‘The Protestant Ethic’ (TLS)

Ferdinand Mount, Parcelled Out: The League of Nations, on Susan Pedersen’s The Guardians (LRB)

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, Why We (Mostly) Stopped Messing With Shakespeare’s Language (New Yorker)

Jennifer Schuessler, Earliest Known Draft of King James Bible is Found, Scholar Says (NY Times)

Elif Batuman, The Treasures Under Istanbul (New Yorker)

Madeline:

Erik Kwakkel, “The Incredible Expandable Book” (Medieval Books)

Michael Shae, “Don Carlos Rediscovered” (NYRB)

Kathleen E. Kennedy, “Coconuts in Medieval England” (The Mary Sue)

A Conversation between Marilynne Robinson and Barack Obama (NYRB)

John:

Pierre Assouline, « Lucien Rebatet exhumé des décombres » (La République des lettres)

Elena Ferrante on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (Ann Goldstein, trans.; The Guardian)

Martin Filler, “The Rush of Berlin” (NYR Daily)

Josh Jones, “Hear The Epic of Gilgamesh Read in its Original Ancient Language, Akkadian” (Open Culture)

Daphné Le Roux, « Le social au naturel » (La vie des idées)

Jeffrey Alan Miller, “Fruit of Good Labors” (Times Literary Supplement)

Alain Navarro, « Le Retour des absents » de la seconde guerre mondiale, vu par les archives de l’AFP (Le Monde)

William Rees, “Levinas at Large” (Times Literary Supplement)

Amanda Swain, interview with David Frick on his book Kith, Kin and Neighbors: Communities and Confessions in Seventeenth-Century Wilno (New Books in History)

Aviezer Tucker, “Václav, We Never Knew Ye” (The American Interest)

And finally, free downloadable copies of books and journals from the Bauhaus School (Open Culture)

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