What We’re Reading: Week of Dec. 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:

Peter Mandler, The humanities are booming, only the professors can’t see it (Aeon)

The 19th-century Whaling Logbooks That Could Help Scientists Understand Climate Change (Guardian)

Iain Sinclair, Retro-Selfies, on Lawrence Ferlinghetti (LRB)

Hunter Oatman-Stanford, The Politics of Prejudice: How Passports Rubber-Stamp Our Indifference to Refugees (Collectors Weekly)

Weirdly, Columbia English professor Andrew Delbanco explains Moby Dick to Stephen Colbert while on a rollercoaster (The Late Show)

Madeline:

Michael Caines, “John Donne in Verse and Prose” (TLS Blog)

Leo Carey, “The Meaning of Mahler” (NYRB)

Emily Wilson, “Jacqueline Rose and the ‘atmosphere’ of feminism” (TLS)

Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, “Birthday letters from Jane Austen” (OUP Blog–see also her earlier post on whether Austen used a letter writing manual)

John:

Pierre Assouline, « Claudio Magris : “Qu’est-ce qu’on perd en écrivant ?” » (La République des livres)

Timothy Brook, “Johannes Vermeer, Veduta di Delft (1660-1661)” (Le parole e le cose)

Leo Carey, “The Meaning of Mahler” (New York Review of Books)

Carrie Figdor, interview with Brian P. Copenhaver on his new book Magic in Western Culture: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment (New Books in History)

Christopher Howse, “Rudyard Kipling: The Misfit Poet” (Telegraph)

Matteo Moca, “L’arte che mantiene la vita. Proust a Grjazovec” (Minima & Moralia)

Anne-Lise Rey, « Le corps de la science » (La vie des idées)

Sarah Rey, “The Curious Monsieur Veyne” (Michael C. Behrent, trans; Books and Ideas)

Chad Wellmon, “Nietzsche Transformed: How the Philologist Became Modernity’s Philosopher With a Hammer” (The Hedgehog Review)

Lara Wigdor, “Were women really absent from pre-89 Czechoslovak dissent?” (Visegrad Revue)

And finally, the inaugural lecture from historian Patrick Boucheron at the Collège de France (also see this piece on Boucheron at La République des livres)

 

Daniel:

Nick Barrowman, “Correlation, Causation and Confusion” (The New Atlantis)

Morton Friedman, “Organized Antilabor: The inner workings of Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency.” (Lapham’s Quarterly)

Amanda Gefter, “The Man Who Tried to Redeem the World with Logic” (Nautilus)

Robert Huddleston, “Poetry Makes Nothing Happen:W. H. Auden’s Struggle with Politics” (Boston Review)

Jess Row, “American Cynicism and its Cure” (Boston Review)

Brooke:

David Corn, “Pete Seeger’s FBI File Reveals How the Folk Legend First Became a Target of the Feds” (Mother Jones)

Jessica Crispin, “Claude Cahun” (The Offing)

Lola Okolosie, “We are here because you were there: a retrospective of black British art” (New Humanist)

Jordan Alexander Stein, “History’s Dick Jokes: On Melville and Hawthorne” (LARB)

Jake:

The Anglo-Saxon O Antiphons: O Jerusalem, Vision of Peace (A Clerk of Oxford)

Anne E. Fernald, “In the Great Green Room: Margaret Wise Brown, Gertrude Stein, and Goodnight Moon” (Slate)

Exploring Abandoned Castles in France, on the Abandoned France project (Medievalists.net)

Dianne Tillotson, “Heritage Sites: Trendy and Not-Trendy” (Dianne’s Medieval Writing)

Evan Calder Williams, “No, Crisis”—the final installment of the “No Crisis [in the humanities]” series (LARB)

Erin:

Thomas Hegghammer, “Militant Jihad’s Softer Side” (NY Times)

Brent Plate, “Marginalia and Its Disruptions” (LARB)

David Ramsey, “Prayers for Richard” (Oxford American)

Mika Ross-Southall, “Sir John Soane’s Danse Macabre” (on the Soane Museum’s ongoing exhibition; TLS Blog)

Mary-Kay Wilmers, “What a Mother” (LRB)

Carolyn:

Martin Filler, “Hanging out with Hitler” (NYRB)

Nick Richards, “Eels in their Pockets” (LRB)

Choe Sang-Hun, “Disputing Korean Narrative on ‘Comfort Women,’ a Professor Draws Fierce Backlash” (NYTimes)

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