What We’re Reading: Week of Feb. 6

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:

Tamson Pietsch, On institutions (and why we need them) (Cap and Gown, originally published in Griffith Review)

Adam Gopnik, The Peculiar Radiance of Henry James’s Memoirs (New Yorker)

Folk Connections: Cecil Sharp’s Appalachian Trail (BBC Radio 3)

Yung In Chae, Apples and Oranges, Ravens and Writing Desks: How to Compare Stuff (Eidolon)

Paula Findlen, Before Europe’s Intrusion (The Nation)

On the “trouble with benefactors” beat, Deborah Yaffe, Wilson Revisited, an instructive example of how one American college is grappling with its past (Princeton Alumni Weekly)

Colin Kidd, Misappropriation: Burke (LRB)
For more on Burke’s reception history, see the totally fascinating work of Emily Jones, especially her recent article Conservatism, Edmund Burke, and the Invention of a Political Tradition, c. 1885-1914 (Historical Journal)

And of course, where would we be without some Really Excellent Pointing in Western Art History? (The Toast)

Brooke:

Alexander Chee “Children of the Century” (New Republic)
Agustina Zegers “God is a Lesbian“: DISmiss presents Zanele Muholi (DIS Magazine)

Erin:

Ed Miliband, The Inequality Problem (LRB)

Tim Parks, A Long Way from Primo Levi (NYR Daily)

Claudia Funke, Counting the Days 500 Years Ago (Chapel Hill Rare Book Blog)

Sylviane Diouf, Black Power! (NYPL)

Daniel:

Dan Kopf, “The Great Migration” (Priceonomics)
From Sweden to Socialism Symposium” (Dissent Magazine)
Paul Bloom, “The Trouble with Empathy” (Guernia Mag)
Ulrich Kockel, “An Enlightened Localism” (Eurozine)
Jim Davies, “Our Conflicted Feelings for R2-D2” (Nautilus Magazine)

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