What We’re Reading: April 30

Emily:

Nakul Krishna, What Enid Blyton’s school stories taught me about ethics (Aeon)

and Hannah Woods, Winning University Challenge, googling my eyebrows, and inspiring girls to be swots (New Statesman)

Alison Flood, Author Jenny Diski, diagnosed with inoperable cancer, dies aged 68 (Guardian)
Madeleine Schwartz, Jenny Diski (1947-2016) (Dissent)

Catharine R. Stimpson, ‘Democracy and Education’ at 100 (Public Books)

A. Everett Beek, Ovid’s Afterlife (Eidolon)

The Early Music Show: Sounds of Shakespeare (BBC Radio 3)

Colm Tóibín, After I am hanged, my portrait will be interesting, on the Easter Rising (LRB)

Keith Thomas, Was There Always an England? (NYRB)

In Our Time: 1816, The Year Without a Summer (BBC Radio 4)

The Gay Academic Union: The Proceedings of Its First National Conference, 1973, New York City (OutHistory)

Erin:

Sarah Laskow, Audobon Made Up at Least 28 Fake Species to Prank a Rival (Atlas Obscura)

Chris Woolgar, The medieval senses were transmitters as much as receivers (Aeon)

Abbie Weinberg, In Defense of the Card Catalog (The Collation)

The BL just launched a new site for their digitized Hebrew Manuscripts. In addition to gorgeous, high resolution scans of their spectacular collections, the site also has about a dozen excellent articles, like this one by Israel Sandman: “Paleography: Scribes and the Transmission of Hebrew Scientific Works.”

Carolyn:

Jennifer Schuessler, Walt Whitman Promoted a Paleo Diet. Who Knew? (New York Times)

Anemona Hartocollis, At Small Colleges, Harsh Lessons About Cash Flow (New York Times)

Steven Shapin, What do you mean by a lie? (LRB)

Elizabeth Kolbert, Unnatural Selection (New Yorker)

Brooke:

Jenny Ferretti, Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ and Information Resources (Maryland Institute College of Art Library)

A Call and Response with Melissa Harris-Perry: The Pain and the Power of ‘Lemonade’ (Elle)

Jacqueline Rose, Who Do you Think You Are? (LRB)

Sarah Laskow, The Rise of Pirate Libraries (Atlas Obscura)

Daniel:

Melissa Dinsman, The Digital in the Humanities: An Interview with Richard Jean So (LARB)

Joshua Knobe and Daniel Kahneman, A Characteristic Difference: When Experimental Philosophy Meets Psychology (Edge)

Peter Unger, Empty Ideas (The Philosophers’ Magazine)

Randall Jarrell, A Man Meets a Woman in the Street (poets.org)

Robert Dijkgraaf, Are There Barbarians at the Gates of Science? (Nautilus)

Madeline:

Steven Nadler, “Why Spinoza still matters” (Aeon)

Maya Jasanoff, “The First Global Terrorists were Anarchists in the 1890s” (NYT)

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