What We’re Reading: May 15th-20th

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.

Madeline:

Mary Beard, “Life in Ruins” (TLS)

Lucy Ives, “How Archival Fiction Upends our View of History” (New Yorker)

John Banville, “Surrounded by Jew-Haters” (NYRB)

Robert Greene II, “Reading and the Career of a Historian” (USIH Blog)

John:

Patrick Bahners, »Ein Alliierter der Vernunft: zum Tod von Fritz Stern« (FAZ)

John Banville, “Surrounded by Jew-Haters” (New York Review of Books)

Nick Hopwood, “Copying Pictures, Evidencing Evolution” (Public Domain Review)

Felix Philipp Ingold, »Schwierige Freundschaft: Paul Celan im Briefwechsel mit René Char« (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)

Jeton Neziraj, “Balkans and Beyond: Books that burn on piles of Wood” (Café Babel)

Giulia Puma, « Des hommes et des images » (La vie des idées)

Nicolò Scaffai, “Critica della transparenza” (Le parole e le cose)

Dana Schmalz, “ ‘Who gets to be global?’ An interview with Atossa Araxia Abrahamian” (Völkerrechtsblog)

Jason Schulman interviews Robert Holub on the publication of his new book Nietzsche’s Jewish Problem: Between Anti-Semitism and Anti-Judaism (New Books in History)

John Wilkins, “Roberto Calasso and the Irresistible Art of the Publisher” (Public Books)

And finally, Patrick Boucheron’s Collège de France lectures, « Souvenirs, fictions, croyances. Le Moyen Âge d’Ambroise de Milan », are being streamed on L’Éloge du savoir (France Culture)

Emily:

Jeff Nunokawa, The Hardship of Henry James (The New Rambler)

Mary Beard, Ultimate Rome: Empire Without Limit, Episode 4 (BBC2)

Peter Ghosh, Britain is no longer an island: a historian’s take on the Brexit debate (The Conversation)

Byrd Pinkerton, The Ultimate Latin Dictionary: After 122 Years, Still At Work On The Letter ‘N’ (NPR)

Julia Brookins, The Decline in History Majors: What Is to Be Done? (Perspectives)

Matthew Clair, Black Intellectuals and White Audiences (Public Books)

Paul Gilroy and Rosemary Belcher, Paul Gilroy in search of a not necessarily safe starting point… (Open Democracy)

David Cole, Race & Renaming: A Talk with Peter Salovey, President of Yale (NYRB)

Tim Lacy, Arendt Ascendant? (S-USIH Blog)

 

Daniel:

Melvin Rodgers, “What Good is History for African Americans” (Boston Review)

Emily J. Levine, “From Bauhaus to Black Mountain: German Émigrés and the Birth of American Modernism” (LA Review of Books)

Matt Donavan, “Climbing the Eye of God” (New York Review of Books)

Elaine Blaire, “Note to Self: The Lyric Essay’s Convenient Fictions” (Harpers)

Laura Beth Nielson, “Space, Speech, and Subordination on the College Campus” (The Smart Set)

Brooke:

Molly Jean Bennett, “Vintage Photos of Tree Worship at Western College for Women” (Atlas Obscura)

Jessica Crispin, “Bookslut was born in an era of internet freedom. Today’s web has killed it” (The Guardian)

Demetria Lucas D’Oyley, “Artist Turns Racist Flirtations on Tinder into Compelling Look at Race and Sex” (The Root)

Jeppe Ugelvig, “Ways of Living | Arcadia Missa” (Dis Magazine)

Jake:

Sarah Bond, “It’s on the Sillybos: The Birth of the Book Title

Ainoa Castro, “ViGOTHIC Update: Making a Medieval Codex” (and Part II) (Littera Visigothica)

Judith Weingarten, “Writing Tablets from Palmyra: ‘The Forgotten Island’” (Zenobia: Empress of the East)

Maggie Williams, “#Kzoo 2016” (Material Collective)

Virginia Woolf, “Vogue 100: Indiscretions by Virginia Woolf” (Vogue)

Erin:

Michael J. Agovino, “City (Not) on Fire” (LARB)

Mary Beard, “Life in Ruins” (TLS)

Melissa Dinsman with Bethany Nowviskie, “The Digital in the Humanities” (LARB)

Ellen Feldman, “Terrible Virtue (On the Life of Margaret Sanger)” (New York Society Library via YouTube)

Nicholas Köhler, “The Mysterious Letter Writer who Beguiled Flannery O’Connor and Iris Murdoch” (New Yorker)

Carolyn:

Patrick Bahners, »Zum Tod von Fritz Stern: Ein Allierter der Vernunft« (FAZ)

Maanvi Singh, “Care Packages: How the U.S. Won Hearts Through Stomachs After WWII” ([NPR)

Julie Belcove, “Shelf Life: Kader Attia built a model of an Algerian Fortress out of couscous in the Guggenheim” (The New Yorker)

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