What We’re Reading: May 21st-27th

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.

John:

Richard Brody, “Albert Murray and the Limits of Critics with Theory” (New Yorker)

T.J. Clark, “Picasso and the Fall of Europe” (London Review of Books)

Massimo Gezi, “Sulle tracce di un poeta pazzo: Giovanni Antonelli” (Le parole e le cose)

Thomas Grillot and Pauline Peretz, « L’historien éclaire-t-il le présent ? Entretien avec Thomas J. Sugrue » (La vie des idées)

Jan-Werner Müller, “Europe’s Sullen Child” (London Review of Books)

Rebecca Onion, “Some Things are Worth Forgetting” (Slate)

Frances Richard, “The Afterlife of Polaroid” (The Nation)

Sébastien Rozeaux, “The Importance of Global History” (Books and Ideas)

Marie Schiele and Hélène Vuillermet, « Aux sources vives de la Renaissance » (La vie des idées)

Andrew Tobolowsky, “History, Myth, and the Shrinking of Genre Borders” (Eidolon)

And finally, the Centre Pompidou in Paris is mounting a retrospective of the films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet’s films (which may garner a blog post soon; May 27th – July 3rd)

Emily:

Robert Greene II, This Weekend in Conferences and US Intellectual History (S-USIH Blog)

Jacqui Shine, How to Wake the Dead: A Commencement Address (The Toast)

Charles Nicholl, Unsluggardised: ‘The Shakespearean Circle’ (LRB)

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

Rachel Hope Cleves, Lesbian Histories and Futures: A Dispatch From “Gay American History @ 40” (Notches)

Owen Bowcott, Mau Mau lawsuit due to begin at high court (Guardian)

Ania Ostrowska, Would you mind if Neil Bartlett asked you a few personal questions about sex? (Notches)

Madeline:

Michael C. Behrent, “On France’s theologico-political crisis” (Immanent Frame)

Michael Caines, “Return to Utopia” (TLS Blog)

Christopher Benfey, “Wittgenstein’s Handles” (NYRB)

Daniel:

Patrick Iber and Mike Konczal, “Karl Polanyi for President” (Dissent Magazine)

Daniel Little, “Three Conceptions of Biography” (Understanding Society)

James Genone, “The Conceptual Mind: New Directions in the Study of Concepts” (Notre-Dame Philosophical Reviews)

Brooke:

Natalie Childs, “Visual Cultures of Indigenous Futurisms” (Guts Magazines)

Irina Dumitrescu, “ ‘Frivolous’ Humanities Helped Prisoners Survive in Communist Romania” (Zocalo)

Cara Giaimo, “Preserving Ireland’s Ancient, Mysterious Tree-Based Alphabet” (Atlas Obscura)

Ferris Jabr, “The Lost Gardens of Emily Dickinson” (New York Times)

Jake:

Jonathan Hsy, “3,000 Kalamazoos: Play, Change, Community” (In the Medieval Middle)

Simon Reichley, “World’s Most Comprehensive Latin Dictionary Is Only 25 Years from Completion; Not Yet Available for Pre-Order” (Melville House)

Jacqui Shine, “How to Wake the Dead: A Commencement Address” (The Toast)

Yitzchak:

Christopher Benfey,“Wittgenstein’s Handles” (NYRB)

Alex Cocotas, “Eli Singalovski Shoots the Concrete Face of Israel: One photographer asks, can architecture create a better society?” (Tablet Mag)

William Egginton, “Letter From Austria: Is Europe’s ‘Tolerant Society’ Backfiring?” (The Stone, New York Times)

Jay L. Garfield and Bryan W. Van Norde, “If Philosophy Won’t Diversify, Let’s Call It What It Really Is” (The Stone, New York Times)

Linda Greenhouse, “The Bittersweet Victories of Women” (NYRB)

Sarah Weinman, “O.J.: Made in America: How Do You Like Him Now?” (New Republic)

Erin:

Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women (Farrar, Strauss, & Giraux, 2015)

Mitch Fraas, “Alexander Hamilton’s Working Papers” (Unique at Penn)

Matthew Kirchenbaum, “This Faithful Machine” (Paris Review)

Lara Putnam, “The Transnational and the Text-Searchable: Digitized Sources and the Shadows they Cast (American Historical Review)

Mai-mai Sze’s “East-West” columns for the NY Post and more (the Chinamerican Blog)

Carolyn:

Svetlana Alexievich, “On a Loneliness That Resembles Happiness. An Excerpt from Svetlana Alexievich’s book Secondhand Time” (The New Republic)

David Blackbourn, “Princes, Counts and Racists” (LRB)

Edward Docx, “Esperanto: the language that never was,” (Prospect Magazine)

Naomi Klein, “ Let Them Drown” (LRB)

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