What We’re Reading, July 16th-22nd

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:

Jonathan Blitzer, “A Tale of Racial Passing and the U.S.-Mexico Border” (New Yorker)

Ecclesiastical History Society virtual exhibition, “Translating Christianity

David Giffels, “Stalking the American Dream in Cleveland’s Hingetown” (Belt Magazine)

Rebecca Mead, “Eat, Pray, Latin” (New Yorker)

Kristin Van Tassel, “Voyeur, Collector, Amateur Sleuth” (LARB)

John:

Modernist masterpieces in unlikely Asmara” (Economist)

François Aubel, « Le Corbusier classé à l’Unesco : ses oeuvres majeures en France » (Le Figaro)

Cinzia dal Maso, “Modernità del Mediterraneo” (Il Sole 24 Ore)

Timothy Nunan, “Thicker Than Water: Revisiting Global Connections on the Banks of the Suez Canal with Valeska Huber” (Toynbee Prize Foundation)

Neville Morley, “Why Thucydides?” (Eidolon)

Catharine R. Stimpson, “The Nomadic Humanities” (Los Angeles Review of Books)

Maria Popova, “Lying in Politics: Hannah Arendt on Deception, Self-Deception, and the Psychology of Defactualization” (Brain Pickings)

Guglielmo Weber, Giorgio Brunello, and Christoph Weiss, “The link between the number of books in your childhood home and your earnings” (World Economic Forum)

Ben Aldes Wurgaft, “Thinking, Public and Private: Intellectuals in the Time of the Public” (Los Angeles Review of Books)

And finally, a transcription by Taos Aït Si Slimane of « Jean-Pierre Vernant : L’Homme grec » first broadcast on France Culture, 14 January 2007 (Fabrique de sens)

Emily:

E.M. Forster, “What I Believe” in Two Cheers for Democracy (Abinger, 1951)

Bernard Semmel, Imperialism and Social Reform: English Social-Imperial Thought, 1895-1914 (Harvard University Press, 1960)

Freddy Foks, The rise and fall of Oliver Letwin: a private life of public power (openDemocracy)

Martin Loughlin, The End of Avoidance: Britain’s Constitutional Crisis (LRB)

Analysis: A Subversive History of School Reform (BBC Radio 4)

Chuck Mertz interviews Nicole Longpré, A post-Brexit guide to the mainstreaming of Britain’s far-right (This Is Hell!, WNUR Chicago)

Will Jennings and Gerry Stoker, Anti-politics after the referendum: the genie is out of the bottle (LSE British Politics and Policy blog)

Zadie Smith, Fences: A Brexit Diary (NYRB)

Mary Beard, The slipperiness of democracy (A Don’s Life)

Molly Fischer, Think Gender is Performance? You Have Judith Butler to Thank for That (NY Mag)

Erin:

Zadie Smith, “Fences: A Brexit Diary” (NYRB)

Nathan H. Dize “Mapping Downtown Asheville Through Protest: Black Lives Matter and Public Spaces” (African American Intellectual History Society Blog)

Dan Cohen “What’s the Matter with EBooks: An Update” (Dan Cohen, Executive Director of the DPLA, maintains his own blog at dancohen.org)

Georgianna Ziegler, “The Earliest Recorded Shakespeare in America?” (The Collation)

David King Dunaway, Huxley in Hollywood (Harper & Rowe, 1989)

Brian Rizzo, “A Lexow Effect? Daniel Czitrom’s New York Exposed (Gotham: A Blog for Scholars of New York City History)

Lastly, I posted something new this week on the Gotham Center’s excellent blog for New York City History: “What Did New Yorkers Read in the Gilded Age? Looking at the Armstrong Records” (Gotham)

Daniel:

Take our Emancipatory Psychoanalysis Test” (Verso Books)

Randall Collins, “Can the War Between Cops and Blacks be De-Escalated?” (The Sociological Eye)

Mike Konczal, “The Forgotten State” (Boston Review)

Lee Konstantinou, “The Hangman of Critique” (LARB)

Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft, “Thinking, Public and Private: Intellectuals in the Time of the Public” (LARB)

Brooke:

Issue 66” (Knygotyra)

Zadie Smith, “Fences: A Brexit Diary” (NYRB)

Jake:

Rachel Aviv “The Philosopher of Feelings” (The New Yorker)

Lucas Klein, “Tribunals of Erudition and Taste: or, Why Translations of Premodern Chinese Poetry Are Having a Moment Right Now” (LARB)

Lee Konstantiou “The Hangman of Critique” (LARB)

Laura Saetveit Miles, “Stephen Greenblatt’s ‘The Swerve’ Racked Up Prizes – And Completely Misled You about the Middle Ages” (Vox)

Cord Whitaker, “Pale Like Me: Resistance, Assimilation, and ‘Pale Faces’ Sixteen Years On” (In the Middle)

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