What We’re Reading, July 23rd-29th

Madeline:

A new blog for historians of nuns, “Centuries of Sisters

Matt Ford, “A Thermidorian Reaction” (Atlantic)

David A. Graham, “How Abigail Adams Proves Bill O’Reilly Wrong About Slavery” (Atlantic)

Rebecca Mead, “The Power of ‘Love’ in Politics” (New Yorker)

Tim Whitmarsh, “Textual Orientation” (TLS)

John:

Pierre Assouline, « Au-delà d’une simple affaire de partisans » (La république des livres)

Stefan Betschon, »Die Erfindung des Rauschens« (NZZ)

Sophie Cohen, “Open, SESAME: The science project crossing Middle East divides” (Times Higher Education)

Raphael Gross, » Grundwiderspruch der Moderne « (FAZ)

Benjamin Ivry, “Swiss Jewish Thinker Jean Starobinski Isn’t Slow Down Even at 92” (Forward)

Eikôn Klaô, « Critique de l’idéologie du réalisme en politique, religion du temps présent » (Mediapart)

Pankaj Mishra, “How Rousseau Predicted Trump” (New Yorker)

Martha C. Nussbaum, “Beyond anger” (Aeon)

Francesca Santucci, “Ibridazioni. Intervista a Valerio Magrelli” (Le parole e le cose)

Nir Shafir, Polina Ivanova, and Shireen Hamza in conversation with Michael Tworek, “Bobovius and the Republic of Letters” (Ottoman History Podcast)

And finally, Matthew Kirschenbaum, “The Transformations of the Archive” (A.S.W. Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography at University of Pennsylvania, 18 March 2016; Youtube)

Emily:

Corey Ryan Earle, Why a College Should Teach Its Own History (Chronicle)

Adam Smith et al, The Battle for the US Constitution (BBC Radio 4)

Scot Peterson, A Flexible Constitution is Not Comforting in Troubled Times (Balkinization)

Rebecca Onion, Is 2016 the Worst Year in History? It’d have to be worse than 1348. And 1836. And 1919… What year would you pick? (Slate)

John Paul Kleiner, Leipzig: Big City Lights (The GDR Objectified)

Charly Wilder, Goebbels’s Secretary Struggles with Her Responsibility (NY Times)

Erin:

Eliot Weinberger, “They could have picked…” (LRB)

James P. Stanley, “How Spiritualism Spread” (Public Books)

Geoffrey O’Brien “The Genius of James Brown” (NYRB)

Elizabeth Hardwick, Herman Melville (Penguin Lives Series), 2000

Elizabeth Hardwick, “Melville in Love” (NYRB)

Daniel:

Elizabeth Anderson, “Common Property” (Boston Review)

Ronald Aronson, “The Privatization of Hope” (Boston Review)

Erica Edwards and Walter Benn Michaels, “What was African-American Literature? A Symposium” (LA Review of Books)

Ryan Hagemann, “What does Privacy Mean” (Niskanen Center)

Hannah Rosefield, “How Exhaustion Became a Status Symbol” (The New Republic)

Brooke:

Michelle Caswell, “ ‘The Archive’ is not an Archives” (Reconstruction)

Michael Pollen, “The Intelligent Plant” (The New Yorker)

Lynn Neary, “Can Serialized Fiction Convert Binge Watchers Into Binge Readers?” (NPR)

Carolyn:

Ed Yong, “How a Guy from a Montana Trailer Park Overturned 150 Years of Biology” (The Atlantic)

James Sheehan, “Prussian Chic,” (LRB)

John Palattella, “Svetlana Alexievich’s Voice,” (The Nation)

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