What We’re Reading: Sept. 19-23

Emily:

The first UK production in nearly 30 years of Tony Harrison’s The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus (Finborough Theatre)

Emily Nussbaum, ‘Fleabag,’ an Original Bad-Girl Comedy (New Yorker)

Professor Cottom’s Grad School Guidance, a great document for anyone considering applying for a PhD.

John:

Sandrine Alexandre, « La sagesse des empereurs » (La vie des idées)

Adèle Cassigneul, “From the Daguerreotype to Numerical Photography” (Nathalie Ferron, trans.; Books & Ideas)

Ekkhard Knörer and Samir Sellami, »„Was mache ich jetzt?“ César Aira im Gespräch« (Merkur Blog)

Ludger Kühnhardt, »Der die Geschichte Kennt: Nachruf Karl Dietrich Bracher« (FAZ)

Dave O’Brien, interview with Stuart Elden on his new book Foucault’s Last Decade (Polity Press, 2016; New Books in History)

Josiah Ober, “What Kind of Citizen Was He?” (Aeon)

Marshall Poe, interview with Carsten Schapkow on his new book Role Model and Countermodel: The Golden Age of Iberian Jewry and German Jewish Culture during the Era of Emancipation (Lexington Books, 2015; New Books in History)

Daphne Tokas, »Ästhetische Theorie neu gedacht« (Literaturkritik.de)

Erin:
You may have noticed a long silence from me in the weekly links round-up. We all know this situation: a couple of projects kick into high gear (Melville’s New York, 1850, a show I curated, opened at the New York Society Library), and suddenly you’re looking at a stack of NYRB issues on your kitchen table and two dozen unread tabs open in your internet browser . Here’s a taste of what I’m catching up on.

Recent discoveries of several digital humanities projects that document the history of print and reading:

Joshua Cohen, The Last Last Summer: Donald Trump and the Fall of Atlantic City (n+1)

Jed Perl, ‘Panthers After the Kill’ (NYRB)
Edrina Tay, “Unquestionably the Choicest Collection of Books in the U.S.”: The 1815 Sale of Thomas Jefferson’s Library to the Nation (Common Place)
Leah Grandy, Skills for Historians of the Future: Palaeography (Borealia)

For NYC Cinephiles: Coming up at Film Forum, The Marx Brothers & The Golden Age of Vaudeville (Sept. 23-29) and at BAM, The Films of Michael Cimino (Sept. 29-Oct. 6)

Daniel:

Maggie Doherty, After Irony (Dissent)

Dan Erdnam, The Rhapsodies of Cinema (Public Books)

Bruno Latour, Why has Critique run out of Steam? (Critical Inquiry)

Daniel Little, Tilly on Moving Through History (Understanding Society)

Martha Southgate, Rise Up: On Hamilton (American Scholar)

Brooke:

Amy Brady, The History (and Present) of Banning Books in America (LitHub)

J. Drew Lanham, Birding While Black (LitHub)

George Pendle, Space Art Propelled Scientific Exploration of the Cosmos—But Its Star is Fading Fast (Atlas Obscura)

Steven Pincus, America’s Declaration of Independence was pro-immigrant (Aeon)

Jake:

Lizzie Feidelson, “The Clean” (N+1), since the literary Internet is entering its third week of un-remarked-upon obsession with Creatives with Jobs, something I think about a lot as I try to do history without becoming a professor

Roberta Mazza, “Fragments of an Unbelievable Past? Constructions of Provenance, Narratives of Forgery: A Report” (Faces and Voices). Every conference report should begin “I know you would have liked to be there but weren’t” and every conference schedule should include “prosecco and a light meal.”

Sam Kress, “Village Atheists, Village Idiots” (The Baffler), cum explicatione

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