What We’re Reading: December 10th

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:

Costica Bradatan, “The Philosopher of Failure: Emil Cioran’s Heights of Despair” (LARB)

Drew Flanagan, “Theresienstadt concentration camp documents, 1939-1945” (Brandeis Special Collections Spotlight)

Massimo Firpo, “Né con Roma né con Lutero” (Il Sole 24 Ore)

Tobias Lehmkuhl, »Kracauer als einsamer Gesellschaftskritiker« (Deutschlandfunk)

Gabrielle Napoli, « Tout le vingtième siècle » (En attendant Nadeau)

Timothy Nunan, “The Other Intellectuals: A Conversation with Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins about Raymond Aron and International Order” (Toynbee Prize Foundation)

Gertrud Nunner-Winkler, »Rechtsidealismus und/oder Interessenpolitik?« (Literaturkritik.de)

Elif Shafak, “The Silencing of Writers in Turkey” (The New Yorker)

Marcel Stoetzler, “Durkheim’s and Simmel’s reactions to antisemitism and their reflection in their views on modern society” (Open Review / DHI Paris)

Joel Whitney, “Fifty Years of Disquietude” (The Baffler)

And finally, explore the incredible resources and commentary assembled at the Archaeology of Reading in Early Modern Europe collaboration

Emily:

Ian Buruma, “The Weird Success of Guy Burgess” (NYRB)

Liz Butterworth, “Aequora: Teaching Literacy with Latin” (Eidolon)

Mark Mazower, “The Historian Who Was Not Baffled by the Nazis,” (NYRB)

James McAuley, “The Man Who Brought Paris to Dallas” (NYT)

Andrew O’Hagan, “All hail, sage lady” (LRB)

Eric:

Jeremy Adelman on Gareth Stedman Jones, “The Mortal Marx” (Public Books)

Ben DuPriest, Nothing New: Introduction (Musiquology)

Olivia Gesbert interviews Barbara Cassin, Traduire pour résister (France Culture)

Patrick Iber, “Fidel Without Illusions” (Dissent)

…and the LSE roundup after the Italian referendum (LSE Europp)

Disha:

Michael LaPointe, “The Pleasures of Incomprehensibility” (The Paris Review)

Pankaj Mishra, “Welcome to the Age of Anger” (The Guardian)

Naben Ruthnum, “Eight Saints and a Demon” (Hazlitt)

Zadie Smith, “On Optimism and Despair” (NYRB)

Vidal Wu, “Distances, Hesitations, Intimacies” (Tiff)

Daniel:

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

Shuja Haider, “Liberal Anti-Politics” (Jacobin)

Daniel Little, “Localism and Assemblage Theory” (Understanding Society)

Phillip Lopate, “The Downside of Urban Density” (American Scholar)

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