What We’re Reading, December 23rd

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. The editors of the JHI Blog also join together in wishing all our readers very happy holidays!

John:

Pierre Assouline, « La puissance du hasard » (La république des livres)

Michael C. Behrent reviews Mark Lilla’s The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction (New York Review Books, 2016; The Immanent Frame)

Alexander Cammann, »“Ich sitze dazwischen”« (on Siegrfried Kracauer; Die Zeit)

Cécile Dutheil, « Un grand roman sur les identités mouvantes » (En attendant Nadeau)

Susanna Ferguson and Matthew Ghazarian interview İrvin Cemil Schick: “The Ottoman Erotic” (Ottoman History Podcast)

Palko Karasz, “Reflecting on a Hungary Escape 60 Years Ago, and on a Refugee’s Plight” (New York Times)

Tim Parks, “A No-Nonsense Machiavelli” (NYR Daily)

Marshall Poe interviews Eva Mroczek on her book The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity (Oxford Univ. Press, 2016; New Books in History)

Thomas Ribi, »Der Tod ist ein schmieriger Charmeur« (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)

Milan Schreuer, “A Master Work, the Ghent Altarpiece, Reawakens Stroke by Stroke” (New York Time)

And finally, Marielle Macé, « Sciences sociales : sciences du style ? » (Q&R courtesy of the CRAL, Paris)

Emily:

Christopher Isherwood, Goodbye to Berlin (1939), literature for our times.

Paul Krugman, How Republics End (NY Times)

Libby Purves, Tales from girls’ boarding schools (TLS)

Eleanor Parker, The O Antiphons in Middle English: ‘To þe we clepe with alle owre hert and brethe’ (A Clerk of Oxford)

Adam Smyth, How to Perfume a Glove: Early Modern Cookbooks (LRB)

Alan Bennett, Diary (LRB)

Erin:

Charles Portis, Dog of the South – I’m reading a really nice copy of the 1979 first edition from Knopf.

Brian Cassidy, “Think of an Elephant” (Brian Cassidy is a DC based bookseller, he published this short essay via his mailing list last month.)

I missed Matthew Kirschenbaum’s Fales Lecture, but the video is now up and I’m looking forward to watching it.

I’m working with a collection of screenplays right now, so I’ve been reading up on that literary form and its history.  I’m especially interested in the materiality of scripts, so you’ll see some books on office typing/copy technology, secretaries, and secretarial culture here. Some are better than others, others I’m just getting to, but here’s the list:

David Bordwell, Janet Staiger, and Kristin Thompson, The Classical Hollywood Cinema (Columbia University Press, 1985)

Tom Stempel, Framework (Syracuse University Press, 2000)

Steven Price, A History of the Screenplay (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

Leah Price & Pamela Thurschwell, Literary Secretaries/Secretarial Culture (Ashgate, 2005)

Vicky Lynn Jones, How to Type Scripts (Tracy Plane Press, 1981)

Ian Batterham, The Office Copying Revolution (National Archives of Australia, 2008)

Eric:

Daniel Bessner & Udi Greenberg, “The Weimar Analogy” (Jacobin)

Vivian Gornick “Feeling Paranoid” (Boston Review)

Ibram X. Kendi, “Are you an Intellectual?” (AAIHS)

Roxanne Panchasi “Cite Specific” (Perspectives)

Disha:

Ta-Nehisi Coates, “My President Was Black: The History of the First African American White House — and of what came next” (The Atlantic)

Susan Harlan, “Poems on the End of the Academic Semester” (The Hairpin)

Shayla Love, “My Grandparents’ Trauma is In My Blood” (Vice)

Lauren Mitchell featuring Leonicka Valcius, “Cavern of Secrets: Episode 22” (Hazlitt)

Erin Seatter, “Canadian Universities Failing At Diversity” (Ricochet)

 

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