What We’re Reading: February 24

Don’t forget that this Wednesday, March 1 is the deadline for authors and publishes to nominate outstanding first books in intellectual history/history of ideas for JHI’s Forkosch Prize! Details here on what and how to nominate.

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.


Timothy Larsen, Incarnation and drains, a review of James Kirby’s Historians and the Church of England (TLS)
Rosemary Hill, The World of Mr Casaubon by Colin Kidd review – in defence of George Eliot’s pedant (Guardian)

John Lanchester argues with his Amazon Echo (LRB on YouTube

Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Classics Beyond the Pale (Eidolon)

More than the headline, a thoughtful exploration of the pedagogic usefulness of canons: Kenan Malik, Are Soas students right to ‘decolonise’ their minds from western philosophers? (Guardian)

A dramatization of H.G. Wells’ Ann Veronica (1908) (BBC Radio 4)

David Rohrbacher, A Sexual Encounter, Narrated through Entries in the Index of Herbert Weir Smyth, (Ancient) Greek Grammar (1920) (Eidolon)


Mark Rowlands, “Dirty Animals, Clean Animals” (TLS)

Michael Prodger, “A sketchy legacy? How Pieter’s sons kept Brand Breughel going” (New Statesman)

Eileen Cronin, “Dagoberto Gilb on the Right Way to be Crippled and Naked” (LARB)

Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow “An Ad Hoc Affair: Jane Jacob’s clear-eyed vision of humanity” (The Nation)

Caitlin Hu, “Syndrome K” (Quartz)


Kevin Amara, “Les petits matins avant le grand soir” (Le Comptoir)

Nicolas Duvoux, “L’idée de ghetto” (La Vie des Idées)

Arun Kapil, “2017 César award virtual Ballot” (Arun with a View)

Sarah Larson, “The Librarian of Congress” (The New Yorker)

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