What We’re Reading: Week of May 22

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.

Sarah:

Sue Collard; Sonia Delesalle-Stoper; Mayanthi Fernando; Sudhir Hazareesingh; Imen Neffati;  Daniel Lee, ‘French History @ IHR: A Discussion of the French Presidential Election,’ (French History Society Blog)

Emile Chabal, ‘The Sahel: In What State?,’ (Books & Ideas)

Paul A. Kramer, ‘History in a Time of Crisis,’ (Chronicle)

Colum Mcann, ‘So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for aspiring novelists,’ (Guardian) (Regardless of the title, this is a good read for everyone who takes the craft of writing seriously, whether for fiction or non-fiction.)

Bruce Robbins, ‘Discipline and Parse: The Politics of Close Reading,’ (LARB)

 

Yitzchak:

Ross Douthat, “The Handmaid’s Tale,’ and Ours” (New York Times)

Penelope Green, “50 Years of Marriage and Mindfulness with Nena and Robert Thurman” (New York Times)

Roger Moore – Saint, Persuader and the suavest James Bond – dies aged 89” (The Guardian)

Linda Colley, “What Gets Called Civil War” (New York Review of Books)

 

Eric:

Ashley Finigan, Caine Jordan, Guy Emerson Mount, Kai Parker, “A Case for Reparations at the University of Chicago” (Black Perspectives).

Mitch Landrieu, “We Can’t Walk Away from this Truth” (The Atlantic).

Elaine Mokhtefi, “Diary” (LRB).

Colette Shade, “Blight at the Museum” (Current Affairs).

 

Cynthia:

Sarah Jeong, “Mother, Wife, Slave” (The Atlantic)

Mark Trecka, “Interrogation and Transmigration: On Layli Long Soldier’s “Whereas” and Mai Der Vang’s “Afterland” (LARB)

László Krasznahorkai, “from the Manhattan Project” (BOMB)

Daniel Penny, “Rei Kawakubo” (4Columns)

Anne Higonnet, “Through a Louvre Window” (Project18)

(This week’s pairing of Daniel Penny’s “Rei Kawakubo” review with Anne Higonnet’s extended meditation on a single eighteenth-century French painting (Portrait of Charlotte du Val d’Ognes, also at the Met) highlights two different ways of considering the intersection of fashion, politics, and the body.)

 

Spence:

Biancamaria Fontana, “Would you mind imprisoning my wife?” (TLS)

Anthony Mostrom, “The Fascist and the Preacher” (LARB)

Julia M. Klein, “One Author, Two Radically Different Holocaust Stories” (The Forward)

Álvaro Santana-Acuña, “How One Hundred Years of Solitude Became a Classic” (The Atlantic)

 

Emily:

Hayden N. Pelliccia, “The Ancient Delights of the Epigram” (NYRB)

Guy Lodge, “Maurice at 30: The gay period drama the world wasn’t ready for” (Guardian)

Ingrid D. Rowland, “Martin Luther’s Burning Questions” (NYRB)

Adam Tooze, “Critiquing Frank Trentmann’s ‘Empire of Things’” (Adam Tooze)

Colm Tóibín, “How I rewrote a Greek tragedy” (Guardian)

Peter Mandler, “Why is the Labour Party in a mess?” (Dissent)

James Romm, “The Vitality of the ‘Berlin Painter’” (NYRB)

 

Disha:

Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, “Funny Face” (The New Inquiry)

Rochelle Miller, “I’ve Been Grading Student Papers for the Last 72 Hours” (McSweeney’s Internet Tendency)

Owen Hatherley, “The Spirit of ‘40 and ‘45 and ‘74 and ‘79 and ‘97” (n+1)

 

 

Derek:

 

Matthew Dessem, “New Orleans Mayor Denounces Confederate Nostalgia in Stirring Speech Defending Monument Removal” (Slate)

Ezra Klein, “Bryan Stevenson explains how it feels to grow up black amid Confederate monuments” (Vox)

Robert Jay Lifton, “Malignant Normality” (Dissent)

 

Mike:

Michel Espagne, Überlegungen zur Frage nach einer europäischen Geschichte (JMEH)

Roman Bucheli, Sensationeller Fund: Max Frisch goes Hollywood – und keiner merkt es (NZZ)

Johan Schloemann: Schöne Körper. Winckelmann und die Folgen – eine aufregende Ausstellungen Weimar (SZ)

 

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