What We’re Reading

What We’re Reading: Week of April 10

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.

Emily:

Terri Kapsalis, Hysteria, Witches, and the Wandering Uterus: A Brief History, or, Why I Teach “The Yellow Wallpaper” (Lithub)

Amber Regis, The Memoirs of John Addington Symonds (London Library Magazine)

J J Cohen, How to Place “Humanities” Next to “Future” Without the Adjective “Dire” (or, Why Entry Level Courses Matter) (In the Middle)

Elizabeth Barnes, Ross Cameron, and Robbie Williams, Josh Parsons (1973-2017) (Daily Nous)

Rachel Moss, assembled, astonished and disturbed (meny snoweballes)

Meredith Warren, What Would Jesus Eat This Easter? A First Century Menu for the Last Supper (History Matters Sheffield)

Josh Allen, The Thompson-Davis Letters (Past & Present blog)

Spence

Fríða Ísberg, “Dracula in Iceland” (TLS)

Steven Nadler, “Who was the first modern philosopher?” (TLS)

Melanie Benson Taylor, “The Convenient Indian” (The Los Angeles Review of Books)

Garry Wills, “Where Evangelicals Came From” (New York Review of Books)

Derek

Daniel Drezner, Triumph of the Thought Leader(Chronicle of Higher Education)

Molly McCluskey, Public Universities get an Education in Private Industry(The Atlantic)

Christopher Caldwell, American Carnage (First Things)

D.T. Max, How Humans are Shaping our own Evolution(National Geographic)

Cynthia

Noah Chasin, “Raymond Pettibon” (4 Columns).

“In Conversation: Thelma Golden in Conversation with Joachim Pissarro and David Carrier” (The Brooklyn Rail)

Hoberman, “At the Grey Art Gallery” (London Review of Books)

Kathryn Murphy, “More to Cheese than meets the eye? Dutch Still Life Paintings” (Apollo)

Eric

Rachel Cooke, “Eric Gill: Can We Separate the Artist from the Abuser?” (Guardian)

Yasmin Nair, “The Dangerous Academic is an Extinct Species” (Current Affairs)

Peter Pihos, “The Possibility of a Public” (Forum for Scholars and Publics)

Robert Priest, “Brexit, 1905?” (SSFH)

 

What We’re Reading: Week of April 3

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.

Erin:

Jennifer Schuessler, “A Trove of the Women’s Suffrage Struggle, Found in an Old Box” (NYTimes)

Richard Hell, “Confessions of a Book Collector” (Village Voice)

Helen Vendler, “The Two Robert Lowells” (NYRB)

Derek Dunne, “Sign Here Please: ____________ Blank Forms from the Folger Collection” (The Collation)

Emily:

Adrian Searle, Queer British Art 1861-1967 — strange, sexy, heartwrenching (Guardian)

Nico Muhly, Why Choral Music is Slow Food for the Soul (NY Times)

Ariel Levy, Catherine Opie, All-American Subversive (New Yorker)

Tom Crewe, Oh, you clever people! The Unrelenting Bensons (LRB)

Christopher Browning, Lessons from Hitler’s Rise (NYRB)

Andrew O’Hagan, On Robert Silvers (LRB)

Tony Sewell and Mike Grenier with Philip Dodds, Education Slow and Fast (Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3)

Derek:

Kenneth K. Wong, Redefining the federal role in public education(Brookings)

Matthew M. Chingos and Kristin BlaggWho could benefit from school choice?(Brookings)

(Film) Paterson, written and directed by Jim Jarmusch

Walter Russell Meade, The Jacksonian Revolt(Foreign Affairs)

Ross Andersen, Welcome to Pleistocene Park(The Atlantic)

Kimberly Harrington, The Resistance will be brought to you by Pepsi(McSweeneys)

Eric:

Greg Afinogenov, “Desperation Time” (N+1).

Ayana Mathis, “On Impractical Urges” (Guernica).

Charles Mills interviewed by Neil Roberts, “The Critique of Racial Liberalism” (Black Perspectives)

Spence:

Dennis Duncan, “Index, A celebration of the” (TLS)

Paul B. Sturtevant, “Recovering a ‘Lost’ Medieval Africa: Interview with Chapurukha Kusimba, part I” (The Public Medievalist)

Colin Dickey, “Forging Nature” (The Los Angeles Review of Books)

John Rieder, “An Image of Africa from the Sky” (The Los Angeles Review of Books)

What We’re Reading: March 31

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.

Erin:

André Maurois, translated by David Garnett, A Voyage to the Island of the Articoles (Turtle Point Press, 2012 re-issue)

Emily Temple, “Life Advice from Adrienne Rich” (LitHub)

Matthew Kirschenbaum, “#thanksfortyping” (Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing tumblr)

Tressie McMillan Cottom, “The Coded Language of For-Profit Colleges” (The Atlantic)

(Audio:) Terri Gross interviewed Tressie McMillan Cottom on her recent book, Lower Ed excerpt linked above – it’s worth a listen (Fresh Air)

(Video:) Mary Beard, “Women in Power” (LRB)

Sarah:

Ruth Bush, ‘Digitising Militant Glossy Magazines in francophone Africa,’ (Medium)

Sheila Fitzpatrick, ‘What’s Left?,’ (London Review of Books)

Edmund Gordon, ‘In Which Angela Carter Gives No F*cks: On the early reception of The Sadeian Woman and The Bloody Chamber,’ (Literary Hub via Oxford University)

Chris Hayes, ‘Policing the Colony: From the American Revolution to Ferguson,’ (The Nation)

Tim Parks, ‘The Expendable Translator,’ (New York Review of Books)

Yitzchak:

James Oakes, “The New Cult of Consensus” (Nonsite.org)

Samuel Freeman, “The Headquarters of Neo-Marxism” (NYRB)

Martin Filler “New York’s Vast Flop” (NYRB)

Frank Bruni “The Horror of Smug Liberals” (New York Times)

Spence:

Roz Kaveney, “Fantasy ethics” (TLS)

Sophie Brown, “How to escape from prison” (TLS)

William Echikson, “‘Their message is urgent’: the Holocaust survivor and his 7,000 pieces of antisemitic propaganda” (The Guardian)

Larry Harnisch, “Traumatized Nixon” (The Los Angeles Review of Books)

Christopher Benfey, “A Well-Ventilated Utopia” (The New York Review of Books)

Disha:

Susan McKay, “The Irish Border” (London Review of Books)
Megan Black “Interior Imperialism” (n+1)
Eric:
Hannah Gais, “From a Darling” (Baffler)

Roxanne Panchasi, “Avec l’amour au piong” (FFFH)

Norman Rush, “A Burning Collection” (NYRB)

What We’re Reading: March 24

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.

Emily:

James Stafford and Florence Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, The British Left at a Crossroads (Dissent)

Tim Besley, Olle Folke, Torsten Persson and Johanna Rickne, Gender quotas and the crisis of the mediocre man (LSE Business Review)

Jon Baskin, The Academic Home of Trumpism (Chronicle)

Paul Laity, Strawberries in December: She Radicals (LRB)

Remembering Bob Silvers (NYRB) and On Robert Silvers (n+1)

Erin:

Linda Greenhouse, “How Smart Women Got the Chance” (NYRB)

Norman Rush, “A Burning Collection” (NYRB)

Kate Daloz, We Are As Gods (Public Affairs Books, 2016)

(Film:) I Am Not Your Negro — the film by Raoul Walsh is still playing at Film Forum in NYC.

(Audio:) I just discovered the excellent Making Gay History Podcast

Eric:

Reading Against Fascism” (The Public Archive)

Faculty Statement on Charles Murray Lecture” (Columbia Law – Open University Project)

Christèle Marchand-Lagier & Jessica Sainty, “Sur le Front d’Avignon” (Vie des idées)

Charles Upchurch, “Class Divide” (Perspectives)

Spence:

G. M. Tamás, “The Never-Ending Lukács Debate” (The Los Angeles Review of Books)

Phil Zuckerman, “The Church of the Churchless” (The Los Angeles Review of Books)

Edward Simon, “What’s so American about John Milton’s Lucifer?” (The Atlantic)

Mike Mariani, “Nativism, Violence, and the Origins of the Paranoid Style” (Slate)

What We’re Reading: March 17

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.

Emily:

Charlie Tyson, The Loneliness of the Gay Aesthete: Alan Hollinghurst and Queer Theory (LARB)

Laurie Stras, Sisters doing it for themselves: radical motets from a 16th-century nunnery (Guardian)

Susan Chira, When Japan Had a Third Gender (NY Times)

Jonathan Freedland on Netflix’s The Crown: A Great Family Business (NYRB), to be paired with the following explanation of how the country I study is completely bonkers:
Sam Knight, Operation London Bridge: the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death (Guardian)

Chris Hilliard, Words That Disturb the State: Hate Speech and the Lessons of Fascism in Britain, 1930s–1960s (Journal of Modern History)

Gavin Jacobson, There is no more Vendée: The Terror (LRB)

Margaret Atwood, What ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Means in the Age of Trump (NY Times)

Philip Dodd in conversation with Paul Gilroy on Free Thinking (BBC Radio 3)

Stephen Vider et al., Family Viewing: Historians Watch When We Rise (OutHistory)

Linda Greenhouse, How Smart Women Got the Chance, review of Nancy Malkiel’s new history of coeducation in the Ivy League (NYRB)

Sarah:

Ahmed Al-Dawoody, “Islam and international humanitarian law: An overview” (Humanitarian Law & Policy)

James Kirchick, “Hungary’s Ugly State-Sponsored Holocaust Revisionism” (Tablet)

Ann Rees, “Persia Campbell, Our Woman at the United Nations” (VIDA)

Fernando Reimers, “Can Universities Save the Enlightenment from Populism?” (Huffington Post)

Joshua Zeitz, “Lessons From the Fake News Pandemic of 1942” (Politico)

Erin:

Last week the Antiquarian Book Fair came to New York, and I’m still perusing the catalogues I picked up there. Here are some of the best available online.

Amanda Hall, Teffont 38. Excerpted from her introduction to the catalogue: This is the first of several catalogues to include books from the library of Claude Lebédel. A voracious collector of Diderot and his circle, he had an eye for the exceptional and the esoteric, eagerly pursuing little known works, interesting provenances and unusual bindings alongside the masterpieces of the philosophes. This catalogue presents a selection of these books, the often outlandish and eccentric publications that formed the backdrop to the great philosophical upheaval of the Age of Enlightenment.

Deborah Coltham specializes in books on the history of medicine and science. Here’s the list of 40 books she brought with her from the UK, each with vivid descriptions.

Nina Musinsky had a stunning booth as usual, and here is her excellent catalog of European printed books, manuscripts, and prints.

Lorne Bair, specializing in the history, art, and literature of American social movements, didn’t publish a Fair list on his website, but you can take a look at his most recent catalog here.

The Biblioctopus catalogue is a great read. They offer “first editions of the classics of fiction” thus: Books and manuscripts, allied with a multiplicity of related items, 165 to 2014, connected by subject, form, appearance, manufacturing mode, or creative process, all described with a presumption of familiarity, and in our unruly, bawdy, and quixotic style, many with rants and assaults from the scrolls of book collecting (Book Code), and some others enhanced by, or if you prefer, diminished by those hopefully tolerated detours and digressions, captured under the banner we fly as, The Tao of the Octopus. The seventh catalog in an unfinished series of undetermined length, reinforcing the bookseller’s avant–garde, and heralding the winds of change, through our once concealed, but now revealed aim to craft book catalogs as folk art, without abandoning the self–actualizing forms, protocols, disciplines, and traditions we embrace as the internally guiding, and externally comforting, virtues of the past.

If you missed the Fair and want my take on it, LitHub published a little piece I wrote about the ways that the book trade is making room for a new generation of booksellers and collectors.

Eric:

L.D. Burnett, “Back to the Well: The Backchannel” (USIH)

Jason Heller, “A Purplish Haze” (Noisey)

Chad Wellmon, “Whatever Happened to General Education?” (The Hedgehog Review)

Rich Yeselson, “When Labor Fought for Civil Rights” (Dissent)

Disha:

Hal Foster, “Père Ubu is President!” (E-Flux Conversations)

Colin Koopman, “The Power Thinker” (Aeon)

Nancy Macdonald, “How Indigenous People Are Rebranding Canada 150” (Maclean’s)

Jeet Heer, “Horrible Histories” (New Republic)

Alison Meier, “The Dynamic Brain Drawings of the Father of Modern Neuroscience” (Hyperallergic)

Yitzchak:

Adam Kirsch, “Camille Paglia on Jews and Feminism” (Tablet)

David Cole, “Why Free Speech is Not Enough” (NYRB)

Naomi Fry, “Memoirs of Addiction and Ambition by Cat Marnell and Julia Phillips” (New Yorker)

Haider Javed Warraich, “What Our Cells Teach Us About a ‘Natural’ Death” (New York Times)

Spence:

Bee Wilson, “Il Duce and the Red Alfa” (London Review of Books)

Jenny Uglow, “When Art Meets Power” (New York Review of Books)

Kate Robertson, “Why Female Cannibals Frighten and Fascinate” (The Atlantic)

What We’re Reading: March 10

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.

Emily:

Robert E. Norton, Ernst Kantorowicz: man of two bodies (TLS)

Briallen Hopper, Waveforms and the Women’s March (LARB)

Pauls Toutonghi, Leaving Aleppo (New Yorker)

Lisa Appignanesi, Cold War Freud and Freud: An Intellectual Biography review – the politics of psychoanalysis (Guardian)

Jeremy Adelman, Is global history still possible, or has it had its moment? (Aeon)

Yitzchak:

Roger Scruton, “If We Are Not Just Animals, What Are We?” (New York Times)

Darryl Pinckney, “Under the Spell of James Baldwin” (NYRB)

Mark Danner, “What He Could Do” (NYRB)

Ariel Levy, “Catherine Opie, All-American Subversive” (The New Yorker)

Eric:

Carey Dunne, “The Emperor’s New Corsets” (The Baffler)

Jessica Marie Johnson, “Sowande’ Mustakeem Book Roundtable: The Moral Challenge of the Middle Passage” (Black Perspectives)

Itmar Mann, “Gunneflo Book Symposium: Israel and the Forever War” (Völkerrechtsblog)

John Palattella, “Consolation Prizes” (The Point)

Spence:

Anne Chisholm, “Eleanor Roosevelt’s Life and Loves” (TLS)

Jonathan Barnes, “Fantasias of Possibility” (The Times Literary Supplement)

What We’re Reading: March 3

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.

Emily:

Barbara Newman, Byzantine Laments: Anna Komnene, Historian (LRB)

Benjamin Kunkel, Marx’s Revenge (The Nation)

Deborah Cohen, A Vast Masquerade: Dr James Barry (LRB)

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, The Radical Argument of the New Oxford Shakespeare (New Yorker)

Miya Tokumitsu, In Defense of the Lecture (Jacobin)

Sarah:

Lisa Appignanesi, “Cold War Freud and Freud: An Intellectual Biography Review – the politics of psychoanalysis” (Guardian)

Ann Jamison, “The Retrospect: Australian Women’s Writing Symposium” (VIDA)

Thea Riofrancos, “Democracy Without the People” (n+1)

Timothy Snyder, “The Reichstag Warning” (The New York Review of Books)

Miya Tokumitsu, In Defense of the Lecture (Jacobin)

Spence:

Barbara Newman, “Byzantine Lament” (London Review of Books)

Robert E. Norton, “Ernst Kantorowicz: Man of Two Bodies” (The Times Literary Supplement)

Violet Hudson, “Horrors of Waugh” (The Times Literary Supplement)

Peter E. Gordon, “Saul Friedländer’s Many Lives” (The Nation)

Antonio Gramsci, Jr. “My Grandfather” (The New Left Review)

Yitzchak:

Unorthodox, “British Invasion” (Tablet)

Robert Zaretsky, “Trump and the ‘Society of Spectacle’” (New York Times)

Kenneth Roth, “Must it Always be Wartime” (NYRB)

David Grann, “The Marked Woman” (The New Yorker)

Disha:

Jeremy Adelman, “What is Global History Now?” (Aeon)

Barbara Newman, “Byzantine Laments” (London Review of Books)

Michele Nijhuis, “What Do You Call The End of A Species?” (The New Yorker)

Yvonne Seale, “George Washington: A Descendant of Odin?” (The Public Domain Review)

Nell Zink, “Writing for Rejection” (n+1)

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.

Emily:

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)

Spence:

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)

Eric:

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)

What We’re Reading: February 17

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:

André Aciman, “The Life Unlived” (The American Scholar)

Ulka Anjaria, “The Goddess of Loss” (Boston Review)

Sudip Bose, “The Conscience of Adolf Busch” (The American Scholar)

Bettina Maria Brosowsky, »Vergessenes Bauhaus« (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)

Guillaume Calafat, « Une histoire de France sans œillères » (La république des livres)

Caryl Emerson, “Writing in the Heat of Crisis” (TLS)

Eberhard Falke, »Ein Grenzgänger zwischen Ordnung und Chaos« (Deutschlandfunk)

Peter E. Gordon, “After the Inferno” (The Nation)

Maxime Laurent, « Paris, capitale anticoloniale » (BibliObs)

Joshua Sperling, “The Transcendental Face of Art” (Guernica)

And finally, a wonderful (and bizarrely prescient) recording of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and his wife Charlotte (in English; YouTube)

Emily:

Max Weber, Science As a Vocation (1922)

Rory Stewart, How to Serve Coffee: Aleppan Manners (LRB)

Alison Light, A Memoir of a Marriage, recording of a lecture about her new memoir (History Workshop)

Mike Ratcliffe, Raising the Stakes in Student Accommodation (More Means Better)

Sarah:

Laurence de Cock, “Todorov et l’école, un plaidoyer contre le racisme, et pour l’humanité” (Mediapart)

Tyler Fleming, “Pan-Africanism Was Peter Abraham’s Country” (Africa is a Country)

Samuel Moyn, “Endless War Watch, Winter 2017” (Lawfare)

Timothy Snyder, “We have at most a year to defend American democracy, perhaps less” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Michael Walzer, “Learning to Listen” (Dissent)

Rob:

Amy Julia Harris, The Religious Freedom Loophole (Reveal)

Benjamin Kearl, Of Laggards and Morons: Definitional Fluidity . . . in Progressive Era Special Education (Education’s Histories)

John Ernest, Life Beyond Biography: Black Lives and Biographical Research (Common-place)

Annette Joseph-Gabriel, Resisting Racism and Islamophobia: Lessons from Muslim Slave Narratives (Black Perspectives)

Eric:

Seth Denbo, “Whose Work is it Really?” (Perspectives)

Robin D. G. Kelley, “Black Study, Black Struggle” (Boston Review)

Sarah Marks and Daniel Pick, “Lessons from the 1950s on Mind Control” (Chatham House)

Laura Marsh, “Between the Lines: Ferrante’s Frantumaglia” (Dissent)

Spence:

Stephen Lovell, “Rasputin: Full of Fire and Ecstasy” (The Times Literary Supplement)

Lanre Bakare, “The fire this time—the legacy of James Baldwin” (The Guardian)

Robert Darnton, “The True History of Fake News” (The New York Review of Books)

Paul Veyne “The Oasis of Palmyra” (Lapham’s Quarterly)

What We’re Reading: Feb. 11

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.

Emily:

Heidi Egginton, ‘Cadogan’s Last Fling’: The Papers of Sir Alexander Cadogan continued (Churchill College Archives Centre)

Alex Abramovich, Ode to Joy (LRB blog)

Daniel Penny, #Milosexual and the Aesthetics of Fascism (Boston Review)

Nicholas Syrett interviews April Haynes, More than Masturbatory (on Haynes’ new book about nineteenth-century US anti-masturbation campaigns) (Notches)

John:

Alys Aglan à propos de Sergio Luzzatto, « La justice des partisans » (La vie des idées)

Dirk Baecker, »Superintelligenz, und die Plastizität des Menschen« (Open Edition: Kultur/Reflexion)

Markus Beyer im Gesprach mit Norman Manea, »Die Chance des Exils« (NZZ)

Sylvain Bourmeau avec Marc Joly, « La sociologie, une révolution » (France Culture)

Caryl Emerson, “Word Wars” (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Emilio Gentile, “Storiografia in crisi d’identità” (Il Sole 24 Ore – Domenica):

Wolfgang Herbert zum neuen Buch Jan Assmanns, »Genealogie des Monotheismus« (Literaturkritik.de)

Anna von Münchhausen zu Willy Fleckhaus, »Ein Mann färbt ab« (Zeit)

Anna-Verena Nosthoff und Felix Maschewski, »„Democracy as Data“? – Über Cambridge Analytica und die „moralische Phantasie“« (Merkur)

Jacob Soll, “How Think Tanks Became Engines of Royal Propaganda” (Tablet Magazine)

And finally, a late interview (« La beauté sauvera-t-elle le monde ? ») with the great scholar Tzvetan Todorov (1939-2017; avec John Cornil, CLAV/CAL-YouTube)

Sarah:

Roxana Azimi, A Marrakech, quand la bourgeoisie marocaine construit des musées plutôt que des golfs (Le Monde)

Juliet Hooker, More and more influential: Frederick Douglass and Donald Trump (AAIHS Black Perspectives)

Benjamin Kunkel, Marx’s Revenge (The Nation)

Fiona Paisley, Australian Women at the League of Nations: A spotlight on settler colonialism in the 1930s (Australian Women’s History Network Blog)

Tim Parks, What Are the Pitfalls for the Politically Engaged Writer? (New York Times)

Disha:

David Bell, “France: The Death of the Elephants” (Dissent)

Peter Kujawinski, “Guardians of a Vast Lake, and a Refuge for Humanity” (The New York Times)

Amani Bin Shikhan, “Why Princess Nokia Matters, Now More Than Ever” (Vice)

Peggy Noonan, “What Comes After Acheson’s Creation?” (The Wall Street Journal)

Rachel Syme, “The Big Short” (The New Republic)

Spence:

Janet Flanner, “Isadora” (The New Yorker)

Rachel Aviv, “How Albert Woodfox Survived Solitary” (The New Yorker)

Michael Engelhard, “Darwin’s Polar Bear” (Time to Eat the Dogs)

Mark Harman, “Lesser-Known Kafkas” (Los Angeles Review of Books)

Eric:

I. Augustus Durham, “How “Black” Is Your Science Fiction?” (Black Perspectives)

Claire Jarvis, “Woman Problems” (N+1)

Damon Linker, “Trump’s theofascist” (The Week)

Kathryn Schulz, “When Things Go Missing” (The New Yorker)

Carolyn:

Raphael Pope-Sussman, “A German Historian’s Thoughts on Trump, Fascism and America: Interview with Isabel Hull” (The Gothamist)

Pankaj Mishra, “Václav Havel’s Lessons on How to Create ‘Parallel Polis’” (The New Yorker)

David Bornstein, “Comparing Young Americans for a Complex World” (NYT)