What We’re Reading

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.


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)



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)



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).



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.)



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)



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)



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)





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)



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)


What We’re Reading: Week of May 15

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.


Suzanne Koven, “On Desire and Disease” (LARB)

Eimear McBride, “‘It gets people killed’: Osip Mandelstam and the perils of writing poetry under Stalin” (New Statesman)

Catherine Merridale, “Living, eating and dreaming revolution” (New Statesman)

Priyamvada Natarajan, “Calculating Women” (NYRB)

Robert O. Darnton, “A Parliament of Owls” (NYRB)



Dan Fox, “Signs of the Times: Mark Bradford at the Venice Biennale” (Frieze)

Madeleine Thien, “The Land in Winter” (Granta)

Hannah Black, “Review: We Wanted a Revolution” (4Columns)

Kellie Jones and LaToya Ruby Frazier, “The Unfinished Work of the Civil Rights Movement” (Aperture)



LD Burnett, In the Books (USIH)

Zachary Bampton, Do You Speak Princetonian? The Language of Princeton (Mudd Manuscript Library Blog), an interesting slice of 19th-century American college life

Andrew Hartman, To the Finland Station (USIH)

Jacob Mikanowski, Goodbye, Eastern Europe! (LARB)



Kevin B. Anderson, ‘Slavery, War, and Revolution,’ (Jacobin)

Emile Chabal, ‘Les intellectuels et la crise de la démocratie,’ (Pouvoirs)

Nelson Lichtenstein, ‘Judith Stein, 1940-2017,’ (Dissent)

Christoph Menk, interviewed by Thomas Assheuer, ‘Unsere Zerrissenheit ist doch das Beste an der Moderne, was wir haben!’  (zeitonline)

Samuel Moyn, Thomas Pink, John Finnis, Lorenzo Zucca, ‘Symposium of Christian Human Rights,’ (King’s Law Journal)



Alex Tizon, “My Family’s Slave” (The Atlantic)

Fresh Air (Podcast), “A ‘Forgotten History’ Of How The U.S. Government Segregated America” (with author Richard Rothstein)

Stephen Kantrowitz, “Refuge for Fugitives” (Boston Review)


Andreas Klein, Zwischen Grenzbegriff und absoluter Metapher. Hans Blumenbergs Absolutismus der Wirklichkeit (Ergon, 2017)

Martin Burckhardt, Eine kleine Geschichte der Digitalisierung (Merkur)

Peter Ackroyd, The Romantics – Nature (BBC documentary)

Roman Bucheli, Wir rühren uns – mit Flügelschlägen. Rilke in Russland (NZZ)

Roland Reuß, Engagierte Pfadfinder. Bei Kieser in Schwetzingen [portrait of a famous bookstore near Heidelberg] (boersenblatt.net)


What We’re Reading: Week of May 8

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.


Twenty Questions with China Miéville” (TLS)

Peter Coates, “Rising High Water Blues” (TLS)

China Miéville, “Why does the Russian revolution matter?” (Guardian)



Valerie Korineck, ‘After Stonewall’ and Gay and Lesbian Liberation in Western Canada (Notches)

Rebecca Futo Kennedy, We Condone it By Our Silence (Eidolon)

John Gallagher, Fear the fairies: Early Modern Sleepe (LRB)

Jim Marino, Questions for the Jedi Vice-Chair of Graduate Studies (McSweeneys)



Adam Gopnik, “We Could Have been Canada: Was the American Revolution Such a Good Idea?” (New Yorker)

Susan Dominus, “Is an Open Marriage a Happier Marriage?” (New York Times Magazine)

Ai Weiwei, “How Censorship Works” (New York Times)

Jed Perl, “The Confidence Man of American Art” (on Robert Rauschenberg) (New York Review of Books)



Ben Sisario, “Norton Records, Still Rocking, is Releasing a Lost Dion Album” (NYT)

William Grimes, “Billy Miller, Curator & Historian of Fringe Music, Dies at 62” (NYT)

Adam Shatz, “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” (LRB)

Robert Sapolsky, Behave: The Biology of Humans at our Best and Worst (Penguin, 2016)

Robert Sapolsky, Human Behavioral Biology — this is a lecture series (25 hours!) published by Stanford on their YouTube channel. If you, like me, learn best as a listener, I highly recommend diving in.  If you’re looking for a quick intro to his work, Sapolsky’s public and academic lectures are widely available on YouTube. He was also a recent guest on the Daily Show.



Jennifer Kabat, “The Fairytale” (Granta)

Anne Anlin Cheng, “The Ghost in the Ghost” (L.A. Review of Books)

Alice Spawls, “It’s Only in Painting that You Can Do Everything You Want: Hurvin Anderson speaks to Apollo” (Apollo)

Artur Walther and Okwui Enwezor, “Okwui Enwezor on the Recent Histories of African Photography” (Aperture)



Dieter Grimm with Jürgen Kaube, ‘Ich hänge an der Demokratie/Not for the State’s but for Democracy’s Sake,’ ( wiko-berlin)Eddie S. Glaude Jr. with Cornel West, ‘Before Cornel West, After Cornel West’ with Cornel West,’ (AAS Podcast 21)

Jamie Martin and Maribel Morey, ‘Introduction,’ (Humanity Journal)

Samuel Moyn, ‘Restraining Populism,’ (First Things)

Angela Nagle, ‘The Market Theocracy,’ (Jacobin)



William Deresiewicz, “In Defense of Facts” (The Atlantic).

Mariame Kaba, “Free Us All” (The New Inquiry).

Peter Kletsan, “Revolution and Restorative Justice: An Anarchist Perspective” (Abolition).

Martha Nussbaum, “Powerlessness and the Politics of Blame (2017 Jefferson Lecture)” (Humanities).



Fresh Air (Podcast), “Largely Forgotten Osage Murders Reveal A Conspiracy Against Wealthy Native Americans

Peter Coclanis, “Famine on Campus?” (The City Journal)

Isaac Chotiner, “How Should we remember the Confederacy?” (Slate)


What We’re Reading: Week of May 1


Peggy Kamuf, “Who Has the Right to Move?” (LARB)

Martin Filler, “The Best Kind of Princess” (NYRB)

Ingrid D. Rowland, “The Virtuoso of Compassion” (NYRB)

Rupert Shortt, “Alvin Plantinga and the Templeton Prize” (TLS)


Nicholas Heron, “70 Years On, Primo Levi” (The Conversation)

Helena Kelly, “The Many Ways in Which We Are Wrong About Jane Austen” (Lithub)

Dana Stuster, “The State of Sovereignty” (Lawfare)

Adam Tooze, “The H-Word by Perry Anderson” (FT)



Joseph Heat, “ ‘You’re Wrong.’” (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Robert Darnton, “A Buffet of French History” (NYRB)

A Digital Archive of Slave Voyages Details the Largest Forced Migration in History” (Smithsonian Magazine)



Emile Chabal, “Europe’s far right: the new normal?.” (History Workshop)

Jakub Dymek and Zsolt Kapelner, “It Doesn’t Take a Dictator to Smother a Free Press,” (Dissent)

Samuel Goldman, “Is a Conservative Crack-Up on the Horizon?” (National Review)

Sarah Jones, The Handmaid’s Tale is a Warning to Conservative Women,” (New Republic)

Jackson Lears, “Mysterian,” (LRB)



Richard Wilson, Bonfire in Merrie England: Shakespeare’s Burning (LRB)

Katie Fitzpatrick, Heartlessness as an Intellectual Style (Chronicle)

Jason Pedicone, Ne Plus Ultra: Classics Beyond the Tenure Track (Eidolon)

Francine Prose, Selling Her Suffering (NYRB)

What We’re Reading: Week of April 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.


William Chace, “Why Pick on Middlebury?” (The American Interest)

James Somers, “Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria” (The Atlantic)

Tom Perrottet, “How New York is Rediscovering its Maritime Spirit” (Smithsonian)

Podcast: “Behind the Bylines: Advocacy Journalism in America” (Backstory)

Gene Zubovich, “Reinhold Niebuhr, Washington’s Favorite Theologian” (Religion and Politics)  



Pointing Machines (Collected American Elegance) (Triple Canopy)

Charles Hope, “Help with His Drawing: Is it Really Sebastiano?” (London Review of Books)

Jerry Saltz, “My Life As a Failed Artist” (New York Magazine)

Roslyn Sulcas, “A Conversation with Three Choreographers” (New York Times)


Robert Darnton, “A Buffet of French History” (NYRB)

Jessica T. Mathews, “Can China Replace the West? (NYRB)

Alexandra Schwartz, “Yes, “The Handmaid’s Tale” Is Feminist” (New Yorker)

Jon Lee Anderson, “Photo Booth: Colombia’s Former Revolutionaries” (New Yorker)



Louis Menand, The Book that Scandalized the New York Intellectuals (New Yorker)

Peter Brown, At the Center of a Roiling World (NYRB)

Martin Pugh, Why Former Suffragettes Flocked to British Fascism (Slate)

Thomas Meaney, Short Cuts, on Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny (LRB)

Paul Levy, The Painter and the Novelist, on the Stephen sisters (NYRB)


Robert Darnton, “A Buffet of French History” (NYRB).

Mike Furlough, “What Libraries Did with Google Books

Josephine Quinn, “Goose Girl” (LRB).

Britt Rusert, “From the March for Science to an Abolitionist Science” (From the Square).

Catholic Left History Reader



David A. Bell, ‘France, Round One: The Left’s Continuing Dilemma,’ (Dissent)

Jean-Noël Jeanneney, ‘Chut! Une histoire du silence,’ (franceculture)

G.-A. Kassia, ‘”Paris, capitale du tiers monde”, de Michael Goebel,’ (Le Matin d’Algérie)

Jon Piccini, ‘“Women are the oldest colonial group in the world”: Human Rights, Women’s Rights and Third Worldism in Mexico City, 1975,’ (noteventhedeadblog)

Glenda Sluga, ‘The long history of humanitarianism, and the women who invented it,’ (AWHN)



Mary Beard, “Death of a dictator” (The New Statesman)

Nisi Shawl, “Golden Ages” (Fantasy Cafe)

Robert Darnton, “A Buffet of French History” (NYRB)

Colin Dickey, “Why the United States Government Embraced the Occult” (The New Republic)

Alan Burdick, “The Loch Ness Monster of Mollusks” (The New Yorker)



Series Spotlight: Writers in their Time (New York Society Library)

Anna Maria Gillis, “Impertinent Questions with Wayne Wiegand” (Humanities Mag)

Abeba Birhane, “Déscartes Was Wrong: ‘A Person is a Person through other Persons’” (Aeon)

Podcast with Book History editor Ezra Greenspan (Past is Present)

The Grasshoppers Come (David Garnett, Chatto & Windus, 1931)


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.


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)


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)


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)


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)


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.


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)


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)


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)


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)


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.


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)


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)


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)


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)


Susan McKay, “The Irish Border” (London Review of Books)
Megan Black “Interior Imperialism” (n+1)
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.


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)


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


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)


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.


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)


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)


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.


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)


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)


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)


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)