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.
Eric Aeschlmann, « Hannah Arendt ou le non-conformisme, par Barbara Cousins » (Le Nouvel Observateur)
Christopher Benfey, “The Unguarded Moment” (NYR Daily)
Stefan Collini, “Affirming: Letters 1975-1997 by Isaiah Berlin review” (Guardian)
Peter Green, “Who Wrote the ‘Odyssey’?” (Times Literary Supplement)
Florent Guénard, « Qu’est-ce qu’un philosophe français ? Entretien avec Luc Foisneau » (La vie des idées)
Alain de Libera, « Où va la philosophie medievale ? » (La République des livres)
Volkmar Mühleis, » Jean Améry – der aufmerksame Beobachter « (Deutschlandrundfunk)
Carla Nappi, interview with Anna M. Shields on her book One Who Knows Me: Friendship and Literary Culture in Mid-Tang China (New Books in History)
Alva Noë, “How Art Reveals the Limits of Neuroscience” (Chronicle of Higher Education)
Iris Radisch, » “Europa muss kollabieren”: Interview mit Girgio Agamben « (Die Zeit)
And finally, Maria Camilla Brunetti, “Il libraio di Tripoli” (Doppiozero)
Andrew J. Bacevich, The Bourne Identity, on early-twentieth-century American intellectual Randolph Bourne (The Baffler)
Marilynne Robinson, Fear (NYRB)
If beautiful pictures of rural Oxfordshire with wonderful commentary by a medievalist are your thing, Walking St Berin’s Land (Clerk of Oxford)
Adam Stoneman, The New Conspicuous Consumption: A comparison of the Rich Kids of Instagram to the oil paintings of European elites (Jacobin)
Timothy Snyder, Hitler’s World (NYRB)
John Pemble, A Spanish Girl is a Volcano: Apostles in Gibraltar (LRB)
Columbia University’s Ottoman Student Club, 1911-1914 (Ottoman Detective)
William Dalrymple, The Mutual Genocide of Indian Partition (New Yorker)
Dear Dad, Send Money – Letters from Students in the Middle Ages (
And finally, Sarah Chrisman, I love the Victorian era. So I decided to live in it. (Vox) and some choice responses, with thanks to my Facebook friends:
Rebecca Onion, Vox’s Victorians (Slate)
Jesse Berney, I Love 2012. So I Decided To Live In It. (The Toast)
Adam Prosk, To Hell With Vox’s Victorian-Living Idiots (Deadspin)
Alexandra Petri, I loved the Elizabethan era so much I decided to live in it (Washington Post)
Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft, “Writing in Cafés: A Personal History” (LARB)
Elizabeth Pingree, “Slumming It” (We’re History)
Some literary works in response to the exhibition, “Treasured Possessions
Roberta Smith, “Picasso, completely himself in 3 dimensions” (NYT)