John Sutherland, George Orwell’s master – and spymaster? (TLS) — plenty of problems with its treatment of homoeroticism in English single-sex education, but worth reading all the same
In other “British homosexuality history is unexpectedly relevant” news, shades of the late-Victorian liberal legal imagination of the Labouchere Amendment in this take on what should be done about pedophiles: Sophie Elmhirst, What should we do about paedophiles? (Guardian)
And, to top it off, Stephen Castle, Britain’s Exclusive Schools Try to Be a Little Less So (NY Times)
Mo Moulton, Watching Downton Abbey with an Historian: What Happens Next? (The Toast)
Our friends at the Paideia Institute got some press! Caroline Wazer, New Project Highlights “Legions” of Classicists outside Academia (AHA Today blog)
Student activism making history in more ways than one: Jessica Elgot, ‘Take it down!’: Rhodes Must Fall campaign marches through Oxford (Guardian)
Miranda Pennell, Images from a colonial childhood in Iran (Guardian)
Marilynne Robinson, Save Our Public Universities (Harper’s)
Andrew Dickson, Great Britain, Strange and Familiar (New Yorker)
Roberta Smith, “Van Dyck at the Frick, Documenting Aristocracy” (NYT)
Christopher Jones, Heritage as a Platform: New Frontiers in Cultural Preservation (Gates of Nineveh)
Adrienne Hurst, Interview: Why the Newberry Library is Collecting Black Lives Matter Artifacts (Chicago Magazine)
Jennifer Schuessler, A New Closeup for a Morgan Library Treasure (NY Times)
Michael J. Lewis, The Architect of the Third Reich (New Criterion)
Jackson Lears, The Man Who Built New York (LRB)
Sudip Bose, The Sound of Silence. Jean Sibelius and the Symphony that Never Was (American Scholar)
Hilary Mantel, How to Be Tudor (LRB)
Jeffrey Monsenkis, A Guide to Debunking Debunking articles (Innovations for Poverty Action)
Russell Berman, What’s the Answer to Political Polarization in the US? (Atlantic)
Cody Delistraty, Yes, it Matters what you Wear to an Exam (Nautilus)
Daniel Little, Reduction and Generativeness (Understanding Society)
Howard Gardner, Liberal Arts and Sciences in the 21st Century (Edge)