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.
Janet Malcolm, “Socks” (NYRB)
Lee Costello, “History students hit back at Queen’s Vice Chancellor Johnston” (BBC) (See also the related Twitter account, @QUBsixthcentury)
Mervyn R. Leventhal, response by Stephen Greenblatt, “When Shakespeare Died” (NYRB)
Sarah Al-Matary and Alexandre de Vitry, « Rafraîchir les idées » (La vie des idées)
Maike Albath, »Literarische Großstadtsinfonie« (Deutschlandrundfunk)
Karen Akoka, « Crisis des réfugiés, ou des politiques d’asile ? » (La vie des idées)
Allison Anders, “Alice in the City: A Girl’s Story” (Criterion Current)
Ivan Jablonka (trans. Arianne Dorval), “History and Comics” (Books and Ideas)
Peter Stachel, »Österreich, wie es ist« (Merkur)
Peter Stamm, »Die Literatur wird bleiben« (NZZ)
Emanuele Trevi, “James Salter, la solitudine del pilota-scrittore” (Minima & Moralia)
Je Wilson, “Francis van Helmont and the Alphabet of Nature” (Public Domain Review)
Frank Zöllner, »Aby Warburg erkennt den lieben Gott im Detail« (FAZ)
And finally, Timothy Nunan interviews Robert Vitalis on his new book, White World Order, Black Power Politics (Cornell, 2015) at the Toynbee Prize Foundation website
Ben Alpers, For What It’s Worth, on the history of student activism (S-USIH Blog)
Reena Goldthree, Black Britons and the Politics of Belonging: An Interview with Kennetta Hammond Perry (AAIHS)
Colin Stokes, “Frog and Toad”: An Amphibious Celebration of Same-Sex Love (New Yorker)
Ian Jack, The Best Stuff: David Astor (LRB)
I’ve been getting re-interested in the Oscar Wilde story after seeing David Hare’s Judas Kiss a few weeks ago. Here’s a classic:
James Davidson, Too Young: Lord Alfred Douglas (LRB)
Lorraine Daston, “Can Liberal Education Save the Sciences?” (The Point Magazine),
Adam Gopnik, “How a Lost Marx Brothers Musical Found its Way Backstage” (New Yorker)
Alan Jacobs, “Attending to Technology: Theses for Disputation” (The New Atlantis)
Liesl Schillinger, “Edith Grossman on Translating Spanish and the Pitfalls of Literal ism” (LA Review of Books)
James Wheeler, On Nancy Fraser’s “Two Dimensional Conception of Politics” (Public Seminar)
UK’s Oldest Hand-Written Document ‘at London Dig’” (BBC)
Heidi Marx-Wolf, “The Afterlife of Desire” (Marginalia)
Laura Saetveit Miles, “The Ethics of Inventing Modernity: Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve” (In the Medieval Middle)
Daniel Souleles, “We’ve Already Got the Robes: Of Monks and Us,” the final post in Savage Mind’s Strange Rumblings in the Meritocracy series (Savage Minds)
Charles West, “Sorry, Vice-Chancellor. We Need More Historians of the Sixth Century.” (History Today)
Adam Kirsch, “Adam Sachs’ Motherless Son, Fathered by Kafka and Louis C.K. and Haunted by Delmore Schwartz” (Tablet)
Allen Orr, “DNA: ‘The Power of the Beautiful Experiment’” (NYRB)
Christy Wampole, “Clinging to Our ‘Roots’” (The Stone, NYT)
James Wood, “Making the Cut” (The New Yorker)
Martin Filler, “The Builder of Jungles” (NYR Daily)
Janet Malcolm, “Socks” (New York Review of Books)
Karl Marlants, “The Born Soldier” (NYR Daily)
Nikil Saval, “Julian Barnes and the Shostakovich Wars” (The New Yorker)