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.
Casey N. Cep, “The Indispensable Guide to Early American Murder” (New Yorker)
Daniel Mendelsohn, “How Greek Drama Saved the City” (NYRB)
Ariel Sabar, “The Unbelievable Tale of Jesus’s Wife” (The Atlantic)
And Karen King’s response (The Atlantic)
Ursula Beitz, »Über die Schwierigkeit, klug sein zu dürfen« (NZZ)
Anne van Darn, “How to write a history of the humanities: A report on a colloquium with Rens Bod and James Turner” (Shells and Pebbles)
Walter Delabar, »Nachrichten vom geistigen Mitbegründer der Republik« (
Natalia Ginzburg, “La pigrizia” (Minima & moralia)
Stéphane Haber (Lucy Garnier, trans.), “The Old Spirit of Capitalism” (Books and Ideas)
Éric Mécholan, « Pesante mémoire » (La vie des idées)
Ahlrich Meyer, »Hermeneutik des Verschweigens« (NZZ)
Giles Harvey, “Cynthia Ozick’s Long Crusade” (New York Times Magazine)
Elizabeth Hyde Stevens, “Borges and $: The Parable of the Literary Master and the Coin” (Longreads)
Thomas Thiel, »Leben und Leben lassen« (FAZ)
And finally, the full conference proceedings of Aby Warburg 150. Work. Legacy. Promise at the Warburg Institute, London, have been posted on Youtube; keep an eye out for a review of the conference on the JHI blog!
On the UK’s EU referendum:
Stephen Bush, Divided Britain: how the EU referendum exposed Britain’s new culture war (New Statesman)
Fintan O’Toole, Brexit is being driven by English nationalism. And it will end in self-rule (Guardian)
Mark Mazower, No country is an island: the right and wrong ways of thinking with history (New Statesman)
James Meek, How to Grow a Weetabix: Farms and Farmers (LRB)
Robert Saunders, Idealism and Interest: Why I am Voting Remain (Gladstone Diaries)
And some modern British history that helps me to make sense of some of the issues at stake:
Ross McKibbin, “Class and Conventional Wisdom: The Conservative Party and the ‘Public’ in Inter-war Britain” (in Ideologies of Class, Oxford 1990) and “Why Was There No Marxism in Great Britain?” (EHR, 1984)
Camilla Schofield, Enoch Powell and the Making of Postcolonial Britain (Cambridge, 2015)
Josef O’Shea, The Victorian Muslims of Britain (Al-Jazeera)
Dwight Garner, Review: ‘White Trash’ Ruminates on an American Underclass (NYT)
‘My First Gay Bar’: Rachel Maddow, Andy Cohen and Others Share Their Coming-Out Stories (NYT)
Jacquelyn Ardam, The Gore Vidal Papers: A Love Story (The Toast)
In memoriam, the Lisa Jardine Doctoral Studentship (QMUL)
Jacqueline Kegley, “Pragmatic Fashions: Pluralism, Democracy, Relativism, and the Absurd” (Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews)
Jill Lepore, “Woman Card” (New Yorker)
Judtih Stein, “Why did White Workers leave the Democratic Party?” (Jacobin)
Holger Syme, “The Ivory Twitter” (The Walrus)
Algis Valiunas, “The Historians’ Craft” (Claremont Institute)
Shoaib Daniyal, “Orlando Shooting: It’s different now, but Muslims have a long history of accepting homosexuality” (
Hannah Evans, “Talking to Patti Smith About Being in Love and Crying at Everything” (Vice)
Molly Fischer, “Think Gender is Performance? You Have Judith Butler to Thank for That” (The Cut)
Morgan Jerkins, “Toni Morrison: Writing is a Dangerous Pursuit” (Elle)
Alex Mayyasi, “How Subarus Came To Be Seen As Cars For Lesbians” (The Atlantic)
Ken Chen, “What’s the Matter with Poetry?” (New Republic)
Mikaela Lefrak and Stephanie Heimann, “Requiem for a Border Wall” (New Republic)
Galen Strawson, “Consciousness Isn’t a Mystery. It’s Matter” (The Stone, New York Times)
Jeffrey Toobin, “An Unexpected Victory for Affirmative Action” (The New Yorker)
Jerry Brown, “A Stark Nuclear Warning”(NYRB)
Linda Colley, “Linda Colley on the Brexit” (AHA Today)
Dwight Garner, “White Trash Ruminates on an American Underclass” (NYT)
“The Art of Fiction: Marilynne Robinson” (Paris Review)

Ariel Sabar, “The Jesus Wife” (The Atlantic)
The new USTC Beta site – the Universal Short Title Catalogue is a collective database of all books published in Europe between the invention of printing and the end of the sixteenth century.  The database currently contains 720,000 editions, 2.5 million copies, and 1.2 million references. At RBMS2016 Brian Geiger announced that a new version of the ESTC – with linked data! – will be unveiled this fall.
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters on Cézanne
Caroline Duroselle-Melish, “Investigating a Bull’s Head Watermark” (The Collation)