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)