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.
Caroline Alexander, “The Dread Gorgon” (Lapham’s Quarterly)
Anosh Chakelian, “One man and his whale” (New Statesman)
Bryan Stevenson, “A Presumption of Guilt” (NYRB)
James Fenton, “God, A Poem” (TLS)
Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins, “Realism’s Illiberal Roots” (Foreign Affairs)
John Waldman, “Thoreau’s Distressing Canoe Trip” (New York Times)
(Podcast) Brittney C. Cooper, “Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women” (New Books Network)
Andrew Mitchell Davenport, “The Weather of the Place” (Lapham’s Quarterly)
Annette Joseph-Gabriel, “The Legacy of Martinican Women in French Politics” (Black Perspectives).
Jedediah Purdy, “A Billionaires’ Republic” (The Nation)
Federico Tarragoni, “Populaire ou populiste? À propos de: Éric Fassin, Populisme” (Vie des idées)
In memory of Liu Xiaobo:
Ian Johnson, “The Songs of Birds” (NYRB)
Liu Xiaobo, translated by Jeffrey Yang “Fifteen Years of Darkness” (
Companions to Megan Baumhammer’s review of the Drawing Center’s exhibition, “Exploratory Works”:
Eugenia Zuroski, “Nautilus Cups and Unstill Life” (Journal18)
Paul Binskin, “Medieval Invention and its Potencies” (British Art Studies)
Perry Link, “The Passion of Liu Xiaobo” (NYRB)
Katherina Grace Thomas, “Nina Simone in Liberia” (Guernica)
Andrew Kay, “Writing After Academe” (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Jaquira Díaz, “Who Is The Real Kali Uchis?” (The Fader)
Lyn Abrams, “Oral history and liberating women’s voices,” (Vida)
Keisha Blain, “Ida B. Wells offered the solution to police violence more than 100 years ago,” (Washington Post)
Joanna di Mattia, “In The Handmaid’s Tale, the future is now,” (overland)
Nikil Saval, “Globalisation: the rise and fall of an idea that swept the world,” (Guardian Long Reads)
Graham Vyse, “Liberals Can’t Ignore the Right’s Hatred for Academia,” (New Republic)