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.
Emile Chabal, “Les anglo-saxons” (Aeon).
Colin Dayan, “That Old Feeling” (Avidly)
Jared Sexton, interview by Daniel Colucciello Barber, “On Black Negativity” (Society + Space)
David Sessions, “The Radical Hopes of the Russian Revolution” (New Republic)
Vijay Prashad, “Third World Quarterly row: Why some western intellectuals are trying to debrutalise colonialism” (
Brigit Katz, “Lost Languages Discovered in One of the World’s Oldest Continuously Run Libraries” (Smithsonian)
Nathan J. Robinson, “A Quick Reminder of Why Colonialism Was Bad” (Current Affairs)
Emma Green, “When Mormons Aspired to be a ‘White and Delightsome’ People” (The Atlantic)
A couple of podcasts: “‘Free Speech Week’ Puts Berkeley Back in the Cross-Hairs” (On the Media)
Because Game of Thrones is over, for the time being, and you need to get your medieval fix some other way, or because you read all about plant-based healthcare in the last issue of Goop and you’re keen to try your own remedies, or because you just need to know how to use badgers (yes, badgers) to make medicine:
Alison Hudson, “An Illustrated Old English Herbal” (British Library Medieval Manuscripts Blog)
Claire Voon, “Peruse 1,000-Year-Old Medical Remedies” (Hyperallergic)
And then follow this link to see the herbal itself: Cotton MS Vitellius C III
Now that you’ve looked at the oldest (and only) surviving illustrated Old English herbal (according to Alison Hudson, a curator at the BL), maybe you’d like to look at a bestselling cookbook from the nineteenth century. Eliza Acton’s Modern Cookery was first published in 1845 and remained in print through 1914. It is, in many ways, a descendent of the BL’s Old English herbal.
Barry Estabrook, “The Other Side of the Valley” (Gastronomica)
Erica Goode, “In Mexico, Weavers Embrace Natural Alternatives to Toxic Dyes” (NY Times)
Duncan Bell, “On Uses of Intellectual History: Past and Present in the critique of liberalism,” (The Disorder of Things)
Pankaj Mishra, “What Is Great About Ourselves,” (LRB)
James Padilioni, “Bringing Archives of Life and Death into the Classroom,” (Black Perspectives)
And on the Third World Quarterly debate:
Vijay Prashad, “Third World Quarterly row: Why some western intellectuals are trying to debrutalise colonialism,” (
Nathan J. Robinson, “A Quick Reminder Of Why Colonialism Was Bad,” (Current Affairs)
​Daniel Witkin, “Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Carlos Fuentes and their Mexican-Jewish Western” (Forward)​
Dimitra Fimi, “Fantasy Worlds,” (TLS)
​Will Collins, “The Secret History of Dune” (LARB)​
​Liu Xiabo, “Lou Xiaobo’s Last Text” (NYRB)​
Tom Holland, “Paleoart” (New Statesman)​