While this was a slow week for me writing on the blog, it has been a big week of reading things online. I have a new post on some early modern weirdness coming up on Wednesday (the key phrase is De Morbo Galico, for those who know). Until then, here is a brief digest of some of the more exciting things I’d read this week; quite Marx heavy, but then, it was his 200th birthday this week.
A nice little excerpt from David Graeber’s latest in the Guardian // Marshall Berman recounts his first adventure with Marx in Jacobin // Steven Sherman interviews Jim Ledbetter on his new collection of Marx’s journalism // Sarah Laskow on the hidden side of libraries at Atlas Obscura // Rachel Kadish on recovering the lost lives of women in the Paris Review // Lorraine Boissoneault on why we travel at the JSTOR Blog // Jedediah Purdy’s review of a bunch of #resistance themed books at Dissent //
It’s been a busy week, so I have a super long queue of things to read waiting for me, so I imagine next week’s transmission might be much longer. This week the best thing I read was Richard Flanagan’s extraordinary address to the National Press Club republished at the Guardian //
I also recommend every one of the things below.
Paul J. Griffiths on how to be an intellectual at First Things // Ben Roth is Against Readability at the Millions // Dan Chiasson on the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey at the New Yorker // Hope Reese interviews Michelle Dean on literary criticism by women at Jstor Daily // A pretty neat looking computer game version of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden // Justin Richards on walking in Epoché Magazine //
This week went by quickly, but your morning will go by even quicker if you have a browse of this sweet reading material.
In case you missed it, I posted about Freud psychoanalysing Descartes.
Other great things to read:
Julie Sedivy on whether mind-wandering is bad for you at Nautilus // A neat collection of cool homes at the Atlantic // Jaz Hee-jeong Choi on how we can adapt society to loneliness at the Conversation // Richard Marshall reviews Mitchell Merback’s Perfection’s Therapy at 3:AM Magazine // A very cool interview with Peter Adamson on the APA Blog // Henry David Thoreau’s Walden as a computer game //
I read a lot online, as we all do. I thought it might be helpful to offer up a digest of some of the most interesting things I’d found over the last week. I’ll aim to publish these on Sunday mornings, to provide some nourishment for the mind at the end of the week. Mind you, not all of these are published in the last week – it’s rather a list of thing I’d read in the last week that you too might enjoy.
I’m also quite keen to expand the net I use to catch things to read. If you have a hot tip, definitely leave it in the comments.
Evan Smith on How to survive in the humanities without permanency on the AHA ECR Blog // Tom McCarthy reviews Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow in audiobook format read by George Guidall at The New York times // Peter Adamson on medicine in the ancient world at Philosophy Now // A cool interview with Brandon Terry and Tommie Shelby about their new edited book on King’s political philosophy at Jacobin // Jessica Roberson on the dismissal of the quality of literary work by women at the JSTOR Blog //