For the New Year
The New York Times reviews biographies of Isaac Babel, Franz Kafka, Katherine Anne Porter, Frank Norris, and William Wordsworth. See also: its Reading List of the last five years of reviews of literary biographies in the NYT. Thanks to Nathanael Robinson at Rhine River for the tip.
Judith Maas,"Tracing Socialism's Role Among Jewish Immigrants," Boston Globe, 29 December, reviews Tony Michaels, A Fire in Their Hearts: Yiddish Socialists in New York, the latest entry in the much-contested debate over the origins of American socialism.
Margaret Soltan offers her wry commentary on"Those Weird College Ads" Slate, 30 December. Soltan points out the rich irony in Slate's giving the Ayn Rand Self-Actualization Award to the University of Southern Mississippi.
- New Hampshire professors at odds with library over discarded books
- Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension
- Independent Scotland's last gasp forgotten in Panama jungle
- LBJ was the ‘most-threatened president in American history’
- New exhibit at the World War I Museum ... Over by Christmas: August-December 1914
- Ken Burns on Colbert to promote his new documentary, "The Address"
- UC Santa Barbara History Department featuring a series on the Great Society at 50
- Historians are trying to recover censored texts from World War I poets
- Diane Ravitch blasts the NYT for failing to understand the controversy over Common Core
- Mormon history professors debate atheists in bid to foster greater understanding