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May 11, 2011

20th Century Notes




  • Paul Berger, "Treasured Judaica Library, Feared Lost, Is Back On the Market," Jewish Daily Forward, 4 May, reports that the Valmadonna, the finest collection of historical Judaica in private hands is again on the market.
  • Adam Kirsch, "Youth in Revolt," Tablet, 10 May, reviews Walter Benjamin's Early Writings (1910-1917), edited and translated by Howard Eiland.
  • The Library of Congress debuts its new "National Jukebox," essentially the whole catalogue of Sony's (and antecedents') pre-1925 recordings. I could have spent all night just sampling it.
  • Jerry Saltz, "The Rutting Bull," NYMagazine, 23 April, reviews "Picasso and Marie-Thérèse: L'Amour fou," an exhibit at the Gagosian Gallery in Manhattan.
  • In Evan R. Goldstein, "A Troubling Legacy, Unfolded," CHE, 1 May, UNC, Chapel Hill's Konrad Jarausch confronts his father's service in the German army in World War II.
  • Simon Akam, "The Horror, Footnoted," The Book, 10 May, reviews Krijn Peters's War and the Crisis of Youth in Sierra Leone.
  • Michiko Kakutani, "An Insider Views China, Past and Future," NYT, 9 May, reviews Henry Kissinger's On China.
  • In Stephen Jewell, "Niall Ferguson the history boy," nzherald.co.nz, 6 May, Ferguson tells Jewell "how television democratises knowledge and why colonialism wasn't all bad."
  • Yoni Applebaum, "American Scripture: How David Barton Won the Christian Right," Atlantic, 10 May, is among the recent critiques.
  • Finally, farewell to Horace Freeland Judson, a distinguished historian of molecular biology.


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