Assorted Links, 6/4/21

  1. High schooler’s essay on intellectual friendship. “…America’s Founding Fathers were, in a sense, a group of intellectual friends who acted on their shared intellectual ideals.”
  2. The best books on the industrial revolution.
  3. Interesting tidbit for yours truly in this FT article about Bloomsbury (the publisher) doing well: “Newton said that readers had turned to ‘established great books’, with interest in older titles helping boost margins as the cost of commissioning, editing and marketing them had fallen in previous years.”
  4. Frederick Douglass’ 1854 commencement address at Western Reserve College.
  5. Ancient Greeks would not recognise our ‘democracy’ – they’d see an ‘oligarchy’.
  6. Emma Treadway, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Princetonian, has written of the changes to the language requirements of the Princeton classics degree:

“Perhaps most importantly, classics means understanding how the world of yesterday contributed to and reinforced today’s harsh realities of race and misogyny. And finally, classics means levity; it is a home for humor, for finding one’s identity, and for engaging with the past in a way that recognizes our common humanity.”


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