Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Samuel Moyn reviews James C. Scott, Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States

A public intellectual explains how she became a public intellectual

Natural disastersNatural disasters are never entirely natural

Fear in U.S. history

The art of disagreement

Richard Moe reviews Ron Chernow, Grant.  T.J. Siltes reviews it here.

Thoughts and prayers


Should we repeal the Second Amendment?

Nicholas Junkerman reviews Molly Farrell, Counting Bodies: Population in Colonial American Writing

John Inazu on Michael Cromartie

Gunning in America: a history

Smith on Smith

Losing our civil religion?

The error (baseball)