Sunday Night Odds and Ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Umberto Eco and the intellectual life

Universities opening in the Fall

Retreating to a farm and using 11th-century tools

Joey Votto: Baseball’s “brainiest hitter”

Post-COVID-19: Where will we live?

David Blight on what Frederick Douglass can teach us these days

Richard Moe reviews Ted Widmer’s Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington

On the primacy of the common good

Lockdown nostalgia

Is coronavirus killing democracy?

Philip Jenkins contemplates the post-Covid religious future

Onesimus Mather

Claudio Saunt on “The Trail of Tears

Emmett Ashord, Major League Baseball’s first black umpire

Trump is playing “insider” (POTUS) and “outsider” (the “populism hustle”) simultaneously

Annette Gordon-Reed reviews Peniel Joseph, The Sword and the Shield:The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

Watch some of the most “memorable, gut-wrenching, or downright remarkable moments in sports history over the past years”

The Federal Writers Project and how the New Deal helped writers