TCB (Special Sunday Edition)

I think I envy cats most for their ability to make themselves comfortable pretty much anywhere. Here’s Andromache, relaxing on some books:

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  1. Yes, good point. Let’s see: that’s Dan Butt’s copy of Alfred Cobban, Rousseau and the Modern State on the far left, which conceivably is the copy once owned by John Plamenatz; then Tyack’s book on Oxford architecture, which William Whyte has lent me, and you can just see the pale blue cover of Emily Smith’s A Stain on the Stone in front of that one: that’s a children’s book which the author very kindly gave me. Then there’s an Assyrian-themed book-end peering out, before we get Hugh Roberts’ The Battlefield, his collection of essays on Algeria; James O’Donnell’s Augustine, Sinner and Saint, which is pretty good; there’s Gretchen Reydams-Schils on The Roman Stoics, then what looks like a vertical orange stripe is in fact a recent reprint of W D Christie’s pamphlet, Abraham Hayward and John Stuart Mill, which concerns a spat my great-great-grandfather was involved in after Mill’s death, and next to that the red book with a big 35 on the spine is Fred Standley’s short study of the works of that same great-great grandfather, Stopford Brooke. Then there’s vol.2 of J G A Pocock’s Barbarism and Religion series on Edward Gibbon; Michael Oakeshott’s Lectures in the History of Political Thought, which aren’t quite as interesting as I wanted them to be; the Balliol library copy of my Balliol colleague Sudhir Hazareesingh’s The Legend of Napoleon; Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project, which I was looking at again post-Vegas visit, for obvious reasons; I think the thing next to that is an old copy of Dissent, though quite what it’s doing there, I’m not sure. Then there’s the Oxford Handbook of Political Theory, eds. Dryzek, Honig and Phillips; the Cambridge History of Eighteenth Century Political Thought, which I’m reviewing for the New Left Review, two recent reprints of the splendid Bill Fishman’s books, East End 1888 and East End Jewish Radicals, and then at the end we have Politics and the Passions, ed. Victoria Kahn and maybe one or two others.

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