Articles that make you think

L. Bickford, “Monuments and Memory,” The New York Times, Nov. 19, 2007.

David Brooks, “The Follower Problem,” The New York Times, June 11, 2012 (this is especially pertinent to the National Mall and the controversy about the proposed Eisenhower Memorial).

Kathryn Schulz, “Final Forms: What death certificates can tell us, and what they can’t,” The New Yorker, April 7, 2014, pp. 32-37.

Daniel Mendelsohn, “Deep Frieze: What does the Parthenon mean?” The New Yorker, April 14, 2014, pp. 34-39.

Svetlana Boym, Scholar of Myth and Memory, The New York Times, Aug. 22, 2015.

Michael Rock, “The Accidental Power of Design,” NYTimes Magazine, September 25, 2016 (this is especially pertinent to thinking about the initial development and later influence of Roman models on memorial design).

David Brooks, “The Unifying American Story,” The New York Times, March 21st, 2017.

Gary J. Bass, Review of In Praise of Forgetting, by David Rieff, The New York Times, June 10th, 2016. From the review: “In Praise of Forgetting is about our collective memories: how we remember our national histories and argue about our shared past. Rieff contends that these collective remembrances are self-serving, often fraudulent and frequently dangerous … [Rieff] says [that] remembering is ultimately futile, since all societies will — like the mortal individuals who make them up — eventually crumble to dust … [And further, that] collective memory ‘has led to war rather than peace . . . and to the determination to exact revenge rather than commit to the hard work of forgiveness.’”

Lola Arellano-Fryer, “The North’s Role in Supplying the South with Confederate Monuments,” Hyperallergic.com, posted June 16, 2017: Confederate monuments would not exist in such large numbers without mass production, which, in the wake of the Civil War, took place more often in the North than in the South.