Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
We've learned to tune out the constant bombardment of advertisements. Scott McLemee looks at a new analysis of techniques for commanding consumer attention.
What's coming from university presses in the months ahead? Scott McLemee begins a survey of the fall and winter crop.
From Monty Python to your e-mailbox, it's everywhere. Scott McLemee finds its history surprisingly digestible.
Despite two generations of work by feminist literary critics, a study indicates that new books by men get disproportionate attention from reviewers. Scott McLemee reports from the literary battlefront.
The original search for the fountain of youth didn't pan out -- but a new one is under way. Scott McLemee considers "The Longevity Seekers."
Serial killers have become the cultural anti-heroes of the age. Scott McLemee considers a new book that traces the back story of a morbid trend.
Machines are "reading" novels that literary historians would otherwise never get to. Scott McLemee considers the results and prospects of "Macroanalysis."
Making books, artwork, and historical documents of all kinds universally available for free is a great ambition. Scott McLemee thinks the job will require a little more, though.
A new book explores the subterranean connections between geology and mythology. Scott McLemee returns from the land of the ice and snow, from the midnight sun where the hot springs blow.
Can believers and unbelievers find fellowship? Scott McLemee looks at the 21st-century dialogue between faith and reason.
Jeremy Bernstein's "A Palette of Particles" offers a guided tour of the subatomic universe. Scott McLemee goes on a trip.
Didn't Immanuel Velikovsky's ideas go the way of Chariots of the Gods, bell-bottoms, and the pet rock? Scott McLemee looks at a monograph bringing him back into view.

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March 12, 2014

A new book traces the background of scholarship in the age of instant reproduction. Scott McLemee gets out the highlighter.

March 5, 2014

A new book looks at the twisted logic at work in a horrific crime. Scott McLemee investigates.

February 26, 2014

Seduction, adultery, Illegitimate babies! And don't forget Ben Franklin's cross-dressing friend. Scott McLemee is shocked, shocked he tells you.

February 19, 2014

The pundits have chewed over the question of inequality. Sociologists have different perspectives. Scott McLemee looks at an agenda-setting new book.

January 15, 2014

A new book portrays the muse of history as multitasking and interdisciplinary. Scott McLemee looks at her in a new light.

December 18, 2013

Mortimer Adler built a publishing empire around the Great Books of the Western World. Scott McLemee interviews an author who has mapped its terrain.

December 11, 2013

Which came first, intellectual arrogance or intractably ignorant boneheadedness? Scott McLemee looks at a new book on anti-intellectualism in America.  

November 20, 2013

Two new books look at familiar, diverting facets of life online. Scott McLemee tries to garner them some attention.

October 23, 2013

An eminent professor of writing offers readers instruction in the secret arts of the persona. Scott McLemee looks behind the mask.

October 16, 2013

It's the 100th anniversary of the income tax -- and a new book describes repeated efforts to repeal or blunt it. Scott McLemee finds the story moving.

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