Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
A monograph on superhero comics and nationalism puts Captain America in a geopolitical context. Scott McLemee reports from his fortress of solitude.
Old-fashioned books take up a lot of space -- both on our shelves and in our heads. Scott McLemee grapples with a new volume on reading.
Did Bo help get the president re-elected? Scott McLemee looks into the burgeoning literature on canine politics.
A group of digital humanists foresees a new phase of scholarly e-publishing. Scott McLemee gets a peek into their crystal ball.
It's the music that makes the universe dance: Scott McLemee reads The Best Writing in Mathematics 2012.
A prominent social theorist gathers his thoughts on the past few years of upheaval. Scott McLemee risks an opinion.
"The Book of Genesis: A Biography" treats a classic religious text as if it were alive. Scott McLemee learns what it begat.
When is a forbidden book most fascinating? When it doesn't actually exist. Scott McLemee browses for the call numbers of the damned.
Was a legendary humanist and professor opposed to higher ed? Scott McLemee looks at the record.
The most famous literary award in the world finally catches up with Chinese literature. Scott McLemee discusses Mo Yan.
There's more to the American past than able-bodied pioneers. Scott McLemee reads A Disability History of the United States.
A historical study of clashing values in teachers' unions appears as Chicago teachers suspend strike. Scott McLemee asks the author for context.

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October 2, 2013

Long forgotten, J. Redding Ware was a philologist of slang and detective-fiction pioneer. Scott McLemee looks into Ware Studies.

September 25, 2013

A newly translated book ponders and celebrates archival research. Scott McLemee thinks it's a classic.

September 18, 2013

Ronald Dworkin's first posthumous book is a defense of religious atheism. Scott McLemee reports on a matter of ultimate concern.

August 28, 2013

Whatever happened to the shrinking work week that futurologists used to worry about? Scott McLemee checks into a volume in the field of leisure studies.

August 14, 2013

A documentary about the philosopher, mystic, and rebel is coming out on DVD. Scott McLemee hears from the director.

August 7, 2013

A new book charts the rise of an artform so loud and harsh that "music" may not be the word for it. Scott McLemee brings the noise.

July 17, 2013

We've learned to tune out the constant bombardment of advertisements. Scott McLemee looks at a new analysis of techniques for commanding consumer attention.

July 3, 2013

What's coming from university presses in the months ahead? Scott McLemee begins a survey of the fall and winter crop.

June 26, 2013

From Monty Python to your e-mailbox, it's everywhere. Scott McLemee finds its history surprisingly digestible.

May 29, 2013

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.

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