Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
January 4, 2012
A philosopher explores the nuances of rudeness, gossip, and other all-too-human tendencies. Scott McLemee has a look.
December 21, 2011
A new book reflects on what happens when we revisit familiar works of fiction. Scott McLemee takes a first look.
December 15, 2011
No sooner does disaster strike than the gloating begins. Scott McLemee interviews a scholar who tracks online trolls.
December 7, 2011
A philosopher digs into one of the less appealing emotions. Scott McLemee gives his new book a sniff.
November 30, 2011
Dwight Macdonald didn't suffer kitsch lightly. Scott McLemee revisits a cultural critic with attitude.
November 23, 2011
Two Christian scholars analyze the "parallel culture" of evangelicalism from within. Scott McLemee observes from a distance.
November 9, 2011
An American historian reflects on the human condition -- and on how trying to escape it can make things worse. Scott McLemee investigates.
November 2, 2011
Their slogan is "Literacy, Legitimacy, and Moral Authority." Scott McLemee hears from the book people of Occupy Wall Street.
October 26, 2011
A new documentary explores the life and influence of a major American social critic. Scott McLemee revisits a practical utopian.
October 19, 2011
A new book claims that the notorious emperor Caligula got a bad rap. Scott McLemee scrolls through it.

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January 4, 2012
A philosopher explores the nuances of rudeness, gossip, and other all-too-human tendencies. Scott McLemee has a look.
December 21, 2011
A new book reflects on what happens when we revisit familiar works of fiction. Scott McLemee takes a first look.
December 15, 2011
No sooner does disaster strike than the gloating begins. Scott McLemee interviews a scholar who tracks online trolls.
December 7, 2011
A philosopher digs into one of the less appealing emotions. Scott McLemee gives his new book a sniff.
November 30, 2011
Dwight Macdonald didn't suffer kitsch lightly. Scott McLemee revisits a cultural critic with attitude.
November 23, 2011
Two Christian scholars analyze the "parallel culture" of evangelicalism from within. Scott McLemee observes from a distance.
November 2, 2011
Their slogan is "Literacy, Legitimacy, and Moral Authority." Scott McLemee hears from the book people of Occupy Wall Street.
August 10, 2011
Shortly before the bombing and shooting spree in Norway last month that left 77 people dead, Anders Behring Breivik e-mailed a thousand people the document he called his “compendium” -- a more accurate label than “manifesto,” as some have called it, since large chunks of text were cut and pasted from various sources rather than composed by the murderer himself. In its opening, Breivik says he spent three years preparing the work. It runs to 1,518 pages in PDF. There is no table of contents or index. Its final pages contain a number of photographic self-portraits.
August 3, 2011
Wikipedia has been growing in authority -- and a new paper shows that scholars are studying and citing it, as well as writing for it. Scott McLemee hits "view source."
July 8, 2011
Every so often, one scholar will assess another’s book so harshly that it becomes legendary. The most durable example must be A.E. Housman, whose anti-blurbs retain their sting after a century and more. Housman is best-known for the verse in his collection A Shropeshire Lad (1896). But classicists still remember his often pointed reviews of other philologists’ editions of ancient poetry, and can sometimes quote snippets from memory.

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