Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
October 19, 2011

A new book claims that the notorious emperor Caligula got a bad rap. Scott McLemee scrolls through it.

October 12, 2011

Protest spreads from Wall Street to cities throughout the country. Scott McLemee interviews four professors who are tracking the movement.

October 5, 2011

Will a new series from Yale University Press aimed at young readers (and the occasional grown-up) catch fire? Scott McLemee takes a look.

September 28, 2011

A new book maps the corporate genome of composition studies. Scott McLemee has a look.

September 21, 2011

Why do publishers bring out so few books in translation? Scott McLemee interviews someone trying to change things.

September 14, 2011

Politicians and academics occupy different spheres. Scott McLemee looks at a new book on statecraft and scholarship.

September 7, 2011

The anniversary of 9/11 is just ahead, and scholars are weighing in. Scott McLemee does a quick roundup.

August 31, 2011

A global wave of student protests has spread over the past two years. Scott McLemee looks into a new book from the barricades.

August 24, 2011

A new book discusses the power and fascination of humiliation. Scott McLemee can't look away.

August 17, 2011

A historian's thoughts on recent American religious history resonate with the campaign season. Scott McLemee looks around the paywall.



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.

October 27, 2010

Stewart and Colbert rally in DC this weekend. Scott McLemee opposes their extremist moderation.

April 14, 2010

Seven years ago, Iraq's libraries went up in smoke. Scott McLemee looks at a history of book destruction.

February 21, 2009

Shakespeare wrote one of the most savage plays in the canon. Scott McLemee visits the dark side.

November 21, 2007

A mainstream newspaper covering academic books regularly? Scott McLemee looks into it.

April 11, 2007

Shakespeare wrote one of the most savage plays in the canon. Scott McLemee visits the dark side.



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