A new book claims that the notorious emperor Caligula got a bad rap. Scott McLemee scrolls through it.
Protest spreads from Wall Street to cities throughout the country. Scott McLemee interviews four professors who are tracking the movement.
Will a new series from Yale University Press aimed at young readers (and the occasional grown-up) catch fire? Scott McLemee takes a look.
A new book maps the corporate genome of composition studies. Scott McLemee has a look.
Why do publishers bring out so few books in translation? Scott McLemee interviews someone trying to change things.
Politicians and academics occupy different spheres. Scott McLemee looks at a new book on statecraft and scholarship.
The anniversary of 9/11 is just ahead, and scholars are weighing in. Scott McLemee does a quick roundup.
A global wave of student protests has spread over the past two years. Scott McLemee looks into a new book from the barricades.
A new book discusses the power and fascination of humiliation. Scott McLemee can't look away.
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.
Stewart and Colbert rally in DC this weekend. Scott McLemee opposes their extremist moderation.
Seven years ago, Iraq's libraries went up in smoke. Scott McLemee looks at a history of book destruction.
Shakespeare wrote one of the most savage plays in the canon. Scott McLemee visits the dark side.
A mainstream newspaper covering academic books regularly? Scott McLemee looks into it.