January 14, 2009
Wandering around the Lyceum with an entourage, Aristotle would hold forth on his conception of the universe: one in which God is the Unmoved Mover, while all else shuttles between the potential and the actual. Part of what we know about Aristotle’s thought comes via notes from those lectures. (You picture a student scribbling furiously as the philosopher pauses to dislodge a stone from his sandal.)
January 7, 2009
Just before heading to San Francisco for the annual convention of the Modern Language Association, I had a brilliant idea, or so it seemed. Between scholarly panels and face-to-face meetings, I would blog here at Inside Higher Ed. Instead of scribbling notes on a pad and then synthesizing out some kind of continuous text after the fact, this would mean recording the MLA in all its paratactic glory -- perhaps including links to YouTube videos of people saying interesting things in casual discussion after the panels.
December 17, 2008
An author's diaries are where the will to write is forged. Scott McLemee sneaks a guilty peek.
December 10, 2008
Eighty years ago, a prominent black intellectual disappeared from the historical record. Scott McLemee talks to the man who rescued him from oblivion. With a podcast.
December 3, 2008
A new book explores the art of the public grovel. Scott McLemee takes notes.
November 26, 2008
A new book considers how the brain responds to information overload. Scott McLemee thinks it's more than a distraction.
November 19, 2008
A new book reflects on the writer as migrant. Scott McLemee tracks it down.
November 12, 2008
The late John Leonard was a one-man cultural-studies symposium. Scott McLemee reminisces...
November 5, 2008
What should the president-elect study between now and the inauguration? Scott McLemee presents a reading list.