April 26, 2006
American historians just visited the nation's capital for a convention. Scott McLemee kept a diary.
April 19, 2006
The notorious Bettie Page is just part of American pin-up history. Scott McLemee finds out the rest of the story.
April 12, 2006
People are bringing cell phones into libraries and academic conferences. Scott McLemee wants to take them out.
April 5, 2006
An independent film documents the life and times of a beloved campus hangout. Scott McLemee loiters with intent.
March 29, 2006
A new book by Garry Wills asks what Jesus meant. Scott McLemee stays for an answer.
March 22, 2006
Once a band gets to the recording studio, lawyers often grab the microphone. Scott McLemee asks a musicologist if that's a good thing.
March 15, 2006
A new television program is accused of glorifying polygamy. As Scott McLemee discovers, the literary canon may be even more culpable.
March 8, 2006
A new book offers guidance to the aspiring mathematician. Scott McLemee has a look.
March 1, 2006
Two images of William Jennings Bryan have settled into the public memory, neither of them flattering. One is the fundamentalist mountebank familiar to viewers of Inherit the Wind, with its fictionalized rendering of the Scopes trial. In it, the character based on Bryan proclaims himself “more interested in the Rock of Ages than the age of rocks.” He is, in short, a crowd-pleasing creationist numbskull, and nothing more.
February 22, 2006
The groves of academe now echo with howls of outrage over The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America --a new book from Regnery Publishing, a conservative press, by David Horowitz. All over the country, scholars have turned its pages with mounting fury, indignant at not being listed. One prof even did a podcast just to (in his words) “spit n’cuss about being left out.”
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