A new anthology of quotations bridges the gap between high culture and mass media. Scott McLemee wonders if it's sturdy enough.
The guy featured on the poster had a long white beard and dark black sunglasses, the kind worn by people too cool for any room they might ever enter. At first it looked like he might be the guitar player for ZZ Top. But on closer examination you saw that the event being advertised was not a rock concert but, rather, a "transdisciplinary celebration" called "Why Melville Matters Now.” The man behind those shades was the creator of tortured souls like Ishmael and Bartleby.
Where's Thomas Pynchon? Scott McLemee finds traces....
The late Lawrence W. Levine tried to open the American mind. Scott McLemee hopes for a cease-fire in the culture wars.
Academic publishers are bringing out coffee table books. Scott McLemee takes a look at some recent titles.
Is Google a menace to humanity, or at least to Europe? Scott McLemee searches for the answer.
Was I.F. Stone a subversive or a patriot? Scott McLemee examines the evidence.
A graduate student has discovered a previously unknown poem by Robert Frost. Scott McLemee takes a passing glimpse.
Is Michael Bérubé a profiteer in the culture wars? Scott McLemee looks at his blog and his new books and the author discusses them in a podcast.