Scott McLemee

Scott McLemee is the Intellectual Affairs columnist for Inside Higher Ed. In 2008, he began a three-year term on the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle. From 1995 until 2001, he was contributing editor for Lingua Franca. Between 2001 and 2005, he covered scholarship in the humanities as senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education. In 2005, he helped start the online news journal Inside Higher Ed, where he serves as Essayist at Large, writing a weekly column called Intellectual Affairs. His reviews, essays, and interviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Nation, Newsday, Bookforum, The Common Review, and numerous other publications. In 2004, he received the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle. He has given papers or been an invited speaker at meetings of the American Political Science Association, the Cultural Studies Association, the Modern Language Association, and the Organization of American Historians. A selection of his work is available at his website. He is also a member of two group blogs, Crooked Timber and Cliopatria.

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August 17, 2011
A historian's thoughts on recent American religious history resonate with the campaign season. Scott McLemee looks around the paywall.
August 10, 2011
Shortly before the bombing and shooting spree in Norway last month that left 77 people dead, Anders Behring Breivik e-mailed a thousand people the document he called his “compendium” -- a more accurate label than “manifesto,” as some have called it, since large chunks of text were cut and pasted from various sources rather than composed by the murderer himself. In its opening, Breivik says he spent three years preparing the work. It runs to 1,518 pages in PDF. There is no table of contents or index. Its final pages contain a number of photographic self-portraits.
August 3, 2011
Wikipedia has been growing in authority -- and a new paper shows that scholars are studying and citing it, as well as writing for it. Scott McLemee hits "view source."
August 3, 2011
Wikipedia has been growing in authority -- and a new paper shows that scholars are studying and citing it, as well as writing for it. Scott McLemee hits "view source."
July 27, 2011
A new anthology by Generation Y writers is part survival handbook, part manifesto. Scott McLemee interviews the editor.
July 20, 2011
With e-book sales rising and Borders about to close for good, the post-print age looks closer than ever. Scott McLemee goes underground.
July 13, 2011
No one would think of the call for papers as a literary genre. But the CFP can be distinguished from the usual run of academic memoranda by its appeal to the reader’s curiosity, ambition, and capacity to daydream -- and occasionally by its test of one’s power to suspend disbelief.
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.
June 29, 2011
A new approach to literary criticism looks at the history of energy sources. Scott McLemee checks its mileage.
June 22, 2011
A prominent photographer offers a portrait gallery of contemporary philosophers. Scott McLemee takes a look.

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