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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December 13, 2006
A landmark of postcolonial studies gets tough treatment in a new book. Scott McLemee interviews the author.
December 6, 2006
George Trow, who died last month, lived to see his worst fears about the media confirmed. Scott McLemee revisits his legacy.
November 29, 2006
A new anthology of quotations bridges the gap between high culture and mass media. Scott McLemee wonders if it's sturdy enough.
November 22, 2006
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.
November 15, 2006
Where's Thomas Pynchon? Scott McLemee finds traces....
November 1, 2006
The late Lawrence W. Levine tried to open the American mind. Scott McLemee hopes for a cease-fire in the culture wars.
October 25, 2006
Academic publishers are bringing out coffee table books. Scott McLemee takes a look at some recent titles.
October 18, 2006
Is Google a menace to humanity, or at least to Europe? Scott McLemee searches for the answer.
October 11, 2006
Was I.F. Stone a subversive or a patriot? Scott McLemee examines the evidence.
October 4, 2006
A graduate student has discovered a previously unknown poem by Robert Frost. Scott McLemee takes a passing glimpse.

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