Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
Scott McLemee reviews a new book by Christina Crosby, who discusses the reality of her life after a horrific accident with a candor that must be experienced to be believed.
Celebrate or hate it as you will, writes Scott McLemee, Wikipedia has metamorphosed from its beginnings as a gangly cultural interloper into the de facto reference work of first resort.
In a new memoir, the brother of the Unabomber tries to make sense of his own past in the context of acts of violence utterly disconnected from his own memories, writes Scott McLemee.
Over the past century and a half or so, petroleum has been abundant and relatively easy to extract, Scott McLemee writes. The next 150 years -- in fact, the next 15 -- do not look quite so promising.
A philosopher's commitment to fascism raises controversy … again. Scott McLemee is scandalized.
All too familiar: a disturbed loner wins posthumous recognition by mixing mass murder and mass media. Scott McLemee consults an Italian theorist's reflections on the problem.
We divide history into periods just to keep it manageable. Scott McLemee reports on a discussion of whether we're doing it right.
Does the arc of the universe bend toward justice? Scott McLemee looks into a philosopher's book on racial profiling and police homicide.
Historians are recovering the sounds, smells and other sensory details of the past. Scott McLemee checks the record.
It's the most important American political document scarcely anyone remembers a word of. Scott McLemee reports on a new book putting the Emancipation Proclamation in context.
The pre-eminent literary theorist of the 1960s and '70s went out fashion -- yet never really went away. Scott McLemee looks into the afterlife of an original.
Put down that chocolate and pick up some broccoli! Improve your attitude and you can do anything! Scott McLemee looks into a new book on the critique of self-improvement.

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May 11, 2016

Scott McLemee reviews a new book by Christina Crosby, who discusses the reality of her life after a horrific accident with a candor that must be experienced to be believed.

March 2, 2016

A recent report on the cost of publishing monographs should be of some interest to many people who buy, read and/or write scholarly books, says Scott McLemee.

January 20, 2016

Hugh Pennington's new book, Have Bacteria Won?, goes straight to the heart of a growing public anxiety, writes Scott McLemee.

January 15, 2016

Celebrate or hate it as you will, writes Scott McLemee, Wikipedia has metamorphosed from its beginnings as a gangly cultural interloper into the de facto reference work of first resort.

January 6, 2016

In a new memoir, the brother of the Unabomber tries to make sense of his own past in the context of acts of violence utterly disconnected from his own memories, writes Scott McLemee.

November 4, 2015

Over the past century and a half or so, petroleum has been abundant and relatively easy to extract, Scott McLemee writes. The next 150 years -- in fact, the next 15 -- do not look quite so promising.

October 7, 2015

Writer, professor, tattoo artist … not so daring now, but 60 years ago, it was another story. Scott McLemee on the lost essays of a wild one.

September 30, 2015

A philosopher's commitment to fascism raises controversy … again. Scott McLemee is scandalized.

September 2, 2015

All too familiar: a disturbed loner wins posthumous recognition by mixing mass murder and mass media. Scott McLemee consults an Italian theorist's reflections on the problem.

August 26, 2015

We divide history into periods just to keep it manageable. Scott McLemee reports on a discussion of whether we're doing it right.

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