Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
A new book portrays the muse of history as multitasking and interdisciplinary. Scott McLemee looks at her in a new light.
Mortimer Adler built a publishing empire around the Great Books of the Western World. Scott McLemee interviews an author who has mapped its terrain.
Which came first, intellectual arrogance or intractably ignorant boneheadedness? Scott McLemee looks at a new book on anti-intellectualism in America.  
Two new books look at familiar, diverting facets of life online. Scott McLemee tries to garner them some attention.
An eminent professor of writing offers readers instruction in the secret arts of the persona. Scott McLemee looks behind the mask.
It's the 100th anniversary of the income tax -- and a new book describes repeated efforts to repeal or blunt it. Scott McLemee finds the story moving.
Long forgotten, J. Redding Ware was a philologist of slang and detective-fiction pioneer. Scott McLemee looks into Ware Studies.
A newly translated book ponders and celebrates archival research. Scott McLemee thinks it's a classic.
Ronald Dworkin's first posthumous book is a defense of religious atheism. Scott McLemee reports on a matter of ultimate concern.
Whatever happened to the shrinking work week that futurologists used to worry about? Scott McLemee checks into a volume in the field of leisure studies.
A documentary about the philosopher, mystic, and rebel is coming out on DVD. Scott McLemee hears from the director.
A new book charts the rise of an artform so loud and harsh that "music" may not be the word for it. Scott McLemee brings the noise.

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April 16, 2014

A new book describes the history of resistance to the income tax. Scott McLemee celebrates April 16 with a look.

April 9, 2014

A new book tries to find grounds for optimism in the face of ecological upheaval. Scott McLemee warms to the effort.

March 26, 2014

A philosopher explores the ambulatory arts. Scott McLemee rambles on.

March 12, 2014

A new book traces the background of scholarship in the age of instant reproduction. Scott McLemee gets out the highlighter.

March 5, 2014

A new book looks at the twisted logic at work in a horrific crime. Scott McLemee investigates.

February 26, 2014

Seduction, adultery, Illegitimate babies! And don't forget Ben Franklin's cross-dressing friend. Scott McLemee is shocked, shocked he tells you.

February 19, 2014

The pundits have chewed over the question of inequality. Sociologists have different perspectives. Scott McLemee looks at an agenda-setting new book.

January 15, 2014

A new book portrays the muse of history as multitasking and interdisciplinary. Scott McLemee looks at her in a new light.

December 18, 2013

Mortimer Adler built a publishing empire around the Great Books of the Western World. Scott McLemee interviews an author who has mapped its terrain.

December 11, 2013

Which came first, intellectual arrogance or intractably ignorant boneheadedness? Scott McLemee looks at a new book on anti-intellectualism in America.  

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