Seduction, adultery, Illegitimate babies! And don't forget Ben Franklin's cross-dressing friend. Scott McLemee is shocked, shocked he tells you.
The pundits have chewed over the question of inequality. Sociologists have different perspectives. Scott McLemee looks at an agenda-setting new book.
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.
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