Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
They die a thousand times, and heroes only once -- but nobody analyzes them. Scott McLemee consults the first history of cowardice
Zephyr Teachout's book may become a manifesto for reformers -- but not so fast... Scott McLemee takes a second look.
Zephyr Teachout's Corruption in America charts a steady drift from early idealism to the cynical status quo. Scott McLemee takes a first look.
A new book challenges historians to quit studying the past through a microscope. Scott McLemee takes a look through the binoculars.
So you want to be a rock 'n' roll star? Scott McLemee reports on a book tracing the role's history.
A new book argues that public intellectuals possess not just knowledge and opinions but something academics lack: style. Scott McLemee considers the rhetoric.
Combating prejudice is like the labors of Sisyphus. Scott McLemee interviews an author who keeps on pushing.
A new book take up the cudgels on behalf of social constructionism. Scott McLemee isn't exactly knocked out.
A new book considers the founding father of psychoanalysis as self-made man. Scott McLemee has a look.
How we communicate about disease can have consequences for prevention and treatment. Scott McLemee consults a new book on a recent epidemic.
A publisher demands the removal of writings by Marx and Engels -- just before May Day. Scott McLemee fans the flames of discontent.
1177 B.C. was the kind of year people try to forget. Scott McLemee reports on a book that takes us all the way back.



February 11, 2015

Smoking is cool, sophisticated, sexy and enjoyable. Plus, it can kill you. Scott McLemee looks at a study of how students try to split the difference.

December 17, 2014

A new book on jealousy has Scott McLemee taking a backward look.

December 10, 2014

A new book reflects on generation gaps and how they get that way. Scott McLemee takes a look.

November 19, 2014

A recently discovered letter and a new book reveal a dark side of American law enforcement. Scott McLemee investigates.

November 12, 2014

A new book by a British scientist tackles science and medicine in a muckraking spirit. Scott McLemee thinks Americans need it ASAP.

November 5, 2014

Our devices grow ever more efficient, yet our lives only more harried. Scott McLemee reviews a book on the paradox of digital temporality.

October 29, 2014

He's a canonical figure in American literature, but Edgar Allan Poe's verse has always had its detractors. Scott McLemee considers a quaint and curious volume in his defense.

October 22, 2014

Given chance to consider bans on same-sex marriage in five states, the Supreme Court refused. Scott McLemee looks at a book on the long backstory.

October 21, 2014

The American Psychological Association objects to a new book's portrayal of its role in government-sponsored enhanced interrogation practices in post-9/11 years.

October 8, 2014

They die a thousand times, and heroes only once -- but nobody analyzes them. Scott McLemee consults the first history of cowardice


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