Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
A new book by a British scientist tackles science and medicine in a muckraking spirit. Scott McLemee thinks Americans need it ASAP.
Our devices grow ever more efficient, yet our lives only more harried. Scott McLemee reviews a book on the paradox of digital temporality.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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April 29, 2015

A historian's travels can contribute more to her work than archival sources. Scott McLemee reads Dispatches From Dystopia.

April 15, 2015

Thorstein Veblen's The Higher Learning in America is back in a new edition. Scott McLemee revisits a scathing classic.

March 25, 2015

It's compact, direct and mind melting -- and now its story has been told. Scott McLemee meditates on The Bhagavad Gita: A Biography.

March 4, 2015

The age of print is giving way to the digital age... right? Scott McLemee looks into a scholar’s alternative perspective.

February 18, 2015

Social hierarchy is a touchy subject. Scott McLemee looks at a sociologist's study of wedding across class lines.

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.

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