Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
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.
A new book describes the history of resistance to the income tax. Scott McLemee celebrates April 16 with a look.
A new book tries to find grounds for optimism in the face of ecological upheaval. Scott McLemee warms to the effort.
A philosopher explores the ambulatory arts. Scott McLemee rambles on.
A new book traces the background of scholarship in the age of instant reproduction. Scott McLemee gets out the highlighter.
A new book looks at the twisted logic at work in a horrific crime. Scott McLemee investigates.
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.

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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

October 1, 2014

Zephyr Teachout's book may become a manifesto for reformers -- but not so fast... Scott McLemee takes a second look.

September 24, 2014

Zephyr Teachout's Corruption in America charts a steady drift from early idealism to the cynical status quo. Scott McLemee takes a first look.

September 17, 2014

A new book challenges historians to quit studying the past through a microscope. Scott McLemee takes a look through the binoculars.

August 20, 2014

So you want to be a rock 'n' roll star? Scott McLemee reports on a book tracing the role's history.

July 30, 2014

A new book argues that public intellectuals possess not just knowledge and opinions but something academics lack: style. Scott McLemee considers the rhetoric.

July 28, 2014

Senator John Walsh appears to have plagiarized final paper for master's degree. It would have been the nail in an academic's coffin, but he remains in Congress and in race for election this fall. Why?

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