Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
We've learned to tune out the constant bombardment of advertisements. Scott McLemee looks at a new analysis of techniques for commanding consumer attention.
What's coming from university presses in the months ahead? Scott McLemee begins a survey of the fall and winter crop.
From Monty Python to your e-mailbox, it's everywhere. Scott McLemee finds its history surprisingly digestible.
Despite two generations of work by feminist literary critics, a study indicates that new books by men get disproportionate attention from reviewers. Scott McLemee reports from the literary battlefront.
The original search for the fountain of youth didn't pan out -- but a new one is under way. Scott McLemee considers "The Longevity Seekers."
Serial killers have become the cultural anti-heroes of the age. Scott McLemee considers a new book that traces the back story of a morbid trend.
Machines are "reading" novels that literary historians would otherwise never get to. Scott McLemee considers the results and prospects of "Macroanalysis."
Making books, artwork, and historical documents of all kinds universally available for free is a great ambition. Scott McLemee thinks the job will require a little more, though.
A new book explores the subterranean connections between geology and mythology. Scott McLemee returns from the land of the ice and snow, from the midnight sun where the hot springs blow.
Can believers and unbelievers find fellowship? Scott McLemee looks at the 21st-century dialogue between faith and reason.
Jeremy Bernstein's "A Palette of Particles" offers a guided tour of the subatomic universe. Scott McLemee goes on a trip.
Didn't Immanuel Velikovsky's ideas go the way of Chariots of the Gods, bell-bottoms, and the pet rock? Scott McLemee looks at a monograph bringing him back into view.

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November 20, 2013

Two new books look at familiar, diverting facets of life online. Scott McLemee tries to garner them some attention.

October 23, 2013

An eminent professor of writing offers readers instruction in the secret arts of the persona. Scott McLemee looks behind the mask.

October 16, 2013

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.

October 2, 2013

Long forgotten, J. Redding Ware was a philologist of slang and detective-fiction pioneer. Scott McLemee looks into Ware Studies.

September 25, 2013

A newly translated book ponders and celebrates archival research. Scott McLemee thinks it's a classic.

September 18, 2013

Ronald Dworkin's first posthumous book is a defense of religious atheism. Scott McLemee reports on a matter of ultimate concern.

August 28, 2013

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.

August 14, 2013

A documentary about the philosopher, mystic, and rebel is coming out on DVD. Scott McLemee hears from the director.

August 7, 2013

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.

July 17, 2013

We've learned to tune out the constant bombardment of advertisements. Scott McLemee looks at a new analysis of techniques for commanding consumer attention.

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