Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
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.
Ronald Dworkin's first posthumous book is a defense of religious atheism. Scott McLemee reports on a matter of ultimate concern.
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.
A documentary about the philosopher, mystic, and rebel is coming out on DVD. Scott McLemee hears from the director.
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.
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.

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April 23, 2014

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.

April 16, 2014

A new book describes the history of resistance to the income tax. Scott McLemee celebrates April 16 with a look.

April 9, 2014

A new book tries to find grounds for optimism in the face of ecological upheaval. Scott McLemee warms to the effort.

March 26, 2014

A philosopher explores the ambulatory arts. Scott McLemee rambles on.

March 12, 2014

A new book traces the background of scholarship in the age of instant reproduction. Scott McLemee gets out the highlighter.

March 5, 2014

A new book looks at the twisted logic at work in a horrific crime. Scott McLemee investigates.

February 26, 2014

Seduction, adultery, Illegitimate babies! And don't forget Ben Franklin's cross-dressing friend. Scott McLemee is shocked, shocked he tells you.

February 19, 2014

The pundits have chewed over the question of inequality. Sociologists have different perspectives. Scott McLemee looks at an agenda-setting new book.

January 15, 2014

A new book portrays the muse of history as multitasking and interdisciplinary. Scott McLemee looks at her in a new light.

December 18, 2013

Mortimer Adler built a publishing empire around the Great Books of the Western World. Scott McLemee interviews an author who has mapped its terrain.

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