Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
A new book portrays the muse of history as multitasking and interdisciplinary. Scott McLemee looks at her in a new light.
Mortimer Adler built a publishing empire around the Great Books of the Western World. Scott McLemee interviews an author who has mapped its terrain.
Which came first, intellectual arrogance or intractably ignorant boneheadedness? Scott McLemee looks at a new book on anti-intellectualism in America.  
Two new books look at familiar, diverting facets of life online. Scott McLemee tries to garner them some attention.
An eminent professor of writing offers readers instruction in the secret arts of the persona. Scott McLemee looks behind the mask.
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.
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.

Pages

Archive

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?

July 23, 2014

Combating prejudice is like the labors of Sisyphus. Scott McLemee interviews an author who keeps on pushing.

July 16, 2014

A new book take up the cudgels on behalf of social constructionism. Scott McLemee isn't exactly knocked out.

June 4, 2014

A new book considers the founding father of psychoanalysis as self-made man. Scott McLemee has a look.

May 21, 2014

How we communicate about disease can have consequences for prevention and treatment. Scott McLemee consults a new book on a recent epidemic.

April 30, 2014

A publisher demands the removal of writings by Marx and Engels -- just before May Day. Scott McLemee fans the flames of discontent.

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.

Pages

What Others Are Reading

  • Viewed
  • Past:
  • Day
  • Week
  • Month
  • Year
Back to Top