Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
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Making books, artwork, and historical documents of all kinds universally available for free is a great ambition.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.
A monograph on superhero comics and nationalism puts Captain America in a geopolitical context. Scott McLemee reports from his fortress of solitude.
Old-fashioned books take up a lot of space -- both on our shelves and in our heads. Scott McLemee grapples with a new volume on reading.
Did Bo help get the president re-elected? Scott McLemee looks into the burgeoning literature on canine politics.
A group of digital humanists foresees a new phase of scholarly e-publishing. Scott McLemee gets a peek into their crystal ball.
It's the music that makes the universe dance: Scott McLemee reads The Best Writing in Mathematics 2012.

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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.

December 11, 2013

Which came first, intellectual arrogance or intractably ignorant boneheadedness? Scott McLemee looks at a new book on anti-intellectualism in America.  

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.

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