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Patterns of Prestige

Scott McLemee reviews W. David Marx’s Status and Culture: How Our Desire for Social Rank Creates Taste, Identity, Art, Fashion, and Constant Change.

Espionage! (Not)

Scott McLemee reviews Ralph Engelman and Carey Shenkman’s A Century of Repression: The Espionage Act and Freedom of the Press.

‘Professor of Apocalypse’

Scott McLemee reviews Jerry Z. Muller’s Professor of Apocalypse: The Many Lives of Jacob Taubes.


Scott McLemee reviews J. Michael Martinez’s Libertines: American Political Sex Scandals From Alexander Hamilton to Donald Trump.

Blowing in the Wind

Scott McLemee takes a look at forthcoming university press titles.

Snapshots of the Cyclops

Scott McLemee takes a peek at Lynn Spigel's TV Snapshots: An Archive of Everyday Life

Questioning the Machine

Scott McLemee reviews Mark Coeckelbergh’s The Political Philosophy of AI.

Room for Improvement

Scott McLemee begins a two-part look at Mark Coeckelbergh’s books Self-Improvement: Technologies of the Soul in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and The Political Philosophy of AI.