Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
September 28, 2016

In Deciding What’s True, Lucas Graves traces how media outlets’ internal fact-checking has morphed into something almost antithetical: the very public evaluation of factual assertions made by politicians and other news figures, writes Scott McLemee.

September 21, 2016

In each of two new novels, Loner and Diary of an Oxygen Thief, it is the narrator's attitude that sticks with the reader more than the events recounted, writes Scott McLemee.

September 14, 2016

A legendary American miracle worker claimed to read books without opening them -- a trick researchers have just pulled off in the lab. Scott McLemee looks from inside a lattice of coincidences.

September 7, 2016

Aaron James's provocative new theory on Donald Trump suggests that the presidential candidate's rise makes a certain amount of sense in the context of a republic collapsing under strain, writes Scott McLemee.

August 31, 2016

In our digital age, some people predict that writing by hand could become an antiquarian hobby, but Anne Trubek's The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting is a story of metamorphosis, not of decline, writes Scott McLemee.

August 24, 2016

Scott McLemee reviews a scholarly article that examines how small but significant tweaks to an academic paper's title can make it more likely to win attention.

August 17, 2016

Scott McLemee examines the quite serious -- and surprisingly abundant -- scholarship on Donald Trump's The Apprentice.

August 10, 2016

Ken Ono's memoir, My Search for Ramanujan: How I Learned to Count, is a story of the life-enhancing (and quite possibly life-saving) influence of friends and mentors, writes Scott McLemee.

August 3, 2016

Scott McLemee highlights more new books due out from university presses this fall.

July 27, 2016

In Return to Cold War, Robert Legvold gives a succinct, lucid, fairly dispassionate and almost incessantly even-handed presentation of relations between the United States and Russia, writes Scott McLemee.

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September 28, 2016

In Deciding What’s True, Lucas Graves traces how media outlets’ internal fact-checking has morphed into something almost antithetical: the very public evaluation of factual assertions made by politicians and other news figures, writes Scott McLemee.

September 21, 2016

In each of two new novels, Loner and Diary of an Oxygen Thief, it is the narrator's attitude that sticks with the reader more than the events recounted, writes Scott McLemee.

September 14, 2016

A legendary American miracle worker claimed to read books without opening them -- a trick researchers have just pulled off in the lab. Scott McLemee looks from inside a lattice of coincidences.

September 7, 2016

Aaron James's provocative new theory on Donald Trump suggests that the presidential candidate's rise makes a certain amount of sense in the context of a republic collapsing under strain, writes Scott McLemee.

August 31, 2016

In our digital age, some people predict that writing by hand could become an antiquarian hobby, but Anne Trubek's The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting is a story of metamorphosis, not of decline, writes Scott McLemee.

August 24, 2016

Scott McLemee reviews a scholarly article that examines how small but significant tweaks to an academic paper's title can make it more likely to win attention.

August 17, 2016

Scott McLemee examines the quite serious -- and surprisingly abundant -- scholarship on Donald Trump's The Apprentice.

August 10, 2016

Ken Ono's memoir, My Search for Ramanujan: How I Learned to Count, is a story of the life-enhancing (and quite possibly life-saving) influence of friends and mentors, writes Scott McLemee.

August 3, 2016

Scott McLemee highlights more new books due out from university presses this fall.

July 27, 2016

In Return to Cold War, Robert Legvold gives a succinct, lucid, fairly dispassionate and almost incessantly even-handed presentation of relations between the United States and Russia, writes Scott McLemee.

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