Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
July 1, 2015

Three years ago, the New York Public Library almost succumbed to a dubious renovation plan. Scott McLemee reports on a book about what happened next.

June 24, 2015

"What is it with Americans and guns?" the world asks. Scott McLemee looks for interpretations of free-range mayhem in the U.S.A.

June 10, 2015

It's the most important American political document scarcely anyone remembers a word of. Scott McLemee reports on a new book putting the Emancipation Proclamation in context.

June 3, 2015

Social-media researchers have more than enough material for their research -- and that's getting to be a problem. Scott McLemee makes some inquiries.

May 27, 2015

A social theorist's new book considers the darker impulses beneath phony smiles and social media "like" messages. Scott McLemee checks it out.

May 20, 2015

A new book challenges the idea that wandering attention is a flaw in our mental machinery. Scott McLemee tries to go with the author's flow.

May 13, 2015

The pre-eminent literary theorist of the 1960s and '70s went out fashion -- yet never really went away. Scott McLemee looks into the afterlife of an original.

May 6, 2015

Put down that chocolate and pick up some broccoli! Improve your attitude and you can do anything! Scott McLemee looks into a new book on the critique of self-improvement.

April 22, 2015

A prominent African-American professor unleashes a sharp attack on his mentor. Scott McLemee hears echoes amid the buzz.

April 8, 2015

A new book tells stories of politics and psychology among the pachyderms of Africa. Scott McLemee has a look.

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July 1, 2015

Three years ago, the New York Public Library almost succumbed to a dubious renovation plan. Scott McLemee reports on a book about what happened next.

June 24, 2015

"What is it with Americans and guns?" the world asks. Scott McLemee looks for interpretations of free-range mayhem in the U.S.A.

June 10, 2015

It's the most important American political document scarcely anyone remembers a word of. Scott McLemee reports on a new book putting the Emancipation Proclamation in context.

June 3, 2015

Social-media researchers have more than enough material for their research -- and that's getting to be a problem. Scott McLemee makes some inquiries.

May 27, 2015

A social theorist's new book considers the darker impulses beneath phony smiles and social media "like" messages. Scott McLemee checks it out.

May 20, 2015

A new book challenges the idea that wandering attention is a flaw in our mental machinery. Scott McLemee tries to go with the author's flow.

May 13, 2015

The pre-eminent literary theorist of the 1960s and '70s went out fashion -- yet never really went away. Scott McLemee looks into the afterlife of an original.

May 6, 2015

Put down that chocolate and pick up some broccoli! Improve your attitude and you can do anything! Scott McLemee looks into a new book on the critique of self-improvement.

April 22, 2015

A prominent African-American professor unleashes a sharp attack on his mentor. Scott McLemee hears echoes amid the buzz.

April 8, 2015

A new book tells stories of politics and psychology among the pachyderms of Africa. Scott McLemee has a look.

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