A new anthology by Generation Y writers is part survival handbook, part manifesto. Scott McLemee interviews the editor.
With e-book sales rising and Borders about to close for good, the post-print age looks closer than ever. Scott McLemee goes underground.
No one would think of the call for papers as a literary genre. But the CFP can be distinguished from the usual run of academic memoranda by its appeal to the reader’s curiosity, ambition, and capacity to daydream -- and occasionally by its test of one’s power to suspend disbelief.
Every so often, one scholar will assess another’s book so harshly that it becomes legendary. The most durable example must be A.E. Housman, whose anti-blurbs retain their sting after a century and more. Housman is best-known for the verse in his collection A Shropeshire Lad (1896). But classicists still remember his often pointed reviews of other philologists’ editions of ancient poetry, and can sometimes quote snippets from memory.
A new approach to literary criticism looks at the history of energy sources. Scott McLemee checks its mileage.
A prominent photographer offers a portrait gallery of contemporary philosophers. Scott McLemee takes a look.
In both the Cold War and aftermath of 9/11, civil liberties took a hit. Scott McLemee reviews a historian's assessment.
A new book looks at the history of boredom. Scott McLemee is fascinated.
It's been almost twenty years since the death of an American intellectual maverick. But Scott McLemee finds there is plenty of life left in his work.
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