Over the years there has emerged a body of Playboy scholarship, which I read around in, every once in a while, for the pictures. Actually, including images from the magazine seems to be a fairly recent development in this field. The pioneers were unable to do so (not much room for porn in the academic publishing world until fairly recently), and their their work sometimes suffered for it. A case in point is “Hugh M. Hefner: Guardian of the Faith” by the late J.A. Ward, appearing the summer 1963 issue of The Antioch Review.
If 9/11 "changed everything," what did killing Osama bin Laden do? Scott McLemee looks at an anthology on the climate of terror.
Ayn Rand's magnum opus took 54 years to put on the screen. Scott McLemee is underwhelmed by the result.
Critic and feminist thinker Ellen Willis is being honored with a conference and a posthumous collection of her rock writing. Scott McLemee wonders what took so long.
A new book looks at the narcopolitics of methamphetamine. Scott McLemee grinds his teeth while reading it.
A sociologist's new book tracks the proliferation of awards in American culture. Scott McLemee wonders if we're all really winners.
Whatever happened to the peace movement? Scott McLemee looks at new research on the collapse of a cause.
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With free e-books, you often get what you pay for. Scott McLemee discovers the art of making do-it-yourself editions.
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