Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
February 23, 2011

A prominent literary theorist has advice on learning to compose sentences. Scott McLemee drops a line.

February 16, 2011

This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of an influential translation of the Bible. Scott McLemee hears echoes of it everywhere.

February 9, 2011

A new book considers the international policy implications of a siege by the cannibalistic undead. Scott McLemee aims for the head.

February 2, 2011

Did new media inspire the recent wave of uprisings? Or will Facebook yet prove a dictator's best friend? Scott McLemee checks on the debate.

January 26, 2011

Nona Balakian was an editor at The New York Times Book Review who joined its staff in the 1940s, after studying with the legendary modernist literary critic Lionel Trilling at Columbia University. She was one of the founders of the National Book Critics Circle, which, following her death in 1991, created the annual citation for excellence in reviewing named in her honor.

January 19, 2011

Why is gun control controversial? Scott McLemee wonders while waiting for the next massacre.

January 12, 2011

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wall-Paper" is a feminist classic. Scott McLemee looks into the story behind the story.

December 22, 2010

Was there a book that rocked your world in 2010? Scott McLemee asks around.

December 15, 2010

Late last month, following a protest by House G.O.P. leader John Boehner and the Catholic League president William Donohue over its imagery of ants swarming over a crucifix, the National Portrait Gallery removed a video called “A Fire in My Belly” by the late David Wojnarowicz from an exhibition. (See this report in IHE.) Over the past week, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles painted over a mural it had commissioned from an artist named Blu; the mural showed rows of coffins draped in dollar bills.

December 8, 2010

A new book looks at the history of the human rights movement and reaches surprising conclusions. Scott McLemee interviews the author.

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