Would a refined woman hire a hit man to kill her husband in cold blood? Scott McLemee investigates Janet Malcolm's new book.
With free e-books, you often get what you pay for. Scott McLemee discovers the art of making do-it-yourself editions.
Susie Linfield's The Cruel Radiance has won acclaim for its defense of the moral value of photojournalism. Scott McLemee talks to the author.
Zimbabwean activists may face death for gathering to discuss Egypt and Tunisia. Scott McLemee looks beyond Facebook activism.
Terry Castle's memoir blends critical intelligence and awkward recollections. Scott McLemee reads it in earnest.
A prominent literary theorist has advice on learning to compose sentences. Scott McLemee drops a line.
This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of an influential translation of the Bible. Scott McLemee hears echoes of it everywhere.
A new book considers the international policy implications of a siege by the cannibalistic undead. Scott McLemee aims for the head.
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.
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.
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Anthropology Open Rank (Assistant, Associate, or Professor) of Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts