Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
June 8, 2011
A new book looks at the history of boredom. Scott McLemee is fascinated.
June 1, 2011
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.
May 25, 2011
A new book considers the power of religion in the public sphere. Scott McLemee reads it while bracing for 2012.
May 18, 2011

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.

May 11, 2011
If 9/11 "changed everything," what did killing Osama bin Laden do? Scott McLemee looks at an anthology on the climate of terror.
May 4, 2011
Ayn Rand's magnum opus took 54 years to put on the screen. Scott McLemee is underwhelmed by the result.
April 27, 2011
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.
April 20, 2011
A new book looks at the narcopolitics of methamphetamine. Scott McLemee grinds his teeth while reading it.
April 13, 2011
A sociologist's new book tracks the proliferation of awards in American culture. Scott McLemee wonders if we're all really winners.
April 6, 2011
Whatever happened to the peace movement? Scott McLemee looks at new research on the collapse of a cause.

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