The decision to honor a work in religious studies has provoked controversy. Scott McLemee meditates on the protest.
A recent book on Depression-era culture is both lively and all too timely. Scott McLemee interviews its author.
The Jewish Review of Books has been launched. Scott McLemee gets all verklempt.
Was the artist actually a great philosopher -- or Norman Rockwell's aesthetic heir? Scott McLemee goes Pop.
An academic autobiography that's not at all self-centered? Scott McLemee looks into an interesting composition.
All hail the scholarship of Jean-Baptiste Botul! Scott McLemee looks into a case of philosophical fact-checking.
Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States, died last week. Scott McLemee salutes a voice of dissent.
It is not only people living on islands who count as insular -- etymology notwithstanding. Consider a recent piece by New York Times columnist David Brooks, whose usual shtick might be called “Thornstein Veblen for Dummies.” Using the disaster in Haiti following the earthquake earlier this month as his peg, Brooks diagnosed the country’s poverty and imploding civil society as byproducts of Voodoo – which, with its magical worldview, discourages rational calculation and planning.
The psychiatric emergency room is where people have the worst day of their lives. Scott McLemee recommends a gripping memoir.
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