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.
A black, gay professor is murdered in cold blood in Bloomington. Scott McLemee looks into a hate crime.
An unusual cultural journal has reinvented itself, both online and in print. Scott McLemee looks into its latest anthology.
A new book presents literary theorist Terry Eagleton in conversation. Scott McLemee eavesdrops with enthusiasm.
The Savage Detectives and 2666 make literature feel like a matter of life and death. Scott McLemee interviews a prominent Bolaño-logist.
Cornel West was in The Matrix, but cultural politics isn't a video game. Scott McLemee responds to the continuing discussion.
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