Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
March 17, 2010
The decision to honor a work in religious studies has provoked controversy. Scott McLemee meditates on the protest.
March 10, 2010
A recent book on Depression-era culture is both lively and all too timely. Scott McLemee interviews its author.
March 3, 2010
The Jewish Review of Books has been launched. Scott McLemee gets all verklempt.
February 24, 2010
Was the artist actually a great philosopher -- or Norman Rockwell's aesthetic heir? Scott McLemee goes Pop.
February 17, 2010
An academic autobiography that's not at all self-centered? Scott McLemee looks into an interesting composition.
February 10, 2010
All hail the scholarship of Jean-Baptiste Botul! Scott McLemee looks into a case of philosophical fact-checking.
February 3, 2010
Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States, died last week. Scott McLemee salutes a voice of dissent.
January 27, 2010

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.

January 20, 2010
The psychiatric emergency room is where people have the worst day of their lives. Scott McLemee recommends a gripping memoir.
January 13, 2010
A black, gay professor is murdered in cold blood in Bloomington. Scott McLemee looks into a hate crime.

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