Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
April 21, 2010
A small humanities journal survives deep budget cuts. Scott McLemee finds out how its editor manages to maintain the publication -- and his own optimism.
April 14, 2010

Seven years ago, Iraq's libraries went up in smoke. Scott McLemee looks at a history of book destruction.

April 7, 2010
A university exhibit and a new book look at David Foster Wallace's life and work. Scott McLemee visits the relics...
March 31, 2010
Is it a tool, a literary genre, or a nervous tic? Scott McLemee jots down some thoughts.
March 24, 2010
Otto Weininger's writings were bizarre, unoriginal and morbid. So why are they classics?
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.



June 2, 2005

Scott McLemee ties up some loose ends from recent columns.

May 31, 2005

In lobbying for the historical profession, it's all about the dead presidents.

May 26, 2005

Scott McLemee listens to the ethical implications of Paul Ricoeur's thought and example.

May 24, 2005

One of France's great philosophers died last week. So when do the denunciations start?

May 12, 2005

This year is the double anniversary of Sartre's birth and death. Scott McLemee finds no exit from his legacy.

May 10, 2005

Reference books are the lowest form of scholarship. That makes reading them a guilty pleasure, Scott McLemee confesses.

May 5, 2005

Right after 9/11, the obituaries started to appear: Irony, the reports said, was dead. Either that or in really bad condition.

April 28, 2005

A century after Upton Sinclair's The Jungle first appeared, a new edition of the novel proves wrenching.

April 26, 2005

This week, America turns off the TV. Yeah, right, says Scott McLemee.

April 21, 2005

A recent essay raises interesting questions about literary hoaxing.


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