A new book looks at the dumbing-down of American politics. Scott McLemee is surprised it's in one volume.
The late David Foster Wallace didn't settle for satire. Scott McLemee says farewell to a wild talent.
We reached the island on the morning of Labor Day, as the last of the vacationers were closing up their summer rentals; they caught the afternoon ferry back to New Bedford. At peak times, there may be 300 people on Cuttyhunk. It is a tiny island with a peculiar shape, located about two hours from Boston -- one hour each by land and by sea. A retired academic couple, Marvin and Betty Mandell, had lent my wife and me use of their place for a few days.
The conflict between Russia and Georgia was a turning point of some kind. Scott McLemee wonders what's the big idea....
Texting and instant messaging are the wave of the future? Scott McLemee is just too ecstatic.
The presidential campaigns are running themselves into the ground. Scott McLemee thinks space is the place....
A friend recently noted that this week’s column would probably run at just about the time the Chinese government was using the Olympic torch to burn down a Tibetan village. Perhaps, he said, this might be a good occasion to check out the latest edition of The Ancient Olympic Games by Judith Swadding – first published by the British Museum in 1980 and now being reissued by the University of Texas Press.
Three years ago, an undercover agent in Maryland spied on activists. Scott McLemee finds her description in a sociologist's article from 1974.
Newspapers keep abandoning any responsibility toward books. Scott McLemee looks back at print culture....
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