Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
October 22, 2008
Students with more cash than brains know how to get their term papers written fast. Scott McLemee looks under a rock....
October 15, 2008
Is digital shorthand the end of literacy? Scott McLemee listens to a linguist.
October 8, 2008
Is U.S. literature too insular and media-crazed to merit notice by the Swedish Academy? Scott McLemee asks around.
October 1, 2008
Bernard-Henri Lévy has become an American media superstar. Scott McLemee thinks his fifteen minutes are about up.
September 24, 2008
A new book looks at the dumbing-down of American politics. Scott McLemee is surprised it's in one volume.
September 17, 2008
The late David Foster Wallace didn't settle for satire. Scott McLemee says farewell to a wild talent.
September 10, 2008

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.

August 27, 2008
The conflict between Russia and Georgia was a turning point of some kind. Scott McLemee wonders what's the big idea....
August 20, 2008
Texting and instant messaging are the wave of the future? Scott McLemee is just too ecstatic.
August 13, 2008
The presidential campaigns are running themselves into the ground. Scott McLemee thinks space is the place....

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