Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
November 5, 2008
What should the president-elect study between now and the inauguration? Scott McLemee presents a reading list.
October 29, 2008
Why, after 30 years of deregulation, is the state bigger than ever? Scott McLemee checks out a new book on the paradox.
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....


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