Word got around some months ago that a French psychoanalyst had published a guide to talking about books without reading them. After seeing a few blog conversations on this development, news that the volume would be translated into English seemed anticlimactic -- redundant, even.
The editors of the cultural magazine .N+1 are publishing a booklet called What We Should Have Known: Two Discussions that they have prepared for undergraduates. Copies have only just come back from the printer, it seems, but I’ve had a look at a prepublication PDF and now feel a certain evangelizing fervor for the whole project.
Sometimes bric-a-brac has meaning. Scott McLemee interviews an interpreter.
They long for a clash of civilizations that would destroy our liberties. Scott McLemee worries about the fanatics among us.
A new biography reveals Charles Schulz's personal life. But Scott McLemee looks abroad for an appreciation of his work.
Is Todd Gitlin a "left conservative"? Scott McLemee interviews him for a podcast and considers some afterthoughts.
If you do research online, there's a new digital tool that will make your life much easier. Scott McLemee plugs in.
A few months back, Intellectual Affairs reported on the work of a couple of social scientists who were studying the contemporary antiwar movement. They have been showing up at the national demonstrations over the past several years and – with the help of assistants instructed in a method of random sampling – conducting surveys of the participants. The data so harvested was then coded and fed into a computer, and the responses cross-correlated in order to find any patterns hidden in the data.
A legendary social science book is back in the news. Scott McLemee looks at a controversial classic.
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