Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
November 26, 2008

A new book considers how the brain responds to information overload. Scott McLemee thinks it's more than a distraction.

November 19, 2008

A new book reflects on the writer as migrant. Scott McLemee tracks it down.

November 12, 2008

The late John Leonard was a one-man cultural-studies symposium. Scott McLemee reminisces...

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.

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November 12, 2008

The late John Leonard was a one-man cultural-studies symposium. Scott McLemee reminisces...

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.

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