The first English dictionary was published long before Samuel Johnson. Scott McLemee consults the first reprint in 400 years.
The Borders bookstore chain is "right-sizing." Scott McLemee takes a look at a new documentary about the company's effects on the culture.
Why don't more political scientists study the antiwar movement? Scott McLemee talks to one who does.
Scott McLemee takes a look back at the postmodern thinker and intellectual playboy who inspired "The Matrix."
Getting from academe to the publishing world isn't easy, but Scott McLemee finds some grad students who just might make it.
Will bringing in an inspirational speaker cure the faculty blues? Scott McLemee describes a skirmish in the culture wars.
Thanks to DNA testing, Sally Hemings is fully part of national history. Scott McLemee considers the work of a scholar who fears the real story will be whitewashed.
Gershon Legman thought sexual repression made for a mean and bitter society. Scott McLemee wonders if the culture automatically gets more pleasant when we let it all hang out.
When dissident intellectuals in Iran appeal to colleagues in the U.S. for solidarity, the silence is often deafening. Scott McLemee interviews an activist trying to change that.
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