An occupying army, an Islamic insurgency, and no end in sight.... Scott McLemee looks at two books ripped from the headlines -- of 50 years ago.
Thank goodness national Get Organized Month is half over. Scott McLemee takes a look at a new book on the uses of disorder.
Is President Bush a student of Hegel? Scott McLemee doubts it, but considers the evidence.
A panel at MLA discusses academic blogging and the "old boys' network" -- and marked the end of one prominent blogger's prolific career online. Scott McLemee reports from the digital "parlor."
Scott McLemee talks with Geoffrey Galt Harpham about his new book on Scarry, Nussbaum, Å½iÅ¾ek, and Said -- and what the analysis says about the academy.
Scott McLemee is packing for MLA -- but first gets an earful about the report of the task force on tenure.
A landmark of postcolonial studies gets tough treatment in a new book. Scott McLemee interviews the author.
George Trow, who died last month, lived to see his worst fears about the media confirmed. Scott McLemee revisits his legacy.
A new anthology of quotations bridges the gap between high culture and mass media. Scott McLemee wonders if it's sturdy enough.
The guy featured on the poster had a long white beard and dark black sunglasses, the kind worn by people too cool for any room they might ever enter. At first it looked like he might be the guitar player for ZZ Top. But on closer examination you saw that the event being advertised was not a rock concert but, rather, a "transdisciplinary celebration" called "Why Melville Matters Now.” The man behind those shades was the creator of tortured souls like Ishmael and Bartleby.
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