Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
November 29, 2006

A new anthology of quotations bridges the gap between high culture and mass media. Scott McLemee wonders if it's sturdy enough.

November 22, 2006

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.

November 15, 2006

Where's Thomas Pynchon? Scott McLemee finds traces....

November 1, 2006

The late Lawrence W. Levine tried to open the American mind. Scott McLemee hopes for a cease-fire in the culture wars.

October 25, 2006

Academic publishers are bringing out coffee table books. Scott McLemee takes a look at some recent titles.

October 18, 2006

Is Google a menace to humanity, or at least to Europe? Scott McLemee searches for the answer.

October 11, 2006

Was I.F. Stone a subversive or a patriot? Scott McLemee examines the evidence.

October 4, 2006

A graduate student has discovered a previously unknown poem by Robert Frost. Scott McLemee takes a passing glimpse.

September 27, 2006

Is Michael Bérubé a profiteer in the culture wars? Scott McLemee looks at his blog and his new books and the author discusses them in a podcast.

September 20, 2006

A new book by Walter Benn Michaels describes multiculturalism as bolstering economic injustice. Scott McLemee mans the barricades.


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