Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
January 10, 2007
Is President Bush a student of Hegel? Scott McLemee doubts it, but considers the evidence.
January 3, 2007
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."
December 27, 2006
Scott McLemee talks with Geoffrey Galt Harpham about his new book on Scarry, Nussbaum, Žižek, and Said -- and what the analysis says about the academy.
December 20, 2006
Scott McLemee is packing for MLA -- but first gets an earful about the report of the task force on tenure.
December 13, 2006
A landmark of postcolonial studies gets tough treatment in a new book. Scott McLemee interviews the author.
December 6, 2006
George Trow, who died last month, lived to see his worst fears about the media confirmed. Scott McLemee revisits his legacy.
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.


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