Scott McLemee revisits C. Wright Mills's advice on living the scholarly life.
A new manifesto announces the death of mass media and the emergence of the citizen journalist. Scott McLemee gives two (but not three) cheers.
Scott McLemee talks to one of the first literary bloggers about his decision to shift to online radio.
A new book by political scientists diagnoses a crisis in our civic life. Scott McLemee wonders if they have any good remedies.
Scott McLemee revisits the influential but elusive theorist Henri Mensonge, international man of mystery.
Lurid scenes! Shocking revelations! Horny homework! Extremely hot pants!
After months of tsunami, hurricane, and earthquake, Scott McLemee wonders if the trouble didn't really start on November 1, 1755...
"Whoever cannot give to himself an adequate account of the past three thousand years," said Goethe, "remains in darkness, without history, living from day to day." That is an expression of a bedrock principle of liberal humanism, European-style. It takes the existence of the educated individual as its basic unit of reference -- its gold standard. But it also judges the quality of that existence by how much the individual has spent in acquiring a sense of the past.
As the holiday season approaches, Scott McLemee contemplates made-up traditions -- and his own future in the remainder bin.
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