Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
April 21, 2005
A recent essay raises interesting questions about literary hoaxing.
April 19, 2005
Half of writing -- and most of life -- comes down to having plausible excuse for what you already plan to do.
April 14, 2005
Time to face up to reality: The world is flat....
April 11, 2005
An academic blogger talks about a new campaign to interest readers in fiction that they might otherwise miss.
April 7, 2005

The news of Saul Bellow's death sent me to the bookshelves, in search of (among other things) a set of interviews about his life and work that he gave 15 years ago. His answers were eloquent and cranky, occasionally at the same time; and taken all together, they form a major exhibit in what is now, for better or worse, the Saul Bellow Memorial Wing of my own literary education.

April 5, 2005
The "vulgarity debate" among Iranian bloggers raises questions about culture, power, and politics.
March 29, 2005
Sure, American scholars are studying blogs. But if you want to see a real debate, go to Iran....
March 24, 2005
Between Baby Boomers and Generation X, between the Left and the Right, there falls ... the shadow!
March 22, 2005
Scott McLemee utters dire warnings about the cultural impact of media, while fast forwarding through commercials....
March 15, 2005
Otto Weininger's book on gender is either a masterpiece or the work of Larry Summers's evil twin. Possibly both?

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