Intellectual Affairs

Intellectual Affairs
May 12, 2005
This year is the double anniversary of Sartre's birth and death. Scott McLemee finds no exit from his legacy.
May 10, 2005
Reference books are the lowest form of scholarship. That makes reading them a guilty pleasure, Scott McLemee confesses.
May 5, 2005

Right after 9/11, the obituaries started to appear: Irony, the reports said, was dead. Either that or in really bad condition.

April 28, 2005
A century after Upton Sinclair's The Jungle first appeared, a new edition of the novel proves wrenching.
April 26, 2005
This week, America turns off the TV. Yeah, right, says Scott McLemee.
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.

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