Scott McLemee

Scott McLemee is the Intellectual Affairs columnist for Inside Higher Ed. In 2008, he began a three-year term on the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle. From 1995 until 2001, he was contributing editor for Lingua Franca. Between 2001 and 2005, he covered scholarship in the humanities as senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education. In 2005, he helped start the online news journal Inside Higher Ed, where he serves as Essayist at Large, writing a weekly column called Intellectual Affairs. His reviews, essays, and interviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Nation, Newsday, Bookforum, The Common Review, and numerous other publications. In 2004, he received the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle. He has given papers or been an invited speaker at meetings of the American Political Science Association, the Cultural Studies Association, the Modern Language Association, and the Organization of American Historians. A selection of his work is available at his website. He is also a member of two group blogs, Crooked Timber and Cliopatria.

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January 9, 2008
Bleary from academic gabfests, drugged with prescription narcotics... Scott McLemee wonders how Hunter S. Thompson ever managed.
January 2, 2008
The executive editor of MIT Press has been at his post for three decades. Scott McLemee checks in with a patriarch of academic publishing.
December 19, 2007
A new collection documents the American policy of cruel and inhumane "non-torture." Scott McLemee takes a look.
December 12, 2007
An unfilmable novel about literary life hits the cineplex. Scott McLemee interviews the author.
December 5, 2007
What are the best academic blogs you've never heard of? Scott McLemee beats the bushes for leads
November 28, 2007
Al Qaeda's strategists have a battle plan. Scott McLemee wants to duck and cover....
November 21, 2007
A mainstream newspaper covering academic books regularly? Scott McLemee looks into it.
November 14, 2007
The oral historian Studs Terkel now tells his life's story. Scott McLemee listens to a puzzling silence in the tale.
November 7, 2007
Word got around some months ago that a French psychoanalyst had published a guide to talking about books without reading them. After seeing a few blog conversations on this development, news that the volume would be translated into English seemed anticlimactic -- redundant, even.
October 31, 2007
The editors of the cultural magazine .N+1 are publishing a booklet called What We Should Have Known: Two Discussions that they have prepared for undergraduates. Copies have only just come back from the printer, it seems, but I’ve had a look at a prepublication PDF and now feel a certain evangelizing fervor for the whole project.

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