About

Scott McLemee’s reviews, essays, and interviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Nation, Newsday, Bookforum, The Common Review, New Politics, Socialist Worker, 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 Kenneth Burke Society.

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 began a column on books (mainly) at Inside Higher Ed.

Defining Perspectives

There must be something rotten in the very core of a social system which increases its wealth without diminishing its misery….

Karl Marx

Composition is for the most part an effort of slow diligence and steady perseverance, to which the mind is dragged by necessity or resolution, and from which the attention is every moment starting to more delightful amusements.

Samuel Johnson

Remarks are not literature.

Gertrude Stein


Let’s build something together.