Wednesday, 06 September 2006

Acephalous Welcomes Scott McLemee* Acephalous is pleased to welcome Scott McLemee as its newest contributor. Scott's work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The American Prospect, Bookforum, The Common Review, The Nation, Newsday, Salon, the Village Voice, and elsewhere. He has been a contributing editor of In These Times and Lingua Franca, a senior writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education, and is now Essayist at Large for Inside Higher Ed, where his column, "Intellectual Affairs," appears twice a week. I’ve known of Scott (though we only met this past December) since the late 1980’s, when I was in third grade. I suspect that I am (in both respects) one of the earliest admirers of his work, many of his early articles having been published in journals and magazines which I used to sell at my lemonade stand, and of which I was one of very few readers who colored in all his articles! Via email, Scott sends along this response: If memory serves, Scott [Kaufman] first suggested joining Acephalous about three years ago. At the time, Acephalous didn't exist; still, I declined, as I was at the Chronicle of Higher Education, which proscribes its staff from appearing on the masthead of another publication. Early last year, the founders of Inside Higher Ed approached me with the chance to work a lot harder for a lot less money—an irresistible offer, since it also included perfect freedom in deciding what to write about, and how. (An alternative title for my column, "Intellectual Affairs," might be "Pygmy Polymathy.") In any case, the freedom to roam included the option I'm exercising now, at long last, in joining Acephalous—a site that has been part of my daily reading routine since before [Kaufman] founded it ... At this point, his email descends into praise so effusive I can't publish it here. Needless to say, we here at Acephalous are proud to add another Scott to our already illustrious roster.** * The joke. ** Of Scotts.

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