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Book jackets for eight different books featured in the accompanying review.

World-Wide Weird

Scott McLemee looks ahead to some ‘promisingly weird’ books from university presses due out this fall.

Book jacket for Daniel Schreiber's 'Alone: Reflections on Solitary Living.'

Alone, Together

Scott McLemee reflects on Daniel Schreiber’s Alone: Reflections on Solitary Living.

The book cover for 'Uncharted: How Scientists Navigate Their Own Health, Research, and Experiences of Bias,' edited by Skylar Bayer and Gabi Serrato Marks.

Doing Science With Disabilities

Scott McLemee reviews Uncharted: How Scientists Navigate Their Own Health, Research, and Experiences of Bias.

Book cover for Debra Hawhee's "A Sense of Urgency."

Heavy Weather

Scott McLemee reviews Debra Hawhee’s new book on climate and rhetoric.

The book jacket for Jacqueline Rose's "The Plague: Living Death in Our Times." Silver lettering is set against a drawing of a silver full moon on a dark-blue background.

Symptomatic Reading

Scott McLemee surveys a psychoanalytic critic’s response to the pandemic.

A compilation of six book covers featured in the accompanying essay.


Scott McLemee offers an overview of election-adjacent university press titles.

Every brain needs music book cover

‘Every Brain Needs Music’

Scott McLemee considers music and the neurons that love it.

The cover of Unwired by Gaia Bernstein

Getting ‘Unwired’

Scott McLemee reviews Gaia Bernstein’s Unwired: Gaining Control Over Addictive Technologies.