Lewis Lapham

Lewis H. Lapham is editor of Lapham’s Quarterly. Formerly editor of Harper’s Magazine, he is the author of numerous books, including Money and Class in America, Theater of War, Gag Rule, and, most recently, Pretensions to Empire. The New York Times has likened him to H.L. Mencken; Vanity Fair has suggested a strong resemblance to Mark Twain; and Tom Wolfe has compared him to Montaigne.

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Monday, March 17, 2014 - 7:30am
Crowd Control: Political Revolt and the Accumulation of More
[ This essay will appear in "Revolution," the Spring 2014 issue of Lapham's Quarterly . This slightly adapted version is posted at TomDispatch.com and re-posted at Common Dreams with the kind permission of that magazine. ]
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 11:22am
Memento Mori: The Death of American Exceptionalism... and of Me
[ This essay will appear in "Death," the Fall 2013 issue of Lapham's Quarterly . This slightly adapted version is posted at TomDispatch.com with the kind permission of that magazine. ] It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens. -- Woody Allen
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Monday, June 3, 2013 - 7:35am
The (Less Than) Eternal Sea
In heavy fog on the night of October 7, 1936, the SS Ohioan ran aground three miles south and west of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, and by noon on October 8th, I was among a crowd of spectators come to pay its respects to the no small terror of the sea. I was two years old, hoisted on the shoulders of my father, for whom the view to windward was neither openly nor latently sublime.
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 1:30pm
The Conquest of Nature and What We’ve Lost
[ This essay will appear in "Animals," the Spring 2013 issue of Lapham's Quarterly . This slightly adapted version is posted at TomDispatch.com with the kind permission of that magazine. ]
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Monday, December 10, 2012 - 7:00am
Raiding Consciousness: Why the War on Drugs Is a War on Human Nature
[ This essay will appear in "Intoxication," the Winter 2012 issue of Lapham's Quarterly . This slightly adapted version is posted at TomDispatch.com with the kind permission of that magazine. ]
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Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 9:45am
Feast of Fools and the Rule of Money
[A longer version of this essay appears in "Politics," the Fall 2012 issue of Lapham's Quarterly ; this slightly shortened version is posted at TomDispatch.com with the kind permission of that magazine.] All power corrupts but some must govern. -- John le Carré
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 7:41am
Magic and the Machine: Living in an American Age of Techno-Wonder and Unreason
[ A longer version of this essay appears in "Magic Shows," the Summer 2012 issue of Lapham's Quarterly , and is posted at TomDispatch.com with the kind permission of that magazine. ]
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 6:56am
Machine-Made News
I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse. -- Emperor Charles V
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Monday, June 13, 2011 - 7:52am
The Midas Touch: Stomachs Too Big to Fail?
Jesus answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” -- The Gospel According to Matthew It is a hard matter, my fellow citizens, to argue with the belly, since it has no ears. -- Cato the Elder
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Monday, April 4, 2011 - 11:06am
The Servant Problem: In Search of the Lost Battalion of America’s Unemployed
Man must be doing something, or fancy that he is doing something, for in him throbs the creative impulse; the mere basker in the sunshine is not a natural, but an abnormal man. -- Henry George
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