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, December 13, 2010
Domesticated Deities: About Messiahs Come to Redeem Our Country, Not Govern It
Glory is like a circle in the water, Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself, Till by broad spreading it disperse to nought. -- William Shakespeare
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Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Field of Dreams: The CIA & Me & Other Adventures in American Sports
"The space of play and the space of thought are the two theaters of freedom." --Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The Great White Whale in San Francisco Bay: Or, How the “Lively Arts” Became “the Media”
This essay appears in the March 2010 issue of Lapham's Quarterly and is posted at TomDispatch.com with the kind permission of that magazine, and re-posted at CommonDreams.org with the kind permission of Tom Engelhardt. Art as a medium of exchange is the gift in the hand of its creator, alive in the mind of its beholder, converting the private to a public good, and thereby adding it to the common store of human ene
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