Blogger Profile: 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.
March 17th, 2014
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 originally appeared at TomDispatch.com with the kind permission of that magazine.] In case of rain, the revolution will take place in the hall.-- Erwin Chargaff For the last several years, the word “revolution” has ...
December 11th, 2012
Raiding Consciousness: Why the War on Drugs Is a War on Human Nature
Crossposted from TomDispatch [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.] The question that tempts mankind to the use of substances controlled and uncontrolled is next of kin to Hamlet’s: to ...
June 26th, 2012
Magic and the Machine: Living in an American Age of Techno-Wonder and Unreason
Crossposted from TomDispatch. A longer version of this essay appears in "Magic Shows," the Summer 2012 issue of Lapham's Quarterly. As between the natural and the supernatural, I’ve never been much good at drawing firm distinctions. I know myself to be orbiting the sun at the speed of 65,000 miles ...
April 23rd, 2012
Word Order: The Internet as the Toy With a Tin Ear
I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse. -- Emperor Charles V But in which language does one speak to a machine, and what can be expected by way of response? The questions arise from the accelerating data-streams out of which we’ve ...
June 12th, 2011
The Midas Touch
[A longer version of this essay appears in "Food," the Summer 2011 issue of Lapham's Quarterly and is posted at TomDispatch.com with the kind permission of that magazine.] Jesus answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of ...