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 Lewis H. Lapham Archive

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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 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 been hanging around... Read More
Why No Mark Twain for Our Second Gilded Age?
Well, humor is the great thing, the saving thing, after all. -- Mark Twain Twain for as long as I’ve known him has been true to his word, and so I’m careful never to find myself too far out of his reach. The Library of America volumes of hisCollected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, and Essays (1852–1910)... Read More
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 I admire the stoic fortitude, but at... Read More
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About Lewis H. 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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