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Lewis Lapham

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Lewis Lapham

Lewis Lapham, former editor of Harper's is launching a new venture, Lapham's
Quarterly. His most recent book is Pretensions to Empire.


News and Features

Over the decades, this catchall term has lost all bite and meaning.

The death of American exceptionalism—and of me.

With overfishing, acidification and garbage-ification, the seven seas aren’t what they once were.

Are our relations with the animal world going the way of the great auk?

The unwinnable war transforms a freedom-loving republic into a freedom-fearing national security state.


Election politics today are little more than advertising. But it wasn't always that way. 

Magic and the making of an American political culture.

The Internet as a toy with a tin ear and a wooden tongue.

A person can only eat so much, but the craving for money is boundless—the purse, not the belly, is the void that is never filled.