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Crowd Control

(16) Comments | Posted March 16, 2014 | 9:12 PM

Political Revolt and the Accumulation of More

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

[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...

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The Solid Nonpareil

(6) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 8:33 AM

Why No Mark Twain for Our Second Gilded Age?

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

[This essay will appear in "Comedy," the Winter 2014 issue of Lapham's Quarterly. This slightly adapted version is posted at TomDispatch.com with the kind permission of that magazine.]

Well, humor is...

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Selling Death

(78) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 10:37 AM

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...

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The (Less Than) Eternal Sea

(35) Comments | Posted June 2, 2013 | 7:46 PM

The Poet's Metaphor and the Styrofoaming of the Waters

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

[This essay will appear in "The Sea," the Summer 2013 issue of Lapham's Quarterly. This slightly adapted version is posted at TomDispatch.com with the kind permission of that magazine.]

In heavy fog on the...

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The Conquest of Nature

(137) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 10:10 AM

And What We’ve Lost

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

[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.]

London housewife Barbara Carter won a “grant a wish”...

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Raiding Consciousness

(12) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 8:45 AM

Why the War on Drugs Is a War on Human Nature

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

[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...

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Feast of Fools: How American Democracy Became the Property of a Commercial Oligarchy

(337) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 11:05 AM

How American Democracy Became the Property of a Commercial Oligarchy

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

[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...

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Living in an American Age of Techno-Wonder and Unreason

(116) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 10:22 AM

Magic and the Machine
Living in an American Age of Techno-Wonder and Unreason

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com

[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...

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Machine-Made News

(37) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 4:30 PM

Word Order: The Internet as the Toy With a Tin Ear

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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...

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The Midas Touch: Stomachs Too Big to Fail?

(28) Comments | Posted June 13, 2011 | 1:52 PM

Crossposted with TomDispatch.com

[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...

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The Servant Problem: In Search of the Lost Battalion of America's Unemployed

(213) Comments | Posted April 4, 2011 | 3:01 PM

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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

The news media these days look to outperform one...

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Domesticated Deities: About Messiahs Come to Redeem Our Country, Not Govern It

(11) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 12:37 PM

Crossposted with TomDispatch.com.

[A longer version of this essay appears in "Celebrity," the Winter 2011 issue of Lapham's Quarterly.]

Glory is like a circle in the water,
Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself,
Till by broad spreading it disperse to nought.
-- William Shakespeare

Label celebrity a...

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Field of Dreams: The CIA and Me and Other Adventures in American Sports

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2010 | 12:03 PM

Crossposted with TomDispatch.com.

“The space of play and the space of thought are the two theaters of freedom.”  -- Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy

Rosenstock-Huessy was a German army officer in World War I, afterward a professor of medieval law in Breslau until the Nazis acquired the franchise in 1933....

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How the "Lively Arts" Became "the Media"

(9) Comments | Posted March 15, 2010 | 3:38 PM

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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 energy and hope. It’s the embodiment...

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