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Lewis Lapham

Selling Death

Lewis Lapham | Posted 11.24.2013 | Politics
Lewis Lapham

I count it a lucky break to have been born in a day and age when answers to the question "Why do I have to die?" were still looked for in the experimental laboratories of art and literature as well as in the teachings of religion. The problem hadn't yet been referred to the drug and weapons industries, to the cosmetic surgeons and the neuroscientists.

Jonah Green

PHOTOS: Lapham's Quarterly Celebrates Historic Toasts | Jonah Green | Posted 04.25.2012 | New York

NEW YORK -- A woman stood up at the long table and raised her glass. "I like to have a Martini," she said, reading the words of Dorothy Parker, "two a...

The Showdown Over Liberal Education at Yale

Jim Sleeper | Posted 06.04.2012 | College
Jim Sleeper

The very survival of the new global economy and public sphere depends on colleges like Yale standing somewhat apart from "the arts and sciences of career management" that markets and states have insinuated increasingly into their training at places like Yale.

Centenary of Influence -- Undervalued By Mainstream

David Tereshchuk | Posted 02.18.2012 | Media
David Tereshchuk

This declining year has been the centennial of Marshall McLuhan's birth -- the man who was, if not the father or godfather, then at least our leading prophet of media-driven political and social change.

Cronies Gather For One Last Drink At Elaine’s

Grub Street New York | By: | Posted 07.27.2011 | New York

On the Upper East Side last night, the door of the beloved Elaine's was one of the toughest in the city. It didn't matter if you stood in line for hou...

Remembering the Extraordinary Elaine Kaufman as a Non-Celebrity Friend

Roger Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Roger Smith

Since Elaine Kaufman's death nearly a week ago, there has been an avalanche of words written and spoken by celebrities about this iconic New York restaurateur. So here's my modest, non-celebrity takeaway.

Money, Entrepreneurs and You

Blythe McGarvie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Blythe McGarvie

The positive response I received about the paradox of China led me to think about the underlying focus of money in both the United States' and Chinese...

I Wish Obama Would Kiss Me

Julia Moulden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Julia Moulden

Blame it on the Year of the Ox - or the year of hugs and kisses, "ox", as I'm calling it. What got me started was seeing how so many commentators are...

Lewis Lapham Rips Tim Russert: "A Spokesman For Power, Wealth, And Privilege"

New York Magazine | Jada Yuan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The press was supposed to speak on behalf of the people. The new tradition is that the press speaks on behalf of the government." An example? "Tim Rus...