Stories by Lewis Lapham

Lewis H. Lapham is editor of Lapham’s Quarterly and a TomDispatch regular. 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. This essay, slightly adapted for TomDispatch, introduces "Revolution," the Spring 2014 issue ofLapham’s Quarterly, soon to be released at that website subscribe to Lewis Lapham's feed

Posted on: Mar 16, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

Today's 'revolutions' are aimed not at liberating, but at controlling us all.

Posted on: Dec 9, 2012, Source: TomDispatch.com

Drug prohibition is making America ever more security mad and locked down.

Posted on: Sep 20, 2012, Source: TomDispatch

The campaigns don’t favor the voters with the gratitude and respect owed to their standing as valuable citizens participant in the making of such a thing as a common good.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2012, Source: TomDispatch.com

The more uncertain our future seems, the more Americans retreat into magical thinking.

Posted on: Apr 22, 2012, Source: TomDispatch.com

I can understand why words construed as product placement serve the interest of the corporation or the state, but they don’t “enhance” or “empower” people.

Posted on: Dec 12, 2010, Source: TomDispatch.com

Transposed into the realm of politics, the greater images of celebrity bestow an aura of stability and calm upon a world disfigured by the frown lines of death and time.

Posted on: Sep 7, 2010, Source: Lapham's Quarterly

The city, as we imagine it -- myth, aspiration, nightmare -- is maybe more real, than the hard city one can locate on maps and statistics.

Posted on: Sep 23, 2009, Source: Lapham's Quarterly

Our quest for eternal youth enables the country's dependence on a broken medical industrial complex.