Opinions and analysis from Lapham’s Quarterly writers and editors.

April 18, 2015

April 16, 2015

The Nun’s Story

By Sarah Laskow

A bestselling 1836 book offered true tales of sexual depravity in a convent, until it was exposed as one of the great literary frauds of the nineteenth century.

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April 15, 2015

Learning from Lincoln

By Angela Serratore

On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln as the sixteenth president enjoyed a production of “Our American Friend” at Ford’s Theater in Washington, DC. Early the next morning, Lincoln died in a boarding house across the street—the first American president to be assassinated. With Lincoln’s death, the divided country lost not just its leader but one of its wisest thinkers, a man who had something to say on nearly every subject, and then some.

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April 15, 2015

Creative Accounting

By Michelle Dean

For writers, self-employment brings with it artistic freedom and a tax nightmare. For the novelist Patricia Highsmith, living abroad solved exactly none of her tax problems. “Then the lying sets in, but how much lying?”

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April 09, 2015

First and Goal


The NFL hires its first female referee.


Women in Los Angeles insist their football skills are as good as any man’s. 

February 25, 2015

Sexy Sails


A Union Army plan to ship prostitutes up the river goes poorly.


A floating Alaskan strip club runs into legal trouble.