Lapham's Quarterly: Roundtable Opinions and Analytis from Lapham's Quarterly writers and editors en Copyright 2014 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:18:40 -0500 Miracles and Manure: Notes on “Revolutions” By Elias Altman. It's a popular dismissal of revolutions to say that they always end in the tyranny they sought to overthrow. What use is the whole bloody mess if the oppressed Roundtable Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:18:40 -0500 Going Viral in the Nineteenth Century By Rebecca Onion. The American reader of any nineteenth-century newspaper or magazine would be confronted at end of an article with short pieces of filler that contained odd and compelling little stories Roundtable Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:11:11 -0500 Jane Austen's Trivial Pursuits By Ted Scheinman. Sometime during the 1990s, when big-screen adaptations of Regency novels became a near-annual tradition, a strange thing happened: Jane Austen stopped being funny. This isn’t to say that the Roundtable Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:32:09 -0500 How Was the Show, Mrs. Lincoln? By Sarah Marshall. In late 2012, around the same time that Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln appeared in theaters, the Internet birthed a meme. Pictured was the Abraham Lincoln every American high school student Roundtable Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:45:10 -0500 Die Laughing By Miles Klee. My fifth-grade classmates and I had gone too far. We’d become wild, ungovernable, and our teacher was sick of yelling. She yelled anyway, but when she was done, she Roundtable Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:07:59 -0500 Court Jester By Alice Gregory. Never were politics, power, and punch lines more intertwined than in the very strange case of John Wilmot. The second Earl of Rochester was a poet and playwright whose Roundtable Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:26:00 -0500 "As For Me, I Sell Abuse" By Ben Tarnoff. “That sovereign of insufferables, Oscar Wilde, has ensued with his opulence of twaddle and his penury of sense. He has mounted his hind legs and blown crass vapidities through Roundtable Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:53:02 -0500 Bedside Manner By Caleb Gardner. “I would rather die than read another med student note,” said George, the senior resident, when I handed him a printout of a patient progress form. I had known Roundtable Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:28:10 -0500 The Joke's on Us: Notes on "Comedy" By Elias Altman. “Laughter is easily restrained by a very little reflection,” wrote the perpetually pedantic Philip Dormer Stanhope to his son in 1758, “but as it is generally connected with the Roundtable Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:12:54 -0500 Faces of Death By Hilary Ilkay. Three and a half minutes into Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 film, The Seventh Seal, a pale-faced figure clad in a billowing, hooded black robe appears on the screen. His macabre Roundtable Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:39:20 -0500 Death from Above, 1793 By John Michael Kilbane. Director Steven Soderbergh said of his 2011 film Contagion that he wanted to create a situation that was as realistic as possible: a clinical and frightening look at the Roundtable Tue, 17 Dec 2013 16:05:42 -0500 Human Trophies By Colin Dickey. Her hair is perfectly styled, pinned up behind her with a huge flower. She wears a blazer, rests her chin on her left hand while her right hand holds a Roundtable Sun, 15 Dec 2013 22:52:35 -0500 The Art of Dying By Gayatri Devi. The phone rang on Tuesday afternoon, it was Jane. “I am throwing up blood,” she said. “For how long?” I asked. “What color is it?” “Since this morning,” Jane Roundtable Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:15:32 -0500 Live Fast, Die Young, Leave a Hit By Anne Helen Petersen. Everyone thinks they know the tragic story of James Dean: he died young and violently, he embodied the ennui and angst of the postwar generation, and his image lives Roundtable Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:35:20 -0500 Extended Circumstances By Ann Neumann. “Code Blue!” was first announced in 1964 over the intercom of Bethany Medical Center in Kansas City. It meant that a patient’s heart had stopped beating and it brought Roundtable Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:16:00 -0500 My First Mistake By Simon Winchester. The victim of the first big mistake I ever made was a gentleman to whom I had never been properly introduced (and whose name I still do not know) Roundtable Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:04:24 -0500 Body Snatchers of Old New York By Bess Lovejoy. There was a lot to be afraid of in New York after the Revolutionary War. Burned buildings loomed out of dark, crooked streets, which met at strange angles. Fights Roundtable Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:23:58 -0500 Ever After By Miles Klee. “As we are all solipsists, and all die, the world dies with us.” —Anthony Burgess How one sets out to conquer death has everything to do with how one Roundtable Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:02:47 -0500 A Death in Year Three By Caleb Gardner. By the time I began my emergency medicine rotation, I had come a long way from making that first tremulous incision into a cadaver during anatomy class. Back then, Roundtable Wed, 06 Nov 2013 11:55:04 -0500 Funny Bones By Matthew Leib. There was never anything funny about the human pelvis bone. At least not until one afternoon in seventh grade when my science teacher seized one from a lab table, Roundtable Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:07:00 -0500 Who Died in Here? By Bess Lovejoy. Humans are obsessed with haunted places, but until recently there has never been a central clearinghouse for discovering the kind of information that might make a place spooky. Died Roundtable Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:36:44 -0500 Memento Mori and the Melting Ice By Garret Keizer. In the candlelit shadows of Georges de La Tour’s The Repentant Magdalene, the saint contemplates the mirrored reflection of a human skull while her fingers play over the bone. Roundtable Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:05:15 -0500 Peace Treaty with the Almighty By Peter Foges. It was a diplomat’s death. On the May 12, 1838, the eighty-four-year old Prince de Talleyrand vomited blood at his own dinner table. It happened in the Parisian palais Roundtable Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:34:59 -0500 Heavenly Bodies and Bejeweled Bones By Angela Serratore. In his newly-published book Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs, author and photographer Paul Koudounaris brings to life a group of long-forgotten Catholic relics: the Roundtable Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:50:42 -0500 The Scattered Bones of Columbus By Bess Lovejoy. The legend of Christopher Columbus included serious miscalculations in both life and death. Thanks to some major longitudinal blunders, his attempt to reach the East by sailing West landed Roundtable Tue, 15 Oct 2013 16:14:11 -0500 Stayin' Alive By Megan Rosenbloom. When the rescuers pulled James Blair out of the coal pit by his floppy limbs, hundreds of townsfolk watching the spectacle were certain he was a goner. Overcome by Roundtable Tue, 08 Oct 2013 11:25:45 -0500 Involved in Mankind: Notes on "Death" By Elias Altman. On October 9, 1849, Henry David Thoreau learned that the St. John, a brig bound for Boston harbor out of Galway, Ireland, had wrecked off the coast of Massachusetts. Roundtable Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:14:15 -0500 Your Shutdown Questions Answered. With History. By Angela Serratore. In case you haven’t heard, the United States Government is closed for business. How did the Founding Fathers allow this to happen? Has it ever happened before? Without the Roundtable Tue, 01 Oct 2013 12:44:00 -0500 The Spoil of Mariners By Colin Dickey. Roundtable Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:18:10 -0500 Pirates of Stage and Sea By Matthew Leib. When playwrights Thomas Heywood and William Rowley set out to stage Fortune by Land and Sea, a tragicomedy about pirates, murder, and redemption on the high seas, they were Roundtable Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:29:47 -0500