Lapham's Quarterly: Roundtable Opinions and Analytis from Lapham's Quarterly writers and editors en Copyright 2014 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:56:28 -0500 The Presumption of Youth By Elias Altman. Growing up is after all only the understanding that one’s unique and incredible experience is what everyone shares. —Doris Lessing The reason so many coming-of-age tales revolve around boarding Roundtable Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:56:28 -0500 Early Work By Rebecca Onion. Later this summer, I’ll go home and help my mom cull the boxes of school papers still clogging my parents’ basement. We’ve made tentative stabs at deaccession in the Roundtable Thu, 14 Aug 2014 11:09:56 -0500 The Great Comic Book Conflagration By Jacqui Shine. In October 1948, the students of Spencer Graded School in Roane County, West Virginia, gained national attention when thirteen-year-old David Mace led his classmates in “burial rites” for their Roundtable Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:00:19 -0500 On Pediatrics By Caleb Gardner. “Do pediatrics,” my friend insisted when, approaching my fourth and last year in medical school, I had to pick a site for my brief rotation in rehabilitation medicine. “It’s Roundtable Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:30:40 -0500 Hive Minds By Rebecca Onion. “The Contents of Children’s Minds On Entering School” is a short report summarizing the results of questionnaires that psychologist G. Stanley Hall sent out in September of 1880 to Roundtable Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:47:06 -0500 Notes on “Youth”: Wasted on the Young By Elias Altman. “One has to spend so many years in learning how to be happy,” George Eliot lamented in a letter to a friend in 1844. “I am just beginning to Roundtable Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:15:55 -0500 The Riot of Spring By Madison Mainwaring. The premiere of Le Sacre du Printemps, on May 29, 1913, at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, is perhaps the most legendary theatrical event of the twentieth century. Roundtable Tue, 17 Jun 2014 11:56:15 -0500 Alternative Histories By Miles Klee. “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent,” Thomas Jefferson wrote. “If a law is unjust, a man is not only Roundtable Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:48:02 -0500 The Revolution Will be Mummified By Bess Lovejoy. Vladimir Lenin asked for a simple burial near his mother and sister in St. Petersburg. In The State and Revolution, he wrote that when great revolutionaries die, “attempts are Roundtable Thu, 29 May 2014 11:59:09 -0500 Making the Argument By Elias Altman. I spent much of my freshman year of college on the verge of becoming a card-carrying socialist but somehow always knew I would not. This was late 2003, not Roundtable Fri, 23 May 2014 16:14:45 -0500 Waiting for the Revolution By Caleb Gardner. It looks as though people did not expect from psychology progress in knowledge, but some other kind of satisfaction… —Sigmund Freud As a third-year medical student, I spent one Roundtable Tue, 20 May 2014 13:46:00 -0500 Gilt by Association By Sarah Marshall. Roundtable Wed, 14 May 2014 11:25:24 -0500 Trotsky's Canadian Holiday By Andrea Pitzer. In 1917, Russia shuddered its way through not one, but two revolutions: the February Revolution ended three centuries of rule by the Romanov dynasty, and the October Revolution brought Roundtable Tue, 06 May 2014 12:50:06 -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