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

December 19, 2014

December 08, 2014

The Wee Hours

By Bess Lovejoy

For centuries, a night’s sleep was interrupted by a brief waking period: a time to think, catch up on the mending, have sex, or get into trouble.

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December 08, 2014

Royal Pains

By Angela Serratore

As Will and Kate touch down in New York, a look back at the first royal visit to America and the FDR-appointed ambassador who let no bath towel be overlooked.

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December 02, 2014

The Most Punctual Man in India

By Nina Martyris

The watch never left his side. It was the first thing Gandhi reached for when he rose each morning at 4 a.m., and the last thing he checked before going to bed, often past midnight. He consulted it frequently through the day so as never to be late for an appointment. And, at that final moment, when three bullets from an assassin’s Beretta knocked him over, his 78-year-old body slumped to the ground, and the watch also stopped.

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November 13, 2014

The Truth About Time

By Miles Klee

Every era has its own time-truthers, those who insist that through careful manipulation, minutes and seconds as we know them can be altered or even erased.

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October 03, 2014

Zero Hour

By Joanna Scutts

In "The Burning of the World," his recently discovered memoir of the first few weeks of World War I, the Hungarian artist, officer, and man about town Béla Zombory-Moldován writes frequently about his attachment to his watch. When he’s wounded in the confusion of battle in the forests of Galicia, he finds the watch unscathed during an agonizing evacuation of the area, and exalts the survival of “my trusty companion, sharer of my fate, the comrade that connected me to my former life.”

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December 01, 2014



Walmart workers use Black Friday as a chance to protest working conditions.


Woolworth’s employees stage a sit-in for higher pay.

November 17, 2014

Vote Early and Often


A Michigan man goes to the polls only to discover he's dead.


For the political bosses of Tammany Hall, dead men can vote.