Roundtable

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

April 27, 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 21, 2015

Strangers on a Train

2015:

French women report harassment from men on public transportation. 

1876:

A guidebook advises nineteenth-century women on safely travelling solo.

April 09, 2015

First and Goal

2015:

The NFL hires its first female referee.

1940:

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